• Sky Fall

    Tom Branna, Editorial Director February 6, 2015
    Turns out no one really needed a life-sized replica of King Tutankhamun’s burial mask with a secret compartment to store his valuables. It’s no surprise to me that SkyMall, that publication that can be found in every backseat pocket on ev…

  • Up & Down & Sideways

    Tom Branna, Editorial Director January 6, 2015
    Time to rethink that tedious morning elevator ride. ThyssenKrupp, a German conglomerate whose specialty is automotive technology, recently unveiled an elevator that can move sideways as well as up and down and even diagonally too, thanks to magnetic…

  • Cash OR Prizes… But Not Both!

    Tom Branna, Editorial Director December 5, 2014
    The holiday season is here; time for good cheer, glad tidings and all that—and, for those lucky enough to receive them, year-end bonuses. We all know the meaning of the word, bonus. It’s something given or paid over and above what is due,…

  • Fear & Panic Boosts Sales

    Tom Branna, Editorial Director November 3, 2014
    More than 4000 deaths have been attributed to Ebola virus in West Africa, as well as one death in the US, two deaths in Spain and another in Germany. The disease has become a global threat as airports around the world begin screening for Ebola among…

  • Brands for the Taking; Who’ll Do the Making?

    Tom Branna, Editorial Director October 2, 2014
    Procter & Gamble’s plan to put more than half of its brands on the auction block could have a big impact on contract manufacturing in the household and personal products space. Chairman AG Lafley explained that P&G will target brands th…

  • Approaching Wellness

    Sean Moloughney, Editor September 22, 2014
    What’s in store for the future anti-aging market?

  • When Illness Goes Viral

    Tom Branna, Editorial Director September 3, 2014
    Some marketing programs really make a splash. Everyone and anyone with a Facebook account is dumping ice water on their heads to bring attention to and raise money for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), the progressive neurodegenerative disease tha…

  • Wanted: New Tools For a New Economy

    Tom Branna, Editorial Director August 1, 2014
    It could have been worse—he could have been president. Remember when Steve “Flat Tax” Forbes wanted to be President of the United States? He couldn’t buy the nomination then and now, it turns out, he can’t hold on to the…

  • Supply & Demand

    Tom Branna, Editorial Director July 2, 2014
    The US chemical industry never had a great track record when it came to finding the sweet spot. You know, making just the right amount of stuff to keep the plant humming without sending prices crashing through the floor. Too often, when business was…

  • Beauty at Any Age

    Tom Branna, Editorial Director June 2, 2014
    While searching for a ballgame on my AM dial, I tuned in to one of those radio call-in shows just in time to hear an 85-year-old gentlemen ask the expert host about liver spots and what could he do to get rid of them. I forgot about my Mets for a mom…

  • Putting All That Data To Work…For You

    Tom Branna, Editorial Director May 2, 2014
    We live in the Era of Big Data (Happi, April 2014, p. 54). It enables suppliers to run thousands, no millions, of tests in search of new materials; helps marketers reach critical “go-don’t go” decisions on new product launches and m…

  • Looking Younger Never Grows Old

    Tom Branna, Editorial Director April 1, 2014
    Global anti-aging product sales topped $122 billion in 2013 and are growing nearly 8% a year. The the market is dynamic, but full of questions; luckily, you’ll get all the answers when you attend Happi’s Anti-Aging Conference & Tablet…

  • Say Sayonara to Siestas

    Tom Branna, Editorial Director March 5, 2014
    After nearly defaulting on its debt, struggling through a deep recession, grappling with high unemployment and being a general drain on the EU economy for years, Spaniards are finally waking up to the fact that those siestas are going the way of bull…

  • Perfumers’ Palettes

    Tom Branna, Editorial Director February 7, 2014
    No sooner had our January issue been published, a reader took me to task for not addressing a key issue facing product perfumers—the increasing ban on use of fragrance from retailers. She noted that it has become a problem for product developer…

  • I Love Laundry!

    Tom Branna, Editorial Director January 1, 2014
    “Mundane.” “Awful.” “Dreadful.” These are just some of the words experts use to describe the laundry process…and it breaks my heart. Want to know my dirty little secret? Well, one that I can share in a famil…

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