The U.S. market for professional laundry chemical products is a mature market with increased supplier consolidation, characterized as having a small number of large customers that have high service requirements and a considerable number of small to medium-sized end users. Margins are tight in this business, and end user consolidation continues to be a factor in suppliers’ need to maintain and retain their customers. Therefore, understanding the needs of end users is paramount.Continue reading
All product categories and companies register growth on the market for industrial and institutional cleaning wipes that increases by over 5% in 2014. Several companies, such as market leader Clorox Professional Products or various smaller brands like Metrex Research or Spartan Chemical, are growing faster than the overall market growth, reveals the imminent Industrial and Institutional Wipes USA: Market Analysis and Opportunities report. This across the board uptake is due fact that end users view wipes as a convenient and effective way to clean their facilities.Continue reading
Industrial and institutional cleaning wipes are important to end users, such as healthcare facilities, schools, industrial facilities, foodservice, fitness facilities, and small businesses, and are being used for half or more of all cleaning tasks performed on premises, reveals our soon-to-be-published Industrial and Institutional Wipes USA: Market Analysis and Opportunities report.
Most end users who responded to our survey are pleased with I&I cleaning wipes, and 97% of them say they are either very satisfied or satisfied with them. Schools are particularly heavy users of wipes with more than half them using wipes in primary schools (grades K-12). Continue reading
The markets for HI&I ingredients in the United States, China, and India—the three regions from the upcoming global HI&I ingredients report—are rather diverse in terms of growth, value, and volume. While there are differences in the size of these markets and their growth potentials, qualitative attributes also differ widely.
The consumption of ingredients in all three countries represents a large chunk of the total market, accounting for over USD 10 billion, driven by the United States, which represents more than half of this total. In terms of future outlook, India is forecast to post the strongest growth among these three countries, of almost 13% during the forecast period of 2014-2019. Continue reading
We are currently conducting structured surveys with end users of industrial and institutional cleaning wipes. Preliminary findings from the research show that claims made by manufacturers of wipes with regard to disinfecting and sanitizing are extremely important to the healthcare sector.
Survey respondents were asked to rate the importance of 20 various purchase factors when it comes to selecting cleaning wipes, including effectiveness, price, size, brand, texture, durability, scent, convenience, and dry time. Notable among respondents is that the time it takes a wipe to kill pathogens/germs, also known as “dwell time,” is considered very or extremely important among 100% of end users at nursing homes. Continue reading
Stringent sanitizing rules within a growing number of assisted living facilities, nursing homes, as well as in acute care settings such as hospitals, drive growth of the janitorial cleaning products market in the United States; however, the relatively fresh and rapidly growing concept of fast-casual restaurants represent the highest growth, according to the just-published Janitorial and Housekeeping Cleaning Products USA: Market Analysis and Opportunities.
The top three end-use segments of the janitorial and housekeeping cleaning products market estimated at $4 billion in 2014, together, account for close to 56% of all janitorial cleaning product sales in 2014. Contract cleaners, the leading end-use segment accounting for a little over 30% of the industry total, have increased penetration and revenues, but changes in floor care have affected this leading segment. To cut costs, facility managers often reduce the frequency of waxing and floor stripping, causing the formerly vibrant floor-care sector to post a flat to modest growth rate.Continue reading
Hospitals, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities are among the end-use segments that are driving gains in the dollar volume of janitorial cleaning products. The market for janitorial cleaning products accounts for about one-third of the overall market for industrial and institutional cleaning products and is estimated at $4 billion in 2014.
The use of janitorial cleaners in acute care settings, such as hospitals, are increasing as these facilities aim to maintain cleanliness, kill germs, and reduce patient readmission rates. Hand-care products are the primary drivers of janitorial cleaning products growth in the hospitals. Demand for hand-care products that spiked in 2009 following the outbreak of the H1N1 virus began to drop significantly in post-pandemic period through 2010, but still outpaces all other product categories as hospitals try to reduce the presence of pathogens and infectious diseases.Continue reading
While the quality and safety of food is a major benchmark of the economic development of any country, in China, the first major Food Safety Law was put in effect in 2009. Four years later with worsening safety issues and after a series of critical violations, the Chinese government is placing even greater importance on food quality, safety, and hygiene with a new set of regulations affecting food quality and food production, supervision of imported and exported food products, food inspection practices, and food hygiene.Continue reading
Any purchasing agents who order janitorial and housekeeping cleaning products are doing so less frequently with their janitorial/sanitation (Jan-San) distributors and more often through office supply retailers, such as Staples. Several reasons for
this trend include:
- One-stop shopping convenience
- More tech-savvy online ordering capabilities
- Convenience of direct delivery