• Exhibition Season Begins

    April 3, 2017
    If you’re reading this issue on April 4, chances are you’re in London for In-Cosmetics Global. Thousands of industry executives from around the world are in The Old Smoke for The Event. Happi will be at In-Cosmetics Global, too, and we&rs…

  • Want Business? Fork It Over!

    February 27, 2017
    Surprising news about the economy.

  • Build Business In a Connected World

    Christine Esposito, Associate Editor || February 1, 2017
    I’m not really a high-tech person; I use bar soap rather than body wash and to my kids’ dismay, I properly punctuate all of the text messages I send out on my smart-but-still-a-few-generations-old iPhone. But last month, on behalf of Happ…

  • A Big Stink Over Laundry Habits

    A Big Stink Over Laundry Habits

    Tom Branna, Editorial Director || January 6, 2017
    Call me Mr. Clean Jeans. Nearly a year ago, I took exception to Levi CEO Chip Bergh’s recommendation that consumers stop washing their jeans in an effort to save water and ultimately, the environment. The Chipper even had the nerve to blame fol…

  • The End of the World As We Know It?!?

    Tom Branna, Editorial Director || December 1, 2016
    No, no, we’re not referring to the results of the recent US Presidential Election. And yeah, like my Brexit editorial a few months back, I got the outcome of the Clinton-Trump tilt, wrong, too. I really must get out of this prediction game; I h…

  • Don’t Be on Time…Be Early

    Tom Branna, Editorial Director || November 2, 2016
    That sage advice came from my high school track coach more than 30 years ago. The year’s not over yet, but we thought we’d be early too, and take a look at what’s in store for 2017. After all, the uncertainty surrounding Brexit is o…

  • Will The Feds Make Us Sick?

    Tom Branna, Editorial Director || October 3, 2016
    When you’re driving at 60mph on the thruway, cellphone reception is spotty at best. No wonder my long-time traveling companion was anxiously awaiting a phone call to confirm her scheduled surgery and get instructions prior to the operation. The…

  • Evolution of Wipes

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || September 12, 2016
    The role of wipes in many markets continues to evolve. A look at this month’s new products section shows example after example of how wipes are constantly penetrating market areas new—deodorizers, men’s grooming, insect repellents,…

  • Bricks & Sausage

    Tom Branna, Editorial Director || September 1, 2016
    On the same day that Macy’s announced plans to close 15% of its doors next year, Seth Rogen’s repulsive little opus, Sausage Party, opened in theaters throughout the US. What’s the link between a movie about talking wieners and an i…

  • Changing Palettes

    Tom Branna, Editorial Director || August 1, 2016
    Do you Yahoo? Back in the web’s infancy, everyone asked that question. But search engines, like the times, change. Today, everybody is “Googling this” and “Googling that,” so it’s no wonder why the one-time search…

  • It’s Decision Day for A Lot of Us

    Tom Branna, Editorial Director || July 1, 2016
    NOTE: This article has been updated from the print version. The United Kingdom made a bold decision to leave the European Union; Brexit may prove to be a disaster for the economies of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, not to mention t…

  • TSCA Gets Reformed!

    Tom Branna, Editorial Director || June 1, 2016
    Who says Congress is broken? After years of bickering, partisanship and inaction in the aisles, the US Senate and the US House of Representatives came together in recent months to hammer out a reform bill of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). T…

  • A New Paradigm In Manufacturing?

    Tom Branna, Editorial Director || April 1, 2016
    Avon’s gone…to the UK, that is. The direct sales leader is eliminating thousands of jobs, shutting down its New York City headquarters and taking off for the United Kingdom—while maintaining its current R&D facilities in Suffer…

  • Ideas, Wanted

    Tom Branna || March 1, 2016
    New product ideas come from the darndest places. Last month, Benjamin Stern, a 16 year-old out of Melbourne, FL swam with the sharks—”Shark Tank” sharks that is—to fund his personal care venture. Young Benjamin’s patent…

  • Land of the Cheap! Home of the Thrifty?

    Tom Branna, Editorial Director || February 3, 2016
    I’m not alone up there in the not-so-friendly skies. Months ago, United asked me to take part in a lengthy survey that asked if I would be willing to pay extra for some little luxuries on my next flight. You know, things like extra legroom, sna…