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  • 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…


  • 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…


  • 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…


  • 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…


  • 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…


  • 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…


  • 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…


  • 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…


  • 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…


  • 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…


  • 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…


  • Consumers Desire Lifestyles Of Health and Sustainability

    December 9, 2005
    In a wide-ranging study of seven million U.S. consumers by author and marketing consultant Brent Green, a new market segment comprised primarily of baby boomers emerged from the data. Referred to as the Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability (LOHAS)…


  • Cosmeceutical Conference June 2-3

    December 9, 2005
    The second annual cosmeceuticals forum will be held June 2-3 in New York City. The agenda offers a lineup of experts who will discuss a variety of new topics and trends in the cosmeceutical industry, including scientific advances such as protein heat…


  • Candles Are The Favorite Choice in Home Fragrance

    December 9, 2005
    When consumers want their homes to smell good, they rely on candles as their top choice, according to Unity Marketing’s new Home Fragrance and Candle Report 2005. The study revealed that candle sales in 2004 reached $3.7 billion, just under hal…


  • This Years HBA Is New And Improved

    December 9, 2005
    The 13th annual HBA Health & Beauty America will be held Sept. 27-29 at the Javits Convention Center in New York City. The exhibition boasts bigger and more international pavilions, new educational seminars and increased focus on specialized sect…