As headlines bring forth mixed news on the economy and my concerns grow – the company I work for is unbelievably busy. Over the past few months I have been pulled in two different directions as I firmly believe this economy is in serious trouble yet I have seen strong orders coming in from customers. In case you are wondering – the company I work for supplies a multitude of industries from housing, cardboard, soft drink, to cotton. We are flat out busy and I have found it difficult to understand why if the economy is that bad.
I believe I have found the answer…….
Recently severe cost cutting avenues are being looked at as although the company is making money – margins are WAY down. From what I gather – competition is fierce as industry competitors are all trying to survive. Sales have had to sell products for less, provide more expensive service options as well as other perks to gain business. The company has done well – which is why sales are up so much – but at a great cost.
Companies across America are cutting costs and trying to find ways to be more efficient. This has been going on since 2008. They are in a fight to survive. This is certainly one of the reason unemployment remains high. Employers do not want to add the expense of head-count.
It is a difficult situation especially when you add the multitude of governmental regulations which is truly out of control.
Unfortunately it is not very comforting to know that I and my company are not alone.