Electrolux Professional confirmed today that it has at least four weeks of stock in place to accommodate any disruption that arises when the UK leaves the EU next month.
Manufacturers that import from European factories have been stockpiling kit ahead of Brexit for fear that a ‘no deal’ scenario will see major hold-ups at borders.
And Electrolux said it had moved to ensure UK customer can get access to the products they need by increasing the volume of core commercial catering equipment it holds locally.
The manufacturer has worked with its Italian factory to build up a month’s worth of inventory from its core product range at a dedicated warehousing facility in the UK. This includes refrigeration, dishwashing, horizontal cooking, combi ovens and dynamic preparation equipment.
Electrolux Professional has also arranged contingency logistics support in the event of a ‘no deal’ Brexit, to ensure UK customers continue to receive delivery times of 24-48 hours, depending on location.
Darren Lockley, head of region at Electrolux Professional UK and Ireland, commented: “In the absence of a finalised Withdrawal Agreement from the EU, the company has taken steps to increase the volume of products held in the UK, to negate the effect of an anticipated increase in import times following March 29.
“We are well aware that if a critical piece of kitchen equipment needs to be repaired, our customers need that product replaced as quickly as possible. By increasing the volume of stock we hold in the UK, we can ensure that any delay in importing products from our factories across Europe from late-March onwards, will not be felt by our customers.”
Mr Lockley said Electrolux Professional also remains in regular dialogue with its main spare parts suppliers to ensure excellent availability and avoid impacting its repair, maintenance and service contacts over the coming months.