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$2 million in stock reduced to ashes

19 Nov 09

The fire that destroyed Corporate Consumables’ Mt Wellington premises on Tuesday afternoon claimed more than $2 million worth of stock.
But while the disaster has been tough on the company, a robust recovery plan and a whole lot of help from customers and business associates has meant Corporate Consumables has been able to make huge steps forward in the 48 hours since the fire.
Marketing manager Gavin Perris says while the loss of stock is considerable, the company has similar holdings in its Wellington and Christchurch warehouses.
This has meant it has been able to continue servicing client’s needs with little to no delay.
Since Wednesday morning, stock has been shipped from both of the company’s southern warehouses, he says.
And in a great show of support, Perris says the company has organised temporary use of a warehouse facility in East Tamaki, which should see its Auckland branch return to full capabilities within days.
The warehouse was “kindly” provided by close business associates Contract Logistics, he says.
The company has also temporarily moved its contact centre and sales team to an Albany site. However, Perris says the company is currently looking at acquiring new office space in the Mt Wellington area.
While the investigation into the cause of the fire is still underway, it is believed to be of an accidental nature, he says.
The disaster won’t have any effect on the company’s employees either, with all staff being retained.
Perris says the company has been “overwhelmed by the support we’ve received from customers, clients and friends”.