Understanding the needs of professional end users, such as commercial laundry processors, hospitals, lodging establishments, restaurants, extended care facilities, prisons/jails, and other on-premise laundries, are key for laundry chemical suppliers. Trends in product usage, channels of distribution, penetration of textile rental firms, the role of machinery/equipment, such as extractors, continuous batch washers or tunnels, and dispensing systems, and cost structures for processing laundry are key variables that have a direct impact on the demand for laundry chemicals.Continue reading
The 2017-2018 cold and flu season has been unusually bad, and consumers and businesses know that clean hands and surfaces are crucial in staying healthy and maintaining hygienic facilities. Consumers understand the important role hand hygiene plays in maintaining good health. Awareness about frequent hand washing as a tool to prevent infection and the spread of disease is widespread. High touch surfaces, such as door handles, hand rails, elevator buttons, and shopping carts, are prime breeding grounds for virus and bacteria, and most facilities use sanitizing wipes to Continue reading
Both consumers and foodservice professionals alike share concerns over foodborne illnesses and preventing such outbreaks. The cleanliness of food preparation areas, surfaces, and wares used to prepare and serve food are of utmost importance. In fact, food safety compliance was the single most important issue among over 700 foodservice professional respondents surveyed recently by Kline. Employee training was a close second in terms of importance with other trends, such as minimum wage increases, Internet of Things, green cleaning, labor saving devices, and the impact of social media on their business, such as Yelp, Open Table, and online reviews being of secondary importance.Continue reading
Kline has surveyed nearly 750 end users, including those in the restaurants/hospitality, healthcare, industrial, retail, and education sectors, for the 2017 edition of its well-regarded Foodservice Cleaning Products USA study. The results confirm the importance of food safety compliance in commercial kitchens and food preparation areas. Among end users of foodservice cleaning products, food safety compliance was the single most important trend impacting their business. Employee training and compliance in relation to cleaning and guest experience ranked a close second. Minimum wage increases, green cleaning, and IoT and smart/Internet-enabled warewash machines held secondary importance. Social media and its impact on the business, such as Yelp, Open Table, and other reviews/images, was the least important trend among foodservice cleaning products end users.Continue reading
Staples, Staples Advantage, Office Depot, Office Max, and others have become a rapidly expanding channel of distribution of janitorial cleaning chemicals to professionals in the away-from-home market. Office buildings and other small, independent commercial end users often take advantage of the convenience of getting their cleaning supplies along with paper products, coffee and break room supplies, and other office supply needs from such retailers. Kline has recently completed the latest edition of its venerable Janitorial and Housekeeping Cleaning Products USA study, which covers the market from 2015 to 2017 and is based on over 1,000 end user surveys. The findings are surprising.Continue reading
The 2017 ISSA/Interclean North America show brought together over 16,000 cleaning and hygiene professionals in Las Vegas, NV. The event was filled with exciting workshops and top-line innovation in the technology, cleaning chemicals, and business practices.
The show floor and innovation showcase sections were filled with over 700 exhibitors, including suppliers and distributors, who shared experiences and demonstrated state-of-the-art products.Continue reading
What are the key changes and emerging trends in the jansan cleaning chemicals market? Kline reveals important findings from its upcoming Janitorial and Housekeeping Cleaning Products: U.S. Market Analysis and Opportunities research program.
Increased square footage of resilient hard surface flooring has reduced the need to strip/wax floors. Rubber flooring, solid vinyl tile, linoleum, and synthetic resin are becoming popular options for high-traffic commercial spaces, as they often offer lower maintenance requirements. As a result, the market for floor finishes and coatings shows a decrease compared to 2014 market data.Continue reading
Sales of the U.S. market for janitorial cleaning chemicals grow at a slow, but steady pace from 2015-2017, to some extent matching population growth in the country. To thrive in this mature market, janitorial cleaning product suppliers need a deep understanding of end users’ needs and market dynamics to bring innovation and capture profitable niches. In this article, we look into the key changes and challenges for jansan market suppliers in 2017.
Contract cleaners continue to expand their business, trying to gain a new client base beyond office buildings. Continue reading
Foodservice distributors and chemical and machinery manufacturers alike can differentiate themselves by offering foodservice end users value-added services ranging from employee training assistance to information on the latest regulations of food safety to technology-enabled efficiency and labor-saving devices. End users in restaurants, hotels, and other foodservice settings are challenged to remain efficient, compliant, and profitable on a regular basis. Distributors or chemical suppliers that offer cleaning chemicals, tools, or machinery to help end users with these issues are seen as valued partners, and loyalty is developed as a result. For example, foodservice distributor Gordon offers a foodservice regulatory compliance program, including online training modules, webinars, and nutrition resources that helps keep their customers coming back to them. Continue reading
The education segment is not the largest in the jansan market, but is expected to grow due to increased penetration of contract cleaners at schools that were primarily self-maintained in the past. To identify the key purchase factors in K-12 education, Kline has conducted a survey among jansan professionals serving this segment.
Child and worker safety is a cornerstone of the schools purchasing decisions when choosing a cleaning chemical brand. Several manufacturers have stated that their green products are in most demand in schools. The findings from our recent surveys are unexpected.Continue reading