Twenty-nine percent of business leaders don't consider the gender pay gap to be an issue for companies, according to a survey of senior decision makers in the UK. Only 22% of women said the pay gap was not an issue, compared to 35% of men, the survey found.
High-paying jobs increasingly require strong interpersonal skills, which is helping women excel in these areas, research shows. Men continue to hold the majority of these jobs, but women have seen their prospects improve, the research revealed.
Extrapolating from historical trends, it could take another 42 years to close the national pay gap, according to an analysis from the Institute for Women's Policy Research. The pay gap would close the fastest in Florida and the slowest in Wyoming, where equality might not be reached until the year 2153, the analysis shows.
Australia-based cosmetics brand INIKA Organic is launching in the US market this week, with the goal of gaining shelf space at up to 200 stores by the end of the year. "There are no other brands that have as many certified organic products, that are truly certified organic, with the [certified] logo on the front, that are also vegan and also cruelty-free," said Tony Rechtman, founder and CEO of parent company Total Beauty Network.
Formulators are key to creating natural cosmetics and personal care products, while replacing plastic microbeads with more natural ingredients could place brands using conventional and synthetic components on the fast track to the naturals market, according to Andrea Mitarotonda, head of research and development for organic skin care brand Neal's Yard Remedies. "From an efficacy point of view, the higher selectivity of biotech reactions can bring more performing ingredients as well," he said.
Meijer will add two new supercenters in the Indianapolis market in May as part of a bigger plan to open seven new stores in Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan this year. The retailer operates 15 stores in the Indianapolis area, many of which are new or updated stores.
Wal-Mart seems to be the food retailer with the best chance to compete with Amazon on the online grocery front, with Kroger also well-positioned in grocery e-commerce, according to a report from Citi Research. At-home food spending is expected to grow to about $100 billion by 2025, according to research from FMI and Nielsen.
Post Holdings acquired MOM Brands two years ago to form Post Consumer Brands, but CEO Chris Neugent knew immediately that the veteran cereal brands shouldn't rest on their laurels. "We needed to act like a startup that was blessed with great assets," he said of the company's post-merger strategy, which helped drive net sales growth last year.
KIND Snacks launched the KIND Nutrition Collective last year to work with dietitians on ways to expand consumers' access to healthy foods. Registered dietitians in the US can join the group, which provides members with educational materials and product samples to use with their patients, said Stephanie Perruzza, KIND's health and wellness specialist.