Increased Chance Of A White Christmas Could Cause Havoc With Deliveries Says Shiply
Released on: November 23, 2011, 2:36 pm
Industry: Transportation / Logistics
Many people covet a white Christmas, the snow provides an
authentic holiday feeling for families, which may be very well for
spending time indoors on Christmas Day but when it comes to Christmas
deliveries the powder can cause a multitude of delays for courier services, potentially
depriving customers of their eagerly expected gifts.
This year has seen some of the most volatile weather in recent memory; extreme
weather struck many parts of the world, whilst more positively the UK saw
temperatures soar to a record high of 29.9C in October. The IPCC (Intergovernmental
Panel on Climate Change) published a report on 17 November detailing the increasing
impact climate change is inflicting on weather systems; the panel called for prompt
action by government and industry to allay the increasing impact on the environment.
It might be thought that the increasing temperatures would decrease the likelihood
of Christmas snowfall, however according to Ladbrokes the odds have changed, with a
white Christmas more likely than previously predicted. The warm autumn may well be
replaced with a polar air moving in to replace the mild conditions from the start of
December the broker’s in-house weather experts told ClickGreen, a prediction echoed
by Positive Weather Solutions.
Christmas snow betting is somewhat of a popular novelty, but harsh weather around
the holidays could be disastrous for delivery companies and man and van operators. Severe weather
has seen the disruption of delivery services in the past especially in the North,
even going so far as to force companies including Tesco and Boots to halt online
This year as with years previous, online shopping is set to grow,reaching around£21.3bn by the end of 2011. The increased demand, coupled with wintry weather
systems could cause serious issues for Christmas deliveries.
Robert Matthams, Managing Director of Shiply, the online transport marketplace with
more than 40,000 transport and removal companies as members, had this
to say on the potential impact of changeable weather on deliveries, and precautions
both transport providers and customers should take.
“It’s clear that we’ve had a lot of fair weather this year, which might lead people
to dismiss the chance of snow over Christmas, but some factors are pointing to the
fact that it may be more likely than it seems; and we’ve all seen the impact
unpreparedness can have on transport in the past.
Customers can be very demanding of couriers over the holiday period, I would advise
them to make sure that they have all their online shopping done, or at least planned
well in advance to avoid any disappointment, and be sure to arrange things such as
an eBay delivery service in good time should they need to, especially for large item
I would urge transport providers to start taking precautions for harsher weather,
such as switching over to winter tyres and making sure they have de-icer and even
appropriate attire for icy conditions prepared.”
Contact Details: Shiply Limited
207 Regent Street
phone: 0161 408 2979
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