FedEx CEO Fred Smith: Uber Is Terrific But Unlikely To Be ‘Major Player’ In Logistics
There’s just an urban mythology out there that the app somehow changes the basic cost input of the logistics business or changes the patterns or the underlying business situation and that’s just not–that’s just incorrect.
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Milder winter weather around Christmas helped FedEx Corp. have a happier holiday season than it did a year ago.
But despite beating analysts’ predictions for the third quarter, the Memphis shipping giant’s projections for its full fiscal year results were below Wall Street’s expectations.
That helped send company shares down about 1 percent Wednesday, closing at $173.30.
FedEx reported third-quarter earnings of $580 million, or $2.01 per share, compared to $378 million, or $1.23 per share, in the year-ago quarter. Analysts had expected earnings of $1.87 per share for the quarter ended Feb. 28, according to Thomson Reuters.
“We had a very successful peak season as volumes grew across all transportation segments,” CEO Smith said in a statement.
“I just don’t think they’re likely to be a major player in the logistics business”
The third quarter a year ago included a holiday shipping season beleaguered by snow delays that bogged down FedEx as well as rival shippers UPS and the U.S. Postal Service. For the 2014 holiday season, all three shippers took steps to prevent gift deliveries from being delayed again, with FedEx announcing in September it would hire some 50,000 holiday workers.
The company’s FedEx Ground division, based in Moon, reported revenue of $3.39 billion in the third quarter, a 12 percent increase from $3.03 billion in the year-ago quarter. That represented the largest year-over-year percentage increase of any FedEx division.
The Ground division’s average daily package volume was up by 7 percent. The company attributed the increase in part to higher revenue per package - it raised shipping prices in January - as well as to the milder weather.
For the fiscal year that ends in May, FedEx is predicting earnings per share between $8.80 and $8.95, but Thomson Reuters said an average of analysts were expecting $8.97.
During a conference call with analysts to discuss the earnings results, Mr. Smith was asked whether FedEx saw ride-sharing company Uber as a potential threat to its business model.
“There’s a great country and western song called, ‘I Was Country Before Country Was Cool,’ ” Mr. Smith said in response. “Well, we were Uber before Uber was there.”
Uber launched a pilot program called Uber Rush in New York City last year, which provides couriers to deliver packages in several boroughs. It has not announced any plans to expand that, but CEO Travis Kalanick told Bloomberg Businessweek shortly after the service’s launch that it was going well.
FedEx’s own same-day city service has largely met the demand for moving things the same day, and represents a small portion of the company’s business, Mr, Smith said. “It’s a much smaller market than the business of moving things that are processed on the circadian pattern we all live by. You know, go to work at 8, come home at 5,” he said, noting that most e-commerce orders are processed between 8 p.m. and midnight.
He added that Uber is a “great company” and that he uses the service himself.
But just having an effective app doesn’t mean a company like Uber could change the costs or disrupt the patterns of a major logistics operation, Mr. Smith said. “I just don’t think they’re likely to be a major player in the logistics business.”
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette