UPS said weather conditions could cause delays in areas not directly affected by storms. Packages can take longer to move from one location to another, and many delivery services move goods through large sorting centers in the center of the country to serve both the east and west coasts. UPS’s main air hub is in Louisville, Kentucky, and it also has a hub in Dallas, for example.
The winter storm prompted the United States Postal Service to shut down post offices, processing centers and other facilities in Texas, Alabama and Mississippi, according to its website.
The storm also affected Amazon, which operates its own large logistics network that includes planes, hubs and delivery vans operated by contractors.
“The health and safety of our employees, customers and drivers who deliver packages is our top priority,” Maria Boschetti, a spokesperson, said in a statement. “Out of prudence and to ensure the safety of all, we have closed some of our sites in Arkansas, Illinois, Oklahoma, Missouri, Tennessee, Texas, Indiana and Kentucky.”
Some automakers have said they have shut down their operations in order to limit their energy consumption. Ford closed a plant in Claycomo, Missouri near Kansas City, Missouri this week “to make sure we minimize our use of natural gas which is essential for homes,” said a spokeswoman for the ‘business.
The plant produces the F-150 pickup truck, one of the best-selling vehicles in the industry. Ford does not plan to resume normal operations at its closed plant until Monday. The plant employs around 7,300 people. Unionized workers will receive 75 percent of their gross pay for the week.
Nissan closed its four U.S. factories on Monday and canceled morning and afternoon shifts on Tuesday, a spokeswoman said. Two of the factories, in Canton, Miss., And Smyrna, Tennessee, manufacture cars and the other two, both in Decherd, Tennessee, manufacture engines. The company is monitoring the situation to see if it can resume production on Tuesday evening.