Consumer Products

Business

“We may not need 40 different choices of toilet paper.” U.S. companies spent the past decades trying to please everyone. The pandemic made that impossible, and now some no longer plan to try.

Business

General Electric is getting out of the business of making lightbulbs, selling a unit that defined the company for nearly a century and was its last direct link to consumers.

Markets

Tupperware Brands is looking to ease its debt burden, entering a new phase in its effort to turn around a business struggling with coronavirus lockdowns and shifts in shopping habits.

Logistics Report

Trucking companies that deliver goods to manufacturers are cutting pay, reducing hours for workers and pulling back spending as an initial bump in demand for consumer products gives way to a deepening economic downturn.

Wilczek's Universe

The physicist Freeman Dyson, who died in late February, believed that scientific ingenuity would find a way to save the planet.

Business

The consumer-products seller is seeking more time to file its annual report after it disclosed an internal accounting investigation and warned of pressures on its sales and profit.

Experience Report

Companies that sell subscriptions to products are locked in fierce competition. Now some are making it easy to quit.

Heard on the Street

The fastest way for consumer-product manufacturers to improve sales growth—their No. 1 priority—is to unload unfashionable brands that are dragging down their performance. So it is a puzzle why they are selling so little.

Politics

The Trump administration is scheduled to apply tariffs on $156 billion in Chinese imports of mostly consumer goods, adding to the $361 billion in tariffs already in place on the products Americans buy from Chinese manufacturers, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis.

Politics

Like Wrangler and Levi’s, more and more brands have become associated with Republicans or Democrats, because of companies’ political stances as well as the shifts that have divided urban and rural voters.

CIO Journal

Jim Swanson, formerly a technology executive at Bayer’s crop-science division, has joined Johnson & Johnson as chief information officer.

The A-hed

‘Is it normal for your face to look like a war zone?’ People are ditching cutting-edge technology for old-style double-edge blades to reconnect with the past, cut costs and save the planet, at the risk of a little bloodletting.

Politics

Some companies aren’t recognizing the costs of Treasury regulations meant to address tax abuses during gaps resulting from the 2017 tax law. Newell Brands, which makes Elmer’s Glue, faces up to $220 million in taxes.