[PIAS] back in business just eight days after fire

 

It has been announced that fellow distributors will help independent label distributor [PIAS] to get up and running following the recent arson attack on their warehouse.

Last Thursday the distributor claimed on its website to have finalised a ‘watertight logistics plan to ensure the broad depth of independent new and catalogue releases will continue to be distributed across the retail spectrum – from HMV to Honest Jon’s, Amazon to Asda.’

Sony has already set up shop in a new facility based in Hoddesdon in Hertfordshire. This operation which will take charge of all supermarket business, HMV bulk orders, wholesalers and international shipments will be in full swing as of today.

Though it was originally thought that the fire would spell disaster for many already vulnerable indie labels, there could be a light at the end of the tunnel in the shape of Proper Music Distribution. Proper have agreed to help to fulfill [PIAS]’ indie shop and  HMV catalogue orders, as well as orders from online retail giants, Play and Amazon.

[PIAS] UK MD Peter Thompson said: “I am overjoyed to have this solution in place so soon after the fire at the Sony DADC warehouse which destroyed the stock of all our labels. Sony DADC have been amazing in getting things up and running so fast, and have excelled in their actions and flexibility in supporting our teams in looking after the needs of our labels. Meanwhile Proper have been extremely accommodating and with their help we now also have the best possible solution for supplying a depth of catalogue to the spectrum of independent retailers.”

Kenny Gates Founder & CEO, [PIAS] added: “’I am happy we have found a solution to resume selling physical stock from our recording artists and our labels. The way this has been dealt with by all involved, the support from everyone around us and the shared determination to come out of this stronger is exceptional and truly inspiring. I want to thank everyone who has been showing genuine support in the last few days and the [PIAS] UK staff who have been admirable in their swift actions. We can now fully focus on supporting our labels beyond resolving the immediate logistical issues and ensure we all come out of this stronger and more resilient than ever before”.

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~ by Maria Buckley on August 22, 2011.

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