Like a post-holiday hangover that just won’t go away, many retailers are struggling with unsold products even after holding New Year sales. According to a new survey of 500 U.S. retailers from e-commerce inventory planning software provider Inventory Planner, 50% of respondents still have goods they cannot sell after post-Christmas and January discounting. Close to half (46%) of respondents say this is a “major concern.” More than half of U.S. retailers (53%) told Inventory Planner there would be ‘dangerous ramifications’ for their business if they failed to sell excess stock.
“We’re moving with speed and agility to navigate a difficult operating environment, pulling cost, commercial, and capacity levers to adjust to the impacts of reduced demand,” said Raj Subramaniam, FedEx Corp. president and chief executive officer. “As our team continues to work aggressively to address near-term headwinds, we’re meaningfully strengthening our business and customer experience, including delivering an outstanding peak.”
First quarter consolidated operating results were adversely impacted by global volume softness that accelerated in the final weeks of the quarter due to weakening economic conditions. In addition, results were negatively affected by service challenges at FedEx Express. Yield improvements, including fuel surcharge increases, more than offset the decline in volume, resulting in an increase in revenue for the quarter.
In response, the company implemented cost actions and continued its focus on yield management and revenue quality to mitigate the effect of volume declines. However, the impact of cost actions lagged volume declines and operating expenses remained high relative to demand.
FedEx Express operating income declined 69% due to an 11% year-over-year reduction in global package and freight volume. The impact of cost actions lagged volume declines and operating expenses remained high relative to demand. These factors were partially offset by yield management actions, including higher fuel surcharges.
FedEx Ground operating income increased 3% primarily due to yield management actions, including higher fuel surcharges, and growth in FedEx Home Delivery. These factors were partially offset by higher operating expenses, primarily due to increased purchased transportation costs and other operating expenses.
FedEx Freight operating income increased 67%, driven by yield management actions, including higher fuel surcharges, partially offset by higher salaries and employee benefits and lower shipments.
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