1/8/2010 3:46:00 PM
Mobile retail chaos due to bad weather
Mobile retail shops are continuing to face problems due to
the snow with many having to close this week.
The Carphone Warehouse 'help blog' has been regularly updated to
inform customers of what stores are closed. Today (8 January), 19
stores out of 800 including Reading and Swindon stores, were
closed as a result of the bad weather.
Carphone Warehouse shops were not the only ones affected. One
T-Mobile staffer in the south west said: 'All of the stores in
the area have been affected and had to close early or open late -
Wednesday was the worst day.'
O2, Phones 4u, Orange, Vodafone and 3 have also faced similar
An O2 spokesman said: As of [8 January] today, we've currently got 95% of stores opening on time. Earlier this week a handful of stores either opened late or closed early.'Meanwhile, a report by the centre for economic business and
research said: 'There will be a short term economic impact from
the loss of productivity from those who might otherwise be
working who are unable (or unwilling) to get to work, or who get
to work and are less effective than they might otherwise be. GDP
per working day in the UK is about £5bn, so if 20% of the
population has zero productivity for the day, there is a loss of £1bn.
'The recession will also have an impact on how the weather
effects feed through. Almost certainly this means that the
effects on productivty will be mitigated.
'With very few businesses working at full capacity, it will be
relatively easy for the lost productivity to be made up later in
the week or in the month depending on how long the bad weather