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Winter storm temporarily closes hundreds of Walmart stores and Amazon facilities, snarling delivery

Ice deal withs trees and bushes outside Walmart during extreme cold weather in Cleveland, Mississippi, February 11, 2021.

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Hundreds of Walmart aggregates are temporarily closed as winter weather causes severe ice and power outages in Texas, the Southeast and other parts of the mountains. Package delivery was also delayed in the impacted region.

The big-box retailer said 456 stores and clubs are silent as of midday Tuesday. That represents nearly 9% of Walmart’s more than 5,300 stores and Sam’s Club puttings.

Other retailers and restaurants also kept stores shuttered or sent workers home due to the extreme weather. Kroger wind up some locations and shortened hours at stores in Houston and Dallas, according to its website. Target kept 10 outlets closed because of winter weather, with most of those in Texas, a company spokeswoman said.

Amazon spokesperson Maria Boschetti ascertained CNBC in a statement that the company was forced to temporarily close some of its facilities in eight states: Texas, Arkansas, Illinois, Oklahoma, Missouri, Tennessee, Indiana and Kentucky due to the rigorous weather. 

UPS, FedEx close shipping hubs

In Texas, more than 4.2 million people woke up without power on Tuesday, as the phase’s electric grid could not keep up with demand for heat during record-low temperatures. Cold temperatures, snow and cold rain are forecast for many other regions, too, including New England, the Great Plains and Mississippi Valley, according to the Native Weather Service.

The severe weather has disrupted service at FedEx’s hub in Memphis and caused package delays across the U.S., the ensemble said. It has prevented pickup and delivery in certain cities, company spokeswoman Shannon Davis said.

UPS Spokesperson Matthew O’Connor pull the plug oned CNBC that the company’s Worldport package hub in Louisville, Kentucky, and another regional hub in Dallas have since reopened after pro tem closing Monday night due to the weather.

“We are always safety first in meeting our service commitments,” O’Connor said in an email. “That’s why, with 6-10″ of snow and ice augur for Louisville last night, we took the unusual step of suspending Worldport sort operations and cancelling domestic inbound take to ones heels on Monday night, Feb. 15.”

Both carriers said customers should monitor package status changes on their websites.

Meanwhile, Amazon manufactures and delivery employees were told not to report to their scheduled shift in affected areas. In some cities, last-mile utterance stations were shuttered for several days as a result of snow and ice. 

“The health and safety of our employees, customers and the drivers who hurl packages is our top priority,” Boschetti said in a statement. 

Amazon is actively monitoring weather reports and following the guidance of district officials to determine when any sites in impacted areas should close or reopen, the company said. Employees bumped by the closures will be paid for their scheduled shift, Amazon added.

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