Jersey City, New Jersey—With Pope Francis visiting the U.S. next week for several days, GRM information management customers in or around Washington, D.C., New York City and Philadelphia may experience significant service delays due to street closings and other security efforts.
The impact on GRM customer pickups and deliveries could begin Tuesday, September 22nd when the Pope’s plane touches down at Andrews Air Force base near the capital. He will be visiting the White House, speaking at a joint session of Congress and attending other events around the city until flying up to New York on Thursday, September 24th.
From early Thursday evening until Saturday morning (September 26th), the Pope will be in New York, where security measures, on an unprecedented scale, are underway. According to NYPD Commissioner, Bill Bratton, “This will be the largest security challenge the department and this city have ever faced.” With thousands of police officers on duty and untold numbers of people hoping for a glimpse of the Pope’s arrival, the Big Apple is bound to experience periods of extreme gridlock.
“We will do everything we can to adhere to our schedules,” said Tony Acerra, GRM’s East Coast Vice President of Operations, “but realistically, the intense excitement created by this visit and the high level of security around it pretty much guarantee delays beyond our control.”
Making traffic and logistics matters even worse for NYC during the week is a meeting of the United Nations General Assembly that will bring about 90% of the world’s leaders into the city. On top of that, the Global Citizen Festival will take place in Central Park on the 26th and is expected to attract enormous crowds of Beyonce, Pearl Jam and Cold Play fans.
It isn’t until Saturday morning that the Pope heads to Philadelphia for a series of scheduled events lasting until Sunday evening, when he boards a plane for his flight back to Rome.
“This is really a heads up for our customers,” continued Acerra. “From September 22nd through the 27th, GRM customers in the D.C., New York City and Philadelphia areas can expect some potentially significant service disruptions.”
For that reason, GRM customers in and around these cities may want to consider temporarily using the company’s Scan-On-Request imaging service in lieu of physical pickups and deliveries. This is a fast, efficient way to order and retrieve documents electronically. Orders can be placed via GRM’s eAccess remote inventory system.
Customers with questions should contact your local GRM facility.