• Growing Pains

    Karen McIntyre, Nonwovens Industry, Editor April 14, 2010
    || Ten years ago, the wipes market began a period of remarkable growth in terms of both size and diversity. Consumer product companies began launching products throughout a number of segments ranging from personal care to household care to pet care to…

  • Learn & Network at our Seminar on Anti-Aging

    Tom Branna, Editorial Director March 30, 2010
    || During a conference session on social networking, I realized that with all the talk about Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube and the like, the opportunities to sit down and exchange ideas in a relaxed atmosphere are few and far between these days. For all…

  • Albert Kligman Bridged the Gap

    Albert Kligman Bridged the Gap

    Tom Branna, VP/Editorial Director, Happi/Rodman Publishing Corp. March 9, 2010
    || He will be remembered as the Father of Retin-A and the mischievous genius who gave the world such terms as “cosmeceutical” and “photoaging.” But for me, Albert Kligman will always be remembered for bringing two worlds—…

  • In a Buying Mood Again?

    Tom Branna, VP/Editorial Director, Happi/Rodman Publishing February 4, 2010
    || Much has been written in the past two months or so about the birth of a new kind of consumer, one who realizes the value of things doesn’t really have anything to do with things. People and relationships are what matters. It’s not what k…

  • I’m No Expert…

    Tom Branna, VP/Editorial Director January 4, 2010
    || but I know where you can find one. Every day the editorial department gets dozens of calls from readers, other members of the press and financial types who are looking for some sort of information that may or may not have appeared in Happi. If we&r…

  • Pouring Milk in a Fishbowl

    Tom Branna, Editorial Director November 25, 2009
    || If we can all agree that the recession is over, then the next point to ponder is, “How do we get growing again?” Two answers come quickly to mind: the anti-aging category and environmentally-friendly products. Both subjects are covered…

  • The Worst Is Over

    November 9, 2009
    || Third quarter statistics confirm what we suspected for some time now—the economy is up and growing again in the U.S. and probably around the world as well. According to the White House Council of Economic Advisors, gross domestic product expand…

  • Do-It-Yourself or Farm It Out?

    October 5, 2009
    || Every time there’s a downturn in the economy, the focus shifts to private label. And with good reason. According to the Private Label Manfacturers Association, sales of store brands in the major U.S. retail channels surged by more than 10% in 2…

  • The Fabric of Our Lives

    Karen McIntyre, Editor September 15, 2009
    || 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…

  • Plenty of Growth Opportunities

    Tom Branna, VP/Editorial Director, tomb@rodpub.com September 15, 2009
    || 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…

  • So Much for Belt-Tightening

    Tom Branna, VP/Editorial Director September 3, 2009
    || 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…

  • Social Butterfly Emerging

    Tom Branna, VP/Editorial Director August 4, 2009
    || 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…

  • Performance Reviews

    Tom Branna, VP/Editorial Director July 8, 2009
    || 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…

  • A Tale of Two Companies

    June 9, 2009
    || 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…

  • Pick Up the *@&! Phone, Alan!

    Tom Branna, Editorial Director May 1, 2009
    || 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…

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