As the tropical cyclone Hurricane Sandy swept across the Caribbean, Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern United States ( as well as parts of Southeastern and Midwestern states and eastern Canada) it is estimated to have caused losses (including business interruptions) surpassing $50 billion. The hurricane – dubbed “Frankenstorm” because of its timing two days before Halloween – threw many retailers into a frenzy, but there are some who applied what they had learned after their experiences with Hurricane Irene and Hurricane Isaac. “Irene was something unprecedented last year. We learned a number of things from that,” Terry Johnson, Lowe’s senior vice president of store operations, told Reuters.
So what steps did some retailers take before and during Hurricane Sandy?