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October 22, 2019

October 22, 2019

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Nat Geo Publishes 1st Full Issue Written, Photographed by Women
MediaPost: National Geographic has produced its first issue fully produced by women. Content went live online on Tuesday; the November print issue will hit newsstands on Oct. 29. "The magazine marks the launch of a “year-long, enterprise-wide project exploring women’s lives around the globe,” according to the publisher. Feature stories in the issue focus on the experiences of women in the military and in the female-majority government now leading Rwanda. Data, maps and graphics rank how 153 countries treat women in terms of inclusion, justice and security (Norway ranks first and Yemen last; the U.S. came in at no. 19). A study in the issue suggests how city planning can change to increase women’s safety. Another story looks at how programs are encouraging girls and women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math. Notable figures in the issue are Nancy Pelosi, Sylvia Earle, Oprah Winfrey and Alex Morgan, among others... This week, NG also released a book showcasing iconic women around the world, titled "Women: The National Geographic Image Collection. ” It also features 17 behind-the-scenes stories from female National Geographic photographers... A one-hour companion documentary, "Women of Impact: Changing the World," will air on the NG channel on Oct. 26.The National Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C., will open a photography exhibition called “Women: A Century of Change,” with more than 100 archival images of women from around the world.The exhibition will be on display from October 22 through spring 2020. Susan Goldberg, editorial director of National Geographic Partners and editor-in-chief of NG, is the first female editor of the magazine, which published its first issue in October 1888.Next year marks the 100th anniversary of the U.S. constitutional amendment ratifying women’s right to vote."

B&N to Seek Dismissal of Ex-CEO's Defamation Suit
PW: "A federal judge has ordered a premotion conference after Barnes & Noble attorneys late last week told the court they would move for summary judgment on the two most contentious claims filed by former B&N CEO Demos Parneros in his lawsuit against the retailer—the claims for defamation, and for “breach of good faith.”In a letter to the court, B&N attorneys revealed that Parneros was seeking “approximately $70M” in damages for the defamation claim alone, and argued that deciding the fate of these two claims at the Summary judgment stage would “significantly narrow the scope” of any impending trial. B&N attorneys also added that knocking out Parneros’ two major claims via summary judgment would leave only Parneros’s claim that B&N breached his employment contract contract, for which Parneros, the filing states, seeks “approximately $6.4M""...

AllRecipes to Launch Kitchen Line with Lifetime Brands
MediaPost: "Allrecipes is partnering with Lifetime Brands on a kitchenware line set that will be available exclusively at Kroger stores starting October 20.The line, which includes kitchen tools, food prep and storage containers, bakeware and cutlery products, will be featured in freestanding displays.The products are intended to deliver test kitchen-worthy results at home. They place special emphasis on problem-solving design features, like special grips on cutting boards to prevent sliding while chopping or cutting guides embedded in baking pans.Dan Siegel, president, Lifetime Brands, Inc., stated the company combined its research with insights shared by Allrecipes about food trends and cooking behaviors to develop a "line of solution-based products informed by what Americans are cooking and how they are preparing meals.” The companies report more than 80 SKUs (stock keeping unit) were developed ahead of the line’s launch.The line builds on Meredith’s smart-code strategy with unique codes that deliver Allrecipes' content to shoppers featured in each in-story display. Sample content includes recipes, which list ingredients and kitchen tools needed to complete the project.Earlier this year, Meredith Corp’s Real Simple unveiled its 2019 Brooklyn Idea Home featuring products that were nearly 100% shoppable via smartcodes."

GQ's 'New Masculinity' Approach Extends to Makeup, Beyond
Glossy: "The concept of male beauty is beginning to go mainstream.In the November issue of GQ, the Condé Nast-owned title put color cosmetics and skin care front and center. Take “The Glorious Now of Men in Makeup” feature: It shows seven actors, influencers and musicians, including model-actor Luka Sabbat and Billy Idol, in makeup, accompanied by their personal beauty tips. Elsewhere in the issue, E.J. Johnson, Magic Johnson’s son, discusses how he expresses himself with cosmetics and female clothing.“There has just been a conversation around toxic masculinity and gender, and it became increasingly important to me to say something. The new masculinity is about knowing who you are and feeling free to express that,” said Will Welch, GQ editor-in-chief. “That has all kinds of implications for fashion and style, but also beauty and grooming, ”Since Welch took the reins at GQ in January, its magazine and digital properties have become more progressive, and younger readers are responding to its inclusive positioning. Though GQ’s median age is 38 years old, readers 21 to 34 have increased 16% year over year, and digital subscriptions have increased 55% among this age set, according to August Comscore data. GQ’s timing is apt, as the male shopper has become increasingly willing to spend more on beauty and grooming. According to market research firm Euromonitor International, the $8.9B U.S. men’s grooming market is forecast to grow by over 7% by 2023, to $9.5 billion, and the hair-care segment is set to increase by 17% to $904M"...

Robb Report, Penske Host Saudi Yacht Party
Daily Beast: "Almost one year to the day after prominent U.S.-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered by the Saudi Arabian government, sparking denunciations from countless media organizations, an American magazine hosted a private Saudi yachting trip for high rollers.According to multiple sources, the ultra-luxury publication Robb Report hosted the private trip to Saudi Arabia earlier this month for big-name executives. Invitations to the event, to which some executives traveled by private jet, were sent out to top figures in the media and advertising business this summer.The Robb Report is a joint venture between Rockbridge Growth Equity and Penske Media Corporation (PMC), which owns entertainment heavy-hitters like Variety, Rolling Stone, and Deadline. Penske declined to comment, but a source familiar with the event told The Daily Beast that it was at a yachting event called Red Sea Week. The four-day party and conference brought together some of the largest yachts in the world, during a time when many luxury yachts are based in the Mediterranean Sea.A second source described it as “one of the greatest concentrations of wealth ever in one place”—with the well-heeled feted by a Michelin-starred chef and Grammy-winning musicians. “Blue chip” advertisers sponsored the event, the source added, without further elaboration.Red Sea Week comes as at a time when Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has launched a major initiative to boost luxury tourism to Saudi-owned islands located between the Arabian Peninsula and the African continent. The trip is the latest of business entanglements between Penske and the Saudi kingdom. Last year, PMC announced it had received $200M in direct backing from the Saudis, later revealed to be a part of an investment from Saudi Research and Marketing Group, a Riyadh-based media and publishing company. Over the past several years, Saudi Arabia has attempted to gain a greater foothold in the American media and entertainment landscape, with mixed results. Following Khashoggi’s death, media outlets including CNN, The New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times quickly canceled appearances at Saudi-sponsored events. Mega talent agency Endeavor was forced to back out of a $400Minvestment by the Saudi fund. Khashoggi’s murder also reportedly led Vice to review its contract with SRMG, which included agreements to create promotional documentaries about Saudi Arabia... Last year, Penske was one of the only American media companies that did not comment on or review its investments following Khashoggi’s assassination, prompting criticism from peers in the business"...

Harper's Magazine Names Another Top Editor
NY Times: "Harper’s Magazine has a new editor, effective next Monday: Christopher Beha, a novelist, essayist and the author of a memoir recounting the year he spent reading all 50 volumes of the Harvard Classics series"...
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The Transformation of Conde Nast
In a review of the biography "Condé Nast: The Man and His Empire," The New Republic's Kyle Chayka revisits the history of Condé Nast and muses about how the internet and social media have impacted its long model of appealing to upscale readers and advertisers.

Media Participate in Non-Partisan 'Purple Project for Democracy'
On its website, the Purple Project for Democracy describes itself as "a non-partisan coalition, campaign and movement.We span the breadth of American society to rediscover and recommitto our democratic values and institutions. It begins this November with a media and education campaignof unprecedented scope that will illuminate and dramatize themany glories of American democracy... No matter the politics of the day, American democracy demands participation, and suffers amid indifference and mistrust. The fall’s Purple campaign will be the leading edge of a movement to promote and reward citizen engagement in our communities at every level... Along the way, we are literally building a brand, a Purple banner of proud participation to be hoisted by the many organizations and individuals already committed to the mutual goal of restoring faith in the American Way"... Media/groups so far participating include The Washington Post, Harris Poll, News Media Alliance, The Kennedy Center and the National Conference on Citizenship, among others.


Retail News

Deloitte: Retailers Can Expect Strong Holiday Season
Release: Deloitte's 2019 holiday shopping survey finds that shoppers are expected to spend $1,496 per household during the holiday season this year.The top 20% of spenders account for 60% of total dollars people plan to spend during the holiday season. (78%) of shoppers expect to spend the same or more than last year's holiday season, despite their less optimistic outlook for the economy in 2020. 44% expect the economy to weaken next year, up from 27% in last year's survey. High spenders (households spending more than $2,000) will likely make up 60% of total holiday spend and account for 20% of holiday shoppers. Nearly 70% of high spenders will start shopping before Thanksgiving Day. The bulk of holiday spending ($596) will go to experiences and celebrations — including entertaining at home, socializing away from home, travel and restaurants. People surveyed expect to spend 59% of their holiday budget online, compared with 36% in-store. Promotions will influence 81% of consumers this holiday season. CNBC: "With online shopping gaining ground year after year, Cyber Monday has surpassed Black Friday as the preferred day for deals around the holiday season for all age groups, according to a new study. Deloitte’s study said 53% of people will rely on Cyber Monday for discounts, while just 44% say they’re planning to snag promotions on Black Friday this year.Within that, Gen Z shoppers are the most reliant on the online shopping holiday, with 65% saying they’ll use Cyber Monday for deals, followed by 61% of millennials, 49% of Gen X consumers, 47% of baby boomers and 44% of seniors. Comparatively and across the board, Black Friday is a smaller draw, exciting 58% of Gen Z consumers, 54% of millennials, 39% of Gen X shoppers, 37% of baby boomers and 34% of seniors. The consulting firm collected the data for its annual holiday study by polling 4,410 consumers online from Sept. 6 to 13.“We’ve seen that [trend] grow for the past five years,” Rod Sides, vice chairman of Deloitte’s retail and distribution practice in the U.S., told CNBC. He also noted 70% of smartphone users say they’ll use their phones to buy something this holiday season, which contributes to the Cyber Monday bump. In recent years, shoppers haven’t been as jazzed about lining up outside the mall, a Walmart or Best Buy store after a generous helping of turkey, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie. Why bother, when retailers will offer similarly steep discounts just days later, and you can purchase everything from the comfort of your sofa? Amazon’s Prime Day deal extravaganza in July has also contributed to the holiday shopping season starting even earlier and drawing dollars away from days steeped in tradition, like Black Friday"...

UPS to Use Drone to Deliver CVS Prescriptions
Reuters: UPS's "new Flight Forward drone unit will soon start home prescription delivery from CVS Health Corp. The service, which will debut in one or two U.S. cities in the coming weeks, shows how the parcel delivery company plans to expand its upstart drone business beyond hospital campuses. “Flight Forward will work with new customers in other industries to design additional solutions for a wide array of last-mile and urgent delivery challenges,” UPS Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer Scott Price said.The Atlanta-based company this month won the U.S. government’s first approval to operate a drone airline, leapfrogging rivals like Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Wing and clearing the way for the expansion of Flight Forward"...

Pod Foods Aims to Redefine Grocery Distribution
PG: "Next-gen food distribution platform Pod Foods is expanding to Los Angeles and New York City as the company looks to shake up grocery fulfillment and logistics.The company announced it is now offering the opportunity for CPG food and beverage brands from anywhere in the country to distribute their products onto the store shelves of grocery store retailers in four key geographic locations across the United States."We fill a gap in the market so smaller brands with a lot of potential can access retail and distribution without a lot of up-front capital investment," said Larissa Russell, co-founder and CEO of Pod Foods.With their increased reach, Pod Foods says it is able to bring boutique brands to a spectrum of retailers that would have otherwise missed out on these quality niche products due to current distribution systems.Pod Foods works with a third-party network that handles both fulfillment and logistics to create a tool that it says is beneficial to emerging brands, big retailers and consumers.Earlier this summer, Pod Foods announced $3 million in venture funding from Moment Ventures and M12 Ventures.As part of its expansion into New York, Pod Foods has integrated the distribution network of Spense, a wholesale marketplace with a large presence in the country's largest city."

Giant Food Stores, Philadelphia 76ers Team Up
PG: "Just ahead of opening day of the NBA’S 2019-20 season on Oct. 22, Giant Food Stores and the Philadelphia 76ers have revealed a multiyear partnership with a significant focus on community engagement.Under the partnership, which Giant Food Stores has undertaken in a bid to bolster its ties to the City of Brotherly Love, the retailer will become an official partner of the 76ers, have a presence at the Wells Fargo Center, and create 76ers-themed promotions...The partnership officially launched on Oct. 21 with a surprise basketball clinic at John F. Hartranft Elementary School in East Philadelphia for 50 fifth-graders. The clinic was led by 76ers alumnus Marc Jackson and featured 76ers Entertainment, while Giant employees from across the region volunteered at the event, presenting the school with an unexpected donation of sports equipment, first-aid kits and better-for-you snacks"...

Wegmans Veteran DePeters to Retire
SN: "Jack DePeters, SVP of store operations at Wegmans Food Markets, plans to retire after 52 years at the company.Plans call for DePeters to retire at the end of 2019, Wegmans said. Taking over as senior VP of store operations will be Bob Farr, currently senior VP and manager of the Virginia division"...

Opinion: How Grocers Can Win in the Digital Age
In PG, Jon Reily, Publicis Sapient’s Global Commerce Strategy Lead, gives grocers advice on responding to these key trends: Identifying core customers should be the first step before developing new technologies; consumers across all generations are looking for more information than ever before.the current state of consumers remains healthy; people continue to buy at the middle and trade up; retailers should leverage data to understand when sales shifts are driven by a change of assortment – or by the consumers themselves; the pace of innovation in China is faster than ever seen. "Retailers need to test, learn, and develop new products and services for their customers using data and offer personalization services that make sense in the moment. However, there’s a fine line to walk between personalization and what might be considered too much and thought to be a violation of personal privacy," he writes, in part.


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