(Bloomberg) -- Swedish fashion retailer H&M is considering charging for online returns amid a series of efficiency measures to reduce surging costs.
The company is trying out the fees in Norway in coming days, embracing a measure that’s becoming more common among rivals, Chief Executive Officer Helena Helmersson said. A spokesperson said a UK trial is possible later as the company assesses which markets it could test such charges.
“We are testing it as a possible measure we could take, all depending on how the customers react,” the CEO said in an interview Thursday.
H&M is looking to slash costs to counter increased raw materials and freight prices after a disappointing quarterly report that sent the share price plunging close to a 18-year low.
On a more positive note, Helmersson said inflation on some raw materials like cotton and also on transport may have reached a peak -- even though currency effects could keep prices rising next quarter.
“There’s still quite a lot of uncertainty, but it looks like it has peaked and is slowly but surely leveling out,” Helmersson said. “The biggest factor affecting us going forward is the US dollar.”
(Company corrects statement in story that ran on Sept. 29 to show UK trial isn’t imminent.)
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