While the world contends with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and much of the United States shelters in place, there have been strong surges in consumer demand for hand sanitizers, hand soaps, and disinfectants. In fact, Nielsen reports that during the first week of March 2020, consumer sales of hand sanitizers were up 470% compared to the same week of 2019.* Some suppliers of hand sanitizers indicate they expect to sell typical annual volume within only two to three weeks during the pandemic. 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