DevaCurl is expanding its focus on e-commerce to grow sales of its products made for curly hair, with a revamped website featuring videos and photos of about 4,000 real-life users of its products. The brand has also beefed up content on the site to feature stylists who use the products in their salons.
Peloton is expanding its line of benefits with the rollout of an Apple Watch app for fitness tracking and a Fire TV app for streaming its specialized content. The company also announced it will be dropping its digital membership price to $12.99.
Google has enhanced the Nest Hub by using ultrasound technology to detect when users are closer, then displaying detailed information on appointments, reminders and alerts. When users move farther away, the display type grows larger and only the most important information is shown.
The Car Seat CoPilot Automatic Alert System is a simple device that latches onto a child car seat and sets off an alarm if the parent's paired keychain is more than 10 feet away. The system uses radio frequencies, rather than Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, to ensure consistent functioning.
Version 55 of the Opera browser for Android is promising to bring dark mode to all websites. The feature also allows users to schedule dark mode and to dim screen keyboards.
At the same time that packaging-free grocery aisles are taking hold, a rise in aging populations and single households is boosting demand for more single-portion packaging, Libby Munford writes. "Consumers are already impacting changes in packaging, such as the push for more sustainable materials and packages that meet a particular need, like single-serve packages for on-the-go consumption and multicompartment packaging for convenient ready meals," says Eagle Product Inspection's Simon King.
Canadian supermarket chain Loblaw has launched a new division that will focus on meal kits and other solutions to feed home cooks' cravings for convenience. The retailer is testing meal kits under its President's Choice private label line in some of its more than 2,300 stores.
UK greeting card retailer Clintons entered voluntary administration and was immediately acquired by Esquire Retail Limited. The deal reduces the retailer's debt and will keep its 334 stores open while the new owners open negotiations with landlords to reduce underperforming stores.
Essendant has benefited from its acquisition by Sycamore Partners through improved sourcing and shared supply chains, says President Harry Dochelli. Essendant has made divestments to focus on office supplies and janitorial and sanitation markets while providing value to resellers with features such as its Biggestbook.com platform.
Online commerce presents challenges to the customer experience, says Payrix President Bob Butler, but digital advances can help customers feel connected. Butler suggests trying to eliminate points of friction, such as having to re-enter payment data or being surprised by refund policies.