Disruptions at West Coast ports have delayed the arrival of the 1/100 scale toys from Toynami.
The slowdown in the West Coast ports has been a much bigger deal than people think,” said Fred Smith, chief executive of FedEx Corp. The package-delivery giant has added flights from Asia to the U.S. as desperate retailers send more goods by air, and it has even had to cap volume for some. On the other hand, the port delays contributed to lower-than-expected U.S. ground volumes for the company last month.
For retailers, the disruption upsets schedules that have been planned months in advance. Generally inventory decisions are made in the spring and shipping plans for the holidays are put in place by the summer. Retailers, like Tommy Bahama, which is owned byOxford Industries Inc., could pay the price in lower sales and weaker margins if goods don’t arrive in time, Mr. Wood said.