• 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…

  • Want Some New Skin Care Ideas?

    April 30, 2008
    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…

  • Active and Green

    March 28, 2008
    Active & Green: Best to be Both

  • Editor's Page

    February 29, 2008
    What’s Hotter Than Sun Care?

  • Right Here, Right Now

    February 6, 2008
    Rudy Giuliani might have been a great president. We’ll never know for sure, because the former mayor of New York never really got his candidacy going. Unfortunately for Mayor Giuliani, he listened to his advisors and stayed away from key prim…

  • Is Stagflation on Tap for 2008?

    December 27, 2007
    Stagflation. All you 20- and 30-somethings in the industry probably don’t remember the combination of no growth and high inflation that crippled economies around the world back in 1973. Thirty-five years may seem like ancient history for some,…

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