9 Takeaways From WSL Strategic Retail’s Annual Health Symposium

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By Emily Burns, JUNE 06, 2024 || BeautyInc – A Publication of WWD Speakers hailed from key wellness companies including The Vitamin Shoppe, CVS Health, Kroger Health, HerMD and more. On Thursday, WSL Strategic Retail hosted its annual health symposium, this year titled “Beyond Wellness: The Future of Health. What Shoppers Really Want.” Hosted in ... Read more

Wellness Represents a Significant Opportunity for Retailers

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WWD | By Ellen Thomas on August 31, 2020 Wellness represents a significant opportunity for mass-market retailers, but they've only just begun to democratize a concept long associated with luxury. Five years ago, when Thrive Market, a membership-based e-commerce retailer that sells natural and organic food and wellness products, launched its web site, people who joined were considered ... Read more

Post Neiman’s, Luxe Beauty Brands Explore Options

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With Neiman Marcus filing Chapter 11 and the specialty channel in flux, ultra-prestige beauty brands are exploring their options. By Jenny B. Fine on May 15, 2020 // WWD, Beauty Inc. Chanel. La Mer. Sisley. La Prairie. When the Neiman Marcus Group filed for Chapter 11 protection late last week, the top 20 unsecured creditors included four beauty (or beauty-related, ... Read more

Through the Retail Industry Lens: Consumers and Wellness

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Strategist and CEO Wendy Liebmann takes retail’s temperature in the days of COVID-19 Fiona Soltes // NRF Contributor  //  May 1, 2020 If the coronavirus pandemic has put a spotlight on one thing, it’s certainly our health. Being well and staying “safe” have become drivers for a multitude of attitudes and thoughts. Even before the virus ... Read more

How Coronavirus Could Change Beauty’s Commitment to Sustainability

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Companies are doubling down on social issues over environmental. By Ellen Thomas on April 17, 2020 // Beauty Inc. - WWD In a pandemic-stricken world, beauty companies are acknowledging that caring for the planet means caring for people, and vice versa. For the beauty industry, the sustainability conversation often revolves heavily around reducing plastics and packaging, but the widespread economic fallout and ... Read more

Consumers Will Continue to Embrace Online Shopping After Crisis Ends

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Wendy Liebmann of WSL Strategic Retail predicted consumers will also cut spending and seek to trade down. By Jean E. Palmieri // WWD, April 9, 2020 Consumer behavior will change dramatically when the coronavirus crisis is finally resolved. That will include a lasting dependence on online shopping and a marked trend toward trading down. In a webinar ... Read more

Retail Brands’ Reckoning: How They Treat Workers Matters

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BY SARAH MAHONEY // Media Post, April 3, 2020 Much of the COVID-19 crisis has focused on retailer behavior. There’s the good: Opening an hour early, just for seniors! The bad: Forcing employees to work without protective gear! And mostly, there’s a vast in-between, with stores serving customers in a climate where every transaction poses a potentially fatal ... Read more

Business on top, pajamas underneath: Walmart is selling work shirts, but not so many pants

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BY JACOB BOGAGE // The Washington Post, March 28, 2020 With the rise of video conferences, workers realize they need professional tops, but not bottoms. A few more shelves might be looking bare at Walmarts around the country, or at least a few more bins empty at fulfillment warehouses. Customers are making a run on tops: shirts, ... Read more

‘Medtailing’, Medical & Retail, Is Here To Stay

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BY KAREN KROLL // National Retail Federation, February 26, 2020 Changing demographics are helping drive continued interest in the mix of retail and health care. While many areas of bricks-and-mortar retailing face headwinds, one shows signs of growth and promise: health care and medical services offered within stores and shopping centers. These services extend beyond the pharmacies ... Read more

Macy’s Plan to Build Private Label Brands Faces Tough Odds

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BY PHIL WAHBA // Fortune, February 11, 2020 Macy's wants to take more of its fate into its own hands. One of the key components of the comeback plan the struggling department store company unveiled to Wall Street last week is its ambition to turn four of its long-established in-house fashion brands—I.N.C. International Concepts, Alfani, Style & Co, and Charter ... Read more

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