The Reject Shop's Ipswich DC damaged

Chairman vows facility will be part of expansion when reopened

By Rob McKay | January 14, 2011

It may be only six months in operation but Queensland’s floods have dealt The Reject Shop’s (TRS) new Ipswich distribution centre a heavy blow.

Opened in June, the DC was the keystone to TRS’s Queensland expansion but that will be put in abeyance for at least two months, with the Melbourne DC taking the extra load.

"This will have a significant impact on our ability to operate our business optimally for some time," Managing Director Chris Bryce said yesterday.

"Equipment can be replaced; but given the automation within the facility, the availability of required equipment, and the time it will take to install and test, the overall timeline for re-opening is yet to be determined."

"We are also cognisant of the devastation the floods have caused in many parts of Queensland and therefore understand that essential services will and should take priority over our requirements.

"Our initial assessment suggests that the facility will be inoperable for eight weeks, but it will likely take longer to re-instate full operating capability.

"Thankfully the distribution centre was not operating at the time and all our staff are accounted for and safe."

The DC suffered significant water damage to equipment; including but not limited to some components of the conveying equipment, forklifts, computer equipment and potential significant electrical damage.

TRS will start an extensive recovery program at Ipswich to clear debris and re-install the required components of its infrastructure.

Chairman Bill Stevens confirmed that the company remained committed to its long-term growth strategy, and to the role of the re-instated Ipswich DC in that strategy.

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