BASF and B2B Cosmetics form personal care partnership (IE Industry Europe)

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Knowde Take:

The personalization trend just met the vending machine…BASF and B2B Cosmetics’ latest technology allows users to create their own individualized personal care products which are then dispensed into a capsule selected by the user. No news yet on where we can expect to see the machines, but we’re guessing it won’t be a gas station!

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Procter and Gamble offshoot Opté is launching a beauty wand to banish blemishes (DIGITAL TRENDS)

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Knowde Take: If Cinderella asked for perfect skin…P&G’s Opté Beauty Wand was the star of this year’s CES.  The device scans and identifies skin discolorations then deposits a small amount of product to effectively cover imperfections.  The result: skin that is even toned and natural with minimal use of makeup!  Bibbidi-bobbidi-awesome.

Well, we have smart mirrors to tell us who’s the fairest of them all, so why not a beauty wand to spirit away age spots? That seems to be the point of the new Opté Precision Skincare system, a new product produced by a Procter and Gamble-backed startup being promoted at CES 2019.

Once known as the Opté Beauty Wand, the digital skin care device is pretty cutting-edge. The device uses a digital camera with blue LED lights to scan and detect areas of skin discoloration, enabling the on-board camera to see up to three times more pigmentation than the human eye. The aforementioned digital camera captures 200 skin images per second, resulting in about 24,000 pictures of skin analyzed with each use.

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The Future of Beauty is on Display at CES (CNN BUSINESS)

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Knowde Take: Tech nerds beware…the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) recently welcomed beauty care heavy hitters like Neutrogena, L’Oreal and P&G who descended on Las Vegas to present their latest innovations, from devices that measure your skin’s pH level to apps that analyze your face and provide customized solutions.  Only insiders know if Comic-Con is next (wink).

Las Vegas (CNN)Beauty companies want to bring high-tech solutions to your face.

Companies such as Procter & Gamble, L’Oreal and Neutrogena have descended on the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to show off beauty gadgets, apps and the future of their stores.

Considering the beauty industry is more guided by trends than any other fast-moving consumer goods sector, according to Nielsen data, it’s no surprise brands are increasingly turning to tech to stay competitive. The global cosmetics market is expected to reach $863 billion by 2023, up from $532 billion in 2017.

Procter & Gamble is announcing a new feature in its existing online Olay Skin Advisor tool that tells users how old their skin looks. Called Olay Future You Simulation, it uses an algorithm to show users what their skin and face will look like in the future under different scenarios, such as not wearing sunscreen regularly.

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Digital In Chemicals: From Technology To Impact (McKinsey)

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Knowde Take:

We love the way this article includes the impact of digital technologies on the markets served by the chemical industry.  Remaining relevant means continually evolving to meet the needs of your evolving customer base.

What are the major opportunities from digital in chemicals, and what must leaders do to capture them?

There is a lot of excitement about the potential of digital1 in chemicals, just as there is about digital across society in general. We believe that digital will have a significant impact on many areas of the chemical industry, with the potential to change value chains, lead to higher productivity and more innovation, and create new channels to market. Given all the excitement about digital, it is essential to separate the substance from the hype and carefully evaluate what this will mean for the industry.

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Introducing: The Knowde Blog

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Chemicals are everywhere.  They impact every market imaginable and are one of the largest industries in existence.  They’re also the result of cutting edge innovation by scientists and researchers that craft new chemistries to meet the changing needs of the world.

Surprisingly, until recently, the way the industry conducts business had changed little from the days of 3-martini lunches, relying heavily on outside sales people, belly-to-belly meetings and other archaic methods that fail to meet the needs of modern chemical buyers.  In fact, the chemical industry was one of the few holdouts that largely eschew e-commerce and believe a strong web presence consists of a company web site…that is about to change.

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