Light and Healthy
"[The] product degrades in landfills and compost without sunlight starting in approximately nine months," Graham said.
Though there are innovations in products in the health and fitness arena, some of the biggest trends in the health care industry are fairly predictable.
Ellis said it all comes down to lower prices and faster turnaround times. The future, however, will be about tighter safety restrictions.
"The coming trends in this category will be far more scrutiny from the FDA [U.S. Food and Drug and Administration] and other regulatory authorities, in an effort to protect the consumer," Ellis explained. "As we know, imported health care products enter the country essentially without regulatory review. Not only does this practice leave the consumer exposed to products that may be unsafe to use, it puts both the distributor and the importing supplier at risk in the event of a product liability claim. Over the next several years, we can expect this aspect of the business to change, to the benefit of the end-buyer."
Ellis offered some advice on the industry.
"The best way to [stay] in touch with new market trends and to anticipate your clients' needs is to listen," Ellis commented. "We spend a great deal of time listening to our customers, and in the end, this enables Humphrey to do a better job of serving their needs."
Graham also had something to say about staying successful.
"Network, talk with suppliers and clients on [a] regular basis, expand your knowledge. I said talk, not e-mail. Get in touch and work that connection."