Sony DADC, which has established agreements with Cert Octavian and Cinram at two interim warehouse locations, has said the company’s supply chain operations are fully up and running.
The move follows the 8 August arson attack on Sony’s Enfield warehouse (pictured), which completely destroyed millions of CDs and vinyl product kept there by hundreds of indie labels. The attack occurred at the height of the much-publicised civil unrest in London.
It has been planned that 80% of the Enfield volume will now be managed out of Hoddesdon in Hertfordshire where Cert Octavian has offered Sony DADC use of storage and distribution facilities at their main hub, just 10 miles from Sony DADC’s Enfield distribution centre. The Hoddesdon operation is manned by Sony DADC employees and went fully live on Monday 19 August.
The Cinram facility, which will manage the remaining volume from Enfield, is located in Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire.
Darren Houghton, managing director UK distribution at Sony DADC, said that the company’s disaster recovery plan was put in place within an hour of the devastating fire and that by the following day – 9 August – the company had begun to re-manufacture destroyed product and expanded its direct-to-retail shipments from the company’s Southwater production facility.
“Our supply chain IT solution proved to be robust and a strong backbone,” he added. “By utilising a multi-site approach, it guaranteed that not a single order was lost and all IT systems and services were up and running.”
Houghton added that the company has received a “remarkable” level of support from customers and other companies within the industry. “Without it, such a fast reaction to market demands would not have been achieved,” he said.
He also said that all permanent staff who were employed at the Enfield plant will remain with the company.
The move follows last week’s move by distributor PIAS to partner with Proper Music Distribution to ensure the company’s releases continued to be distributed following the fire.
More than 3.25 million CDs, vinyl releases and rare boxed sets were destroyed by the fire, which had the potential to cripple many of the 150-plus labels whose stock was distributed by PIAS and stored at the facility.
Police investigations into the cause of the fire and the course of events are in progress. Initial estimates of the affected parties’ property destroyed by the fire are far in excess of £30m.