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L’Oréal gets colorful with Essie deal

BY DSN STAFF

NEW YORK —In a move to bolster its share in the nail color and care market, L’Oréal USA is looking to acquire the Essie cosmetics business, a nail brand that today boasts more than 300 shades and is available in more than 250,000 salons and spas in 95 countries.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The acquisition, which is subject to regulatory approval, is expected to be completed within 60 to 90 days.

Essie Weingarten founded Essie Cosmetics in 1981. Based in Astoria, N.Y., the company’s portfolio includes nail colors, treatments, accessories, spa products and lip glosses. Essie’s net sales through the last 12 months were $28 million.

“This strategic acquisition will enable L’Oréal to increase our share in the nail color and care market, which has seen significant growth year over year,” stated Frederic Roze, president and CEO of L’Oréal USA. Wein garten and Max Sortino, CEO of Essie, will continue to play a pivotal role under a multiyear agreement.

“It’s a perfect match,” Weingarten stated. “This acquisition presents a tremendous opportunity to allow the Essie brand to grow even stronger. With Max and me as part of the team, we will be able to provide our customers with a greater level of service as we take the brand to new heights.”

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Retail clinics: Improved care at a lower cost

BY Michael Johnsen

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT’S IMPORTANT Retail clinics. Save. Money. Without regard to who’s footing the bill exactly — healthcare payer or Jane Patient — retail clinics not only represent a significant cost savings across the board, but by siphoning nonemergency-yet-still-urgent cases out of the emergency rooms and doctors’ offices, retail clinics also can contribute to improved care across the healthcare continuum.

(THE NEWS: Study: Retail clinics save nonemergency patients money. For the full story, click here)

All told there were 119.2 million total ER visits in 2006, up 8.2% as compared with 2004, according to ACEP. Extrapolate that figure with WellPoint’s finding that 19.4% of those visits may be for nonemergencies across the entire nation, and the fuzzy math equates to an approximate 23.1 million non-emergency patients presenting across some 3,833 ERs. For whoever is paying for the cost of care, that’s an expenditure totaling $10.2 billion if every case were to present at an ER; as compared to $1.2 billion if every case were to present at a retail clinic. That’s the cost savings piece.

But cost savings aren’t the only benefit retail clinics afford the overall healthcare system —  there’s a general improvement in care. According to the American College of Emergency Physicians, average waiting times for patients triaged with non-emergency ailments at emergency departments range between one and two hours, but only when the ER isn’t crowded. That’s like saying that bee stings don’t hurt, you know, except when they do.

Let’s face it, in a nation of 309 million and counting, there are simply not enough points of care, be it for an emergency or nonemergency situation. Taking nonemergency visits out of emergency rooms would likely improve the efficiency of care for more critical patients, as well as the experience of care for noncritical patients. That’s the improved care piece.

Improved care at a lower cost, that’s what retail clinics bring to the table.

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Tide brings Loads of Hope to Dollar General

BY Allison Cerra

NASHVILLE Tide brought its mobile laundromat to a local Dollar General to benefit victims of the recent floods.

Tide’s Loads of Hope program visited a Nashville Dollar General May 12 to provide customers in the area with clean laundry. One truck and a fleet of vans house more than 32 energy-efficient washers and dryers that are capable of cleaning over 300 loads of laundry every day. Tide washs, dries and folds the clothes for these families for free.

The Loads of Hope program also benefited victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Ike, in addition to other natural disasters.

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