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Editorial

Tom Branna
March 31, 2009
There are plenty of companies competing in the global household and personal products industry that take greenwashing to new heights. In fact, executives at companies such as Aveda admit that it is often difficult to figure out exactly what their c…  Read More »
March 3, 2009
Believe it or not, the 2009 sun care season is upon us here in the U.S., and marketers are rolling out an array of products that boast high levels of UVA and UVB protection. But perhaps most importantly, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says it…  Read More »
February 6, 2009
For the past several years, the period from late January to early March has been a time of much back-slapping in household and personal products industry boardrooms, as marketers and suppliers alike not only made their fourth quarter and year-end num…  Read More »
January 8, 2009
I’ve been covering this industry for more than 20 years now and writing this column for eight of ’em. And in all that time, I’ve never seen so many glum expressions and dour projections as I have in the past month or so. In early…  Read More »
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 »