Ulta Beauty strikes deal to open hundreds of shops at Target stores

first_imgAt Ulta, Dillon said sales have reflected “a desire to take care of ourselves more at home,” as customers buy items like facial masks and supplies for do-it-yourself nails or hair care.Cornell said Target’s deal with Ulta will “build on momentum we have in the category and investments we’ve been making for years in beauty.”“This is a very important category,” he said. “We continue to believe it’s going to be a high-growth category.”Target and Ulta’s partnership is not the first of its kind. J.C. Penney and Sephora struck a similar agreement in 2009 to add a makeup and beauty shop concept at the department stores. However, the long-struggling department store has lost market share as Target has gained it. Penney filed for bankruptcy protection in May.At Ulta Beauty at Target, Dillon said customers will find a “curated assortment of established and emerging prestige beauty brands.” Shoppers will also see a pandemic-inspired addition: a virtual tool from Ulta called GlamLab that allows customers to safely try on makeup digitally, instead of sharing samples of lipstick and eye shadow palettes with others.Cornell and Dillon said the companies are working together to identify the stores that will get the shops first and said their beauty merchants will help choose the featured brands and products.“It will be showstopping,” Dillon said. “Target guests will not miss it. They will see that something new is happening, and I think they’ll want to jump in and participate.” Target has struck a deal with Ulta Beauty to open shops with makeup, skincare, hair products and more inside of hundreds of its stores.Source: Ulta Beauty – Advertisement – Instead of a shared tube of lipstick, shoppers can use Ulta’s digital tool called GLAMLab to safely try a makeup item. – Advertisement –center_img Ulta shares were up more than 7% early Tuesday in premarket trading, after the companies announced the news. Target shares were up nearly 2%.Cornell and Ulta CEO Mary Dillon said in an interview with CNBC that they see the strategic partnership as a long-term deal that will catch customers’ attention and drive higher sales. They declined to share the length or financial terms of the agreement, but said they will expand Ulta Beauty at Target to hundreds of additional stores over time.As the coronavirus pandemic shakes up the retail industry and shopping behaviors, Dillon said the two retailers are “embracing a time of change to innovate and to lead.”- Advertisement – With the deal, Target will gain a unique traffic driver in a fast-growing merchandise category, while Ulta will gain visibility on store shelves and on a website that has expanded its reach during the pandemic.Both companies will gain a larger audience. Together, they have more than 100 million active loyalty program members across Target Circle and Ultamate Rewards — with more than 33 million of those coming from Ulta.Target has been able to keep its nearly 1,900 stores open throughout the global health crisis as an essential retailer, selling everything from groceries to throw pillows. The retailer’s profits jumped by about 80% in the second quarter compared with the same period a year earlier. Its curbside pickup service, Drive Up, grew more than 700% during the three-month period. And the company said it attracted 10 million new digital customers and picked up $5 billion in market share in the first half of the year.As many retail competitors have struggled, Target has had strength — even in discretionary categories. Its beauty sales grew by more than 20% in the second quarter.Ulta, on the other hand, was hit hard by store closures. The beauty retailer’s same-store sales dropped by 26.7% in the second quarter year-over-year, but have gradually improved. Comparable sales, which is made up of sales at stores open at least 14 months and its e-commerce sales, were down 37% in early May, but recovered slightly and were down by 10% in July when most of its 1,264 stores were reopened.Beauty sales have been rocky across the industry during the pandemic. Americans have fewer social outings and are working remotely instead of dressing up for the office. About 70% of consumers scaled back their use of makeup this year, according to The NPD Group.However, some categories like skincare and hand soaps have gained popularity as shoppers focus on relaxation and self-care, the firm found. Hair product sales, for example, rose by 11% in the third quarter, as customers bought hair masks and hair color.“We are seeing two stories unfold for beauty – one of stagnation and the other of recovery,” said Larissa Jensen, beauty industry advisor of The NPD Group in a report. Target and Ulta Beauty said Tuesday that they have struck a deal to open makeup and skincare shops inside of hundreds of Target stores across the country.Starting in the second half of next year, Target CEO Brian Cornell said shoppers will find a smaller version of an Ulta store in more than 100 of Target’s stores and on its website. Each “shop-in-shop” will be about 1,000 square feet with more than 40 beauty brands and a rotating assortment of products from hair care and fragrances to lip gloss. Customers can shop in person or use Target’s same-day services, such as curbside pickup or home delivery by Shipt, to get their online beauty purchases.Ulta will train Target employees as beauty consultants.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Weekly Update: Touting Economic Development, Supporting Small Business and Job Creation, Urging the Fight Against Opioid Abuse

first_imgWeekly Update: Touting Economic Development, Supporting Small Business and Job Creation, Urging the Fight Against Opioid Abuse Frances and I helped out at Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen in York this morning – always great to lend a hand in our community. pic.twitter.com/jRMp64lFst— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) August 10, 2017 August 11, 2017 The President’s commission has laid out a robust & reasonable plan. I urge @POTUS to move swiftly to get these recommendations into action. https://t.co/dCKcuxzXbe— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) August 8, 2017 By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolfcenter_img The Blog, Weekly Update This week, Governor Wolf visited the Almono-Hazelwood Mill 19 site and toured Hazelwood Business District in Pittsburgh. The Almono site is a massive revitalization project in the Hazelwood district that has been made possible with significant state support.On Wednesday, Governor Wolf was in Erie to tour Logistics Plus, Inc., a supply chain management company that announced its plans last month to expand and create new jobs in the City of Erie.Earlier this week, Governor Wolf announced that the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority had approved low-interest loans to support seven small business projects across the Commonwealth. On Thursday, the governor announced that COE Distributing will be expanding and consolidating its operations in Fayette County, a move that will create new jobs in the area.On Tuesday, Governor Wolf urged the Trump administration to heed the recommendations of the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis. “The President’s commission has laid out a robust and reasonable plan for the federal government to be a better partner with states on combating the heroin and opioid crisis,” said Governor Wolf. “I urge President Trump to move swiftly to get these recommendations into action.”Governor Wolf’s Week, August 6 – August 12, 2017Monday, 8/7/17Governor Wolf Announces New Approvals for Low-Interest Loans to Support Seven Small Business ProjectsGovernor Wolf Touts Economic Opportunities of Almono Site and Hazelwood Business DistrictTuesday, 8/8/17Governor Wolf Urges President Trump to Heed Opioid Commission’s RecommendationsWednesday, 8/9/17On ‘Jobs That Pay Tour, Governor Wolf Visits Logistics Plus Inc.Governor Wolf with UE Members Vows to Help Workers and Erie RegionThursday, 8/10/17Governor Wolf Announces COE Distributing to Expand, Moving Operations from Out of State to Fayette CountyHighlights from TwitterDog tethering laws are changing later this month, thanks to the bipartisan efforts to overhaul our animal protection statutes. https://t.co/Dn3aooZrcJ— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) August 10, 2017 Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Syracuse defense boosted by more third-down stops

first_imgOne of Syracuse’s greatest strengths this year was one of its glaring weaknesses a year ago, yet there has been no silver bullet to Syracuse’s third-down improvements. The personnel is largely the same, SU’s Tampa 2 defense has changed slightly and redshirt junior Antwan Cordy, a leader of the defense, has not played since the first quarter of the season.A handful of tweaks to the scheme, coupled with increased maturity, has provided SU the bolstered third-down unit it needs to stay competitive. Syracuse is tied for the sixth-best third-down defense in the country, holding opponents to just a 24.7 percent conversion rate. It’s part of an overall much-improved defense from 2016, when SU ranked 82nd in third-down defense (41.4 percent) and 122nd in defensive yards allowed.Backed by a defense that returned 13 of its top 14 tacklers from a year ago, SU’s third-down stops have become a crucial aspect of the team’s identity. Saturday’s dominant third-down performance in a narrow victory over Pittsburgh accentuated that Syracuse may be able to contend against Top 25 teams in large part because of the defense it fields.“The primary focus is stopping the run,” said SU second-year head coach Dino Babers. “When we get them off schedule, in a position they don’t really like to be in, no team likes to be in third and long. We’ve done a decent job at that so far. If we do that on Saturdays, we’ll be in a good position.”Third-down defense has correlated with overall success. And even in SU’s losses, the Orange has benefited from consistent stops on third down to stay in the game. In a 23-20 loss, SU held Middle Tennessee to 3-for-12. Though the Orange struggled against LSU, which converted on 7-of-13 third downs, Syracuse rebounded at North Carolina State, holding the Wolfpack’s high-powered offense to 3-of-12.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThrough six games, SU pass-rushers showed speed and power in getting to opposing quarterbacks. Bringing QBs down has proved tougher, as SU has only six sacks in as many games.“The D-Line, overall, we’re getting a lot of pressure,” said sophomore defensive lineman Kendall Coleman, who has nine tackles and a pair of QB hurries. “The next step is finishing the play, with QB hurries, sacks. Those are game-changers.”Anna Henderson | Contributing Digital Design EditorLast year, Syracuse struggled to get off the field even in third-and-long situations. Syracuse’s Tampa 2 defense is a zone coverage scheme where two cornerbacks are responsible for about one-quarter of the field on either sideline. Two safeties are in control of deep halves with the middle linebacker dropping back into coverage to fill in the middle. That puts an added onus on senior linebacker Zaire Franklin. Because it is a zone with a tendency to sag, it doesn’t favor sack-happy defenders.That hasn’t mattered much, though, because the Syracuse defense continued to buckle down after the first two downs, shutting the door on third down against Pittsburgh. SU allowed just three conversions on 13 attempts and held Pitt to 0-for-10 in the first half.One series in particular works as a snapshot for the larger point. In the third quarter, Alton Robinson got a hit on quarterback Max Browne for a loss of eight. Browne tried to throw the ball but fumbled after Robinson’s hit. Pitt recovered, but Browne lay on the turf before heading to the locker room. It backed up the Panthers in another third-and-long, from which Pitt didn’t convert and was forced to punt.“You come in at halftime and you see that the opposing team has not converted a third down,” Babers said. “That’s absolutely amazing stuff.”Coleman and Franklin pointed to maturity as a reason for success. Last year, the Syracuse defense was a glaring problem amid an otherwise powerful offense. The success comes without Cordy, a safety who ranked second on the Orange with 68 tackles as a sophomore in 2015. He has played all of eight quarters over the past two seasons. Compensating for his loss speaks to Syracuse’s depth.“We’re going to be more fresh this year,” said sophomore defensive lineman Josh Black, who has eight tackles and a QB hurry. “We’re not going to be playing all these snaps in a row, we’re going to have fresh legs coming on third down.”Syracuse plays three preseason Top 25 teams over the next three weeks and will need to fend off quality offenses fast, coming on stronger than the previous six games. Third-down defensive success will be a facet of overall competitiveness.“We need to continue to do the exact same thing to have a chance to compete,” Babers said. Comments Published on October 10, 2017 at 10:17 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

AFC Berbice factions’ rigging for control ends in chaos

first_imgChaos erupted on Saturday evening in New Amsterdam when the General Secretary of the Alliance for Change (AFC) Marlon Williams met with executive members of the Regional Management Committee (RMC).AFC Region Six New Regional Management Committee (RMC) Executives Linden Jones, Donna Mathoo, Gobin Harbhajan, Kumar Bridgelall, Camilie Cox, George Stanley, Raynard Ward, Mavis Nagamootoo and Terrence MooreWilliams reportedly held the meeting to inform members of plans to hold new RMC elections. Two elections were held – one on February 17 and the other on March 17. Both elections ended with reports of skulduggery taking place.However, the announcement to hold new elections by Williams did not go down well with some members and as such, the meeting turned into a turmoil.Executive Member of the party, Devin Sookraj and the AFC’s GS had to scramble to safety following the disorderly behaviour of the newly-elected RMC Chairman Linden Jones who reportedly armed himself with a piece of wood and advanced towards them.After the charade, National Executive Member representing the diaspora, Derrick Basdeo along with Sookraj, filed a complaint against Jones at the Central Police Station at New Amsterdam.Following the March 17 elections at which Jones was elected as Chairman, several members were dissatisfied and filed complaints to the party’s senior executive claiming that the elections were rigged.BackgroundThe first election was held on February 17 at Khemraj Ramjattan’s residence at Number 47 Village, Corentyne. At that election, Subash Orelall was appointed as Chairman and Devin Sookraj as the Vice-Chairman.The Returning Officer for that proceeding was Derrick Basdeo. Basdeo, who is reportedly a “buddy” of Ramjattan reportedly told members that he was sent by the National Executive to facilitate the election.Most of those elected were reportedly close to Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan. In fact, most of those who were invited to be a part of the election were from Ramjattan’s faction of the party. Members of Prime Minister Mosses Nagamootoo and Raphael Trotman’s factions were reportedly excluded.Guyana Times was also informed that many of the regional executives who previously held senior posts were not invited to the elections.Apart from Sookraj and Orelall, five executive members from Central Corentyne were appointed.It was felt by some members, that the elections were held so that persons close to Ramjattan could be appointed. This would mean that they will be eligible to vote at the national level giving Ramjattan a better chance of becoming the party’s Chairman and the prime ministerial candidate for the coalition.The National Congress, at which the Chairman will be selected, is slated for next month.Meanwhile, following the February 17 elections, the party’s General Secretary met with members in Berbice to deem that election null and void. Williams told members that Basdeo was never mandated to hold the elections.New elections were held on March 17 at the St Francis Community Developers building at Port Mourant.The Returning Officer was Audwin Rutherford who is also a Member of Parliament and the national observer was Joel Edmond who is a member of the National Executive.Those elected were Linden Jones as Chairman; Donna Mattoo as Secretary; Gobin Harbhajan as Treasurer along with three Vice Chairpersons – Camilie Cox, Michael McBean and Kumar Bridgelall. There were also seven committee members.Nevertheless, that election was marred with the walking out of some members considered to be from the Ramjattan faction. Executive Member Abel Seetaram later used social media, claiming that the process was flawed.Party officials refused to comment saying that it was an “in house” party business and not for the public.last_img read more