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Locked-down shops trying to get online orders out the door squeezed by delivery crunch


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The runway has essentially been exhausted for guaranteed shipments prior to the holidays

Dan Kelly, chief executive, Canadian Federation of Independent Business

But if small stores can’t guarantee their goods will make it in time, they could miss out on the flurry of purchases that typically occur in the final two weeks before Christmas.

“Business owners — if you’re doing local deliveries — have basically taken it upon themselves to get in the car and drive around and drop things off,” Kelly said.

At A Different Booklist, a Toronto bookstore that specializes in literature from the African and Caribbean diaspora, co-owner Miguel San Vicente said he was not concerned about missing out on orders, since his shop has already received a high volume of them.

“Books are essential. They become more essential in a time like this,” he said. “Our main worry is really filling the needs of people in a timely way.”

Our main worry is really filling the needs of people in a timely way

Miguel San Vicente, co-owner, A Different Booklist

For its part, Purolator said it would only turn away new customers in “very rare” circumstances.

“For example, if their shipping requirements far exceeded our capacity to deliver effectively,” spokesperson Courtney Reistetter said in a statement. “Purolator is working to deliver for all customers, especially small businesses.”



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1990: Mammoth B52 bomber squeezed inside hangar of new Darwin Aviation Museum


IN something of a coming of age moment for the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly, 1990 saw works begin on its new home – the Foundation Stone for Parliament House was laid on 2 August.

Often fondly referred to as the Wedding Cake, Parliament House took four years to build and is a fine example of tropical architecture on a grand scale.

This year also saw the opening of the Darwin Aviation Museum on the Stuart Highway at Winnellie.

With a mammoth B52 bomber somehow squeezed inside the hangar (the only one of its kind

displayed in the Southern Hemisphere), the museum is home to a huge collection of aircraft and aviation artefacts.

The first section of the popular Larapinta Trail also opened this year. Conceptualised in 1989 as part of a strategy to develop a national park in the West MacDonnell Ranges, the trail was originally half as long as what it is today.

The 223km long trail has since gained international fame and attracts a growing number of walkers each year.



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