SOURCE: ZoomSystems


March 12, 2010 08:00 ET

ZoomSystems and The Body Shop Announce Automated Retail Partnership

The Body Shop-Branded ZoomShops Allow for Convenient Shopping at Airport, Supermarket Locations

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - March 12, 2010) - ZoomSystems, the global leader of automated retail solutions, today announced a partnership with The Body Shop, the world's second largest cosmetic franchise, to bring the natural ingredients of its popular body care and bath products to branded ZoomShops at convenient locations around the U.S.

In addition to traditional ZoomShop locations at airports and shopping centers, The Body Shop-branded ZoomShops also will be featured at leading supermarket chains including Kroger Marketplace, Stop & Shop, H-E-B and Jewel Osco. Representing a new retail vertical for ZoomSystems, these are the first grocery locations to take advantage of ZoomShops' proven ability to deliver the highest sales-per-square-foot average in the retail environment.

The eye-catching branded ZoomShops will offer a unique shopping experience for consumers who love The Body Shop's assortment of all-natural skin care, body care and bath products. ZoomSystems' patented robotic technology assures that consumers receive the products they select before their credit card accounts are charged.

"We are excited to offer consumers a convenient and hassle-free new channel to shop for the fantastic products offered by The Body Shop," said ZoomSystems CEO Gower Smith. "The Body Shop is an iconic natural beauty product brand that has a loyal and dedicated customer base, making them a terrific partner to launch in supermarket locations."

Owned by L'Oreal, The Body Shop International plc, known as The Body Shop, has 2,400 stores in 61 countries, and is the second largest cosmetic franchise in the world. With a focus on seeking out natural ingredients, The Body Shop strives to protect the planet and the people who depend on it.

"Consumers will love The Body Shop ZoomShops for our naturally inspired products and the shopping convenience. More than ever, customers today want to access products on their own terms when and where they want to. For The Body Shop it is an opportunity to meet their expectations in an innovative way," said Al Montalvo, Director of New Sales and Emerging Channels for The Body Shop.

About ZoomSystems
Founded in 2002, San Francisco-based ZoomSystems enables brands to place their products directly in the path of consumers in an intensely interactive manner, removed from the competitive clutter of traditional retail. ZoomShops offer the immediate gratification of instant product delivery and are the first automated retail concept offering such a wide variety of high-end brands. ZoomSystems partners with leading brands to implement networks of automated retail stores in high-traffic locations such as airports, shopping centers, supermarkets, and retail. ZoomSystems' investors include Goldman, Sachs & Co., Sierra Ventures, Starfish Ventures, NeoCarta Ventures and Motorola Ventures. For more information about ZoomShops, including locations, visit

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