Kimberly-Clark introduced Huggies' Henry the Hippo flashing-light hand soap, which is intended to help teach children how long to wash their hands. The company also improved several other Huggies toiletry products and added a new scent to the line.
Kraft Foods' new strategy of offering complete meals and prepared foods is on target with current food trends, most analysts say. The demand for more convenience foods was noted in the Food Marketing Institute's 2006 Grocery Shopper Trends report.
Initial optimism about RFID in the retail sector fell flat in 2006, but RFID vendors have begun looking for niche opportunities beyond the retail industry. RFID tech has been deployed to nonretail markets such as oil, semiconductors and building materials, although the technology is expected to find much potential in retail in the future.