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ASOS bounces back quickly from warehouse fire

23 June 2014

Online fashion retailer ASOS has re-opened its website and is taking orders after a weekend fire forced the website to close and orders to cease.

ASOS bounces back quickly from warehouse fire


Online fashion retailer ASOS has re-opened its website and is taking orders after a weekend fire forced the website to close and orders to cease.


ASOS said in a statement that ‘None of the technology, automation or structure of the building has been affected by the fire’. 


The retailer reports the fire affected the stock-holding area rather than the more complex sorting and dispatch areas.


ASOS estimates that approximately 20% of the total stock at the site has been compromised by fire damage and the sprinkler systems.


The fire broke out at 9.50pm on Friday June 20 and orders resumed at 2am Monday June 23.


The ASOS share price was unaffected by the fire.


When the fire broke out, a full evacuation was conducted successfully. 


ASOS said: "Thanks to swift action by our team at the site, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue and our security systems, we are very grateful there were no injuries. Barnsley is the centre of our distribution capability and in order not to disappoint our customers we subsequently suspended taking orders. At 31st May 2014 the business held £159m of stock at cost, of which around 70% is held at Barnsley.


"We have been advised by the South Yorkshire Police that after initial investigations, they are treating the incident as deliberate and have commenced a criminal enquiry. We are cooperating fully with this investigation.”


ASOS is at an advanced stage of mechanising the Barnsley warehouse.

 

 
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