Trailer imbalances compound FedEx cost, service issues

The cost and service challenges confronting FedEx Corp. go beyond the two most visible suspects: a meaningful shortage of labor and an unprecedented surge in parcel-delivery volumes. A third, and perhaps just as important a factor, is a persistent imbalance in domestic trailer utilization, especially to and from Southern California.

For every three parcels that leave the region bound for the rest of the FedEx (NYSE:FDX) network, only one package returns, according to Rob Martinez, founder and...

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