The logistics industry has inevitably been hit by the riots which disrupted towns and cities on three nights earlier this week. A 20 000 sq metre distribution centre in Enfield, north London, was set on fire just before midnight on Monday. The building was completely destroyed.
Several major retailers closed stores early on police advice and deliveries to the affected town centres were disrupted. The situation seems to have currently been brought under control, so it is hoped that the freight and logistics operators will be able to get back to business as usual.
DHL said deliveries had been disrupted in some areas of London and was closely monitoring the situation and awaiting confirmation from the authorities regarding potential road closures.
Last night, the violence in London seemed to have subsided after 16,000 police were on duty in the capital. However, trouble continued in other areas of the country.