Tips on Launching Your Beauty Brand to Retailers
The beauty business is clearly changing. The retail business is clearly changing. But the importance of the buyer is not changing—and knowing what is important to each retailer is critical to your success.
By: Mary Bemis
Founder & Editorial Director at InsidersGuidetoSpas.com
Three leading natural retailers explain how to get in the door and on their shelves
Here’s a refreshing—and important—truth about getting into the green beauty market: “Brands are not really competing with each other in green beauty; it’s a positive movement, and we’re all in it together,” says Romain Gaillard, CEO and Founder of The Detox Market. “Green beauty represents such a small fraction of the beauty world, that we’re much better off sticking together.”
These are not only wise words for an emerging market that continues to define itself, but a fresh new approach to doing business in a market that demands transparency like never before. I recently spoke with experts from three leading natural beauty retailers to find out not only what they look for in natural brands, but how these brands should approach them. Here’s what they shared.
LEVERAGE YOUR CONSUMER REACH WITH AMAZON
Amazon is a force that’s here to stay with online beauty retailing and has huge pull felt across the omni-channel retail platforms. Consider these numbers: Amazon accounted for about $2.5 billion in health and beauty sales last year which represented a 47% increase compared to 2015, One Click Retail estimates. Amazon’s continued dominance in all retail categories continues to impact the everyday beauty consumable brands we touch.
Jamie Merriman is Acting Director of ITA’s Office of Strategic Partnerships
With more than $12 billion in exports in 2016, U.S. branded personal care and cosmetics are among the most highly desired brands in many overseas markets. During the past five years, U.S. exports in the sector have grown at five percent to six percent annually. Employing thousands of Americans across the country, the U.S. personal care and beauty industry is a critical component of the U.S. economy.
By Karen Young
The statistics aren’t in your favor: According to Harvard Business School, over half of American startups are gone within 5 years. It’s a long, lonely haul. Money usually runs out too soon and friends and family crawl into the woodwork.
But no matter how many times I repeat the grim stats to perspective startup clients, no matter how many times I tell them that based on history and my experience, they’re living a long shot, it doesn’t seem to make any difference.
If they’ve been bitten by the entrepreneurial bug, there is no antidote. It’s as though they’ve been driven to the edge and nothing short of jumping off will quiet the voices in their heads.