It's something we take for granted. We place an order online, and our packages magically arrive. You never place the order thinking about all of things that happen behind the scenes to make sure your packages arrive. For one package carrier, at least, 2023 has been off to somewhat of a rough start.
Is FedEx really facing problems in Texas this year? It sure sounds like it.
What Is Causing The FedEx Slow Down Right Now?
There are a lot of things that affect FedEx's ability to get the job done. One big piece of the puzzle, especially recently, is weather conditions.
This year has been off to a somewhat bumpy start when it comes to winter weather. There have been several events nationwide that have interrupted all kinds of services.
Remember that little Southwest Airlines debacle?
Another is package volume. Over the past several years, a lot of us have moved a lot of our shopping from in store to online. A heavy load of packages can cause delays.
Of course the flip side of that coin is true as well. Package volume is too low, and there's going to be problems.
Reducing Services Amid A Decline In Volume
Budgets are tightening. People aren't spending as much on the types of things we were a couple of years ago. You see it everywhere you go. The price of everything has gone up, and most of us spend our money on the bare essentials first.
FedEx is already reducing Sunday service in light of a lower demand.
That lower demand has seen some delivery drivers left with nothing much to do at times, at least according to the ones we've spoken to who painted a pretty grim picture.
Where once they felt secure in the amount of work there was to be done, now they find themselves with more time off than they budgeted for.
Fingers Crossed Things Get Worked Out
It's been rough for shipping services. A simple Google search brings up a year's worth of headlines that don't paint a pretty picture with changing CEOs, disgruntled delivery drivers, and lower volume. Plus, the economy. Plus, the extreme weather events we've been seeing across several parts of the country.
These companies have their work cut out for them.