Editorial


  • The Fabric of Our Lives

    These days, it seems, the state of the wipes market depends on who you ask. Some will say that growth has slowed, innovation is stagnant and pricing levels are depressing; while others will describe a market ripe with new product introductions and…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 09.15.09

  • Plenty of Growth Opportunities

    The recession could be over by the fourth quarter, but many industries will be left to dig out from the wreckage of the economic downturn—not so, in the wellness market. Industry experts insist that this segment, which we’ve dubbed b…
    Tom Branna, VP/Editorial Director, tomb@rodpub.com 09.15.09

  • Air Care/Environmental Fragrance | Disinfectants | Household Cleaning | Laundry Care

    So Much for Belt-Tightening

    Last month Olivier Blanchard, the top economist for the International Monetary Fund, declared the recession over. But he warned that the 18-month downturn will leave plenty of scars on the global economy. The very next day, data from NPD Group show…
    Tom Branna, VP/Editorial Director 09.03.09

  • Packaging

    Social Butterfly Emerging

    I’m not the most social of people. Ask around the office and I might even be voted the surliest—which means something when nearly half of the company is made up of editors! So when Paul Simansky, our online director, told the Happi staf…
    Tom Branna, VP/Editorial Director 08.04.09

  • Air Care/Environmental Fragrance | Color Cosmetics | Hair Care | Household Cleaning | Laundry Care | Skin Care

    Performance Reviews

    Maybe it’s because that long-awaited vacation is only weeks away or maybe it’s because I just like lists that track the best and the brighest. But whatever the reason, I’ve always enjoyed putting togetherThe Top 50, our annual loo…
    Tom Branna, VP/Editorial Director 07.08.09

  • Color Cosmetics | Laundry Care | Skin Care

    A Tale of Two Companies

    With apologies to Charles Dickens, many business leaders consider the current economic conditions to be the worst of times. So how do companies go about surviving, let alone thriving these days? Last month, ironically within the span of only a few…
    06.09.09

  • Skin Care

    Pick Up the *@&! Phone, Alan!

    About a year out of college, I left the daily newspaper I had worked at since high school to join a small, family-owned magazine publisher. No, no, no, not this one—it was another trade magazine group in central New Jersey that has been bought…
    Tom Branna, Editorial Director 05.01.09

  • Color Cosmetics | Hair Care | Household Cleaning | Laundry Care | Packaging | Personal Cleansers | Skin Care

    Going Beyond Greenwashing

    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…
    Tom Branna 03.31.09

  • Sun Care

    A Big Season for Sun Care

    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…
    03.03.09

  • Color Cosmetics | Hair Care | Household Cleaning | I&I Marketplace | Laundry Care | Skin Care

    The Mean Season

    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…
    02.06.09

  • Laundry Care

    Growth Opportunities?

    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…
    01.08.09

  • Packaging

    Trends to Watch in the New Year

    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…
    Tom Branna, VP/Editorial Director 12.01.08

  • Skin Care

    Extraordinary Uncertainty?

    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…
    Tom Branna, VP/Editorial Director 11.07.08

  • Color Cosmetics | Personal Cleansers | Skin Care

    Kids Cosmetics

    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…
    Tom Branna, VP/Editorial Director 10.01.08

  • Wal-Mart & Wellness, Perfect Together?

    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…
    Rebecca Wright, Editor, rwright@rodpub.com 09.15.08

  • Skin Care

    West Looks East for Growth

    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…
    Tom Branna, Editorial Director 09.04.08

  • Hair Care | Household Cleaning | Laundry Care | Personal Cleansers

    Wal-Mart Gains as Economy Slips

    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…
    Tom Branna, VP/Editorial Director 08.05.08

  • Skin Care

    Are We There Yet?

    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…
    07.02.08

  • Packaging

    Is Good for You Good for All?

    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…
    Tom Branna, VP/Editorial Director 06.02.08

  • OTC/Medicated  | Skin Care

    Want Some New Skin Care Ideas?

    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…
    04.30.08