Kroger launches $20M renovation plan for former Marsh stores | Amazon to launch sales of Sears' Kenmore appliances | Raley's recruits wellness experts to guide healthy choices
July 21, 2017
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Kroger launches $20M renovation plan for former Marsh stores
Kroger launches $20M renovation plan for former Marsh stores
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Kroger will invest $20 million to renovate seven former Marsh Supermarkets the retailer acquired after Marsh filed for bankruptcy earlier this year, and the retailer will reopen two of the stores under Kroger's Pay Less banner and five under its namesake banner. Kroger purchased 11 Marsh stores in total, and a task force is studying the options for the four stores not included in the renovation plans, the company said.
The Indianapolis Star (tiered subscription model) (7/19) 
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Amazon to launch sales of Sears' Kenmore appliances
Amazon to launch sales of Sears' Kenmore appliances
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Amazon will start selling Sears' Kenmore brand appliances online as part of the e-commerce giant's push to expand into home appliances and furniture, the companies said Thursday. Under the deal, Amazon will own the inventory, which will be shipped from Sears' warehouses, a Sears spokesman said.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (7/20) 
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Raley's recruits wellness experts to guide healthy choices
Raley's Supermarket has added positions such as "wellness specialists" and "wellness champions" to help make shopping for healthy products easier without casting judgment on shoppers. The new positions and the addition of store "wellness hubs" are part of a two-year effort by the retailer to boost its health and wellness offerings and appeal to more health-conscious consumers.
The Sacramento Bee (Calif.) (tiered subscription model) (7/20) 
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General Merchandise and Health Beauty Wellness News
Sephora to test Sephora Studio boutique format
Sephora to test Sephora Studio boutique format
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Sephora, known for its large-format stores packed with beauty products from a slew of brands, will experiment with a neighborhood boutique format dubbed Sephora Studio. The first will open on Boston's Newbury Street on Friday, with a curated collection of products that's focused more on makeup and less on fragrance and skin care.
Fast Company online (7/20) 
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Meaningful Beauty updates packaging, adds 4 new products
Meaningful Beauty updates packaging, adds 4 new products
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Meaningful Beauty, the skincare brand launched by Cindy Crawford, is switching up its packaging and introducing four new products with updated formulas, including a moisturizer that filters blue light from screens. The new products will debut in Ulta Beauty stores on Aug. 20, before rolling out on Amazon and QVC.
Women's Wear Daily (subscription required) (7/21) 
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Rau Hotu Tahiti aims to bring organic beauty oils to the US
Organic beauty oils company Rau Hotu Tahiti is seeking USDA organic certification so it can expand into North America. The business' virgin coconut, monoi and tamanu oils are already deemed organic under three European-based certification programs.
CosmeticsDesign (7/20) 
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Innovation and Retail Technology
Shoppers hope for tech innovation after Amazon-Whole Foods merger
Shoppers hope for tech innovation after Amazon-Whole Foods merger
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Consumers want Amazon's impending ownership of Whole Foods Market to lead to more in-store tech innovation, starting with cashier-free checkouts, according to a survey by ChargeItSpot. Shoppers also said they wanted the merger to bring lower prices and create new pickup spots for Amazon purchases.
CNBC (7/20) 
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GoldieBlox champions women inspiring the next generation with #BeLikeHer
GoldieBlox champions women inspiring the next generation with #BeLikeHer
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Girl-focused toy brand GoldieBlox's new in-house campaign is celebrating the achievements of women over the past year, including Hillary Clinton and the female scientists of "Hidden Figures," with YouTube stars Heaven King and JillianTubeHD. A spot with girls dressed up as their heroes says, "Girls can't run the world until someone shows them how," and it asks viewers to share which women inspire them on social media using the hashtag #BeLikeHer.
Advertising Age (7/18),  Adweek (7/20),  Campaign US (free registration) (7/18) 
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Industry and Consumer trends
Why brands are betting on Instagram animal influencers
Brands such as The Body Shop, Smashbox, Urban Decay and Too Faced are tapping into the social popularity of pets by using influencer dogs and other animals on Instagram. "The content outperforms because it tends to get higher engagement, has more viral potential and people are more likely to tag their friends," The Dog Agency's Loni Edwards says.
Business Insider (7/20) 
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