Energy conservation and effluent management systems prevalent among commercial laundries

Energy conservation and effluent management systems prevalent among commercial laundries

Kline’s latest I&I cleaning study, Laundry Chemical Products U.S.A.: Market Analysis and Opportunities, was published in September and contains a wealth of information on market sales, growth, forecasts, and insights from more than 500 structured surveys of professional end-use decision makers.

Commercial laundries were asked the importance of various emerging trends, and 55% rated energy saving/conservation as very important. Washing machine servicing is very important to 47% of commercial laundries.  New sources of revenue from more rental activity is rated third, with 45% giving it very important ratings. Cold water washing is aligned with energy savings and is rated fourth in importance.Continue reading

Trends impacting the laundry chemicals market

Green Cleaning and Cost Trends in the U.S. Professional Laundry Market

Laundry requires specialized knowledge and service. Chemical suppliers often serve as trusted business partners for commercial end users because they provide expert service, especially for large accounts in the healthcare, hospitality, and commercial laundry segments. Kline’s research for our Laundry Chemicals study is underway and, so far, these three end-use segments appear to be contributing to market gains.

Green cleaning trends impacting professional laundry include water recycling/reuse systems, effluent management systems, ozone or electrolyzed water systems, and cold water washing. Water recycling and effluent management systems are expensive and difficult to engineer so only cleaning operations who want to promote a “sustainability/corporate responsibility” image or adhere to government regulations are likely to implement. Ozone water systems have been on the market for 20+ years, and some end users use them as part of their green cleaning initiatives while others are not sold on the usefulness of such systems. Cold water washing, where water temperatures are anywhere from 90-120 °F, use less energy than hot water washing; however, some end users that are particularly concerned with eliminating bacteria, viruses, and other germs from laundry, such as hospitals and long-term care facilities, may not be willing to use cold water washing systems. Continue reading

The Future of Beauty Retail

The Future of Beauty Retail: Technology

The rapidly changing beauty retail environment is the result of big changes in consumer purchasing behavior. Millennials as a group have helped transform the retail space, in the same way they continue to transform the world, via technology. This group turns to their mobile devices to help run their lives from hailing an Uber, to ordering a latte, to purchasing beauty products, all with the use of apps.

The modern beauty shopper looks for convenience, value, and product reviews and is never far from their mobile devices to get the purchasing job done. Continue reading

Jansan trends in education

Jansan Trends in the Education Segment: 2017 Data

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.

Product attributes

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

Emerging Retail Channels in the U.S. Jan/San Market

Shifts in Jan/San Chemical Distribution to Retail Channels Emerge in the U.S. Jan/San Market

Operating under tight budget constraints, many small businesses are purchasing jan/san chemicals from retailers as they offer convenience and value pricing. While the majority of jan/san chemicals are sourced from janitorial supply and paper distributors, there has been an increase in sales through retailers for these products. In this article, we profile three retail channels that are emerging as popular sources for jan/san chemicals and examine their appeal to small business, contract cleaners, and other institutional end users.Continue reading

U.S. Market for Janitorial Cleaning Products

The Face of the Jan/San Market Continues to Change

Over the past several years, there have been many high-profile mergers and acquisitions in the U.S. jan/san market, such as Ecolab’s acquisition of Swisher Hygiene and Sealed Air’s acquisition of Diversey. However, as these businesses are being integrated into their larger parent companies, the portion of the business that does not match the parent company’s core strengths or vision for the future are being divested. According to Kline’s data, the 10 leading suppliers of jan/san cleaning products account for 37% of total sales in 2014. The market continues to change, with companies strengthening their positions in their usual segments, as well as entering new segments through mergers and acquisitions.Continue reading

Industrial and Institutional Hand Care

Industrial & Institutional Hand Care Poised for Strong Growth

In the presence of many infectious diseases, consumers understand the important role hand hygiene plays in maintaining good health. The public has become more aware about frequent hand washing as a tool to avoid viruses and the spread of germs, which has resulted in an increased frequency of handwashing. Sales of professional-use hand care products surpass other professional cleaning chemicals, growing at 3.6% in 2015 to nearly $1.5 billion at the end-user level.
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Janitorial and Housekeeping Cleaning Products

The Changing Role of Building Service Contractors in U.S. Janitorial and Housekeeping Cleaning Products

There are over 54,000 independent building service contractors (BSCs) that clean and maintain commercial, industrial, and institutional facilities in the United States. Accounting for over 30% of the market’s sales, contract cleaners are the largest end users of janitorial and housekeeping cleaning products in the country.

Contractors have increased penetration and revenues; however, cutbacks and changes in floor care programs have affected this leading segment, in terms of chemical purchases. End users are operating under tight budget constraints with a focus on margins, resulting in resistance to price increases and reduced frequency of stripping and finishing floors.
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Industrial Surfactants with Favorable Environmental Profiles

Alkyl Polyglucosides and Other Industrial Surfactants are Moving Forward with Favorable Environmental Profiles

One-third of the global surfactants market is used in a variety of industrial applications, such as food, paints and coatings, crop protection, and oil and gas. Europe and the United States are among the largest consumers of industrial surfactants globally, together accounting for USD 4 billion+ in market value, according to Kline’s just-published reports on the United States and Europe from the Industrial Surfactants: Multi-regional Market Analysis and Opportunities series. Both markets show overall positive growth results, but their growth potential is highly dependent on the end-use application and surfactant considered. The industry is also affected by tightening regulations on the product composition and environmental impact. Responding to the growing demand for high quality products that would meet the industry’s compliance regulations, suppliers in these two developed markets shift towards more innovative, safe, and green products.Continue reading

Personal Care Ingredients

Top Five Consumer Trends Driving the Personal Care Ingredients Market

The ever- growing demand for cosmetics and personal care products also drives sales growth of ingredients used in these products. The market value for specialty personal care ingredients in the key regions (including Europe, the United States, Brazil, China, Japan, Southeast Asia, and India) covered in Kline’s recently published Personal Care Ingredients Database reaches USD 9.0 billion in 2015. Based on our research findings, we identified several important trends from the end user’s experience, which in turn affect the personal care ingredients market going into 2016.

1. Multifunctional products are on the rise

With increasingly busy lifestyles, consumers tend to simplify their daily beauty routines. Multifunctional products are therefore growing in popularity as they offer several benefits at once, such as anti-aging, cleansing, moisturization, anti-oxidant, UV protection, etc.Continue reading