Laticrete launches waste-reducing grout kit
Laticrete, manufacturer of systems for the installation of tile and stone, launched its Laticrete Grout Channel Refurbishment Kit with the environmental benefit of waste reduction.
The new eco-friendly program was developed by marketing experts at Laticrete in concert with the January 2011 introduction of six exciting new grout colors designed to refresh the 40 options available for designing with tile and stone. The refurbished Laticrete Grout Channel Kit program allows Laticrete sales representatives and Laticrete customers in the field to simply pop out the discontinued grout color channels and replace them with the six new colors available, avoiding the disposal of outdated grout channel kits. This refurbishment kit supports the Laticrete commitment to green initiatives by reducing waste.
“The refurbishment of the grout channel kits is one example where a small adjustment contributes to the greater good of all the efforts Laticrete makes on behalf of the environment,” said Maria Oliveira, Laticrete corporate marketing manager. “We are simply committed to sustainability.”
NPD Group names president of home business unit
Port Washington, N.Y.-based NPD Group named Perry James, a 16-year veteran with the research firm, as the new president of home and office supplies.
James replaces Peter Goldman, who moved on to a position within NPD as senior VP of the Technology Analyst Business.
Before his current position, James was president of NPD’s Office Supplies and Software businesses. From 2005 through 2007, he was with the home group on the business development side.
"We’re very excited to be expanding our coverage of the hardware and home improvement industry," James said.
James will be based in the company’s Port Washington headquarters.
Newell Rubbermaid takes “more conservative” view of 2011
In a corporate announcement that sparked a sharp decline in the company’s share value, Atlanta-based Newell Rubbermaid said it is seeing weak consumer spending trends in the United States.
CEO Mark Ketchum pointed to "persistent softness in the U.S. economy and increased inflationary pressure" as a reason to revise downward the company’s expectations. Newell Rubbermaid now anticipates 2011 core sales growth in the range of 3% to 4%, down from a previous guidance of 4% to 5%.
The company’s stock was trading Monday morning at $14.95, down from about $17 before the Friday morning announcement.
The company, whose brands include Irwin Tools, Lenox, Benzomatic and Shur-Line, as well as Paper-Mate and Sharpie, lowered its earnings expectations to gains of 5% to 10%, down from previous guidance of 10% to 12%. Ketchum added that the Baby & Parenting business were particularly hard hit by the economy. Across most of the company, a 4% to 5% gain is still expected.
"We still expect solid core sales growth versus our 2010 results; however, our revised expectations are lower than they were just a short while ago,” said Ketchum. “Several of our large retail customers are revising downward their U.S. growth expectations for the year, pointing to weak consumer confidence levels and lower-than-expected spending trends, particularly in the semi-discretionary categories in which we compete. These lowered expectations are impacting customer ordering patterns and, as a result, we think it prudent to reflect those assumptions for lower growth in our own sales projections for the year.
“Our growth drivers, which were always skewed toward the back half of the year, include the launch of innovative new products, distribution gains at a number of key retailers, aggressive pricing actions to offset cost inflation and a greater focus on expansion in faster growing emerging markets," he said.