London businesses stock up on non-perishables prior to Olympics

10 July, 2012

New research shows the majority of businesses in central London and around Games venues (59%) are considering ways to reduce deliveries during the London 2012 Games, while Transport for London TfL continues to work closely with more than 24,000 companies to help them plan.

According to a survey of 1,000 businesses, by Transport for London and London 2012, over a third (37%) are considering stocking up on non-perishable goods, such as stationery, in advance of the Games. Around one in five are thinking about postponing non-essential deliveries (22%) or setting up temporary stock rooms (20%).

A small number (8%) are even working with neighbouring businesses to ensure they are prepared for the Games, however only 2% are considering preventative vehicle maintenance to avoid any potential breakdowns during Games-time.
Motorists are being advised to avoid central London, areas around the Olympic Route Network, and Games venues from mid-July. For that reason, freight operators and their customers are being urged to plan ahead and reduce, re-route, re-time or switch deliveries to an alternative mode of transport wherever possible.

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