L'Oreal has acquired augmented reality firm ModiFace, which launched in 2001 and has worked with L'Oreal and other brands, including Covergirl and retailers Ulta and Sephora, to create apps and in-store tech. "Beauty is all about the visual impression of products, and AR fits this field perfectly with the ability to preview looks, products and shades," said ModiFace CEO Parham Aarabi.
A minimalist approach to work can improve productivity by sharpening your focus on the task at hand, writes Laura Small. A less-is-more strategy also means clearing physical and virtual workspaces of unnecessary stuff and mentally appreciating what you have, she writes.
NRF was one of 45 US trade groups that penned a letter to President Donald Trump on Sunday, asking him to reconsider proposed tariffs on goods from China. Tariffs would raise prices and hurt job growth, and the letter urges Trump to work with the business community and economic experts to find more effective solutions to China's protectionist practices.
Claire's Stores has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy with a plan to cut about $1.9 billion in debt. The girls' accessories retailer has secured a $135 million commitment for bankruptcy financing from Citigroup.
Retailers favored by consumers at both ends of the income spectrum are succeeding amid a changing retail scene, while those in the middle are struggling, according to a new Deloitte report. Merchants are also continuing to blur the lines between in-store and offline retail, according to a separate report from NRF and Forrester Research.
Three cargo-moving robots have been deployed since last year at the FedEx logistics hub in Kernersville, N.C., additions that are expected to change but not necessarily eliminate jobs for the facility's 1,300 employees. The robots move items that are too big or bulky for the conveyor belts.
Despite the convenience of the quick text or e-mail, leaders and staff still need to talk in person to avoid misunderstandings and build relationships, argues Scott Mabry. Face-to-face interactions lead to better body language, fuller attention and a greater likelihood of clarity, he writes.
Sales of natural and organic products have risen 8% over the past year with "no sign of slowing," said Tracy Miedema of Presence Marketing. Among the products trending in the category are beverages infused with functional herbs, bone broth and grain-free products, Miedema said.
Kraft Heinz Ingredients has unveiled prototypes of several new flavored nut products as the firm prepares to enter the nut snacking category. "The outlook for nuts is positive because they are used in many of the food and beverage products produced by some of our largest CPG customers," said James Clinton Francis, associate brand manager with Kraft Heinz Ingredients.
Knorr's new content marketing tool analyzes consumers' Instagram user data to seek clues about what they would like to eat for dinner. The Eat Your Feed platform then suggests recipes that include Knorr's products, and even allows Instagram users to add ingredients to their shopping carts.