Who Needs Hollywood?

President Donald T. Trump wants America to be open for business by April 13. When do you think we will be free to shop, eat out and work out again?

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Those were the days. I used to dream about nail polish, nail polish colors and names, fragrances for lotions and scrubs and my next beach vacation.

Now all I dream about is face masks (WTF, who knew what a N95 or KN95 mask was before this crisis?), gloves, hand sanitizer, disinfectant and alcohol (I wish I was dreaming about Bowmore 15 & Oban), this is about isopropyl alcohol. I am also dreaming about hand soap, body wash, shampoo, cotton rounds, and foil sheets.

Michigan is a Stay at Home state like many others (why the Governor can decide and not the President is another story). Luckily, TNG is an essential company and our distribution center is open while all other employees work from home that can. Due to demand from the medical community, we stepped up efforts to supply critical supplies to that industry and hence the reason for my dreams.

We are in unprecedented times. My colleagues in NYC tell me that the city is way more scared and frightened than 9/11 because at least with 9/11, it was a one-time incident and they could go on with their lives after grieving. COVID-19 affects everyone, hence you walk around Times Square and can be by yourself. As virtually all businesses are shut down, consumers resort to online for everything from ordering goods to entertainment. Suddenly massive chain stores have zero advantage over online companies and in fact, are severely disadvantaged as they have to deal with fixed costs and millions of employees.

THE INDUSTRY SOURCE is the only beauty company open that has inventory of essential goods industry needs. How ironic the likes of Sally, Cosmoprof, Salon Centric and others ran out of isopropyl alcohol weeks ago and we are still shipping it. Other essential supplies from them? Forget it. In a crisis situation, size no longer matters, nimbleness and the ability to deal with the supply chain is everything.

We have KN95 masks coming in next week. We have surgical 3-ply masks coming in next week and the week after. We have hand sanitizer coming in from Italy and now making our own formulation of ForPro Hand Sanitizer Spray which we hope is in stock next week. Hospitals, doctors, nurses and others are very happy to work with us. I spoke to my friend who works at Patterson Dental. He told me they were out of N95 masks weeks ago and will not have any for weeks. This is a company that does more than $4B in business. 3M is running at full capacity but it is not enough.

Our factory that makes Ginger Lily Farms products is churning out for us three truckloads a week of gallons of body wash, shampoo, conditioner, hand soap and hand lotion. With everyone at home, there are more showers taken than ever before. Essential company employees like doctors and nurses are sleeping in their cars at night hoping not to infect their family so the need for shower stuff is greater than ever in places like hospitals not accustomed to this demand.

The government just passed a $2T (yes, that is one thousand billions) aid package. Our deficit was just over $1T and now the government just did that. What does that tell you? Who needs Hollywood! We are living the worst case scenario movie that any writer could ever dream up. India with its population of 1.3B just went into 3 week lockdown as did Pakistan. We already know what is going on in Italy. MI hospitals are reaching 100% capacity and we are only in the late beginning stages of this.

What do I think is most interesting about all this? My kids have called me more this past 7 days than the past 7 years. I have seen more people walking this week than the last decade. People are talking, playing traditional games and no longer taking everything and anything for granted. Yes people are scared and nervous, but they feel safe in their own home and home is more important than ever. Once this passes, how long will these new ideals last?

One thing for certain. Once this ends, certain words, phrases and other unique things from this will cease and desist forever. First to go: Social Distancing. Second to go: Elbow bumps. Third to go: Stay safe. Perhaps the X & Y generation have this whole perspective nailed: WTF, what ever happens, happens. Let’s hang out at the beach, drink some brews and dance the night away. Or in my case, dream about nail polish again.

Happy Wednesday!

Out Of My Mind On A Friday Mornin’

Will the Tigers make the World Series and win it?

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Yes I am guilty as charged. I have blogged less and less. The reason you may ask? Who has time? I have to spend at least an hour a day Tweeting and making sure the Tweets are less than 140 characters. Then I have make sure our position on Facebook is spot on. And how can I forget Pinterest. Oops, there are three more social darlings that I have to research as well that may take up another hour. So after all is said and done, between sleeping, eating, driving and social media I really only have about two hours left to work. Hence, my tardiness on doing my blog.

OK, so a bit of irony and humor. But if I was twenty-something, truth.

Stop on by tomorrow for a quarter-pound black angus dog right off the grill and a big slice of yummy pie. It’s a great way to say good-bye to summer and hello to fall.

The iPhone 5C and 5S goes on sale today. Analysts expect Apple to sell 6 million units over the weekend including pre-orders. I updated the software ios-7 on my 4S and it is sweet, very sweet. I’m opting for the 5S because I think Apple has something up their sleeves with the new 64-bit technology and fingerprint reader.

YIKES, you know it’s that time of year when Costco has their Christmas stuff out and our warehouse is stuffed with both CND and OPI holiday goods. But like summer, holiday goods will be gone in no time.

THE INDUSTRY SOURCE First Annual Store Beauty Event was a big success and we already have the date for 2014. Thanks everyone for making it a lot of fun.

The ForPro brand is hot and getting hotter. Best item for the holiday: Ultrasonic diffusers. They are selling like hotcakes.

Sports is on most everyone’s minds right now. Will the Tigers make it to the World Series? Is Michigan for real as they lucked out big time last week? Will MSU step to the plate against Notre Dame? And the Lions? SOL. How funny is that?

It’s a sad fact but true. Detroit earns the same amount of revenue from taxes from the three casinos as the entire city of Detroit property tax collections. Fascinating article in the Free Press last Sunday about the demise of Detroit. If Ficano is elected major, watch out for Dan Gilbert as he positions Detroit as his own city. His game plan is fully in place, now he needs Ficano to win.

Are you digging McDonald’s new egg white muffin and deep fried wings?

Airlines earned $3.5 billion from baggage fees last year. How about a $1 fee to use shampoo and conditioner at the back bar? Or how about $1 to put polish on when getting a manicure?

Groupon, Facebook, Apple iTunes radio and everything else has gone mobile. Who will own a computer in 5 years?

GO GREEN!

Happy Friday!

Out Of My Mind On A Friday Mornin’

Will the Tigers make the World Series and win it?

View Results

Yes I am guilty as charged. I have blogged less and less. The reason you may ask? Who has time? I have to spend at least an hour a day Tweeting and making sure the Tweets are less than 140 characters. Then I have make sure our position on Facebook is spot on. And how can I forget Pinterest. Oops, there are three more social darlings that I have to research as well that may take up another hour. So after all is said and done, between sleeping, eating, driving and social media I really only have about two hours left to work. Hence, my tardiness on doing my blog.

OK, so a bit of irony and humor. But if I was twenty-something, truth.

Stop on by tomorrow for a quarter-pound black angus dog right off the grill and a big slice of yummy pie. It’s a great way to say good-bye to summer and hello to fall.

The iPhone 5C and 5S goes on sale today. Analysts expect Apple to sell 6 million units over the weekend including pre-orders. I updated the software ios-7 on my 4S and it is sweet, very sweet. I’m opting for the 5S because I think Apple has something up their sleeves with the new 64-bit technology and fingerprint reader.

YIKES, you know it’s that time of year when Costco has their Christmas stuff out and our warehouse is stuffed with both CND and OPI holiday goods. But like summer, holiday goods will be gone in no time.

THE INDUSTRY SOURCE First Annual Store Beauty Event was a big success and we already have the date for 2014. Thanks everyone for making it a lot of fun.

The ForPro brand is hot and getting hotter. Best item for the holiday: Ultrasonic diffusers. They are selling like hotcakes.

Sports is on most everyone’s minds right now. Will the Tigers make it to the World Series? Is Michigan for real as they lucked out big time last week? Will MSU step to the plate against Notre Dame? And the Lions? SOL. How funny is that?

It’s a sad fact but true. Detroit earns the same amount of revenue from taxes from the three casinos as the entire city of Detroit property tax collections. Fascinating article in the Free Press last Sunday about the demise of Detroit. If Ficano is elected major, watch out for Dan Gilbert as he positions Detroit as his own city. His game plan is fully in place, now he needs Ficano to win.

Are you digging McDonald’s new egg white muffin and deep fried wings?

Airlines earned $3.5 billion from baggage fees last year. How about a $1 fee to use shampoo and conditioner at the back bar? Or how about $1 to put polish on when getting a manicure?

Groupon, Facebook, Apple iTunes radio and everything else has gone mobile. Who will own a computer in 5 years?

GO GREEN!

Happy Friday!