Shopify and Chinese retailer JD.com have entered into a strategic partnership to make it easier for U.S merchants to sell to consumers in China.
Fragrance and taste company Firmenich has entered into a strategic partnership with Harmay, a retail brand in China.
Indonesian beauty products start-up Social Bella is in talks with investors to raise between US$150 million to US$200 million as part of a growth push to boost its valuation past US$1 billion, giving it unicorn status, according to Bloomberg.
The South Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) is poised to ban the use of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and eight perfluorinated compounds in cosmetics, according to a report published by Chemical Watch.
Shiseido-owned Cle de Peau is marking its 40th birthday with the appointment of three new global brand ambassadors, Dakota Fanning, Diana Silvers, and Ella Balinska.
Clarins has released a statement concerning a data security incident that may affect its Singaporean customers, according to a report published by The Singapore Time.
L’Oréal Travel Retail Asia Pacific updates flagship boutiques in Haitang Bay with eco-friendly designs and beauty innovations
L’Oréal Travel Retail Asia Pacific has unveiled new looks of its Lancôme, Kiehl’s and YSL Beauté flagship boutiques at CDF Mall in Haitang Bay, which includes sustainable designs and beauty tech innovations.
Shanghai Chicmax Cosmetic company is reportedly planning an initial public offering (IPO) in Hong Kong as early as this year, according to Bloomberg.com.
Charles & Keith has cut the ribbon on a concept store at Kaohsiung E Sky Mall. The new space is the brand’s third such boutique to open across the globe since October.
Good Glamm Group has announced that Plixxo, MissMalini, Winkl and Vidooly have come together as the Good Creator Co. As part of the move, Good Glamm has stealth-mode acquired Winkl and Vidooly, which have both been spun off as part of the Good Creator Co.
Bombay Shaving Co has closed a Rs160 crore funding round led by Malabar Investments, according to a report published by Times of India. Other participants included Patni Advisors and Singularity AMC.
Shiseido is celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2022, and is recognizing the launch with a new advertising campaign.
L’Oréal India has appointed Sujay Ray as Head of Digital Marketing, according to Exchange 4 Media.
Indian e-commerce platform Purplle has announced the acquisition of cosmetics brand Faces Canada from Sequoia India, according to a report published by the Economic Times.
Shiseido has announced a three-year global strategic partnership with internet and technology company Tencent via its China subsidiary.
Chinese regulators have frozen assets belonging to Shanghai Dowell, owner of cosmetics brand Tin’Secret, valued at approximately CNY600 million, according to a report published by Nikkei Asia.
If ever there was a test designed to sort the wheat from the chaff, it was 2020. Some emerged from the pandemic’s salient year bigger and better (looking at you Amazon, LVMH), others, not so much. Indeed, 2021’s results provided an instant litmus test into the health of a given company after 2020 had done its worst. From Q1, we could see those who were bouncing back bigger and better and, in contrast, those who were still struggling.
While most companies pay at least lip service to sustainability, even as planet-friendly has become essential for CPG success, there are those continuing to resist – and that resistance comes in one of two forms: either everything goes suspiciously quiet or, worse, companies shout loudly but their claims don’t stand up to scrutiny.
Pre-pandemic, North America’s digital channel was under developed, especially compared to China and, in some cases, not much has changed. While some have adopted a more sophisticated approach to digital engagement, others have continued to dictate, not engage. This dogged determination to market at, not converse with, their audience won’t wash for long and shoppers have started to scroll on by.
As the COVID-19 pandemic categorically failed to be ‘all over by Christmas’ and rolled on and on into 2021, one thing became clear; those retailers who had hoped to ‘ride it out’ had some catching up to do….
The pandemic killed the global supply chain as we knew it and several suppliers, manufacturers and retailers have struggled to come to terms with that in 2021. The result? Empty shelves, rising inflation and a stark choice between passing on the rising costs to consumers or taking a hit on margin to come.
Throughout 2020, there was much talk of ‘building back better’ and we expected our post-pandemic world to be a green, eco-friendly utopia. However, as 2021 bought renewed lockdowns and restrictions, has our ‘happy ever after’ transpired? Certainly, sustainable beauty is evolving, new targets have been set and we are asking more. We want products with soul and that comes hand in hand with planet-friendly.
Cast your mind back to early 2020. Did you think COVID-19 would be ‘all over by Christmas’ or were you more inclined to dig in for the long term? Two years on, with several countries grappling with a fourth wave and Omicron surging, the doomsayers aren’t looking so ridiculous and those who decided to ‘wait it out’ rather than pivot are struggling still as restrictions persist far longer than anyone predicted and the end of the pandemic proves elusive.
Retailers faced some almost insurmountable challenges in 2021 – from renewed lockdowns shuttering bricks and mortar locations to the ongoing supply chain crisis and labor shortages, it’s a wonder any survived.
Supply chain disruption prompted by pandemic shutdowns has persisted throughout 2021 and only those able to think on their feet and come up with workarounds can thrive in this environment. Investment in local sourcing, safeguarding raw materials supply, local manufacturing hubs, a flexible approach to logistics and the ability to generate power on site have all been crucial for success in the past 12 months.
Good Glamm Group expands further into influencer marketing with MissMalini Entertainment acquisition
Good Glamm Group is expanding its content-to-commerce strategy with the acquisition of MissMalini Entertainment, an Indian media and influencer talent management network.
The Tata Group is set to re-enter the Indian cosmetics market following its exit 23 years ago, according to a report by Forbes.
J-beauty company, Mandom Corp has recalled four scalp care products after receiving reports of adverse reactions in those allergic to eggs, according to a report published by Mainichi.
Nebula Brands has announced that it has closed a US$50 million Series B funding round led by L Catterton Asia.
Shiseido has announced that its open innovation program, led by Shiseido Research Institute, fibona, has decided to start collaborating with overseas start-up companies. The Co-creation program has selected Korea’s LABnPEOPLE Co as its first overseas partner.
IMCD China has announced the acquisition of 100 percent of the shares of Shanghai Syntec Additive and Shanghai Weike Additive, jointly “Syntec’.
Chanel Korea workers threaten strike action over unpaid wages and sexual harassment in the workplace
hanel Korea workers have threatened strike action over unpaid wages and the company’s lagging efforts to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace, according to a report by the Korea Herald.
Life science ingredients distributor has announced an agreement to acquire a majority stake in the distribution functions of India-based Gangwal Chemicals.
Shiseido has announced the candidates for the Directors and Audit & Supervisory Board Members to replace exiting External Director Yoshiaki Fujimori.
Australia’s Supreme Court has found in favor of Mecca in a case it bought against Hourglass Cosmetics over a breached exclusivity agreement, according to a report published by News.com.
Pola Orbis has announced a series of personnel and organizational changes as it reshuffles its leadership team. Naotaka Hashi, previously General Manager of the Corporate Communications Division is set to take on a new, additional role of Corporate Officer in Charge of PR, IR, CSR and Sustainability.
Hindustan Unilever has announced that it has met its goal to eliminate coal usage across its operations, replacing the fossil fuel with greener alternatives such as biomass suppliers and biodiesel.
Procter & Gamble and AS Watson Group have announced the launch of a co-created Japan skin care brand. Aio, as the new line has been dubbed, will be available in Watsons stores and online throughout the Greater China markets.
Beauty and wellness appointment booking app Booksy is set to expand its presence in the EMEA region via the acquisition of French salon management and booking software, Kiute.
Indian cosmetics and fashion retailer Nykaa is eyeing a huge retail expansion, with Founder and Chief Executive Falguni Nayar stating it will triple its bricks and mortar stores to 300, according to a report by Reuters.
Italian health and beauty provider Sodalis has acquired the German-based Lornamead company and brands Brisk, Rapid White and Triple Dry brands in the UK from Meiyume, a member of the Fung Group.
Shiseido’s restaurant L’Osier has been awarded three stars in the Michelin Guide Tokyo 2022 for the fourth consecutive year.
LG Group is poised to announce one of its periodic management reshuffles, according to a report published by the Korea Times.
Kao, together with Lion, Welcia Yakkyoku and Hamakyorex, has started field testing for a new process designed to recycle used household product refill film packaging.
Kao has announced that, following a proposal submitted to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, its Space Laundry Sheet and 3D Space Shampoo Sheet have been selected for adoption and will be used onboard the International Space Station (ISS) from 2022.
P&G-owned Head & Shoulders and FC Barcelona have renewed their partnership agreement for another season. The hair care brand will remain a Partner of the Club with exclusivity as the Official Shampoo of FC Barcelona in Indonesia until June 30, 2022.
Estée Lauder Companies has appointed a SK-II exec YoeGin Chang as Senior Vice President of its La Mer brand, according to a report by Marketing Interactive.
AmorePacific teams up with BTS on Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask inspired by group’s ‘Permission to Dance’ tour
morepacific has teamed up with Korean boyband BTS on a new limited edition Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask, inspired by the group’s Permission to Dance’ tour.
Together with the World Surf League, Shiseido has delivered the We Are One Ocean petition to the UN Convention on Biodiversity.
Yatsen Holding has announced its financial results for the third quarter of fiscal 2021. The Chinese beauty company reported total net revenues of RMB1.34 billion for the three months to September 30, 2021, a rise of 6 percent on the prior-year period.