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Deliveries stranded at depots and some e-tailers halt Christmas orders

Snow causes retail chaos

Retail is feeling the chill as Arctic weather threatens to bring the country to a standstill this week.

Several big games releases ­– including World of Warcraft: Cataclysm – failed to hit stores in time for launch in recent weeks as icy weather disrupted
key deliveries.

Now outlets are drawing up emergency plans to cope with more December snow, which could force store closures, delay deliveries and limit footfall.

Online retailers are telling customers their parcels may not reach them in time for December 25th. It is understood that key retailers will stop taking Christmas mail orders tomorrow if snow persists.

Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Asda have already stopped taking orders for non-food items in Scotland.

Meanwhile, High Street retailers are sending their own vans to pick up stock from overflowing distribution hubs, which are struggling to clear the backlog.

Get the full story over at MCV.

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