New body lotion line to help support veterans
EL PASO, Texas — The creator of Merlot Skin Care and First Crush has unveiled a new skin care collection that not only aims to hydrate, heal and protect skin but to also make a difference in the lives of veterans. Enter Camo Cream.
With every purchase of Camo Cream, a portion of the sale goes toward Homes For Our Troops, a national nonprofit that works to build homes for post-9/11 injured veterans. Homes For Our Troops has built more than 160 homes nation wide, with plans to build dozens more.
"We’re very excited to be giving back in this unique way,” stated Wayne Beckley, founder of Camo Cream and the entrepreneur behind the First Crush and Merlot Skin Care brands. “We hope shoppers will be inspired to use their power to lend a hand while getting a great product in return." Camo Cream’s fragrance-free formula has no parabens, is cruelty free and made in the United States.
Camo Cream will be available in early summer. A 2-oz. tube is expected to retail for $4.99. Five different label designs will be available.
Study: U.S. retail sales climb to $4.5 trillion in 2013
NEW YORK — Total U.S. retail sales during 2013 reportedly reached $4.5 trillion, a 4.2% increase from $4.4 billion in 2012. According to new data from EMarketer, e-commerce sales of $263.3 billion, up 16.9% from $225.3 billion the prior year, helped drive overall retail sales growth.
Non-e-commerce sales totaled about $4.3 billion, a 3.5% increase from $4.12 billion in 2012. In 2014, EMarketer predicts that e-commerce sales in rhe U.S. will grow 15.5% to total $304.1 billion, or 6.4% of total retail sales of $4.73 billion.
In terms of m-commerce, EMarketer reports sales from mobile devices including tablets and smartphones totaled $42.1 billion, a 70% jump from $24.8 billion the prior year. EMarketer forecasts m-commerce sales will grow another 37% to $57.8 billion in 2014. M-commerce represented 0.9% of U.S. retail sales in 2013 and is expected to comprise 1.2% of U.S. retail sales in 2014.
By 2017, EMarketer projects total U.S. retail sales of $5.5 trillion. That figure includes $491.5 billion of e-commerce sales and $132.7 billion in m-commerce sales.
Locator for National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day collection site available online
MOUNT PROSPECT, Ill. — Now available online, the Drug Enforcement Administration National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day collection site locator allows consumers to search for a nearby location to dispose of unneeded medications on Saturday, April 26, 2014, the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy announced Wednesday. On April 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., thousands of DEA-coordinated collection sites will be available across the country, and consumers are encouraged to use this opportunity to safely and legally dispose of any unneeded pills, including prescription pain pills and other controlled substance medications, as these pills can only be accepted for disposal when law enforcement is present.
DEA reminds consumers that the take-back service is free and anonymous, with no questions asked. Sites will accept tablets, capsules and all other solid dosage forms of unwanted medication. Personal information may be blacked out on prescription bottles, or medications may be emptied from the bottles into the bins provided at the events. Check the DEA collection site locator often, as new locations will be added until April 26, 2014.
Consumers have disposed of more than 3.4 million pounds of unwanted medication during previous DEA National Prescription Drug Take-Back Days. During the seventh DEA take-back event on October 26, 2013, more than 5,500 locations provided take-back services across all 50 states and U.S. territories. More information and a link to the DEA Take-Back Day collection site locator is available on the AWARxE website.