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Published December 4, 2009
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 »
Published November 25, 2009
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 »
By Tom Branna, VP/Editorial Director
Published 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… Read More »
By Tom Branna, VP/Editorial Director
Published 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… Read More »
Published 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… Read More »
Mommy Blogger Mania
Published May 15, 2009
Mothers aren�t just changing diapers these days, they�re changing the media landscape. Read More »
By Tom Branna
Published 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… Read More »
Borba Skin Care
Published March 2, 2009
Founder Scott-Vincent Borba is in pursuit of the total approach to skin care. Read More »
Published 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… Read More »
Published 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… Read More »
Clorox Creates a Hotline for Holiday Stains
Published December 3, 2008
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 »
Chemicals and Children
Published December 1, 2008
Panel discussion urges greater attention on the impact of common chemicals on children. Read More »
By Tom Branna, VP/Editorial Director
Published 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… Read More »
Published 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,… Read More »
Published January 10, 2007
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 »