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Amazon further expands Prime Now offerings

BY Michael Johnsen

SEATTLE – Amazon.com on Thursday announced that it has added more than 4,000 items to its Prime Now service just in time for the holidays. 
 
“In the year since we first launched Prime Now for customers in Manhattan, we’ve grown rapidly to more than 20 metropolitan areas across the U.S. and we are excited to continue to expand our offerings whether that’s adding beer, wine and spirits in Manhattan starting today or continuing to increase the number of local stores and restaurants in the service,” stated Stephenie Landry, worldwide director of Prime Now. “This holiday, we’ve also added thousands of products to Prime Now and we’ll be delivering up until midnight on Dec. 24 — we are a procrastinator’s dream, offering tens of thousands of items that can be delivered right to your door in an hour or less.”
 
Prime Now is offered exclusively to Prime members in Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Manhattan, Miami, Minneapolis, Nashville, Orange County, Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento, San Antonio, San Francisco, San Jose, San Diego, Seattle and Richmond. In select cities, in addition to the products offered by Amazon, the service also includes deliveries from local restaurants and stores. Through Prime Now, one-hour delivery is $7.99 and two-hour delivery is free. 
 
Some highlights since launching Prime Now include:
 
  • The fastest order delivered to date was a four-pack of Starbucks Vanilla Frappuccino to a customer in Miami. The delivery was made in under 10 minutes;
  • In Seattle where the company offers one-hour delivery of beer, wine and spirits, the top-selling beer is Elysian Brewing Company’s Space Dust IPA and the top selling wine is Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon. Beginning Dec. 10, Prime Now is adding beer, wine and spirit delivery in Manhattan;
  • Prime Now customers in Baltimore, Los Angeles, Portland and Seattle enjoy free, for a limited time, one-hour delivery from local restaurants. The most popular cuisines ordered through the service so far are American and Thai; and
  • Delivery from local stores is offered through Prime Now in Chicago, Los Angeles, Manhattan, Portland and San Diego. The most popular items ordered by customers for one-hour delivery from grocery stores include organic bananas, avocados, tomatoes and organic apples. 

 

 

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LOOK Beauty’s PediSpa foot masks make way to Target shelves

BY David Salazar

TORONTO — Masks have emerged recently as a growing category within beauty, and Canadian company LOOK Beauty’s masque Bar has been working to bring masks to a larger market while moving beyond the traditional face mask. Among the company’s line of products — which includes 12 different masque Bar face masks —are the PediSpa foot masks, which have recently become available at Target and on the retailer’s site. 
 
The foot masks, which are worn like socks, come in two varieties — Intensive Moisturizing and Exfoliating. The former treats dry, cracked and callous feet in a 20- to 30-minute treatment, and the latter helps control the buildup of calluses in a 60- to 90-minute treatment. 
 
Both foot masks retail for $9.99. 
 
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House passes Microbead-Free Waters Act

BY David Salazar

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House of Representatives on Monday passed the Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015, aimed at phasing out synthetic plastic microbeads from personal care and OTC products. Now the bill will move to the Senate for consideration. 
 
Following the bill’s passage, Scott Melville, president and CEO of the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA), praised the work of its sponsors, Reps. Frank Pallone, Jr., D-N.J, and Fred Upton, R-Mich. 
 
“The OTC medicine industry applauds Representatives Pallone and Upton for shepherding legislation that sets forth feasible phase-out dates for plastic microbeads in OTC products, appropriate definitions of key terms, and ensuring uniform enforcement across the nation,” Melville said. 
 
He added that the removal of mircrobeads from products is a priority for the industry. 
 
“Our industry takes concerns about these solid plastic microbeads possibly entering the marine environment very seriously, and we are committed to reformulating cosmetic OTCs – such as acne face washes and toothpastes – to remove plastic microbeads,” he said. “CHPA member companies have already taken steps to voluntarily remove these solid plastic microbeads from their products by ceasing the development of any new products containing synthetic plastic microbeads and working toward formulating replacement products. The timeframe allocated in this bill provides manufacturers adequate time to identify and phase in alternatives.”
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