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Norfolk firms assess impact of heavy snowfall on deliveries

PUBLISHED: 10:32 28 February 2018 | UPDATED: 11:27 28 February 2018

Snow in Norwich. Rosary Road. 
28/2/2018
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Snow in Norwich. Rosary Road. 28/2/2018 Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2018

The so-called Beast from the East has left many businesses on a skeleton crew due to travel disruption across the county.

At Johnston Logistics in Snetterton, a third party distribution services provider to the retail and manufacturing sectors, it’s business as usual – almost.

Sue Goodwin of Johnston said only 11 of the company’s 65 staff had been unable to make it to work.

As the company outsources the majority of its drivers and vehicles, she said it was not yet clear if any of its deliveries would be affected.

“From the point of view of office and warehouse staff it has affected us,” she said.

“At the moment we are not cancelling deliveries, we are pushing through. But there are meetings that have been cancelled as staff can’t get in.

“There’s been no drastic action taken yet, but we have different companies coming into us and some of them may change their minds.”

National logistics firm DPD, which has a depot off the A11 at Snetterton, said severe weather warnings were affecting a number of NR and IP postcodes on Wednesday.

A spokesman said: “We have real-time tech that notifies all customers impacted via text or email of specific delays to their parcels.

“Our drivers are fantastic, but there will inevitably be delays as some roads are impassable and the safety of our drivers is paramount.”

The East of England Co-op said only two of its stores will be closed on Wednesday, in Lavenham and Walberswick.

A spokesman added that it is assessing the impact of the weather on its deliveries.

Roys stores around the region will be going without their deliveries today.

Jo Symonds, marketing coordinator for the Wroxham-based retailer, said limited deliveries were coming out of the company’ distribution centre and no fresh bread would be delivered to stores today.

“Depending on how the weather goes we may get some stock to our Wroxham store but the rest of the stores they won’t be getting deliveries as it is too risky,” she said.

“Obviously we want to keep out staff wellbeing the main priority – we want to cater to all our customers but we have to consider the risks.”

She added that snow essentials such as sledges, snow shovels and salt had been selling well.

How is the snow affecting your business? Let us know – email bethany.whymark@archant.co.uk

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