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Period: October 19, 2015 to June 20, 2016
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Inventor Comes Up With Toothpaste Pod That Makes Tubes Thing Of Past

Irish-American inventor Wayne Solan has developed the Poppits, a soluble toothpaste pod. Designed to melt in the mouth in five seconds, Solan’s invention eliminates the need for toothpaste tubes. Each year, 1 billion toothpaste tubes end up in landfills. Currently on community-funding site Kickstarter, Poppits requires $50,000 to manufacture the first batch.

"Goodbye Toothpaste Tubes: This Edible Pod Melts In Your Mouth When You Brush", Fast Company , June 07, 2016

Smart Products Sell Because People Are Stupid

Consumers are buying personal care products with built-in smart technology because people are dumb. Procter & Gamble's Oral B Genius 9000 toothbrush comes with technology that tells the user whether he is brushing his teeth properly and what the weather is like outside. For people who love working out, the Elvie pelvic floor contraption functions as a personal trainer. Unilever is testing its Peggy smart clothes peg, which includes a built-in thermometer and hygrometer, in Australia. For women, there is the smart tampon, which is attached to a wire that connects to a sensor clipped to the underwear. This tampon alerts the user's phone whenever it is time for a new one.

"We need smart products because we are stupid", Financial Times, June 10, 2016

Alexia Says Non-GMO Project Verification Will Finish Within 12 Months

A ConAgra food subsidiary that makes frozen French fries and other potato side dishes says it will phase out GMO ingredients over the next 12 months. Alexia Foods says the project, which entails Non-GMO Project verification, is 90 percent complete. The company also announced two new side dishes – flavored sweet potato fries and truffle fries – made with organic potatoes Alexia products are available at natural, gourmet, club, grocery and mass retail stores.

"Alexia Announces Non-GMO Commitment And New Innovations", News release, Alexia Foods, June 11, 2016

Innovation & New Ideas  

Carrefour Argentina Deploys Caja Ya System To Shorten Shoppers' Wait Time

Carrefour Argentina has implemented Caja Ya, a customer queue management system developed to shorten shoppers' waiting time when paying for their purchases. Designed to ease the flow of customers, the system of electronic queues generates shifts and screens with information on waiting times. Shoppers can pick up the device upon entering the store, take their turn by scanning the bar code at a Consultation Point.

""Caja Ya" (Checkout), Carrefour’s new service in Argentina", Carrefour, June 13, 2016

Wal-Mart Enlists Five Elements Robotics To Help Develop Robotic Shopping Cart

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is collaborating with robotics company Five Elements Robotics to develop a shopping cart that would help shoppers look for items on their lists. Robotic shopping carts can help brick-and-mortar retailers to compete with Amazon.com Inc. and other retailers, according to Five Elements Robortics founder and CEO Wendy Roberts. Wal-Mart has been investing in technology to improve customers' shopping experience and compete with online retailers.

"Wal-Mart Experimenting With Robotic Shopping Cart for Stores", Bloomberg , June 15, 2016

Pantene Pro-V Conditioners Factsheet

Procter & Gamble, May 19, 2016

Walmart Looks to Drones to Speed Distribution

The New York Times, June 02, 2016

Products & Brands  

Beauty And Personal Care Companies Create Ingredients As Good As Those From Nature

Manufacturers of beauty and personal care products are developing more nature-identical materials that can be used as ingredients in place of natural extracts, botanicals, and actives. These efforts are driven by concern about sustainability and depletion of natural resources, the need for reliable consistency, price, and other related factors. Among the more popular ingredients is the Erasa XEP-30 Extreme Line Lifting and Rejuvenation Concentrate, introduced in 2015 and winner of the 2016 Breakthrough Face Product award from totalbeauty.com, and created by BioMimetics Laboratories chief scientist Jules Zecchino. Helped by available extraction processes capable of creating new materials that uses and improves those available from nature, manufacturers create nature-identical ingredients, including antioxidants and preservatives with various applications, such as anti-aging skincare and haircare.

"Virtual Reality", Household And Personal Products Industry, June 01, 2016

Procter & Gamble Joins American Academy Of Dermatology; Focuses On Laundry Care Products' Impact On Sensitive Skin

Procter & Gamble attended the American Academy of Dermatology's 2016 annual meeting and exhibition. Although it has been attending the AAD show for just four years, Procter & Gamble through its company researchers have been working on “free” and gentle formulas for laundry detergent and fabric care products for more than 10 years. According to P&G Fabric & Air Care principal scientist Mary Begovic Johnson, laundry care products can cause skin problems, such as dermatitis.

"You’re So Sensitive!", Household And Personal Products Industry, June 13, 2016

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