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April 10, 2014

Fred's Super Dollar on Wednesday reported sales of $191.2 million, up 1%, for the five-week fiscal month of March ended April 5, 2014.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Fred's Super Dollar on Wednesday reported sales of $191.2 million, up 1%, for the five-week fiscal month of March ended April 5, 2014.

Comparable store sales for the month decreased 1.2% compared with a decrease of 3% in the prior-year period.

April 10, 2014

Rite Aid on Thursday announced it has acquired Houston-based RediClinic, one of the nation’s leading operators of retail clinics.

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid on Thursday announced it has acquired Houston-based RediClinic, one of the nation’s leading operators of retail clinics. RediClinic currently operates 30 clinics in the greater Houston, Austin and San Antonio areas. Through the acquisition, RediClinic will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Rite Aid. 

Details of the transaction were not disclosed.

March 26, 2014

Coty’s Sally Hansen brand has unveiled its new bold Big Top Coats. From the glittery to the cracked, these new finishes help take manicures to the next level with a one-step alternative to nail art.

NEW YORK — Coty’s Sally Hansen brand has unveiled its new bold Big Top Coats. From the glittery to the cracked, these new finishes help take manicures to the next level with a one-step alternative to nail art.

The collection includes:

  • Big Glitter Top Coat;
  • Big Smoky Top Coat;
  • Big Shimmer Top Coat; and
  • Big Crackle Top Coat.

The top coats are priced at $5.99 each.

 

March 21, 2014

Grocer A&P has named company COO Paul Hertz as president and CEO, effective immediately.

MONTVALE, N.J. — Grocer A&P has named company COO Paul Hertz as president and CEO, effective immediately.

Hertz succeeds Sam Martin. In January, A&P confirmed Martin’s departure. Martin, a former OfficeMax executive joined A&P as CEO in July 2010, succeeding Ron Marshall, who left the company after serving less than six months at the helm.

March 20, 2014

Johnny Appleseed, a new brand from Anheuser-Busch, announced that its Johnny Appleseed Hard Apple Cider will debut on store shelves beginning April 7.

ST. LOUIS — Johnny Appleseed, a new brand from Anheuser-Busch, announced that its Johnny Appleseed Hard Apple Cider will debut on store shelves beginning April 7. More than 750 consumers from the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom help to co-design the brand — from taste profile to packaging, the company said.

March 19, 2014

Walgreens' Duane Reade stores will be promoting its allergy remedies on days with high allergy indexes through Poncho, a text- and email-based weather app, according to a story published by Mashable on Tuesday.

NEW YORK — Walgreens' Duane Reade stores will be promoting its allergy remedies on days with high allergy indexes through Poncho, a text- and email-based weather app, according to a story published by Mashable on Tuesday. 

The offering will be Poncho's first step into monetizing its service, according to the report. 

The promotion, which was negotiated by OMD Ignition Factory according to the report, will run through June 7.

March 10, 2014

Apparently, I am one of about 10 mil­lion unique users who, as this issue of DSN went to press, had entered their name into the interactive name genera­tor game that Slate.com posted to its site within hours of John Travolta having butchered singer Idina Menzel’s name at the Oscar Awards.

“Rosie Edbrards.”

That, according to the Adele Dazeem Generator is the “Travoltified” version of my name.

March 4, 2014

Procter & Gamble’s Braun has signed actress and beauty icon Jessica Alba as its new beauty brand ambassador.

LONDON — Procter & Gamble’s Braun has signed actress and beauty icon Jessica Alba as its new beauty brand ambassador.

The Golden Globe-nominated actress will be featured in a new integrated campaign for Braun, which will run across TV, print and online channels as well as in store beginning in March.

February 19, 2014

The Hertz Corp. and Costco in the U.K. have teamed up to bring short-term Hertz 24/7 van rental to Costco's members.

LONDON —The Hertz Corp. and Costco in the U.K. have teamed up to bring short-term Hertz 24/7 van rental to Costco's members. 

February 18, 2014

Well-known fashion brand Perry Ellis shipped in August a new namesake fragrance for men — Perry Ellis.

DORAL, Fla. — Well-known fashion brand Perry Ellis shipped in August a new namesake fragrance for men — Perry Ellis.

Playful and enticing, the brand’s new flagship fragrance is housed in a bottle inspired by the signature Perry Ellis “dot.” The dot is designed to evoke the heritage of the brand while lending a playful attitude.

February 18, 2014

Red Carpet Manicure has announced that it is expanding beyond the at-home LED gel polish category to enter the nail lacquer segment.


HAUPPAUGE, N.Y.  — Red Carpet Manicure has announced that it is expanding beyond the at-home LED gel polish category to enter the nail lacquer segment.
 

February 5, 2014

Nail care brand essie will be polishing models from tips to toes on the runway this season again at New York Fashion Week.

NEW YORK — Nail care brand essie will be polishing models from tips to toes on the runway this season again at New York Fashion Week.

This season essie will sponsor 26 shows including: Alexander Wang, Alice & Olivia, Altuzarra, Carolina Herrera, Costello Tagliapietra, DKNY, Donna Karan, DVF, Emerson, Helmut Lang, Heart Truth Red Dress, Herve Leger , Jenny Packham, Jill Stuart, Lisa Perry, Mathieu Mirano, Milly, Monique Lhuillier, Naeem Khan, Nanette Lepore, Nellie Partow, Opening Ceremony, Rebecca Minkoff, Reed Krakoff, Veronica Beard and Wes Gordon.

January 22, 2014

Coty has appointed Catia Cesari as SVP business development, mergers and acquisitions, effective Feb. 1.

NEW YORK — Coty Inc. has appointed Catia Cesari as SVP business development, mergers and acquisitions, effective Feb. 1. Cesari will join Coty's Executive Committee and will report jointly to CEO Michele Scannavini and CFO Patrice de Talhouët.

January 20, 2014

PonyBun Products has broadened its portfolio with three new colors — denim, plum and silver — for the crochet version of its PonyBun hair accessory.

CHICAGO — PonyBun Products has broadened its portfolio with three new colors — denim, plum and silver — for the crochet version of its PonyBun hair accessory.

The patented 3-in-1 design consists of a ponytail holder attached to a hair bun cover along with an integrated comb. In seconds, a woman can make a ponytail, tuck her hairdo inside the bun cover, and snug it firmly in place with the comb.

January 16, 2014

SheaMoisture is expanding its portfolio with the new Tahitian Noni & Monoi hair straightening collection, which offers users the freedom to wear straight or curly hair styles.

AMITYVILLE, N.Y. — SheaMoisture is expanding its portfolio with the new Tahitian Noni & Monoi hair straightening collection, which offers users the freedom to wear straight or curly hair styles.

The protein-based treatment products promise to smooth, soften and control frizz, leaving textured hair more manageable for up to four weeks.

January 16, 2014

Target is gearing up for spring with the launch of new Sonia Kashuk makeup, beauty tools and cosmetic bags available exclusively at Target beginning in March.

MINNEAPOLIS — Target is gearing up for spring with the launch of new Sonia Kashuk makeup, beauty tools and cosmetic bags available exclusively at Target beginning in March.

This season, the makeup artist, who has had a creative partnership with Target since 1999, is bringing to her collection new formulas for flawless skin, luxe metallic shadows and bold brights for lips and cheeks. New eye and facial makeup includes:

January 15, 2014

Why do dark horse companies win — and how do they win? That is the key focus of a new book by sales strategist and Elevation Forum founder Dan Mack, “Dark Horse: How Challenger Companies Rise to Prominence.”

NEW YORK — Why do dark horse companies win — and how do they win?

January 9, 2014

On a journey to bring fun and innovation to the hair accessories segment is TonyTail, which has more than 300 hair accessories and aims to add new products about every six months.

RAMON, Calif. — On a journey to bring fun and innovation to the hair accessories segment is TonyTail, which has more than 300 hair accessories and aims to add new products about every six months.

Products include its Mane Stain temporary hair color, which is simply brushed onto dry hair with an applicator; Clip-n-Dipped Ends, which are color-blended, faux-hair extensions; and iron-on jewels to add sparkle to hair.

January 9, 2014

Women are increasingly feeling empowered to achieve “go-natural” looks or salon-level results on their own, and as more beauty mavens embrace DIY styling, brands are responding with innovation.

Women are increasingly feeling empowered to achieve “go-natural” looks or salon-level results on their own, and as more beauty mavens embrace DIY styling, brands are responding with innovation.

(For the full category review, including sales data, click here.)

January 8, 2014

Hair care manufacturer Creme of Nature has announced that it is launching Straight from Eden, a new relaxer system that utilizes a straightening creme that is 100% derived from plants to make chemical straightening gentler on hair for better management with less dryness, damage and hair breakage.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Hair care manufacturer Creme of Nature has announced that it is launching Straight from Eden, a new relaxer system that utilizes a straightening creme that is 100% derived from plants to make chemical straightening gentler on hair for better management with less dryness, damage and hair breakage. The product will be in stores beginning this month.

December 30, 2013

Procter & Gamble’s Pantene brand has tapped supermodel Gisele Bündchen to be the face of the new Pantene campaign debuting in January 2014.

CINCINNATI — Procter & Gamble’s Pantene brand has tapped supermodel Gisele Bündchen to be the face of the new Pantene campaign debuting in January 2014, which will be the launch of the brand’s new first-ever, clinically-tested, anti-oxidant damage-blocking technology.

December 6, 2013

Holiday shopping got a big boost during Thanksgiving weekend, and most of the growth came from shopping on Thanksgiving itself rather than Black Friday, according to a new report.

ATLANTA — Holiday shopping got a big boost during Thanksgiving weekend, and most of the growth came from shopping on Thanksgiving itself rather than Black Friday, according to a new report.

First Data Corp., a payment processing company, released the SpendTrend report Friday, based on its tracking of same-store consumer spending by credit, signature debit, PIN debt, EBT, closed-loop prepaid cards and checks. The report found 9% growth over last year, compared with last year's 5.6% growth over 2011; by contrast, Black Friday spending growth was 3.4%.

December 5, 2013

Meijer will donate up to $10,000 to benefit three diaper banks in the Midwest, the mass merchandise retailer said Thursday.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Meijer will donate up to $10,000 to benefit three diaper banks in the Midwest, the mass merchandise retailer said Thursday.

December 2, 2013

With the allure of deep discounts, doorbuster promotions and extended store hours, shoppers visited more stores and spent more money across the days of Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday (Nov. 28-29) than they did last year, ShopperTrak reported Saturday.

CHICAGO — With the allure of deep discounts, doorbuster promotions and extended store hours, shoppers visited more stores and spent more money across the days of Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday than they did last year, ShopperTrak reported Saturday.

When compared to Thanksgiving and Black Friday last year, brick-and-mortar shopper traffic increased 2.8%, to as many as 1.1 billion store visits. Retail sales also increased by 2.3%, as shoppers spent an estimated total of $12.3 billion across the two days.

November 27, 2013

NEW YORK — Green Pharmaceuticals has drummed up some brand awareness for its SnoreStop stop-snoring solution with a controversial ad on Sunset Blvd. in Los Angeles, The Daily News reported last week