The second relates to a weekly magazine I have a subscription for - Autocar, published by Haymarket every Wednesday. I had an email apologising for late delivery due to the bad weather last Friday, the day my copy arrived, but that was good anyway. Today, another email has arrived with a link to a digital edition of the magazine for subscribers so those still waiting can at least read it. In my view that is a pretty good response to a situation, and provides a solution to help customers out (a petrolhead will realise the importance of getting the magazine fix!).
So, it seems that there are good examples of pro-active service (First Direct and Haymarket), some organisations who respond in a reactive manner (the as yet nameless Christmas present supplier) and those who say they can't do anything about it because it is the weather (Royal Mail and the Carrier - Home Delivery Network). Yet it is the final category who should have prepared themselves as their business is totally dependant on the others continuing to use their services. So come on carriers, get your act together, or at least buy suitable equipment to do your job.