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I got criticized for targeting Hormel and Kellogg's in last week’s email. In truth, the list of CEO’s that have told Wall Street that profits were hurt by increasing transportation costs is a very long one. The key points are:
- These same CEO’s aren’t saying what their companies are doing to mitigate freight costs (I suspect many CEO’s don’t know)
- The implicit assumption is that there is nothing that can be done…which is wrong as there are ways to cut costs – see one of them here