Timothy Aeppel

Getting the cap on the bottle: Inside P&G's robot ambitions

Jul 19 2021

CINCINNATI/TABLERS STATION, W.V. Procter & Gamble Co may be best known for laundry detergent and toothpaste, but its secret sauce is arguably figuring out how to do things like get two red bottles of Olay skin lotion into blister packs as cheaply and accurately as possible.

U.S. toymaker doubles down in China despite rising costs, political tensions

Jul 02 2021

JIUJIANG, China/NEW YORK Hammered by tariffs, pandemic-fueled disruptions and rising costs, some global manufacturers are reducing their reliance on Chinese factories and moving assembly lines to Vietnam, Malaysia and other lower-cost countries, or even Japan.

Analysis-How the post-pandemic labor crunch is curbing U.S. manufacturing

May 21 2021

A foundry in Indiana couldn’t ship $1.6 million worth of metal parts to customers last month because it didn’t have enough workers to make them, while a Massachusetts plastics factory has outsourced nearly a quarter of its business to subcontractors to keep up with orders it otherwise couldn’t fill.

America's mask makers face post-pandemic meltdown

May 11 2021

The small U.S. manufacturers that rushed to produce face masks over the past year are now stuck with hundreds of millions of unsold face coverings because China is flooding the market with below-cost masks, and most may not survive the end of the pandemic.

North American companies buying more robots to keep up with demand

May 06 2021

North American companies boosted spending on industrial robots in the first quarter as they scrambled to keep up with surging demand in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

North American recreational vehicle shipments surge in first quarter

Apr 26 2021

The U.S. recreational vehicle industry continued its pandemic-driven boom in the first quarter of 2021, underscoring the lingering impact of the health and economic crisis on American consumer buying and leisure-time habits.

U.S. labor movement looks for path forward after Amazon defeat

Apr 15 2021

Regina McDowell was not surprised that workers overwhelmingly rejected a union at an Amazon.com Inc warehouse in Alabama last week.

How a winter storm in Texas sent a chill through America's RV industry

Apr 12 2021

Bill Reith felt the blast of February's freak cold snap in Texas almost immediately - from inside his office in northern Indiana.

World News

'Pingdemic' puts Britain's food supply under strain

LONDON (Reuters) -British supermarkets said on Thursday that some products were in short supply and petrol stations had been forced to close after the official health app told hundreds of thousands of workers to isolate following contact with someone with COVID-19.