Beast from the East affects logistics and delivery

Logistics and delivery operations have been hit hard by the so-called Beast from the East inclement weather that has affected the UK.

There have been red weather warnings in the South West of England as well as Scotland. Yellow and Amber warnings are in place for much of the country.

Royal Mail has been hit hard. It suspended its Special Delivery next day delivery guarantee on items that have been posted on the 1st March.

“Our mails distribution network was disrupted by the wintry conditions last night and this has adversely affected on the movement of mail around the country, and hence the availability of mail for delivery today in many parts. We’ll be out delivering and collecting mail today, but only in areas where access is possible and it’s safe for our people to perform them,” Royal Mail said in a statement.

Meanwhile UK Mail has warned customers that there will be no deliveries or collections in Scotland today (1st March) while there were delays elsewhere in the UK.

DPD also said there could be problems, with delays of up to three days in the worst areas. UPS have indicated that adverse weather are disrupting it services in the UK, which will be worsened in Storm Emma.

Air freight has been disrupted with Heathrow Airport offering reduced operations. This is set to remain the case on Friday the 2nd March.

The seaports of Felixstowe, Tilbury and Grangemouth all closed. Pilots were not operating in Southampton which will affect sea operations too.