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Scott brand celebrates national debut of tube-free tissue

BY Ryan Chavis

DALLAS — Scott, a brand from Kimberly-Clark, announced the national release of Scott Natural Tube-Free bath tissue. The tubeless tissue eliminates the cardboard tube in the center and helps cut down on the 17 billion toilet paper tubes thrown out each year.

The brand played up that figure by today by unveiling a replica of the Empire State Building in New York City's Flatiron plaza: 17 billion discarded tubes could fill the Empire State Building — twice!

"Kimberly-Clark is thrilled to be able to release Scott Naturals Tube-Free bath tissue nationally, providing consumers across the country with a product that contributes to a better, cleaner world, without sacrificing quality," said Jared Mackrory, brand manager for Scott Brand. "Imagining the environmental impact of 17 billion tubes — enough to fill the Empire State Building twice — is hard to do. That's why we brought the concept to life by creating a 30-ft. replica in the middle of Manhattan."

The product's distribution has been limited to northeastern markets since 2010, but can now be purchased at Walmart stores nationwide, as well as at select retailers. The packaging of all Scott Naturals products contains at least 20% recycled content, according to the brand.

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2014 NACDS Total Store Expo to feature two-part educational program on cybersecurity

BY Antoinette Alexander

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Cybersecurity experts will bring their experiences and best practices to the upcoming 2014 NACDS Total Store Expo in a two-part educational program designed to help attendees mitigate cybersecurity risks.

This year’s NACDS Total Store Expo will be held in Boston from Aug. 23 to 26.

The first of two Insight Sessions on cybersecurity — “Risk without rewards – what every executive should know about cybersecurity” — will take place on Sunday, Aug. 24 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

During this introductory session, two cybersecurity experts will provide an overview of cyber-crime and best practices to prevent it.  Steven P. Bucci, director of the Allison Center for Foreign and National Security Policy Studies, brings more than 30 years of expertise and leadership at the highest levels of government.  He led security efforts as Military Assistant under Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld following the 9/11 attacks and the war on terrorism.

He was later appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Homeland Defense and Defense Support to Civil Authorities, acting as the primary civilian oversight of U.S. Northern Command.

Jim Schwarz, cyber security law specialist for Squire Patton Boggs, specializes in helping businesses identify and monitor the impact of cybersecurity risks. Along with his security expertise, he also brings an understanding of the retail and health industries to this Insight Session, having formerly served as an executive and legal counsel for both Fantles Drug Stores and Peoples Drug Stores.

The second of the two-part program on cybersecurity will take place on Monday, Aug. 25 from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., with the Insight Session “What best in class companies are doing to mitigate cybersecurity risk.”

Mark Tanner, president of global security firm Arixmar East; Paul Calatayud, chief information security officer of Surescripts; and Tom Malatesta, CEO of Ziklag Systems, will lead the discussion highlighting ways that companies can strengthen their defense against a possible cybersecurity breach, including the importance of proactively building contingency and communications plans.

Retiring from the Federal Bureau of Investigation as the director of the Foreign Terrorist Tracking Task Force, Tanner has held director and executive level positions with a number of technology companies.  He currently serves as co-chairman of the FBI’s Infragard Cyber Security Special Interest Group for the Infragard National Capital Region Member Alliance.

Prior to Calatayud’s current role in managing the information security, audit and enterprise risk management with SureScripts, he served as director of information security for United Health Group. He previously served as an information security cryptographer in the Army, and held roles in information security with a number of government and private sector companies, including the Department of Defense, Medtronic and BAE Systems.

Malatesta brings private sector security and cybersecurity experience to this cybersecurity panel, serving in various leadership and advisory capacities for a number of private sector security and financial firms.  His current company, Ziklag Systems, provides security for mobile platforms globally.

“The best protection against cyber crime is preparation,” said NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson. “NACDS is pleased to offer these two Insight Sessions in its continuing efforts to offer real-time, real-solutions-oriented programming for NACDS Total Store Expo attendees. With extensive background in government, intelligence, security and health, these cybersecurity experts will not only highlight the increasing challenges that come with cyber-crimes, but offer solutions and best practices to help retailers and suppliers protect their businesses from potential breaches.”  
 

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NPD: Sales of U.S. prestige beauty up 5% in Q2

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — Sales of U.S. prestige beauty products increased during second quarter 2014, according to the NPD Group, and the momentum is expected to continue.

In second quarter 2014, sales of U.S. prestige beauty products were $2.5 billion, a 5% increase, with sales growth across each of the three primary categories.

“The robust performance of prestige beauty in the second quarter is quite encouraging. Primary prestige segments continue to be market drivers, but the industry is realizing the opportunities and revenue that lie among smaller, more specialized segments,” saidd Karen Grant, VP and global industry analyst at the NPD Group. “With the current momentum as a platform, we expect the next two quarters to be positive, leading to annual performance a bit softer, but in line with the low- to mid-single-digit growth trend of 2013.”

Face products were the growth drivers in makeup, accounting for nearly half of category sales and outpacing category growth slightly. Eye and lip makeup combined account for nearly 46% of the category dollar sales, almost as much as face makeup, and their combined growth was greater than their face counterparts. Nail was the only makeup segment with sales declines during the quarter, according to the NPD Group.

As in makeup, face products were skin care’s growth drivers, representing more than one-third of the sales and setting the pace of the category performance. Sets/kits represent just 10% of skin care dollar sales, but their 4% growth outpaced the category.

Juices account for 65% of total prestige fragrance sales, and they continue to drive the category with 7% dollar growth compared with the year-ago period. Fragrance ancillary sales add to the prestige category growth with a 3% increase in dollar sales, though at just 6% of the market.

“Consumers are looking for something new and fresh with each season. Delivering on this demand while sustaining engagement with established products is the balancing act that will continue to prove its benefits for the prestige beauty industry,” Grant said.
 

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