SC Johnson Enters Funeral Space | FFFW 153

ENJOY Friday Funeral Fast Wrap Funeral Industry News September 15, 2023

SC Johnson Enters Funeral Space | FFFW 153

DISCLAIMER: None of the F’s in FFFW stand for “facts.” Enjoy the satire.

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SC Johnson Enters Funeral Profession With New Urn

NOTE: Remember what we said about enjoying the satire?

“We’re excited to enter the deathcare space and fill a hole in the market with our ‘Ziploc Urn.’ In the modern landscape we think people are tired of the traditional boxy or vase-looking products, and our latest offering is anything but that. It’s transparent, it’s durable, it’s lightweight, and it comes from our trusted ‘Ziploc’ brand.” – SC Johnson Representative

That’s how it was announced last week by SC Johnson that they’re beginning to sell an urn. While the company boasts enthusiasm, and certain test groups gave raving reviews, certain product testers have less than stellar opinions on it.

“This ain’t an urn. It’s just a Ziploc bag. They’re not changing the branding on it. You could save yourself a few bucks and just recycle your sandwich bag. There’s literally no difference.” – Bill Falwell

While the new urn does look exactly like trusted food storage utility, SC Johnson is firm on their stance that the two are separate products.

“Hey Bill, can’t you read? One product says ‘urn’ on it and the other doesn’t. We can’t just call something that’s not an urn and urn. Sure, could you probably, in a pinch, use one of our urns in a sack-lunch? Well sure. And is it made in the factory as our bags- well yeah, a lot of things are. But your friends are gonna look at you like a real dummy when they see you taking chips out of an ash container.” – Same SC Johnson Representative (just in a Boston accent)

Many have asked if this new urn is only meant for scattering. But the company has made “house display” one of the pillars in the launch campaign.

“This is goofy. I can’t even imagine what would happen if I told my wife that I was going to be displaying my dear Nana in a transparent Ziploc bag on our china cabinet. She’d have a cow.” – Bill Falwell (also in a Boston accent to match intensity)

Will it succeed? I guess the market will decide. On one hand it seems innovative and cutting edge, but on the other hand, I’m pretty sure it’s just a Ziploc bag.

About that satire . . . While we know Ziploc bags can securely seal in pretty much anything, including those unidentifiable three-month-old leftovers that have taken up residence in your office’s shared fridge, we’re definitely not endorsing them for use as urns — and neither is the *real* SC Johnson!

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