• 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…

  • Going Beyond Greenwashing

    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…

  • A Big Season for Sun Care

    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…

  • The Mean Season

    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…

  • Growth Opportunities?

    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…

  • Trends to Watch in the New Year

    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…

  • Extraordinary Uncertainty?

    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…

  • Kids Cosmetics

    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…

  • Wal-Mart & Wellness, Perfect Together?

    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…

  • West Looks East for Growth

    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…

  • Wal-Mart Gains as Economy Slips

    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…

  • Are We There Yet?

    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…

  • Is Good for You Good for All?

    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…

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