The future of malls has been and is still being hotly debated, as anchor stores, which have historically pulled customers into shopping at malls, have slowly but surely been losing traction with consumers. These anchor stores of course are department stores, which is the slowest growing channel in beauty in 2015, according to our Cosmetics & Toiletries USA report. Iconic staple brands, such as Clinique, Estée Lauder, and Lancôme, which typically drew shoppers to department store counters, have expanded their distribution to retailers like Ulta and Sephora, which are stores resonating with younger consumers. As some of the largest department stores, such as Macy’s, Sears, and JCPenney, continue to close locations, what remains the more overarching question—how will the locations that remain open increase foot traffic and sales?Continue reading
NYX, the now L’Oréal-owned mass cosmetics brand that has taken the beauty market by storm, opened its first retail locations in Arcadia and Torrance, CA, in October. The brand has already opened a third location in Rancho Cucamonga, CA, and plans to open at least two additional locations in California before the end of the year. Major plans are apparently in place to transform the chain into a national retailer in early 2016, as initial signage has popped up in malls around the United States indicating that NYX is “coming soon,” potentially disrupting the beauty retailing landscape in a major way.
NYX had already altered the mass beauty market by covertly acquiring a cult-like following via a modern twist on grassroots marketing: putting free products in the hands of beauty vloggers.Continue reading