March 5, 2015

Another storm has swept through the southern states and is currently impacting the East coast. Much as Octavia did two weeks ago, Thor came in the night and left commuters and delivery companies alike to deal with its mess.

Reaching for the shovels again, we’ve marched outside to look Thor square in the eye (of the storm) and tell him in no uncertain terms, “we’re open!”

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Digging out of Thor at our NJ facility

 

The snow has forced many companies to call off operations for the day, however, as winter advisory warnings go up around the Northeast and New Jersey has declared a state of emergency. Capacity is up and running despite this latest dump of the white stuff, while carriers are shutting down in some areas, struggling to stay on top of the deluge.

UPS issued the following bulletin to make customers aware that scheduled deliveries will be disrupted:

Severe weather in Louisville, KY caused a significant disruption to operations at Worldport®, UPS’s main hub in the United States. As a result, some shipments may experience unavoidable delays.

UPS is working to move shipments to their final destinations as quickly as possible.

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Trailers line up at Capacity’s NJ loading bays

 

One bright spot of this particular storm is that some believe it’s the last one for this winter. Whether or not you believe the weather men and women, two things are for sure: the clocks go forward for spring this weekend and the seasons officially change in two weeks time.

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We’re no softies when it comes to snow, but everyone will be cracking a smile as the sun starts to shine again and temperatures rise to melt all this white stuff. Until then, keep on truckin’!

 

February 13, 2014
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Digging out on our doorstep at Capacity LLC in New Jersey

U.S. retailers didn’t get any respite from a tough holiday season in January, as cold weather further deterred consumers, already low on confidence, from getting out of the house and into the stores.

The first month of the year can be a tough sell for shopping at the best of times, following the excesses of the holiday season and the belt-tightening resolutions that often accompany a New Year.

Even so, some retailers are reporting sales figures “significantly lower than expected,” as storm after storm batters the country and keeps consumers focused on only the essentials.

For a limited number of companies, like Costco or Walmart, bad weather can boost sales. People like to stock up before a storm and big box stores tend to be the most efficient way to do so. But for the wider retail environment snow means a slump, with travel either inadvisable or simply impossible.

And if you’re thinking that e-commerce is the answer around all of this disruption to bricks and mortar sales, think again.

Although the first part of the transaction can be completed online, the weather has been so bad that disruption to standard delivery services will also deter people from purchasing online. The general expectation that shipments won’t make it through in the current conditions is backed up by the likes of eBay issuing weather warnings.

Flower delivery delays Valentine's Day

 

Even Cupid can’t commit to his arrows hitting home, as flower delivery services admit defeat and take no new orders in some areas, at this their busiest time of year. This hard weather is also going to be hard on the heart.

As hard as the adverse weather is hitting our  region, though, at Capacity we’re committed to keep on truckin’. When in doubt, grab a shovel, get digging, and get those shipments out on time!