How Ulta Beauty grew ecommerce sales with its mobile app

  • Despite lower overall sales, Ulta Beauty’s ecommerce sales were up 90% in the third quarter of 2020. 
  • Prama Bhatt, chief digital officer, said it was working toward a more robust online presence before COVID-19. 
  • The company plans to debut an immersive in-app experience for Ulta’s launch in 100 Targets across later this year.
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Ulta Beauty’s ecommerce sales were up 90% year-over-year in the third quarter of 2020, following strong growth in the second quarter of 200%. This is despite overall company sales being down 8.9% due to ongoing in-store COVID-19 restrictions.

Ulta Beauty’s Chief Digital Officer Prama Bhatt told Insider roughly 15% of the company’s more than 32 million “Ultamate Rewards” members have used its mobile app, which launched in November 2012. “That’s five million members, with 88% returning,” she added, noting that they’ve experienced three to four times

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Ulta Beauty will double Black-owned brands in its stores, invest $25M in diversity initiatives

Ulta Beauty, the largest makeup and skincare retailer in the U.S., announced Tuesday that it will invest more than $25 million in improving the company’s diversity and inclusivity by incorporating more diverse advertisements and beauty brands in its campaigns. 

To usher in the more inclusive environment and initiatives, Ulta leadership has also added actress and entrepreneur Tracee Ellis Ross as its new Diversity and Inclusion Advisor.

“As the country’s beauty retail leader, we believe we have the power to shape how the world sees beauty and as such, we have a responsibility to inspire positive change and drive greater diversity, inclusivity and equity,” said Mary Dillon, the CEO of Ulta Beauty. “We are deeply committed to leading purposefully with and for underrepresented voices across retail and beauty on our [diversity and inclusion] journey.”


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What’s It Like to Start a New Fashion or Beauty Job Remotely in a Global Pandemic?

“We’re in the middle of a pandemic, we’re in the middle of a racial justice movement, it’s a period of turmoil — I wasn’t necessarily thinking, ‘Oh, now’s a good time to start a new job remotely.'”

That was Nikki Ogunnaike’s mindset when she began talking to Hearst about taking on the digital director role at Harper’s Bazaar under newly-instated Editor-in-Chief Samira Nasr. Ogunnaike officially joined the fashion title in November of 2020, leaving behind GQ, where she had most recently been deputy fashion director.

Layoffs, hiring freezes and salary reductions were a big part of the pandemic story early on, but that doesn’t mean people didn’t also get hired. It did, however, mean that the process of getting and starting a new job might have felt a little strange for those involved: You may not meet the person hiring you — or your coworkers — IRL; you may not

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Tracee Ellis Ross Is Named ‘Diversity and Inclusion Adviser’ By Ulta Beauty In Initiative that Will Highlight Black-Owned Brands

On February 2, the nation’s largest beauty retailer, Ulta Beauty, revealed that it is launching a $25 million dollar diversity and inclusion initiative, and Tracee Ellis Ross will have a key role in it.

The company announced the Ross will serve as the company’s diversity and inclusion adviser, a “formalized role to provide counsel, inspiration and drive accountability,” according to the official press release.

Tracee Ellis Ross. @traceeellisross/Instagram

“I look forward to formalizing an already existing dialogue and partnership around diversity and inclusion with Mary Dillon and the Ulta Beauty team,” said Ross. “This work requires commitment and accountability from Ulta Beauty to ensure measurable goals are achieved. I am hopeful and optimistic our work together will create foundational change.”

Ulta said that in her role Ross “will provide counsel and insight, and drive accountability to Ulta Beauty with a specific focus on BIPOC brand development, diverse leadership development

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