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Kiss Products’ kiss and tell on key trends driving sales of false eyelashes

BY DSN STAFF

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 and to see just how easy false eyelashes are to apply. Click below to watch the video.

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Target, Fast Company sponsor mobile-development competition

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — Fast Company magazine and Target are sponsoring a competition to develop a new mobile experience for Target, with a grand prize of $75,000.

The Co.Labs and Target Retail Accelerator is a competition to create either a mobile app or a mobile-enabled website design for the retailer, taking places at the Fast Co. Grill in Austin, Texas, blocks away from the SXSW conference. Entries will be accepted between this Friday and April 30, and seven finalists will be selected in May and awarded $10,000 to develop their prototypes.

"Innovation is core to Target’s culture and strategy, and we are always looking for new ideas to enhance the shopping experience for our guests," Target president for multichannel and SVP enterprise strategy Casey Carl said. "We’re proud to partner with an innovative publication like Fast Company, and we can’t wait to see what the developer community brings to the table through the Retail Accelerator."

 

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Costco backs minimum wage increase

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WASHINGTON — Club retailer Costco Wholesale is throwing its support behind a bill introduced in Congress Tuesday to raise the federal minimum wage.

Business for a Minimum Wage, a Washington-based nonprofit group, said that Issaquah, Wash.-based Costco was among the many companies and other businesses that supported the increase. The Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013, introduced by Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., would raise the federal minimum wage from its current $7.25 per hour to $10.10 and provide annual increases linked to increases in the cost of living.

"At Costco, we know that paying employees good wages makes good sense for business," Costco president and CEO Craig Jelinek said in a statement on behalf of the nonprofit group. "We pay a starting hourly wage of $11.50 in all states where we do business, and we are still able to keep our overhead costs low. An important reason for the success of Costco’s business model is the attraction and retention of great employees. Instead of minimizing wages, we know it’s a lot more profitable in the long term to minimize employee turnover and maximize employee productivity, commitment and loyalty. We support efforts to increase the federal minimum wage."

 

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