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 »
Patent No. US 7,398,787 B2. The Unilever Home & Personal Care USA division of Conopco, Inc., Greenwich, CT, has granted a patent for a non-intrusive device that automatically doses a composition into an automatic laundry washing machine. The de… Read More »
Patent No. US 7,398,787 B2.
The Unilever Home & Personal Care USA division of Conopco, Inc., Greenwich, CT, has granted a patent for a non-intrusive device that automatically doses a composition into an automatic laundry washing machine. The de… Read More »
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… Read More »
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,… Read More »
We’re only in January, but 2007 is already shaping up to be a watershed year for the global household and personal products industry. On the top of everyone’s list, of course, is REACH, the new European regulation for chemicals which has… Read More »
Regulations aren’t sexy. Go to any industry conference and it’s a safe bet that the regulatory track will be one of the more poorly attended segments. Folks would much rather hear about the latest new technology or marketing ideas...you k… Read More »
The Top 50 gets another face lift this year following a rash of acquisitions in 1998. Freeman Cosmetics, Soft Sheen and Dep are all gone from our annual look at the leading companies in teh household and personal products industry. Read More »
After a questionable study by the National Toxicology Program linking cocamide DEA to cancerous tumors in laboratory mice, surfactant suppliers are offering alternatives to this widely-used personal care surfactant. Read More »