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January 2017

Thu
19

P&G Adds Beach Plastic to Supply Chain

The Procter & Gamble Company announced that its Head & Shoulders brand will produce the world’s first recyclable shampoo bottle made from up to 25% recycled beach plastic.
Tue
17

Former Google Exec Joins Mattel as CEO

Mattel, Inc. has tapped former Google executive Margaret Georgiadis as its next chief executive officer.
Tue
17

Kellogg Canada’s Newest Products Cater to Consumers

From quinoa and dark chocolate to mixed nuts and real fruit pieces, Kellogg Canada debuted new products featuring real, visible ingredients and appealing flavors to meet the needs of Canadian consumers.
Mon
16

PetSmart Boosts Supplier Community Management

PetSmart has gone live with CBX Cloud to streamline product development, sourcing, quality and supplier community management.
Mon
16

Land O'Lakes Snags Next COO from Cargill

The move marks the re-unification of all Land O'Lakes Dairy businesses under one executive in a new position for the company.
Mon
16

Ahold, Sephora Join Product Sourcing Platform

Ahold USA has partnered with RangeMe in an effort to source more women-owned and minority-owned businesses; Sephora aims to reinforce its commitment to finding ground-breaking products.
Mon
16

Callaway Golf Strengthens Presence with OGIO Acquisition

The acquisition is expected to enhance Callaway's presence in golf while also providing a platform for future growth in the lifestyle category.
Fri
13

Gartner: IT Spending to Grow 2.7% in 2017

Worldwide IT spending will grow 2.7% to $3.5 trillion in 2017, according to projections from Gartner, Inc. The latest forecast downgrades earlier projections of 3% growth for the year.
Thu
12

L’Oreal Supports Data-Driven Hair Care

L’Oreal’s Research and Innovation Technology Incubator brings two companies together to provide beauty consumers with data to better care for their hair.
Thu
12

Coty Thinks Social, E-Commerce with Latest Deal

Coty Inc. has entered into a partnership with Younique, an online peer-to-peer social selling platform in beauty.
Thu
12

L'Oreal Acquires Three Valeant Brands

L'Oreal announced the signing of a definitive agreement with Valeant to acquire the CeraVe, AcneFree and Ambi skincare brands.
Thu
12

Under Armour Unveils Sleepwear Backed by Science

Under Armour’s newest system includes first recovery sleepwear line created in collaboration with Tom Brady, using bioceramics technology, to help athletes optimize rest and recovery.
Wed
11

Stanley Black & Decker Buys Craftsman Brand

The transaction gives Stanley Black & Decker the rights to develop, manufacture and sell Craftsman-brand products in non-Sears Holdings retail, industrial and online sales channels across the U.S. and in other countries.
Wed
11

General Mills Snacks on Trends

General Mills has tailored its 2017 new-product lineup to capitalize on what the consumer packaged goods company see as "a dramatic rise in snacking around the globe as consumers adapt their eating habits to increasingly busy lifestyles."
Tue
10

McCormick, Shazam Recognize 'Pure Genius'

Scanning logos on packets, POS and TV spots provides recipe hacks with content, coupons
Mon
09

Accenture Boosts IoT Chops with Design Shop Buy

Accenture announced the acquisition of Altitude, a product design and innovation firm based in Boston.
Fri
06

ShopRite CIO Named to Shopper Marketing Hall of Fame

Cheryl Williams, chief information officer at Wakefern Food Corp., has been named to Shopper Marketing and the Path to Purchase Institute's Hall of Fame.
Thu
05

Armani Exchange Enters Connected Wearables Market

The introduction of a new line of hybrid smartwatches marks the beginning of multiple wearable innovations slated for 2017, all building momentum for the launch of the first Armani Exchange touchscreen smartwatch.
Thu
05

Kimberly-Clark Calls for Digital Innovations

Kimberly-Clark and its Digital Innovation Lab has renewed a global call for open-source innovation to find new ways of connecting with digitally savvy consumers.
Wed
04

Retail Solutions Names New CEO

Retail Solutions, Inc.'s Board of Directors has appointed Bert Clement as the company's new Chief Executive Officer.
Wed
04

IDC: Consumers Are Shifting Their Digital Spend

Consumer spending on digital devices, services, and content will increase $3.4 trillion worldwide by 2020, according to International Data Corp. But while overall digital spending is going up, exactly what consumers spend their money on is evolving as the market matures.
Tue
03

ThreeSixty Buys Sharper Image Brand

ThreeSixty Group closed out 2016 by announcing its acquisition of The Sharper Image brand and its intellectual property assets from Iconix Brand Group for $100 million in cash.
Mon
02

Study: DTC Still Not an Option for Many CGs

Although the need for a direct-to-consumer sales strategy would seem to be a foregone conclusion for the consumer goods industry, many individual companies are apparently still on the fence.

December 2016

Fri
30

NFI Acquires e.p.t. Brand

NFI Consumer Healthcare has acquired the e.p.t. over-the-counter pregnancy test brand from Prestige Brands Holdings.
Thu
29

Tech Company Readies Robotic Shopping Cart

A New Jersey-based technology company is hoping retailers and shoppers alike will clamor for its new robotic shopping cart in 2017.  
Thu
29

Genesco Boosts Inventory Management

Apparel purveyor Genesco Inc. recently upgraded its foundational inventory management platform to the newest version of Jesta I.S. Inc.'s flagship enterprise resource planning system. The retailer/wholesaler initially deployed Jesta's "Vision Merchandising" system in 1998, when it was operating fewer than 500 stores.
Wed
28

Campbell Soup Says Yes to Product Simplicity

Campbell Soup Co. gave a nod to healthier living and marketing transparency this month by launching a new line of ready-to-serve soups called Well Yes!
Tue
27

HarperCollins Spreads the Word Via Amazon Alexa

HarperCollins Christian Publishing began testing a new marketing channel this month by providing daily inspirational messages through the Amazon Alexa "intelligent assistant" voice control system.
Mon
26

Top Trends in 2017 Grocery Shopping

Providing a better experience for grocery shoppers could lead to stronger loyalty for retailers in 2017, according to one veteran industry watcher.
Fri
23

Rockstar 'Gears' Up at Walmart

Rockstar earned upfront merchandising at Walmart by giving the mass merchant an exclusive overlay to a national promotion tying in to Microsoft Studios' Oct. 11 release of Gears of War 4.
Thu
22

Hershey Names Buck Next CEO

The Hershey Company announced that executive vice president and chief operating officer Michele Buck will succeed the retiring John P.
Thu
22

Staples Names Chief Tech Officer

Staples promoted Faisal Masud to the newly created role of chief technology officer.
Wed
21

New Nordstrom Gift Service Preempts Returns

Upscale department store chain Nordstrom this season began offering "Product eGifting," a service that lets holiday shoppers choose a gift that can be altered by the recipient.
Tue
20

Oreo Bites into Online Gifting

Mondelēz International’s Oreo is piloting a more flexible, agile supply chain model this holiday season that lets it have more direct interaction with shoppers.
Tue
20

Amazon Makes Drone Delivery Official

The sky is not a delivery limit for Amazon, which made its first package drop by drone to a test customer near Cambridge, England earlier this month.
Mon
19

COO Rises to CEO at Lego

Supply chain veteran Bali Padda is getting a leg up at The Lego Group as its new chief executive officer.
Mon
19

Cargill Builds Food Innovation Centers

What will the future of nutrition look like? Cargill has built two new research facilities to help envision the answer.
Fri
16

Xbox Dons Blue for Best Buy

Best Buy teamed with Microsoft Corp. this holiday season to stock an exclusive blue-colored SKU of the manufacturer's new Xbox One wireless video game controller.
Fri
16

Under Armour Expands Smart Shoe Line

Sneaker IQ went up a few notches as Under Armour unveiled UA Record Equipped running shoes with automatic tracking capabilities and pre-workout data on muscular fatigue.
Fri
16

Kroger Closer to Store Deal with Walgreens

Cincinnati-based supermarket giant Kroger is closer to wrapping up a deal to buy some of the drugstores that Walgreens needs to divest to complete its acquisition of rival chain Rite Aid.
Thu
15

Study: CMOs Wrestle with Digital, Physical Alignment

A new study finds that 2017 will be a turning point in the customer experience, as brand marketers look to connect, streamline and measure the online/offline journey in unprecedented ways.
Thu
15

PepsiCo CEO Joins Trump's Business Forum

PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi will join a 19-person business forum created by President-elect Donald Trump.
Wed
14

Four Supermarket Shopper Trends for 2017

As they head into 2017, are consumer brands thinking about how their product offerings contribute to grocery shoppers’ positive experiences?
Wed
14

Study Finds Future Potential, Current Confusion Around AI

Although artificial intelligence is expected to be the next big thing in sales and marketing, it is clearly underutilized at the moment, according to a new survey from Demandbase and Wakefield Research.
Wed
14

HMSHost, Coca-Cola Spread Holiday Airport Cheer

Travelers at some of the busiest U.S. airports were recently surprised by holiday elves bearing good cheer and fun gifts as part of foodservice company HMSHost’s "Holly Jolly Holiday Takeover."
Tue
13

Uber, Disney Zap a 'Star Wars' Experience

Uber has collaborated with Walt Disney Co. on a marketing activation that transforms the car-service company's user app into a themed Rogue One: A Star Wars Story experience.
Tue
13

Combined E-Commerce Solution Targets Grocers

With internet-based grocery sales expected to hit $18 billion by 2020, Descartes Systems Group and MyWebGrocer have combined on a tool that helps grocery retailers support the e-commerce shopping experience from online purchase through home delivery.
Tue
13

Ragu to Have a 'Rosey" 80th Anniversary

When the annual Rose Parade makes its 128th procession down the streets of Pasadena, CA, on Jan. 2, the Ragú brand will be celebrating the kickoff of its 80th anniversary with a float in the parade entitled "Simmered in Tradition."
Mon
12

Kroger Taps Next Chief Digital Officer

The Kroger Co. recently unveiled its succession plan for group vice president and chief digital officer.
Mon
12

Shelfbucks Acquires Merchandising Technology Patents

Shelfbucks, Inc. has expanded its in-store measurement capabilities by acquiring 24 merchandising technology patents.
Fri
09

Hain Celestial Reveals New Executive Team

The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. recently unveiled new executive appointments at three of its business divisions.
Thu
08

Iconix Names New CMO

Jamie Cygielman will join Iconix Brand Group, Inc. as executive vice president and chief marketing officer on Jan.
Thu
08

Purina Deepens Alignment with Salesforce

Purina Animal Nutrition LLC expanded its alignment with CRM company Salesforce in an effort to enhance its sales and marketing efforts.
Wed
07

Nielsen, Label Insight Align for Label Transparency

Nielsen and Label Insight, a cloud-based product data refinery platform, announced a strategic alliance to help bring clarity to food, beverage and non-food transparency for the consumer goods industry.
Wed
07

Salt of the Earth Expands Capacity for Reduced Sodium Solution

Salt of the Earth Ltd. is expanding production of its all-natural "Mediterranean Umami" clean-label sodium-reduction ingredient.
Wed
07

IDC Makes IT Predictions for Manufacturers

By 2020, 60 percent of manufacturing workers will work alongside robots.
Tue
06

15 Wellness Trends Affecting Brands in 2017

Media company Well+Good announced its "2017 Wellness Trends," 15 issues that consumer goods companies should have on their radar in the coming year. 
Tue
06

Unilever Launches New Antiperspirant Technology

Unilever recently unveiled new "anti-marks" antiperspirant technology aimed at preventing white marks on dark clothes and yellow stains on white clothes.
Mon
05

Walmart Adds a New Brand Content Provider

Keeping content consistent across channels is a new challenge for omnichannel retailers. Just ask Walmart.
Mon
05

Avon Names New UK-Based CFO

Avon Products, Inc. appointed Jamie Wilson as EVP and CFO, effective Jan. 1, 2017.
Fri
02

Amazon Offers Startup Brands Space on Canadian Website

Amazon.ca announced the expansion of Amazon Launchpad for Canadian customers.
Fri
02

New CEO Succession Plan for JTI

Japan Tobacco International’s president and CEO, Thomas A. McCoy, will be retiring on March 31, 2017. Eddy Pirard, currently executive VP, Business Development, Corporate Affairs and Corporate Communications, will succeed him.
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