Sato Technology has blamed the tyranny of distance for its decision to close its Western Australian branch indefinitely. The WA warehouse had about five staff prior to shutting up shop last month, general manager, Lou Yuhan Liu, said. Sato had been operating in the state for the past three years.
"We couldn't find the right people to run the business over there," he said. "We are still keeping it in mind once we are ready again and can find the right staff."
Liu insisted Sato would uphold all return authorisation and warranty services for WA resellers via its Victorian office. It would also retain a few key relationships with other wholesalers in Perth, he said. Its other branches in NSW, Tasmania, South Australia and Queensland would remain open.
In other news, police have determined that an August blaze which completely destroyed the distributor's 2500sqm main warehouse in the Victorian suburb of Box Hill South was caused by an electrical fault. As reported in ARN at the time, Liu estimated damages at $3 million. The company has since been operating a temporary address in Nunawading, Victoria.
Prior to the blaze, Sato had secured larger premises in Victoria, he said. It was still planning to move into the new 3000sqm warehouse in January.