“Modern Retail” tells us Titan Casket’s strategy for disrupting an industry

By Funeral Director Daily / May 3, 2023 /

    I often tell people in funeral service that with Funeral Director Daily  “I don’t break the news, I just tell those in the profession what I’ve heard, what I’m seeing, and what my opinion on the subject is.”  I’ve secured a pretty good following by doing that and giving busy death care professionals…

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Titan Casket appears on CBS Sunday Morning

By Funeral Director Daily / April 27, 2023 /

    I’ve been maligned and others in the profession have told me I am wrong when I say the funeral directors and funeral home owners can be “Entrepreneurial”.   Several people have dropped me notes or emails that tell me I am “dead wrong” and death care is a business that is not entrepreneurial, but…

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You can design your own casket

By Funeral Director Daily / March 6, 2023 /

      Last week I had a two hour drive and set my radio to a station on Sirius that featured a news talk show.  What was highly unusual was that the group of well-known broadcasters started talking about death care and then started talking about what their wishes would be for their own…

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What’s next for Matthews?

By Funeral Director Daily / February 9, 2023 /

    The last year has brought many changes to Death Care as it pertains to those companies that have been operated in the public markets.  Both StoneMor and Dignity plc have been taken out of the public realm and into private ownership space and Batesville has been spun-out of Hillenbrand Industries and purchased by…

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Victoriaville & Co. expands to Ohio. . . .our casket math

By Funeral Director Daily / February 3, 2023 /

    Victoriaville & Co., the Canadian based company that provides death care merchandise on three continents, announced in this press release a 67,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Cleveland, Ohio.  According to Alain Dumont, President and CEO of Victoriaville & Co., “This manufacturing addition to our existing capacity has become necessary in order to…

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Batesville notes from Hillenbrand Industries Quarterly Report

By Funeral Director Daily / November 22, 2022 /

Last week Hillenbrand Industries reported their Fiscal Year 4th Quarter of 2022 and their Year End results for Fiscal Year 2022.  It is noted that Hillenbrand operates on an annual fiscal year calendar from October 1 to September 30. Over the years Hillenbrand has moved from a company predominantly based in the death care business…

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Titan Casket scores positive PR from Taylor Swift video

By Funeral Director Daily / November 4, 2022 /

The streets of Death Care and the avenues of Entertainment don’t seem to collide too often at an intersection.  But every once in a while they do and when they do it generally leads to some publicity.  According to this article from Bloomberg that intersection just happened with a highly performing music video by artist…

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Titan Casket secures funding round

By Funeral Director Daily / June 13, 2022 /

According to this release from BusinessWire direct-to-consumer company Titan Casket has secured $3.5 million in seed funding to expand its operations in the United States.  The round of funding was led by Reformation Partners. The release continues as it says, “As Titan continues to expand its product and service categories with the addition of eco-friendly…

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Batesville increases revenues on lower volume sales

By Funeral Director Daily / May 16, 2022 /

  Hillenbrand Industries, parent company of Batesville, reported its 2nd Quarter 2022 (January thru March) last week and with it reported that the Batesville division increased their sales over the same quarter of last year by 6% to $176 million for the quarter.  That was done, for the most part, by implementing a “price surcharge”…

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Necessity making room for some casket changes in Hong Kong

By Funeral Director Daily / April 8, 2022 /

It is often said that “necessity is the mother of invention”.  This article from Manufacturing Business Technology shows us that is the case in Hong Kong at this time as a recent surge in Covid-19 deaths has created a shortage of coffins in the city. The article states that “Hong Kong has reported about 200…

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