Sunday Sales Blast 8/10/14

P&G to Shed More Than Half Its Brands (follow up article)

The 70 to 80 core brands that P&G plans to retain account for 90 percent of sales and more than 95 percent of profits, Lafley said Friday after the Cincinnati-based company reported a profit of more than $11.6 billion on $83 billion in sales for the 2014 fiscal year.

By getting rid of the rest, “we will become a much more focused, much more streamlined company,” Lafley said. “We are going to create a faster-growing, more-profitable company that’s far simpler to manage and operate. This will enable P&G people to be more agile and responsive, more flexible and faster. Less will be much more.”

Like we said last week, what does this mean for the P&G products sold into the jan/san industry?

Ebola Virus Outbreak Is Public Health Emergency, World Health Organization Says

The World Health Organization on Friday declared the current outbreak of Ebola disease in West Africa to be an international public health emergency. "The outbreak is moving faster than we can control it," said Dr. Chan. "We do expect to see more cases and we do believe there are more cases than what's being reported."

What Are the Chances of Getting Ebola in the United States?

Two American aid workers infected with the Ebola virus while working in West Africa are being treated at a hospital in Atlanta, in a containment unit for patients with dangerous infectious diseases. But the risk that anyone will contract Ebola in the United States is extremely small, experts say. 

Doctors across the country are being reminded to ask for the travel history of anybody who comes in with a fever. Patients who have been to West Africa are being screened and tested if there seems to be a chance they have been exposed. Heightened concern about the virus led to alarms being raised at three hospitals in New York City. But no Ebola cases have turned up. If someone were to bring the virus to the United States, standard procedures for infection control are likely to contain it. 

It helps that Ebola does not spread nearly as easily as Hollywood movies about contagious diseases might suggest. In 2008, a patient who had contracted Marburg – a virus much like Ebola – in Uganda was treated at a hospital in the United States and could have exposed more than 200 people to the disease before anyone would have known what she had. Yet no one became sick.

The reason we keep publishing articles and news about Ebola is so you can be informed about the outbreak. There is little possibility of the outbreak hitting the US but we are sure you and your customers may have questions that these news articles will help you answer.


On a personal note I completed my longest paddle board race. It was supposed to me 8.7 miles but my GMS shows 9.3 and  5814 strokes. My time was 2 hours and 2 minutes The course was part inter-coastal and part ocean. I finished first in my age bracket! Little stiff for 60 years old.

Great golf again this Sunday with Rory looking good to win another.

Have a great day and a even better sales week!

Scott Jarden