Finally, thanks to Tide Pods, laundry-doers everywhere have been delivered from the painstaking multitude of steps required to open a bottle of laundry detergent, measure it out in the cap and pour it into the washing machine. Rejoice!
The convenient, colorful, pre-measured pouches have been advertized as the biggest laundry innovation in a generation, and the public seems to agree — Tide forecasts $500 million in earnings from Pods’ first year of sales. And this fact is even more remarkable given the parade of PR hiccups that the product has encountered since its release in February.
First: thanks to supply shortages, Pods came to market six months late lacking the retail promotions usually afforded new products. In fact, the supply shortage is still something of an issue–Tide keeps smaller packs in storage and excludes the product from all company coupons.
Tide’s biggest PR challenge, however, concerns repeated reports of children eating the small, brightly-colored Pods.