San Francisco – Stock readily available and obtainable on the market at Williams-Sonoma Inc.’s nameplates isn’t holding tempo with demand, executives mentioned in the course of the firm’s Q2 analyst name final week.
For the quarter ended Aug. 1, merchandise inventories, together with stock in transit, have been $1.71 billion, a rise of 12% over final 12 months. Though stock ranges have sequentially improved, they’re nonetheless not reaching the degrees the corporate had anticipated to see at this level, in keeping with Julie Whalen, company EVP and CFO.
She cited the industry-wide container shortages popping out of Asia, manufacturing disruptions tied to Covid-19 surges in Vietnam and Indonesia and a current port closure in China as impediments to merchandise stream.
“It’s laborious to foretell with certainty when these provide chain challenges will probably be absolutely resolved,” she added. “At this level, we count on back-orders to stay elevated, with moderated enhancements in our stock ranges by the steadiness of the 12 months.”
There are been some progress within the firm’s upholstery enterprise, she mentioned. Williams-Sonoma Inc. had beforehand been quoting a supply window of 100 days and is now right down to 80 days – and anticipating to once more slender the turnaround time.