Time Inc.'s Marie Claire magazine has teamed up with Speciality Stores (a subsidiary of the Ocado Group) to develop a beauty retail business in the U.K.
The Marie Claire beauty and well-being business will encompass both physical stores and e-commerce.
"Time Inc. U.K.’s strategy is to harness the incredible trust that consumers have in our brands and to offer new products and services to fulfill their needs," says Jackie Newcombe, managing director, luxury brands, Time Inc. U.K. "Marie Claire’s influence in the beauty sector is unparalleled, both with consumers and beauty companies, and especially now that the way that women are buying beauty products is changing rapidly. Our beauty proposition will reflect those changes and we will offer outstanding service, thanks to the partnership with Ocado, who have expertise in this area without equal.”
The new venture will be led by Amanda Scott, currently head of buying for beauty and accessories at retailer John Lewis. Scott joins the company as a managing director.
"This launch will be the perfect combination of content provider, consumer and commerce," says Justine Southall, publishing director, Marie Claire, to whom Scott will report. “Marie Claire’s brand authority, Amanda’s talent and the world-leading technology, logistics and e-commerce expertise of Ocado means I couldn’t be more excited about the potential of this launch."