Consumer Product Companies’ Sales Intact Despite Supply-Chain Mess

Profits Intact at Large Consumer Products Companies

Large consumer products companies like Procter & Gamble (PG), Albertsons (ACI), and other big names have been weathering the global supply-chain meltdown better than other industries, relying on their large cash reserves, brand recognition, and worldwide operations to ensure that shelves remain stocked now and into the holidays. The companies have been able to maintain relatively normal operations despite delivery delays, rising costs, and labor and raw material shortages, enabling them to meet rising demand and to continue to grow.

Take P&G for example. When the consumer products company reported quarterly earnings yesterday, the company forecast sales and profit growth, despite rising costs. Because of its size, P&G has been able to keep products in stock and keep its profit forecast for 2021 intact.

IKEA and Albertsons Weather the Storm

Furniture seller IKEA is also weathering the supply-chain slowdown relatively unscathed. The company said inventory shortages are not having a significant impact on sales because it sells a wide range of products. That enables IKEA to sell enough alternative items to cushion the blow from shipment delays.

Meanwhile Albertsons, one of the nation’s largest grocers, reported a close to 5% increase in sales for its most recent quarter, despite limited inventory. It too is offering customers alternatives to keep sales intact. The grocer said shoppers may not find the exact items they want in stores, but there are similar options available. Both Albertsons and P&G said they are also raising the prices they charge consumers.

Nike Passes Costs on to Consumers

Nike (NKE), which is facing higher costs, especially for products coming from Asia, still expects its gross margin to grow, even though it lowered sales forecasts for the year. Premium brands like Nike can raise prices without facing as much consumer backlash as other brands might. A shift to online sales is also expected to help Nike.

Large consumer products companies are faring better than other industries as supply-chain difficulties continue and the holidays approach. Companies are using their cash reserves, global operations, and brand-name recognition to keep profits up and consumers happy.

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ABOUT Meg Richardson Meg Richardson is a writer specializing in markets, technology, and personal finance. She loves breaking down seemingly complex ideas and making them readable and interesting for everyone. She holds an MFA in writing from Columbia University. When she is not writing about finance, she enjoys running in Central Park and drawing cartoons.

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