Merchants in dire freights
Many retailers affected as major delivery company is closed down
The collapse of the Amtrak delivery business last week has caused problems for many merchants who relied on the company's Winetrak delivery service.
Deliveries have been disrupted and retailers
forced to find new couriers, which do not always offer the same level of insurance as had been offered by Winetrak, which has been closed by its administrators with the loss of 900 jobs.
Oddbins was one of
its larger clients
and the situation has created a headache for many independents such as Fareham Wine Cellar in Hampshire, wh ich relies on mail -order for 50% of his business and was a Winetrak customer.
Owner Dominic Lockyer said: "The first we found out about it was on Tuesday when we tried to send some wine. Trying to find a new courier is a pain because no one wants to insure wine any more. Business Post won't insure against losses or breakages and we've been in touch with DHL , who will only deliver to business addresses, and UPS won't deliver
An Oddbins spokesman added: "Following the Amtrak collapse, there were a small number of
orders that were affected. We are in the process of contacting
"The disruption to our customers has been minimal, as a contingency was quickly put in place . We are confident that in most cases outstanding
orders will be completed within the specified
orders will not be affected
One of the
administrators from Ernst & Young said: "Amtrak has found trading in the current economic climate challenging. It is a business led by consumer demand and as consumer spending power has weakened, Amtrak's business has suffered."