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Taking ‘Control’ of lashes

BY DSN STAFF

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. —No more scraping the mascara brush against the tube or wiping it off with a tissue. U. Control Packaging’s LashControl is a squeezable mascara that enables you to regulate the amount of mascara product on the brush without the mess.

How it works: Hold the “flexible wiper” (the colored section of the tube) and unscrew the cap. Then squee ze the flexible wiper sleeve as you pull the brush from the tube, apply the mascara and then squeeze the brush clean to further lengthen and separate lashes.

The system is color-coded: Pink is lengthening and conditioning, purple is volume and blue is water-resistant, sheer and sexy. The newest addition to the lineup is LashControl Clear Coat Control clear mascara, which is coded with a clear flexible wiper. The suggested retail price for the new Clear Coat Control is $16. The existing formulas are priced at $20. Slated to launch in 2011: red, a fiber-rich formula for “glamorous length” in black, and yellow, a light curl-holding formula in black.

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Giant Eagle awarded for green efforts

BY Allison Cerra

PITTSBURGH Giant Eagle has received four awards from the Environmental Protection Agency for its eco-friendly practices and sustainability efforts, the supermarket retailer said.

Giant Eagle was the recipient of the EPA Montreal Protocol award, the GreenChill environmental award, the GreenChill building certification and the EPA Smartway transport partnership perfect performance score.

“Our multiple partnerships with the EPA are a significant piece of our overall sustainability strategy, which also includes our energy management efforts and recycling initiatives,” said Shelly Sponholz, Giant Eagle SVP real estate and development. “We truly believe that our environmental commitment is a vital part to the success of both our communities and our business, as so many of the sustainable projects we undertake produce tangible benefits to each.”

Giant Eagle operates stores throughout western Pennsylvania, Ohio, north central West Virginia and Maryland.

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Retailers urge Congress to reject Chinese currency legislation

BY Alaric DeArment

ARLINGTON, Va. As members of Congress move to try and force China to revalue its currency, the renminbi yuan, retailers are weighing in on the issue.

The Retail Industry Leaders Association, which represents more than 200 retailers, manufacturers and suppliers, asked lawmakers Friday to reject legislation under consideration Friday morning by the House Ways and Means Committee that would pressure China on its currency by imposing tariffs on products imported from there.

 

Alarge share of consumer products sold in the United States are made in China, and in many cases are no longer made in the United States. Thus, placing tariffs on goods imported from China could force retailers to pass the costs onto consumers.

 

 

“Provoking tension with our trading partners doesn’t come without costs, and we should choose our battles carefully, especially given the great amount of uncertainty in markets at this time,” RILA VP international trade Stephanie Lester said. “It makes little sense to enact harmful policies that will spark a bilateral conflict over currency with one of our largest trading partners and fastest-growing markets for American exports, given almost stagnant economic growth.”

 

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