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  • Are Your Products Worth It?

    December 9, 2005
    In the 2004 How America Shops Macro Trend Report, 59% of shoppers reported they pause before they spend to consider, “Is this a good use of my money?” The Pulse survey reports that cosmetics and skin care brands sold in specialty and dep…


  • Rapid Growth and Expansion of Dollar Stores Could Pose Obstacles

    December 9, 2005
    High growth and geographic expansion will continue to characterize the small format value retailing sector during the next five years. Leading companies will continue to get bigger, and smaller players will find it tougher to compete. However, the pi…


  • U.S. Cosmetic Enhancement Market To Grow 9.9%: U.S. Market For Enhancement Products To Reach $10.8 Billion In 2010

    December 9, 2005
    The U.S. market for prosthetics, orthotics and cosmetic enhancement products is expected to increase from $6.8 billion in 2005 to $10.8 billion in 2010, an AAGR (average annual growth rate) of 9.9%, according to a soon-to-be-released report RB-216 Pr…


  • Consumers Short Term Focus Boosts Sales

    December 9, 2005
    Retail Forward’s recent audio forum, “The Retail Industry Outlook—Long Live the Consumer,” reported the retail environment is being driven by the “nearsighted consumer,” whose short-term focus will continue to boos…


  • Five Tips For An Effective Work Environment

    December 9, 2005
    Are you an effective leader? It’s easy to tell, according to Gerald D. Bell, Ph.D., a leadership expert and professor at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. Through years of research, Dr. Bell discovered a way leaders can measure the eff…


  • Scent Diffusers Sweeten Profits

    December 9, 2005
    New, innovative fiffuser products brought a fresh wave of profits to the home fragrance market for 2004, according to a market study by Kline & Company. “Home Fragrances USA 2004” reported an exceptional year for diffusers and room sp…


  • Demand Expected To Reach $6.4 Billion By 2009

    December 9, 2005
    U.S. demand for janitorial equipment and supplies (excluding chemical products) is forecast to rise 3.4% annual through 2009, reaching $6.4 billion, according to a new study from The Freedonia Group. The study reports that advances will be fueled by…


  • Tips for a Successful Trade Show

    December 9, 2005
    Tradeshows and conferences play an important role in the business world, so New York City-based That’s Nice LLC has developed a report on how to make these events successful. First, the marketing communication agency advises, qualify your visit…


  • Salary Increases Expected to Stay Below 4% in 2005

    December 9, 2005
    Salary increases will average only 3.5% this year and will remain at this level next year, as well, according to The Conference Board’s new salary survey. The study reports that for the third consecutive year, salary increases are below 4% as e…


  • Cleaning services projected to advance 5.5% A Year

    December 9, 2005
    Revenue for commercial and residential cleaning services is projected to advance 5.5% a year through 2009, reaching more than $60 billion, according to “Commercial & Residential Cleaning Services,” a new study from The Freedonia Group…


  • Children Influence In-Store Spending

    December 9, 2005
    Bringing children along when shopping is guaranteed to increase spending, according to WSL’s Strategic Retail’s “The Pulse Report.” The study found that teens aged 13-17 encouraged more spending than both tweens (8-12-year old…


  • Keep Things Clean On Vacation

    December 9, 2005
    One in four people has encountered a “nightmare” vacation destination that they described as “disgustingly filthy,” according to the Soap and Detergent Association’s (SDA) Summer Vacation National Cleaning survey. The re…


  • Color Counts When it Comes To Purchasing

    December 9, 2005
    Only 20% of respondents said that color is not an important factor when purchasing home cleaning products, personal hygiene products and personal electronic devices, according to Buzzback Market Research and Pantone, Inc.’s 2005 color survey. T…


  • Wal-Marts Appeal Remains Strong Outside the U.S.: Multinational Retailers are Reshaping The Way We Shop

    December 9, 2005
    Wal-Mart’s prospects among consumers globally appear strong, particularly in countries where it currently operates, according to Retail Forward’s “Global Food, Drug, Mass Shopper Update” report conducted by Global Market Insit…


  • Shoppers Belong To One Of Four Categories

    December 9, 2005
    There are four categories of shoppers, according to “Retail Demand Today,” a 2005 executive summary from Adjoined research that looks at consumers’ desires in retail experiences at mass merchants, department stores, apparel st…