A Strategic Point Of View


  • Beauty Stores Re-Configure

    Major changes are afoot in terms of how prestige cosmetics, skin care and fragrances will be sold in the future. On both sides of the Atlantic, existing retailers are busy trying out all sorts of new configurations. In Europe, department stores d…
    Colin Hession, Colin Hession Consulting 05.03.11

  • Tesco Trials Salons In Two UK Centers

    Tesco Trials Salons In Two UK Centers

    It may not seem a big deal to those who don’t follow the beauty salon industry, but we think Tesco’s recent decision to trial its own in-house hairdressing salons in two major centers in the UK is indeed a potentially big deal. In the w…
    Colin Hession, Colin Hession Consulting 03.11.11

  • ARE THINGS IMPROVING IN THE SALON CATEGORY?

    ARE THINGS IMPROVING IN THE SALON CATEGORY?

    ACCORDING TO FOLKLORE in this beauty business of ours, there are a number of different indicators as to whether things are on the up—in terms of popular economics—or whether more doom and gloom is just around round the corner. Leonard Lau…
    01.07.11

  • P&G Issues a Storm Warning For Men’s Grooming Market

    P&G Issues a Storm Warning For Men’s Grooming Market

    For our readers involved in the men's market, male grooming and the like, we hope that you have taken note of the hurricane warning which has been issued by P&G of late, namely, Hurricane Gillette. Back in mid-2009 the W…
    Colin Hession, Colin Hession Consulting 11.04.10

  • Reckitt Benckiser Buys SSL With Implications for C&D

    Reckitt Benckiser Buys SSL With Implications for C&D

    It seems that giant Reckitt Benckiser is on a winning streak. Having turned in consistently encouraging results over the past year, quarter by quarter, the UK-based company, with total sales in excess of $12.4 billion and brands ranging from Lysol to…
    09.07.10

  • The Hunt for White Space

    The Hunt for White Space

    We touched on the idea of so-called “white space” back in May (see Happi, May 2010), when discussing the growth aspirations of L’Oréal. By white space, we mean areas where a manufacturer is under represented or not present at…
    Colin Hession, Colin Hession Consulting 07.08.10

  • L’Oréal Begins Its Quest for 1B New Consumers

    L’Oréal Begins Its Quest for 1B New Consumers

    There is a wealth of opportunityin today’s beauty market, accordingto L’Oréal. Earlier this year, L’Oréal chief executive officer Jean-Paul Agon made a bold statement when talking to financial analy…
    Colin Hession, Colin Hession Consulting 04.29.10

  • Hard Times for Prestige

    Hard Times for Prestige

    Sometimes there is so much industry discussion on a particular topic that you almost don’t need to see the hard numbers in order to grasp the story. But equally, when you do get the figures, it serves to put the issue into perspective. Such was…
    Colin Hession, Colin Hession Consulting 03.09.10

  • Watsons Hits a Milestone with 500 Stores in China

    Watsons Hits a Milestone with 500 Stores in China

    In November, Hong Kong-based Watsons Group opened a Watsons’ Your Personal Store in Shanghai, marking the chain's 500th location in mainland China. The company stated that the opening was a significant landmark in the group's two-year p…
    Colin Hession, Colin Hession Consulting 01.04.10