ACI Convention Offers Insights on “Consumers of Tomorrow,” Business Challenges of Today
WASHINGTON, D.C., – Cleaning product industry executives will gain insights on global consumer trends, the ability to protect intellectual property, and evolving challenges in chemical regulation at the 2011 ACI Annual Meeting & Industry Convention.
The American Cleaning Institute’s® (formerly Soap and Detergent Association) yearly gathering of executives from the global cleaning products industry takes place January 25-29, 2011 at the Grande Lakes Orlando in Orlando, Florida.
The theme of this year’s event is “Working Together for the Consumers of Tomorrow.” Briefings and speaker presentations will address how the industry is working across the supply chain to better serve its customer base today and in the future.
Among the program highlights:
· “Shopping anthropologist” Paco Underhill will discuss “Retail Trends.” He is the founding president of Envirosell, the New York-based behavioral research and consultancy firm focused on commercial environments. His latest book is What Women Want, which “focuses on how the changing status of women affects the physical world we live in.”
· Jack DiMaggio of Colgate-Palmolive will give a presentation on the “Consumers of Tomorrow.” His presentation will highlight through music, pictures and video clips just how different companies’ interactions with consumers may be in tomorrow''s world.
· A Panel Presentation on Trade Secrets: During this timely session, the industry’s leading legal experts will provide an overview of trade secret law and practical considerations for companies in protecting their confidential business information. The panelists will also provide an overview of pending legislation and regulations that could impact the ability of companies to protect trade secrets.
· Clearing the Hurdles - Making Sense Out of the PMN: For three decades, the Premanufacture Notice Process (PMN) has been used and implemented under TSCA. It affects speed-to-market and innovation for the cleaning product supply chain. This presentation will explore how the process currently works and will feature an interactive discussion on challenges that can arise as companies navigate the process. The guest speaker is Blake Biles, Partner, Arnold & Porter LLP.
· SME Exchange - Challenges and Opportunities for Small- & Medium-Sized Enterprises
The tough economic environment poses real challenges for formulators and suppliers along the cleaning product supply chain - especially small and medium-sized businesses. ACI invites executives to our first-ever SME Exchange, where companies can share insights and ideas on surviving and thriving in today''s marketplace.
· Issues Briefing & Global Industry Update: Experts from ACI member companies and industry associations worldwide will highlight the priority issues facing the cleaning product supply chain in the U.S. and around the globe.
The American Cleaning Institute® (ACI - formerly The Soap and Detergent Association) is the Home of the U.S. Cleaning Products Industry® and represents the $30 billion U.S. cleaning products market. ACI members include the formulators of soaps, detergents, and general cleaning products used in household, commercial, industrial and institutional settings; companies that supply ingredients and finished packaging for these products; and oleochemical producers. ACI (www.CleaningInstitute.org
) and its members are dedicated to improving health and the quality of life through sustainable cleaning products and practices.