We missed sales most weeks during the year and we missed on BF. We've been doing making sales the past couple of weeks, but I don't think that we will get into the black by the end of the year unless we have some crazy shopping frenzy days. We're ULV and at the beginning of this month we were down about 300k YTD.
With the amount of stores missing sales after BF, I still think corp upped projections. We were rolling along fine, making sales much of the time. Then BF hit. Made sales that day, just a couple days since then. I'm calling over-projecting! That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
Yea, Corp. wants to make themselves feel better by over projecting profits for "their mistake" (that they aren't owning up to) on BF. Thus, the reason we are not making sales goals, thus the reason they are cutting hours, etc....
If anyone looks at the sales report, you will notice the company is actually slightly down in comp sales % for December.. Which is really more a reflection of the economy. Either way, while 3rd Quarter earnings were strong.. 4th Q has been weaker in terms of growth.. Which is unfortunate for payroll purposes. Hopefully it continues to pick up over the next 2 weeks.
We've been murdering our forecasts for the past week or two, in the order of tens of thousands of dollars. That's being reflected in our freight flow too... Factoring in the EOS Trim/Candy/Toys push, we've taken 4 2800 piece trucks in a row now, which is about as big as they get for our B volume. We don't have the staffing to properly get these trucks done! Well the push is fine, but our backstock is becoming mountainous!!
We've been drowning as well. Our ETL finally gathered as many Flow and Instocks guys as possible and we got last week's freight finally put up....just in time for this week! Only 2 more weeks of seasonal. Can we make it???