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Report: Golub’s Market 32 banner stores won’t sell tobacco products

BY Antoinette Alexander

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. — In line with its increased focus on health and nutrition, Golub will not be selling tobacco products in its new Market 32 banner stores, according to a local news report.

According a timesunion.com report, company spokeperson Mona Golub was quoted as saying, “Given the increased emphasis we've placed on health and wellness, this is the right time for us to discontinue tobacco," she said.

As previously reported by Drug Store News, more than half of the 135-store chain will be converted within five years. In total, the investment in this phase of the evolution will be more than $300 million.

In a statement issued in November, Neil Golub, Price Chopper’s executive chairman, stated, “Market 32 represents the next leap forward for our company. We have evolved from the Public Service Market to Central Market to Price Chopper by responding to customers’ changing needs over time, and Market 32 is the next natural progression for us.”

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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

BY DSN STAFF

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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