Author: Louise Prance-Miles

Walgreens reaches out to Chinese consumers, adding Alipay to 3000 U.S. stores

Retail giant Walgreens has added the Chinese mobile payment platform Alipay to thousands of its stores across the U.S. Operated by Ant Financial Services Group, the new Alipay collaboration will allow Chinese consumers to use the service in 3000 Walgreen stores across major cities such as New York and LA, with the rollout expected to increase to 7000 stores by April. Richard Ashworth, Walgreens President of Operation, said in a statement, “Walgreens is focused on making shopping more convenient for our customers. This collaboration has particular significance for our Chinese customer population, who now has a new way to...


J&J talc supplier Imerys Talc America files for bankruptcy protection to fend off cancer lawsuits

Imerys Talk America, talc supplier for Johnson & Johnson, has filed for bankruptcy protection in the wake of a multitude of lawsuits purporting that its products are linked with cancer. The company has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy following nearly a decade of multibillion-lawsuits, stating it doesn’t have the financial backing to deal with the 15,000 lawsuits made against its talc mineral product. Giorgio La Motta, Imerys Talc America’s President, said in a statement, “After carefully evaluating all possible options, we determined pursuing Chapter 11 protection is the best course of action to address our historic talc-related liabilities and...


Supermodel Adwoa Aboah’s Gurls Talk to launch self-care make-up kits with Revlon

Supermodel and activist Adwoa Aboah has teamed up with Revlon via her mental health platform Gurl’s Talk to launch a make-up kit that celebrates mental health. The collaboration was announced via Aboah’s Instagram account, with the make-up partnership having been in the works for a year. The limited edition Gurls Talk x Revlon make-up kits celebrate mental health, body positivity and feminine health. Aboah, already an ambassador for Revlon, said in her Instagram statement, “Gurls got one big fat toothy grin, because I couldn’t be more happy to finally announce a project I have been working on for a...


Global Cannabinoids appoints ex-L’Oréal chief as new Chief Product Innovation Officer

Global Cannabinoids has announced the appointment of Sam Cheow, ex-L’Oréal Chief Product Accelerator and VP of Trends, as its new Chief Product Innovation Officer for Hemp and CBD Skin, Hair & Cosmetics. Cheow is said to be a huge asset to the company thanks to his past knowledge in identifying trends in both products and ingredients and is tasked with leading the Global Cannabinoids product development team. Cheow will help expand its portfolio in the bulk and wholesale hemp-derived cannabinoids and finished products market. According to a press release, “Sam and the product development team will be working closely...


Victoria Beckham branches out on her own for launch of Victoria Beckham Beauty

Victoria Beckham is set to launch her own beauty range for fall/winter 2019, named Victoria Beckham beauty, according to a report by Having achieved success through her collaboration with Estée Lauder on two limited-edition collections, Beckham will be initially launching her own range as a purely digital native brand, headquartered in New York, and sold through the website. With a focus on wellness and her continued vision to empower women, Beckham told the website she wanted women to feel, “confident and strong in every aspect of their lives. I want to take care of women inside and...