RILEY ROSE LAUNCHES E-COMMERCE SITE

Forever 21’s new beauty and lifestyle destination, which can already be experienced in multiple malls across the country, just unveiled an e-commerce site.

NPD: E-commerce to Drive Prestige Beauty’s Slow Start

Hardest hit looks to be skin care. Sales at brick-and-mortar are down 4 percent year-to-date through May. E-commerce, however, is helping out as online sales grew 21 percent during this time, leading to a 1 percent gain for the category overall.

Ulta Q4 Sales +21.1%, Net Income +23.6%

Urban Decay, It Cosmetics, Nyx, Redken, Too Faced, Tarte, Clinique, Lancôme, Benefit and the Ulta Beauty Collection were among the best performing brands for the quarter.

Scent Set to Soar With Scentbird

Mariya Nurislamova, the founder of online subscription fragrance service, Scentbird, explains why her sampling concept is just what the industry needs to drive sales of scent.

Estee Lauder’s Digital, China and Retail Goals

Fabrizio Freda, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Estée Lauder Companies Inc., highlighted the beauty firm’s global fiscal 2015 performance at the Barclays Global Consumer Staples Conference in Boston on Thursday, September 10. Some highlights from the presentation included insights into the company’s digital, emerging markets and travel retail strategies based on a year that ended with $10.78 billion in sales.

ADDICTIVE SITE ALERT

One of the hottest shopping websites is quickly building big buzz: wanelo.com. Standing for “WAnt, NEed, LOve” the site, founded in 2010 by Deena Varshavskaya, is a community platform where people can post, find and collect their favorite products from anywhere online.

Who’s Got Online Potential?

E-commerce might be a small fraction of total retail sales, writes WSL Strategic Retail, but for certain categories, online shopping has reached a level that has retailers rethinking the space allocated in stores. (We’ve all seen what happened to books, music and electronics, and more recently with shoes and fragrance.) In a recent Pulse report, WSL examined what shoppers are buying online now, and what categories have the most potential to shift online in the near future.