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Amazon.com extends one-hour delivery to Baltimore, Miami

BY Michael Johnsen

SEATTLE — Amazon.com on Thursday announced that Prime Now has expanded to Baltimore and Miami. The ultra-fast service, which initially launched as a benefit for Prime members in Manhattan, offers one-hour delivery on tens of thousands of items through a mobile app.
 
“Customers in Manhattan and Brooklyn love Prime Now — it means you can skip a trip to the store and get the items you need delivered right to your door in under an hour,” said Dave Clark, Amazon’s SVP worldwide operations. “Since launching, we’ve seen high demand on everything from essentials like water and paper towels to more surprising deliveries like getting a customer a hard-to-find, top-selling toy in 23 minutes — we are excited to continue delivering to customers in record-breaking time.”
 
Prime Now is launching in select Baltimore and Miami zip codes and will expand rapidly to additional zip codes within each city soon. All Prime members can download the Prime Now app, available on iOS and Android devices, and be notified when the service is available in their local area. In Miami and Baltimore, Prime Now is available from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. Two-hour delivery is free and one-hour delivery is available in select zip codes for $7.99.
 
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Walgreens unveils new CIRCA beauty line

BY DSN STAFF

NEW YORK — Walgreens today unveiled its CIRCA line of cosmetics at Duane Reade’s 40 Wall Street location in Manhattan.

Created with beauty company Maesa, CIRCA features 133 SKUs to meet the varying needs of a multicultural market, with shades designed to work across the lightest and darkest of skin tones through the use of high-performance formulations, rich pigments and innovative technologies offered at more affordable prices.

The portfolio of products is available at Walgreens’ and Duane Reade’s top 3,000 beauty doors, as well as on Walgreens.com and drugstore.com.

To read more about CIRCA, including creative director Eva Mendes’ take on the new line, click here.

To learn more about Walgreens’ journey to transform its beauty offer, download DSN‘s exclusive Walgreens Goes Big in Beauty report.

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Whole Foods aims for the ‘Sephora experience’

BY Gina Acosta

AUSTIN, Texas — Whole Foods Market is trying to increase its share of the explosive growth in the beauty industry by hosting its first ever “Beauty Week.” 

Whole Foods may be trying to emulate the success of Sephora and Ulta, specialty beauty retailers that have gained a loyal following by offering an experential store experience that shoppers love. Now through March 24, Whole Foods stores will host events, classes, demonstrations and promotions to inform shoppers about Whole Foods Market’s selection of quality personal care products and cosmetics that support healthy people and a healthy planet

“Our beauty department is really growing at Whole Foods Market and we’re excited to spotlight new products and showcase customer favorites in our stores this week,” said Maren Giuliano, executive global Whole Body coordinator.

During “Beauty Week,” all Whole Foods Market locations will offer a limited edition “Hello, Beauty!” bag for $18 (valued at $60), beginning Saturday, March 21, at 10 a.m. local time. Bags are made with 100% cotton recycled saris from RIJI Green, a business committed to ending human trafficking. Each beauty bag is filled with six exclusive product samples, including Derma E Microdermabrasion Scrub, Acure Cell Stimulating Facial Mask, Giovanni 2chic Ultra Repair Shampoo, Pacifica Eye Shadow Duo or Lipstick, Trilogy Vital Moisturizing Cream and Gabriel Mascara, plus $5 in beauty coupons. From March 20 to 22, shoppers can also save 25 percent on all facial care items at Whole Foods Market.

“One thing that really sets us apart in the beauty industry is our standards,” Giuliano said. “Our shoppers know and trust us because we havebaseline standards that prohibit 50 ingredients in the products we sell, along with our top-tier standards, called Premium Body Care. When we first launched our premium standards in 2008, we had about 400 products that were certified—now we have more than 4,000.”

Whole Foods Market has been lauded for its beauty department standards over the years. In 2012, the company was named “the leading national retailer” in personal care product safety by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. The grocer was also named runner-up in the Sustainable Beauty Awards’ “Sustainable Leadership” category in 2014. Last month, Giuliano was named one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Beauty” by Women’s Wear Daily. The retailer also set its own standards for organic labeling on personal care products, as there are no mandatory government standards for the “organic” label claim on body care products.

Whole Foods has more than 405 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

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