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Menasha’s new design center aims to spur collaboration among team members

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEENAH, Wis. — Menasha has opened a new design center in Northbrook, Ill., in order to service the growing needs of retailers and consumer packaged goods customers and attract top talent, the company announced on Wednesday.

The Northbrook Design Center serves as the latest addition to Menasha’s Retail Integration Institute and is equipped with a retail environment to help customers visualize promotional packaging and displays in an in-store setting.

“The Northbrook Design Center’s creative and innovative space is an ideal setting to spur collaboration among our award-winning design team, and ultimately, end-to-end merchandising solutions that truly go beyond our customers’ expectations,”  Jim Ghere, director of National Accounts—Supply Chain Services for Menasha Packaging, said. “By leveraging Menasha’s Shopper Insights, we provide data-driven retail promotional solutions that improve shopper engagement and deliver higher ROI at retail.”

In addition, the new location showcases examples of Menasha’s integrated merchandising capabilities, and provides an opportunity for customers to see everything that Menasha has to offer, including promotional print solutions, permanent displays, and reusable packaging options from ORBIS.

The Northbrook Design Center is located near Menasha’s customer base and is 15 minutes from O’Hare Airport.

The center recently added several graphic and structural designers to its team and has the capacity for additional growth.

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Kline: Investments pay off for beauty device brands in Asia

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La Lumière with its illuMask brand of wearable LED light masks (pictured above). Available in two varieties — anti-acne and anti-aging — illuMask caters to the mass market.

 

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — High returns are rewarded to the majority of at-home beauty device firms that had the foresight to enter Asia, according to Kline’s just published Asia reports on China, Japan, and South Korea from Beauty Devices: Global Market Analysis and Opportunities.

Asia’s sales growth for the beauty devices market outpaces the United States and Europe, growing much higher than the industry average, increasing by over 29% in 2014, according to Kline, a worldwide consulting and research firm.

New product launches are plentiful throughout the region, helping to fuel overall sales growth. A large number of the newly launched devices in China target skin cleansing. For instance, Kingdom, a leading local brand, launched a heat-based cleansing device in spring 2014. In Japan, MTG launched its ReFa ACTIVE, while YA-MAN expanded its portfolio by launching new devices targeting hair removal and anti-aging. Philips introduced its first cleansing device for men called VisaPure Men in South Korea in 2014.

Local marketers expanded their distribution channels, with some going beyond traditional outlets by entering fitness facilities. Local player MTG diversified its distribution through entering television home shopping in South Korea. In China, many global marketers expanded their distribution into prestige outlets where sales grow at the highest rate among all channels, by almost 60% in 2014. In addition, local marketers are partnering with tmall.com or lotte.com, key online platforms in China and South Korea.

According to Kline, established skin care brands are launching devices to compete with electronic beauty gadgets and increase the efficiency of their existing skin care lines. AmorePacific introduces MakeON cleansing products in South Korea, and Dr. Ci:Labo launches the anti-aging device Sonic Lift Special in Japan. On the other end of the spectrum, beauty device brands begin launching topical skin care products to sell together with devices.

“Each market in Asia carries its own nuances,” Prashant Sharma, project manager for the report series at Kline, said. “In terms of sales of devices by skin care concern, the differences are dramatic, with anti-aging being a key concern in South Korea, cleansing in China, and hair removal in Japan. However, with the entrance of new global players to these markets and the introduction of a variety of new products, this landscape is changing. For example, the cleansing segment in South Korea nearly triples in size in 2014. The changes are remarkable and vary from one region to another.”

The local brands in Asia represent sustainable competition to multinationals. Many have been introducing enticing new products. For instance, in South Korea, local companies such as Eyesel Creative and Pobling are filling the void of the lower-end price segment to target younger consumers, such as students. This resonates well with the U.S. introduction of the first lower-priced product by La Lumiere, illuMask introduced in 2014.

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The Little Clinic expands into Kansas

BY Antoinette Alexander

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Little Clinic, a wholly owned subsidiary of Kroger, has expanded into Kansas, marking the company's 10th state to operate retail clinics.

The clinic operator expanded its operational footprint with Wednesday’s opening of its first clinic inside Dillons in Derby. With Wednesday's opening, the company now operates 163 clinics. Five additional locations are scheduled to open in the Wichita area this summer.

“Convenience is the primary reason why our patients choose to utilize the clinic for non-emergency health issues,” stated Halie Guinn, regional clinical director, The Little Clinic. “From vaccinations and sports physicals to health screenings and minor injury care, The Little Clinic helps patients be seen quickly, receive care and get back to their busy lives. We make healthcare fit into their schedules because we don’t require appointments and we are open seven days a week. The convenience is there and patients respond to it. We are very excited to open the clinics and start serving these communities.”

The Little Clinic locations in Dillon’s stores include:

  • 1624 N. Rock Road, Derby – opened June 24
  • 225 E. Cloud, Andover – opening June 25
  • 10222 W. 21st Street North, Wichita – opening July 1
  • 3200 Plaza East Drive, Hutchinson – opening July 2
  • 7707 E. Central, Wichita – opening late August
  • 4747 S. Broadway, Wichita – opening late August

“We are very excited to welcome The Little Clinic to Dillons,” Marlene Stewart, president of Dillon Stores, said. “More and more, our customers are becoming proactive about managing their health and wellness. Our customers already rely on the professional expert counsel our Dillons Pharmacists provide. This partnership with The Little Clinic is one more way Dillons makes it easy for customers to have convenient, quality care.”

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