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Beauty giant to launch branded credit-card program

BY Marianne Wilson
Ulta Beauty is expanding its popular Ultamate Rewards loyalty program.
 
The retailer is partnering with  Alliance Data Systems Corp. Alliance will develop and manage the Ultamate Rewards Credit Card, which is designed to enhance the benefits of the chain’s loyalty program.
 
Alliance will provide private-label and co-branded credit card services for Ulta, the largest beauty retailer in the United States, operating 886 stores nationwide.
 
The Ultamate Rewards co-brand credit card program will leverage the MasterCard network so card members can use it anywhere MasterCard is accepted around the world.  
 
“At Ulta Beauty, we keep the guest at the center of all we do,” said David Kimbell, chief marketing and merchandising officer, Ulta Beauty. “Enhancing our guests’ shopping experience with added convenience and benefits through this new partnership with Alliance Data is yet another way for us to do that.”
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Belly Bandit launches value-priced line at Target

BY Gina Acosta

SHERMAN OAKS, Calif. — Maternity and shapewear brand Belly Bandit has launched a new, value-priced collection of pregnancy support and post-pregnancy compression-wear at Target.

Representing the company's first launch of a "sister brand," the Under Wrapz line combines Belly Bandit's proprietary designs with innovative fabrics to create unprecedented levels of comfort and support for expecting mothers and new moms.
Inspired by the parent company's best-selling products, Under Wrapz will offer the same benefits and quality consumers have come to expect from the Belly Bandit brand only at lower price point.

"Reaching a wider audience without compromising the quality of our products has always been our goal," said Kari Caden, one of Belly Bandit's three co-founders. "And with the accessible pricing that Under Wrapz offers, we've taken a significant stride in that direction."Inaugural products include Belly Shaper a post-pregnancy compression band designed to tighten, shrink and reshape a new mother's belly, waist and hips. Also debuting is the Belly & Back Support, a pregnancy support band that gently lifts and supports.  The Belly & Back Support also provides post-pregnancy comfort and back relief.

The Under Wrapz Collection is available at Target.

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Session Savers, Stream2Sea honored at ECRM sun care show

BY Gina Acosta

At top from left: Alex Tomas, DSN; John Burton, president of Session Savers; Jessica Stanton, ECRM account manager for HBC; and Lisa Carrillo, ECRM SVP of Beauty Care.

ORLANDO, Fla. — Session Savers Sunscreen, a San Diego-based supplier of on-the-go sun care products, has been named the winner of the 2016 ECRM/Drug Store News Buyers Choice Award for its eponymous line of sunscreen products.

The award was presented during ECRM’s 2016 Sun Care EPPS held July 10 to 13 in Orlando. Wauchula, Fla.-based Stream2Sea was the finalist with its biodegradable line of sun care products.

The two companies were selected from dozens of entries in the award program, samples of which were displayed in the ECRM hospitality area during the EPPS meetings. Buyers cast their votes based on product innovation and packaging.

Session savers is a TSA-approved single-use sunscreen kit, which contains 10 single-use applications in a unique dispenser pack. Each package contains a colorful little chain used to attach one or more applications to backpacks, baby bags, and golf bags.

“Traditionally, sunscreen has always been a utility item presented in the usual bottle, stick, and most recently the spray can,” said John Burton, president of Session Savers. “Manufactures have always reached out to kids and sports markets, but have been limited to putting their brand label or licensed property label on a standard bottle. With Session Savers, sun care enters into the novelty/gift/souvenir category as well, all the while promoting healthy skin for kids and adults anywhere anytime.”

The company has licensing endorsements from companies such as Paramount Pictures, NBC Universal, and Hasbro.

Stream2Sea sun and body care products are formulated with powerful antioxidant blends to protect skin and hair from sun damage. Along with standard human safety and SPF tests, its products have been proven readily biodegradable in both salt and fresh water. In addition, the company’s products have passed the most comprehensive series of aquatic toxicity tests using real-world concentrations on organisms. On top of this, the products are packaged in sugar cane resin tubing to reduce their carbon footprint.

“We’re all responsible for what happens in our world,” said Autumn Blum, formulator and CEO. “With a growing awareness about the chemicals used in sunscreens and bodycare products, we need to know how our choices can affect not only our health, but also our oceans, lakes, rivers and streams.”

 

 

 

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