Retail and E-Commerce Sales UP in January

The Department of Commerce recently released the January sales figures and reported that retail sales were up 1.1%.  Also reporting for January was comScore, which reports E-Commerce statistics, who that online sales grew 2% in January.  These are the first monthly increases in 6 months – despite dire predictions of lowered sales because of economic …

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More CPSIA – Toys in Soap

If you make soap for children with embedded toys, the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) may apply to your products.  If the toy is intended for use by the child after the soap is used, then the toy would fall under the CPSIA regulations.  At this point, implementation of the regulations is still being …

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Children’s Products – CPSIA

For those who don’t know, the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) is a bill that was designed to protect children from unsafe products.  It was passed into law last year, effective February 10, 2009.  Amongst other things, it required testing on all products to be sold to children.  It has received a great deal …

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FDA Act 2009 – Letter to Congress

I have been working with Donna Maria (Indie Beauty Network), along with terrific input from Anne-Marie Faiola (Brambleberry) and Kayla Fioravanti (Essential Wholesale) to review the FDA Globalization Act of 2009 (HR 759). Our contact at the House Commerce and Energy Committee requested our input and was quite interested to know if we could “come …

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CongressDaily Article Covers HSMG Position on FDA Globalization Act

CongressDaily, a respected newspaper read by members of Congress, included an article last Tuesday about the HSMG and IBN letter to the Energy and Commerce Committee about the FDA Globalization Act. The writer, Anna Edney, contacted me the week before requesting information and I forwarded her our letter and information on our position. The article, …

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DC News Coverage of FDA Globalization Act

On September 19th, CBS Affiliate WUSA Channel 9 News in Washington DC aired this segment featuring the FDA Globalization Act and the far-reaching effects it might have. The initial contact was made by Jamila White of j blossom, member of the Indie Beauty Network and speaker at the HSMG 2008 and 2009 Conferences. Both Jamilla …

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Additional Insurance Available

As most know, product and general liability insurance is included as a member benefit for soapmaker members located in the United States. The basic insurance includes $1M in liability insurance and $5,000 in property insurance. For those who needed more liability insurance to satisfy wholesale accounts or craft shows and fairs, an optional increase to …

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