The topic of snow and ice has been unavoidable this week, with the recent bad weather having a knock on effect on the public’s seasonal spending habits. Rather than battling the weather on the high street, more people than ever decided to go online. Yesterday, dubbed “Mega Monday,” was the busiest day on record for online shopping in the UK. Selfridges reported its online sales increased 50 per cent last week, while John Lewis said sales through its website were up 62.2 per cent. Agitation however will surely set in if Christmas deliveries can not be made on time.
With a warning of a mid-December snow fall, shoppers are being warned by the Road Haulage Association there is a “real possibility” that presents will not arrive in time for Christmas. Kate Gibbs, the Association’s spokesman, said: “Road haulage operators will be doing their absolute best to make sure that its business as usual this winter but if the snow returns with the same ferocity as last week it is inevitable we will see delayed deliveries over the Christmas period.”
Whilst England and Wales weather has improved for the most part, Scotland has faced consistent heavy snowfall over the weekend, leaving its transport industry in chaos.