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Tom Branna, VP/Editorial Director
December 1, 2008
As Happi goes to press, everyone, it seems, is gripped with fear that the holiday selling season is going to be a disaster and that 2009 could be one of the worst years for retail sales in decades. But even in tough times, there are trends worth watc…  Read More »
Tom Branna, VP/Editorial Director
November 7, 2008
Six months ago, crystal ball gazers were insisting that we’d never see oil below $75 a barrel again. China, they reasoned, was soaking up crude at such an astronomical rate there just wasn’t enough oil in the ground to satiate that coun…  Read More »
Tom Branna, VP/Editorial Director
October 1, 2008
Will shoddy science trump solid research? You bet, if the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has any say in the matter. Late last month, the newswires were filled with articles about how teenage girls are apparently chock-full of dangerous chemicals&m…  Read More »
Rebecca Wright, Editor, rwright@rodpub.com
September 15, 2008
Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer, initiated a fundamental shift in its image last year. Instead of being known solely for low prices, its new goal is to become THE place for wellness too. Along with that, the company has instituted a…  Read More »
Tom Branna, Editorial Director
September 4, 2008
Estée Lauder’s recent purchase of a minority stake in Forest Essentials, underscores the household and personal product industry’s growing interest in India, especially their interest in the benefits of Ayurveda—something t…  Read More »
Tom Branna, VP/Editorial Director
August 5, 2008
Well, at least one company is having a good year. As economies around the world sputter, Wal-Mart announced that its June sales jumped more than 11% from a year ago—its best monthly sales gain in four years. Wal-Mart’s gain underscores…  Read More »
July 2, 2008
This isn’t some diatribe about summer family vacations. Nope, now that we’re past the halfway point for 2008, I’m just wondering if your company has experienced a slowdown during the first six months of the year. After all, consum…  Read More »
Tom Branna, VP/Editorial Director
June 2, 2008
Getting stuck in traffic is nothing new when you live and work in northern New Jersey. But a few weeks ago, when I got stuck behind a bottled water delivery truck, it gave me plenty of time to reflect. As we inched along a county road (presumably t…  Read More »
April 30, 2008
If it’s May, then it’s time for our annual look at the skin care market, which is always a popular feature with our readers. And why not? The segment continues to make gains year after year, no matter what the economy is doing. Things are…  Read More »
March 28, 2008
Active & Green: Best to be Both  Read More »
February 29, 2008
What’s Hotter Than Sun Care?  Read More »
February 6, 2008
Rudy Giuliani might have been a great president. We’ll never know for sure, because the former mayor of New York never really got his candidacy going. Unfortunately for Mayor Giuliani, he listened to his advisors and stayed away from key prim…  Read More »
December 27, 2007
Stagflation. All you 20- and 30-somethings in the industry probably don’t remember the combination of no growth and high inflation that crippled economies around the world back in 1973. Thirty-five years may seem like ancient history for some,…  Read More »
November 29, 2007
For the past several years, we’ve devoted considerable coverage to the concept of cosmeceuticals—heck, we even have a column called Cosmeceutical Corner, written by industry veteran Navin Geria and published every other month in Happi. Ob…  Read More »
October 31, 2007
A Quat a Day Keeps Germs Away  Read More »