Amazon is testing two click-and-collect pickup spots in Seattle under a program dubbed AmazonFresh Pickup, which will handle a range of grocery and household items and be free for Amazon Prime members, the retailer said Tuesday. The company could open as many as 30 AmazonFresh Pickup points this year, analyst Scott Mushkin said.
Schnuck Markets has chosen Penske Logistics to operate a 915,000-square-foot fresh food warehouse in Missouri and reached an agreement with union workers at another warehouse in the state. The moves are part of the retailer's transition to a new structure in the supply chain.
SUPERVALU stores are holding the annual My Diabetes Coach campaign and offering services such as risk assessments and free glucose screenings. Through the campaign, which runs until June 17, stores will also host other events including classes led by pharmacists and store tours to help shoppers make more nutritious purchasing decisions.
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Australia-based cosmetics brand INIKA Organic is launching in the US market this week, with the goal of gaining shelf space at up to 200 stores by the end of the year. "There are no other brands that have as many certified organic products, that are truly certified organic, with the [certified] logo on the front, that are also vegan and also cruelty-free," said Tony Rechtman, founder and CEO of parent company Total Beauty Network.
Emma Bunton, the Spice Girl formerly known as Baby Spice, has launched online sales of biodegradable diapers and natural skincare products for babies and moms. The Kit & Kin site will offer subscription options, as well as sales of individual products.
H-E-B is the exclusive carrier of Qualitas Health's new line of alGeepa omega-3 supplements. The new products use omega-3 found in algae, feature AlmegaPL to help with omega-3 absorption and are GMO-free and vegan.
US consumers' attitudes toward fitness have evolved to focus on overall health and nutrition, and Instagram and other social sites are raising awareness of the latest workout plans and meal services. "Until a few years ago, people learned about the latest workout or plan in the magazines, but now they more likely than not found it on Instagram," said Stephen Boidock of branding agency Drumroll.
Facebook is trialing relevant ads at the bottom of Instant Articles, in the related articles section. Also, the platform recently announced that ads in Instant Articles can now be placed every 250 words, instead of every 350 words.
Formulators are key to creating natural cosmetics and personal care products, while replacing plastic microbeads with more natural ingredients could place brands using conventional and synthetic components on the fast track to the naturals market, according to Andrea Mitarotonda, head of research and development for organic skin care brand Neal's Yard Remedies. "From an efficacy point of view, the higher selectivity of biotech reactions can bring more performing ingredients as well," he said.