Asos loses around £22m of stock in warehouse fire

Online retailer Asos has resumed trading after a major fire "compromised" around £22 million of stock at its main warehouse. The blaze is believed to have been started deliberately and is being investigated by South Yorkshire Police.

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Asos warehouse fire 'could cause supply chain chaos'

The Asos warehouse near Barnsley pictured last year. Credit: PA

A fashion retail expert told ITV News that a fire at the large Asos distribution centre near Barnsley could cause "chaos" further down the supply chain.

As well as existing stock, taking their website down will mean no further sales are made.

"Not selling anything thing means there will be a backlog of items waiting to come into the warehouse," said the insider, who works for a company that supplies Asos.

"This can cause chaos with smaller suppliers who don’t necessarily have the space to hold onto orders.

"Smaller factories will be manufacturing Autumn/Winter collections now and it may be prohibitively expensive to rush certain summer collections back into production."

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