For businesses operating in central London, 2012 promises to be the most disruptive summer in living memory. The arrival of the Olympics is a great way for a country [and a world] feeling the effects of economic uncertainty to let its hair down and enjoy the spectacle of the world's finest athletes competing and breaking records. However; for businesses in the city it means nearly a month of serious change and compromise. Those companies involved in the businesses of delivery and logistics have been well briefed by the organising parties and the government, with various workshops and sessions having already been held to get them up to speed. But aside from these specialists, any business that makes use of courier services should be prepared for the disruption that is on the horizon.
Areas Likely to be Affected
Courier firms and delivery drivers are at pains to make businesses around the country aware of the fact that the games will inevitably cause hiccups. The Olympics will take place between the 27th of July and the 12th of August. Events are to be hosted in sites across the city as well as at Brands Hatch in Kent, Dorney Lake in Buckinghamshire, Hadleigh Farm in Essex, Lee Valley in Hertfordshite, Weymouth in Dorset and the football matches in Cardiff and Glasgow.
Advice from the Industry
It's not just the huge influx of visitors that is going to cause disruption for businesses in the capital - the organisers of the games have already publicised an extensive programme of parking restrictions, road closures and curfews on delivering during specified hours. The country's largest courier companies have been working to establish the best way of operating during the games to ensure a reliable and regular service for the duration. They've had plenty of time to prepare, but they are keen to ensure that their customers are also doing what they can to keep deliveries flowing smoothly for the three weeks of the games.
The advice from courier companies is that businesses need to understand the size of the Olympics, and that the sheer number of people who will be piling into the city will inevitably cause problems. The delivery companies are making efforts to put systems in place to keep customers informed of the situation, but they want businesses to plan ahead as much as they can, by making even more effort not to leave deliveries to the last minute during the period, and to keep recipients informed if the games might be holding a delivery up. Delivery companies will keep their websites regularly updated during the games so that business customers can track their packages.
Norman Dulwich is a correspondent for Courier Exchange, the world's largest neutral trading hub for same day courier and express freight exchange industry. Over 2,500 transport exchange businesses are networked together through their website, trading courier http://www.courierexchange.co.uk/ services and capacity in a safe 'wholesale' environment.
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