Company plans to move request dates on all new orders for these items to May 1, 2022.
ARCADIA, Wis. – In a recent letter to dealers, Ashley Furniture Industries Inc. has revealed it is temporarily reducing a number of SKUs to help streamline its manufacturing due to recent Covid-19 related shutdowns in Malaysia and Vietnam
In the letter, obtained by Home News Now, the company did not specifically note how many SKUs were affected. But those who have received the letter and an attached list of SKUs estimated that there were more than 1,000 items listed.
Ashley said that it has inventory on this group of products and planned to use all remaining inventory to fill open orders as soon as possible. However, the company said it will soon move the request dates on all new orders for these products until May 1, 2022.
The letter described a wide mix of categories impacted, including bedroom, dining, entertainment, home office, occasional, accessories and stationary product lines.
Ashley CEO Todd Wanek said in the letter that the date is a placeholder for the products that have been delayed “until we have more clarity on when we are able to bring these products back into active status and subsequently update their dates. These products will remain available to order and ATP on those products will be up to date.”
He said the company plans to reactivate and reintroduce these products on a group-by-group or series basis “as we see capacity improve.”
Wanek added that Ashley will focus on supplying retailers with its bestsellers during this transition period.
“By focusing on our bestselling groups, we are working to ensure we can provide a consistent flow of goods with a portion of our line until our capacities improve.” he wrote of the temporary pause in producing the goods listed.
On a positive note, he said that the company continues to see improvement throughout Asia in response to the resurgence of the pandemic and that the company was following updated guidance from local authorities on how to best respond to and manage Covid-19 within manufacturing facilities.
“We believe this will help to shorten and reduce the impact of the current disruptions.” he wrote.