Walgreens’ latest flagship opens in D.C.’s Chinatown
Walgreens opened the doors to its latest flagship location last month in the nation’s capital, bringing to District of Columbia residents and commuters the kind of retail pharmacy theater already familiar to citizens of New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.
Located at the entrance to Chinatown, elements reflecting the local flavor include an exterior facade that features Mandarin and Chinese characters that translate as "pharmacy" and an homage to the Capitol rotunda on the second floor. The new D.C. location also is home to a Take Care retail clinic and the second full-line display of Boot’s No7 brand.
With the proximity of the clinic and pharmacy just down the street from Walgreens’ governmental affairs office, Walgreens will be able to show legislators, policy-makers and other Beltway influentials firsthand the full cost-savings potential a pharmacy can bring. "We’re … positioned to help influence health care in this country," Kermit Crawford, Walgreens’ president of pharmacy, health and wellness, told DSN on a tour of the store.
Redesigning skin care for Millenials
This ain’t your mother’s Olay. That’s essentially the message that the long-standing skin care brand is sending to women in their 20s with its new Fresh Effects collection that hit shelves in January. To learn more about this unprecedented launch for Olay, DSN talked with Janine Miletic, associate marketing director for Olay Global.
DSN: What is the importance of the Olay Fresh Effects launch?
Janine Miletic: As we were doing a lot of analysis and understanding and looking at trends, overall, we thought that it was really important for us to be able to launch a new line for skin care going after younger consumers. There seemed like there was a big gap in opportunity to really speak to Millennials in their own voice with products designed for them. These are women who are out of their acne years; and they are not teenagers anymore, but they are not ready for wrinkle cream. … As we started to do some of that research, we also felt like part of the thing that was really going to be critical to make sure that she understood the lineup, and she also understood what was right for her, was we wanted to make sure that the packaging [and] naming of the products really spoke to her. … [It also needed to have] the tone of voice she actually speaks, in addition to having it shelved in the store where she is currently shopping.
DSN: How is Olay helping consumers navigate this new collection, which is generally being shelved in the complexion vs. skin care section at retail?
Miletic: We wanted to make sure we were giving our retailers some tools and assets they could use to help her navigate when she gets to the shelf. So we have provided some different shelf-talker vehicles, as well as in-store tools like shelf fixtures to help make sure she can find the line if she hears about it on TV, online or from friends. When she goes into the store, there’s a lot of signage opportunity to direct her to the right place so it is easy to find.
DSN: Why are Millennials such an attractive target market?
Miletic: We have pulled some research that shows that, because of the significant [number] of women in the 18- to 34-year-old age range, their expected spending force is about $65 billion on consumer packaged goods. … We don’t have exact figures on what they are spending on beauty, but we know that they are indexing much higher on beauty products in general, going across cosmetics, skin, perfume, etc.
Kiss Products explores beauty’s false eyelashes trend
NEW YORK — What are the key trends driving sales of false eyelashes? What are the greatest misconceptions about false lashes? To answer these questions and more, DSNTV not only hit the streets of New York City, but also spoke with Kerri LoCascio of Kiss Products to gain greater insight into the segment, new innovation in the category and to see just how easy false eyelashes are to apply.
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