BANGKOK, Nov 10 – CP ALL, a Charoen Pokphand Group company, is speeding up its distribution of consumer goods to its convenience stores 7-Eleven nationwide to ensure that customers have a sufficiency of products during the country’s worst recorded flooding , a top CP executive said Thursday.
Banyat Kamnoonwat, assistant vice president of CP All, said the company has opened three distribution centres after its Bangbuathong distribution centre was flooded in an attempt to distribute consumer goods nationwide as much as possible.
The three temporary distribution centres are at Amata Nakorn and Hemaraj Industrial Estates and at Chonburi’s Ao Udom subdistrict after its main distribution centre in Nonthaburi’s Bangbuathong district was blocked by floodwater.
The company’s other major distribution centres at Lad Krabang, Chiang Mai, Surat Thani and Khon Kaen are still operating as normal, he said.
Mr Banyat assured consumers that the number of products in each 7-Eleven’s shops is nearly the same as it was before flooding but the problem is the public demand is beyond necessity.
Mr Banyat urged the public to buy goods, such as drinking water and dry food, in appropriate amount to meet their basic needs, not to seek larger amounts, so that other people can also buy them.
There are 6,200 7–Eleven branches nationwide but severe flooding has caused shortages of many product s temporarily, even in dry areas, as the shipping of goods has been blocked by floodwaters, while 600 submerged branches were also forced to close.
Mr Banyat said the company is trying to reopen the closed stores, such as in Nakhon Sawan and Ayutthaya, to serve the public as soon as possible as the floodwater is now receding.