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GMDC Matters

GMDC and FMI PARTNERING ON HEALTH AND WELLNESS CONFERENCE

Food Marketing Institute and Global Market Development Center recently announced plans for the two associations to partner in offering a comprehensive conference in 2013, focused on health, beauty and wellness.

The FMI and GMDC event will take place May 31 through June 4, 2013, at the JW Marriott Hill Country in San Antonio, Texas. Food retailers and wholesalers, health and beauty suppliers, pharmacists, dietitians and other health related professionals will come together to explore solutions to meet the broad spectrum of health and wellness needs of consumers ...

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GMDC ANNOUNCES ADDITION OF KELLEE HARDY TO MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENT

The Global Market Development Center of Colorado Springs, Colo., a trade association and growth enabler for retail and wholesale General Merchandise and Health Beauty Wellness industries through collaboration, productivity and knowledge, is pleased to announce that Kellee Hardy, former Marketing Specialist for Bold Technologies, has been hired to serve as Communications Specialist ...

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      SOCIAL MEDIA


Walgreens adds Sharecare's 'answers' tab to Facebook page
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Walgreens, one of the largest drugstore chains in the U.S., is partnering with health information provider Sharecare to launch a new Facebook feature that will give consumers access to a comprehensive, searchable drug, supplement and wellness database. More

LinkedIn CEO: Advertisers will follow audience
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Will ads, the slowest-growing part of LinkedIn's business at 77 percent growth from last year, become a bigger part of the business? CEO Jeff Weiner, speaking at Federated Media Publishing's Signal SF conference in San Francisco, says so. More

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Business-to-business marketers eye social media for lead generation
eMarketer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It's no surprise that business-to-business marketers and agencies are looking for leads online. A February 2012 survey of B2B marketing and agency professionals by "BtoB Magazine" found 59 percent view lead generation as their greatest online marketing challenge. To meet that goal, marketers are exploring new channels in 2012, particularly social media — and for many, the approach is working. More

Smart retailers survive, thrive on smartphones, social networks
Forbes    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
With technological advances aiding brick-and-mortar retailers in reaching customers in new ways (social media and handheld device applications), things are becoming just a wee bit creepy. While most retailer fun facts are public knowledge and could be found through a run of the mill Google search or on Edgar, what is not so plain to see is how retailers are quietly entering your mind. More

Is Pinterest the next Facebook?
Fortune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
"Fortune" takes an exclusive look inside Pinterest CEO Ben Silbermann's social media sensation as investors and businesses alike try to figure out how they can get in on the action. More

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     E-COMMERCE


Unilever unveils online forum to attract outside innovation help
Bloomberg News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Unilever, the world's second-biggest consumer products maker, unveiled a website to gather and assess ideas from outside the company as it looks to bolster sales from new products and improve environmental practices. The site will focus on sustainable business ideas, such as technologies to lower the cost of providing safe drinking water, Roger Leech, Unilever's open innovation scouting director, said in a March 15 interview. More

Increase e-commerce revenue with continuous application performance management
Retail Online Integration    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Consumers expect fast, highly interactive, cutting-edge and visually appealing e-commerce applications. Therefore it's vital to manage and optimize application performance to delight users. Traditional application performance management solutions haven't kept pace with the demands of Web 2.0, so next-generation solutions have stepped in to bridge the gap. More



February brings $1.6 billion in e-commerce and digital deals
Internet Retailer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Deals for digital media and e-commerce companies comprised 37 percent of the 224 merger and acquisition transactions among marketing, media, technology and service companies announced in February, according to investment banking firm Petsky Prunier LLC. It valued the 83 digital media and commerce deals at approximately $1.66 billion, or about 14 percent of the month's total of $11.49 billion. More

PayPal: Mobile cloud will lead the way with mobile payments
Mobile Commerce Daily    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
PayPal has its eye on several digital wallet initiatives — all of them aimed at storing information in the cloud and making it easier for merchants and consumers to buy products on a variety of different devices. More

Mobile: A state of mind, not a buzzword
Mobile Commerce Daily    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Mobile is not a channel. It is not a buzzword or a check-boxed decision. Mobile is a key component of an integrated sales solution. To establish deep relationships with consumers and to capitalize on incremental sales opportunities when they happen, marketers must change the way they think about mobile. Marketers must think about mobile first. More

When do QR codes work?
Mobile Commerce Daily    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Are QR codes all hype, or are they a valuable mobile marketing tool? In June 2011, 14 million people nationwide used them — an impressive number, given the fact that QR readers must be downloaded, not to mention the confusion created by different types of codes and tags. It is clear that QR codes have their place. More

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     INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS


US stores learn how to ship to foreign shoppers
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Macy's has long marketed itself as a shopping destination for visitors to the United States. It offers a savings card with a 10 percent discount for foreign shoppers, custom programs for tour groups and travel agents, and a tourism Web site that lists shopping events and recommended hotels near Macy's flagship stores. But only last year did Macys.com — which shoppers worldwide can look at — offer overseas shipping. More

QVC starts new venture in China
Retailing Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
QVC is building a presence in China through a new joint venture with Beijing-based China National Radio (CNR), China's government-owned radio division. Through this partnership, CNR and QVC will jointly operate a multimedia retailing business in China through the CNR Mall TV shopping channel and its e-commerce website, leveraging the strengths and resources of each company. More

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      GENERAL MERCHANDISE


Kimberly-Clark Corporation makes executive changes
PRNewswire    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Kimberly-Clark Corporation announced executive changes that further enhance its focus to deliver its global business plan commitments and drive global expansion. Christian Brickman, 47, currently president of Kimberly-Clark Professional, has been elected president, Kimberly-Clark International, and is succeeding Bob Black, who is leaving to pursue opportunities outside the organization. Elane Stock, 47, senior vice president and chief strategy officer for Kimberly-Clark, has been elected president, Kimberly-Clark Professional, succeeding Brickman. More

Matt Preston's must-have gadget
Adelaide Now    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
What is the Holy Grail in the kitchen? There are many but the most vexing must be the perfect cooking of meat and fish. What makes the correct cooking so important is that overcooked proteins tend to be dry and tough. But meat thermometers cost between $12 and $40, which is a comparatively small price to ensure that your expensive meat and fish is cooked the way you want. More

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      HEALTH BEAUTY WELLNESS


Novartis launches once-daily bronchodilator for COPD
Pharmaceutical Business Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Novartis Pharmaceuticals has launched once-daily Arcapta Neohaler (indacaterol inhalation powder) 75mcg in the U.S. The once-daily, long-acting beta2-agonist approved in the US is an inhaled, steroid-free chronic obstructive pulmonary disease treatment. More

Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Lotion Sunscreen makes silky smooth skin the hottest accessory this sun season
PRNewswire    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Because great style starts with great skin, Hawaiian Tropic® Sun Care is taking its newest product — Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration™ lotion sunscreen — to the runway this summer as the official sun care sponsor of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2013 Collections in Miami. The first and only sunscreen with hydrating silk ribbons for continuous in-sun moisture, new Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration™ lotion sunscreen nourishes parched skin, making it silky smooth. More

Walgreens, Chicago Health System remind CHS patients to redeem flu shot vouchers by March 31 to help increase flu vaccination rates throughout Chicago area
Business Wire    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Walgreens and Chicago Health System (CHS), a subsidiary of Vanguard Health Systems, are reminding CHS patients who were given a flu shot voucher from Walgreens to redeem the voucher by the end of the month and help increase flu vaccination rates throughout the Chicago area. Through this program, the health system distributed approximately 25,000 vouchers in January to CHS patients who have not received the vaccination. More

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      BUSINESS AND CONSUMER INSIGHTS


Report: Consumers want to live well with less
Grocery Headquarters    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From the unstable economy and stubborn unemployment rates to frugal consumers and high commodity prices, there has been endless discussion around the challenges facing CPG marketers during the last few years. All is not doom and gloom, though. The latest research from SymphonyIRI Group's Times & Trends, "CPG 2011 Year in Review: The Search for Footing in an Evolving Marketplace," uncovers several exciting trends taking place in everything from new product development and technology to store layouts and consumer shopping patterns. More

Kroger: 1 company with many names and variations
Supermarket News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Kroger may be the closest thing the U.S. has to a national, traditional supermarket chain, but even its nearly 2,500 grocery and multidepartment stores across the U.S. vary considerably by market and operate under a dozen different banners. "Being a company that has been developed in a series of acquisitions with multiple banners in multiple markets, I think it's fair to say that there isn't one 'Kroger,'" said Neil Stern, senior partner, McMillan Doolittle, Chicago. More

Retailers mix multicultural and general marketing
Advertising Age    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
No one lives the "total market" — the term used to describe the blending of the general and multicultural markets — like Walmart. In February, Gisel Ruiz was elevated to executive vice president-COO at Walmart, and Rosalind G. "Roz" Brewer was named president-CEO of Sam's Club, becoming the first woman and the first African-American to hold the CEO title at a Walmart unit. Brewer's successor as president of one of Walmart's three U.S. regions is Hispanic. More

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       RETAIL UPDATES


Safeway, Target, OfficeMax among 'most ethical' companies
Retailing Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Ethisphere Institute, which describes itself as a leading international think-tank dedicated to the creation, advancement and sharing of best practices in business ethics, corporate social responsibility, anti-corruption and sustainability, has released its sixth annual selection of the World's Most Ethical Companies. Among this year's list of 145 organizations are several top U.S. retailers, including Safeway, Wegmans, Whole Foods, Costco, Target, Best Buy, OfficeMax and Petco. More

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      FINANCIAL


Easter spending is expected to hop up 11 percent this year
Drug Store News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
While intentions aren't always equal to results, if the National Retail Federation's predictions are correct, consumers will be shelling out quite a bit of cash this Easter. According to NRF's Easter spending survey, conducted by BIGinsight, Americans will spend an average of $145.28 on everything from apparel and candy to food and decorations this year, up 11 percent from $131.04 last year. Total spending is expected to reach $16.8 billion. More

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      EXECUTIVE UPDATES


New merchandising leader arrives at OfficeMax
Retailing Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
OfficeMax has named a new executive to lead its merchandising initiatives, including category management, strategic product planning, global sourcing, private label expansion and cost of goods sold. The company announced that Ronald Lalla has been named EVP, chief merchandising officer, effective March 19. He will report to Michael Lewis, EVP, president retail. More

Kimberly-Clark announces executive changes
PR Newswire    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Kimberly-Clark Corporation recently announced executive changes that further enhance its focus to deliver its global business plan commitments and drive global expansion. Christian Brickman, 47, currently president of Kimberly-Clark Professional, has been elected president, Kimberly-Clark International, and is succeeding Bob Black, who is leaving to pursue opportunities outside the organization. Elane Stock, 47, senior vice president and chief strategy officer for Kimberly-Clark, has been elected president, Kimberly-Clark Professional, succeeding Brickman. These changes are effective May 1, 2012. More

Dollar Tree president/CEO joins The Fresh Market Board
Progressive Grocer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The board of directors of The Fresh Market Inc. has elected Bob Sasser, president and CEO of Dollar Tree Stores, as a new member, effective immediately. Sasser joined Chesapeake, Va.-based Dollar Tree as COO in 1999. He has been president of the company since 2001 and CEO since 2004. In his current role, he oversees all aspects of Dollar Tree's retail business in the United States and Canada. More

Longtime Kroger executive to head Delta division
Retailing Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Longtime Kroger executive Tim Brown will now be responsible for stores in western Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, Arkansas and Missouri as president of the company's Delta division. Brown, 52, has been VP operations in the company's division, based in Roanoke, Va., since 2011; before that he served as the Mid-Atlantic division's vice president of merchandising since 2009. More

Sears tabs Lukes to lead real estate development
HFN    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
David Lukes has joined Sears Holdings as president of real estate development. Lukes is responsible for leading the company's efforts to further develop certain of its real estate assets, including those that are no longer used as stores. More

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