About a decade ago, Staples started carrying select cleaning products in its stores to help offset declining sales and low margins on some office supplies being sold. These products were largely targeted at small- to mid-sized commercial end users in office and professional settings, such as office managers. Therefore, the product mix was mainly surface wipes and restroom cleaning products. Continue reading
Results from Kline’s large-scale survey of professional cleaning end users conducted with nearly 1,100 respondents indicate that green/sustainable cleaning products are important and valued among these customers.
- 69% of those surveyed perceive green cleaning products to be equally or more effective than traditional cleaning chemicals.
- 48% of the sample are willing to pay up to 20% more for green cleaning products, compared to traditional cleaning chemicals.
- There appears to be more willingness to pay a premium for sustainable cleaning products among education, government, foodservice, and hospitality end users.
- 59% rely on third-party green certifications on product packaging or websites to identify green cleaning products, while significantly less importance is placed on brand name, images, advertising, or promotions.
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
The market for sustainable or “green” cleaning products among commercial end users has been growing, and increased regulations by states are expected to continue to drive interest and sales of these products. Sustainable cleaning includes professional cleaning products made with renewable, biodegradable ingredients that are not tested on animals, do not contain harmful ingredients, and are sold in recyclable packaging. These products often carry certifications from third parties that validate these claims. Continue reading
As the coronavirus continues to spread across the world, the U.S. jan/san market may see an uptick in sales. This sector is made up of companies that specialize in infection prevention with disinfectants, sanitizers, hard-surface cleaners, and hand soaps and hand sanitizers that are crucial to preventing the spread of germs and maintaining clean facilities. Companies such as Ecolab, Clorox Professional, and Microban are offering guidance to their end-use customers on infection prevention and disinfecting. 3M and GOJO are trying to keep up with demand for their face masks and hand sanitizers, respectively. Continue reading
When it comes to the professional cleaning of commercial kitchens, key market trends including control of foodborne illness, food safety, and strict sanitation regulations are all drivers propelling growth of foodservice cleaning products. Regulations increase cleaning frequency for end users but also push manufacturers to develop new products that protect human health and the environment. Food safety and prevention of foodborne illness are concerns for all end users but particularly those serving the public. These have led to improved sanitation practices and include higher cleaning standards, sanitizing of hands, sanitizing of dishes and other kitchen wares, and hygiene programs and training for employees. Continue reading
The overall professional janitorial and housekeeping market is growing slowly but steadily and, in general, tracks the slow increase in the U.S. population. Each end-user segment has its own growth dynamics based on how its number of guests, students, residents, patients, or visitors are changing. Continue reading
We are pleased to announce that we’re starting research for our largest market study in the industrial and institutional cleaning products industry – Janitorial and Housekeeping Cleaning Products USA. This study incorporates detailed, structured research with over 1,000 end-use decision makers at building service contractors and in healthcare, hospitality, foodservice, education, government, commercial office buildings, industrial, retail, and transportation industries. Continue reading
This year’s ISSA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada was well-attended and featured hundreds of booths displaying new products, with many showcasing how technology is being used to improve cleaning and efficiency. From augmented reality to robotics, many technologically advanced tools are being offered to cleaning professionals to help them clean more efficiently and educate cleaning staff. Optisolve showed a device that, when attached to a tablet, reveals in real time invisible surface contamination and can be used to benchmark and track improvements in cleaning thoroughness. Continue reading
Key market trends including control of foodborne illness, food safety, and strict regulations for sanitation are all drivers propelling growth of foodservice cleaning products in western Europe. Regulations increase cleaning frequency for end users but also encourage manufacturers to develop new products that protect human health and the environment. Food safety and prevention of foodborne illness are concerns for all end users but particularly those serving the public. These have led to improved sanitation practices and include higher cleaning standards, sanitizing of hands, sanitizing of dishes and other kitchen wares, and hygiene programs and training for employees. Continue reading