• 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…

  • 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…

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