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Period: November 1, 2015 to December 1, 2015
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Different Skincare Concerns Occupy Consumers' Mind In China, Japan, And Korea

Consumers in China, Japan, and South Korea have different concerns and issues as far as skin care is concerned. For example, consumers in China are focused on the preventative treatment of skin ageing, while Korean consumers are more reactionary, treating damage as it appears. In Japan, consumers tend to “work alongside” with the ageing process.

"A look at China, Japan and Korea's priorities in skin care", Cosmetics Design , November 17, 2015

Olay Launches Social Media Campaign For Olay Total Effects Line Of Skincare Products In China

Procter & Gamble’s Olay skincare brand lunched the “Be Spendthrift No More” social media campaign for its Olay Total Effects line of anti-aging moisturizers in China. Developed in partnership with Lauyeah Production and Strategic Communications Consultants, the campaign began with an online video showing eight women testing a product, with its brand unrevealed, and then were asked to guess its price. Also featuring Facebook posts, the campaign combines online and offline elements, running simultaneously with an outdoor event at Causeway Bay.

"Olay rejuvenates brand via aggressive digital transformation", Marketing-Interactive, November 24, 2015

Companies, Organizations  

China’s FMCG Market Growth Slows, Though Online Shopping Is Booming

Spending in China’s fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) market slowed in the year that ended in September, growing by only 4.7 percent, according to Kantar Worldpanel. For the third quarter, growth dropped to 2.7 percent, the lowest rate in three years, from 6.6 percent in the second quarter. Growth in hypermarkets, supermarkets and convenience stores grew only 2.4 percent in the third quarter. International retailers continued to struggle: market share slid from 14.5 percent to 13.5 percent. China’s local retailers fared much better. Sun-Art Group boosted market share to 7.5 percent, up from 6.9 percent in the third quarter of 2014. 2014Q3. Online shopping in China rose 37 percent during 2015, spurred by gains in penetration and purchasing frequency.

"China FMCG market hits a new low growth", Report, Kantar WorldPanel, November 02, 2015

Procter & Gamble Retains Crown As China's Most Popular Brand For Urban Households, Survey Shows

In China, there were 21 fast moving consumer goods companies reaching more than 100 million urban households during the year ending October 9, 2015, according to Kantar Worldpanel. Data from the market research firm revealed Procter & Gamble was able to keep its lead among all FMCG companies, reaching 153 million urban families, or 95.5 percent, during the past 12 months. China-based dairy companies Yili and Mengniu took the next two spots with 88.5 percent and 88.2 percent of urban households, respectively. In contrast, only 15 companies reached more than 100 million urban households in the country in 2012. Although P&G and Unilever kept their lead in the personal care and household care segments, Liby and Nice Group posted impressive gains of 5.4 percent and 3.7 percent, respectively, during the period.

"Who Are Winning More Chinese Consumers in 2015?", Kantar Worldpanel, November 25, 2015

Products & Brands  

Shiseido Reorganizes China Business To Revive Sales

Shiseido is reorganizing its business operations in China, which is partly blamed for the cosmetics company’s declining sales overseas. While Shiseido’s operating profit in Japan jumped 43 percent to 18 billion yen for the six-month period ending September 2015, the company suffered a 6.1 billion yen operating loss abroad. Shiseido president Masahiko Uotani came to Shanghai in October 2015 to meet with 140 executives at 62 wholesalers in the country to deal with the sharp drop in sales which started in August 2015. Inventory purchase and liquidation drove down the company’s operating profit by 5 billion yen during the period.

"Shiseido embarks on business makeover in China", Nikkei, October 31, 2015

Shiseido, Unicharm Join Other Japanese Personal Care Firms To Sell Online In China

Shiseido and Unicharm joined a group of Japanese personal care products companies that agreed to collaborate with each other and with online retailer Askul to sell products in China via the Alibaba Group online market. Under the collaboration deal, the companies will jointly develop toiletries and cosmetics for the China market and share sales data. Also, they may offer package deals combining products from different makers and brands based on what consumers buy together. Askul will sell the products on Alibaba’s Tmall Global site for foreign companies.

"Japanese toiletry makers team up to sell on Alibaba site", Nikkei, November 06, 2015

Parents in uproar over infant formula bulk buys

Australian Food News, November 11, 2015

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