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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…  Read More »
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…  Read More »
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…  Read More »
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…  Read More »
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…  Read More »
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…  Read More »
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…  Read More »
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…  Read More »
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…  Read More »
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…  Read More »
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…  Read More »
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…  Read More »
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 »