Wisconsin could be debating a measure that would prohibit wine and beer sales at the winery or brewery where it is made, according to reports. Craft groups have banded together after reports of a leaked memo highlighting plans to slip such a measure into the state budget were released.
There is still a significant gap between the number of women who start out in a particular field and the number who eventually attain senior positions, Margie Warrell writes. Finding the right mentor can close the gap, and women can get started by having a clear idea of what they're looking for and being brave enough to ask for what they need, she writes.
The glass ceiling is a persistent problem, and "it's everybody's mission to make sure that it does go away," said Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund. As young women strive to get ahead in their careers, it's critical for them to form alliances with their colleagues, she said.
Beauty brand Le Metier de Beaute is coming to QVC this week, a move industry sources expect will boost sales by $10 million in the first year. The brand will launch on the shopping network with 12 products, including a QVC-exclusive kit containing a tinted day treatment called Peau Vierge Anti-Aging Complexe.
Beauty company Shiseido has rolled out an app called MADE-2-FIT for its bareMinerals brand, featuring MatchCo technology. The app uses a phone's camera to analyze skin tones and offer a customized foundation, which users can buy for $49.
The last mile of grocery delivery comes with its own challenges unique from those of other online retailers, from ensuring milk stays cold to keeping eggs intact from warehouse to a consumer's doorstep. Grocers such as Peapod rely on employees and tight delivery schedules to meet these challenges.
Wal-Mart has no plans to make a bid to purchase Whole Foods Market, sources said Friday. Whole Foods had not received additional bids outside of the $13.7 billion offer from Amazon as of the end of last week.
Dollar General has picked Carman Wenkoff to serve as the retailer's new chief information officer, following a four-year stint as the global CIO for Subway. Dollar General has also named former Family Dollar Stores Chief Merchandising Officer and former Vitamin Shoppe Chief Operating Officer Jason Reiser as its new merchandising chief.
Amazon's purchase of Whole Foods could provide the combined grocery entity with the negotiating power to "keep squeezing national brands on pricing," said James Thomson of brand consultancy Buy Box Experts, who previously worked for Amazon. The deal, which is expected to close this year, could also increase competition among CPG brands as Amazon grows its private-label offerings and brings Whole Foods' natural brands into the online channel.
One key role of leaders is empowering employees to achieve their potential, possibly through conversations and questions that help them identify the way forward, writes Dan Rockwell. "You aren't leading until someone is excited to take the next step," he notes.