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Despite the trade boom during the holidays, your business can be severely affected by common winter issues. Here are some of the worst you can prepare for to weather the storm.
Damage to Your Property
Winter, of course, brings snowstorms, ice, and hail in many countries north of the equator. But increased volumes of anything that settles can add pressure, strain, and weight to your premises. And frozen debris and ice can cause blockages to essential drainage systems. So, gutter cleaning, removing extra weight from the roof, and checking your heating systems should be your top priority. You can do most of this yourself, but always hire experts for dangerous jobs.
Severe Weather Changes
The weather in winter can change at any time. So, the best way to be ready for changes in the weather is to pay attention to weather reports. You can find out about the weather in your area on TV, radio, and apps. Good weather reports will always tell you about any possible problems, so you can prepare your site. Some of the best apps give reports that are very accurate and are updated every minute. Some of these are Carrot Weather, Weather.com, and AccuWeather.
Common Winter Issues Include Stagnant Trade
During the winter, the weather can cause a lot of problems for your business. Most of them can be planned for, and many can even be solved. But you can’t force people to spend money outside in the cold. So, when the weather is bad, like when it’s below freezing, your business can come to a stop. You need to bring in customers. Then, you can tie winter sales to the weather, like discounts on thermal blankets, heating products, or in-demand winter clothing.
Employees Can’t Make It
During the winter, you should also think about your employees. Bad weather can make it very hard for your employees to get to work if they have to travel. It can be dangerous even if they own a car. And if they have to depend on public transportation, it might not be possible. Making sure your business has a policy for bad weather can be helpful. This can mean looking for other ways to get to work or even offering to pay for a place to stay in the area for a couple of days.
Shipping and Supply
One of the most important things that winter weather can mess up is transportation. And if your business depends on products that are shipped in, you are in a lot of danger. A winter storm can really mess up even the best network of suppliers and distributors. But you can think about other ways to ship in the winter to protect your business from losses. Or, you can get ahead for next year by shipping stock early to avoid delays from major problems with global shipping.
Like your personal life, there are some common winter issues that impact business. Some of these are property damage, severely reduced trade, and major shipping and supply issues.