Most of the 650,000 outlets that offer professional skin care products in Europe have been closed since mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic, with no clear indication of when most re–openings will occur. In fact, COVID-19 may mark a permanent closure for many of them, particularly those in the spa channel. For marketers with a digital footprint—be it via their own website or other e-tail channels—the loss will be slightly less impactful.
Digital native beauty brands have been rising to become an industry disrupting force in the past three years in China’s cosmetics market. Emerging with a flair for consumer experience and control over their own distribution, these brands are often found on China’s prominent e-commerce platforms such as Tmall, JD, and Xiaohongshu.com.
Our preliminary research indicates that leading digital native beauty brands have achieved manufacturer sales of more than CNY 200 million (USD 30 million) in 2018 and constantly rank as the top-selling brands during grand “shopping festivals”—such as 6.18 Mid-year, Double 11, and Double 12—held by e-commerce platforms. Continue reading