After surviving the recession, the laundry detergent category has been hurt by price wars and a dearth of innovation. But a few observers insist there are signs that things are beginning to improve. Read More »
The Seventh World Conference on Detergents (see p. 94 in this issue) was a huge success—every presentation was insightful and entertaining. I’ve been attending conferences, seminars and congresses around the world for more than 20 years a… Read More »
With a knowledgeable team in place, an ambitious growth strategy and a strong pipeline of products, Lubrizol is determined to become a billion dollar player in the personal care and home care space. Read More »
The Seventh World Conference on Detergents in Montreux looked at the biggest problems facing this $65 billion segment and offered some solutions on issues such as sustainability and innovation. Read More »
The new American frugality appears to be lingering. According to a new poll released today by Harris Interactive, almost two-thirds of U.S. adults say they are purchasing more generic brands to save money, slightly up from February when 63% said they… Read More »
Moen wants homeowners to put down the bottle of spray cleaner—or at least feel less pressure to use it everyday. The North Olmsted, OH fixtures maker has introduced Spot Resist Finish, which resists fingerprints and water spots.
Moen said it d… Read More »
While many consumers have embraced reusable grocery bags, these eco-friendly options can serve as a breeding ground for dangerous food-borne bacteria and pose a serious risk to public health, according to a joint food safety research report by resear… Read More »
By Ken Wasik, Managing Director, Stephens Investment Banking, Stephens Inc.
Published July 2, 2010
Looking to get a foothold in the competitive personal care and household product space? Consider direct marketing channels where there are still plenty of brands and companies out there that deserve attention. Read More »
We’ve all been there. We started a load of laundry and left it sitting in the washing machine for hours, if not overnight. When we realize it, we have two options: toss the load into the dryer knowing clothes will retain that icky smell o… Read More »
News that the U.S. unemployment rate fell to 10% from 10.2% last month, may give some pundits pause, but no one should be rejoicing just yet. During every holiday--recession or no--employers provide a quick lift to their ranks to prepare for the holi… Read More »
Budgets have been slashed and head counts have fallen, but the demand for innovation is only increasing.
That's why finding an expert in the field is more important than ever. We've assembled a roster of industry experts who will provide gui… Read More »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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… Read More »
Clorox Creates Hotline for Holiday Stains
Eggnog on an heirloom tablecloth? Did Uncle Steve drop his (fourth) glass of red wine on your favorite pants? This holiday, Clorox’s Dr. Laundry will answer the cries of consumers beset by seasona… Read More »