Cold Storage: what is it for and who will benefit
These days people around the globe, including Azerbaijan, can walk into a supermarket or a food store and find fresh produce almost any time of the year. New technologies have made it possible to get fresh, perishable foods from one side of the world to the other without putting the quality of these foods at risk. Yet this abundance of fresh and imported products is achieved through what is known as a cold chain logistics. In particular, cold storage and refrigerated warehousing of food products. Cold storage is a complex process that requires modern, state-of-the-art facilities and tends to be more costly than traditional warehousing.
Different types of products have varying shelf lives, ranges or temperatures they are required to be stored at, and amounts of time they can spend between cold storage facility and a transportation vehicle before spoiling. Among products that require cold storage or at least a temperature controlled warehousing are perishable nutrient products, fruits and vegetables, meat and seafood, dairy products, flowers and plants, biopharmaceutical products, and even cosmetics, textiles and some types of artwork.
What is a cold storage process?
As consumers, we purchase milk and yogurt, meat, and vegetables almost on a daily basis. What’s more, we constantly remain conscious about the quality of products we buy and consume. Therefore, taking care of their storage and quality becomes our priority. Like us, the company that manufactures these products also takes precautions to keep such commodities safe. However, the difference is that a refrigerator is replaced by a cold storage warehouse when it comes to the manufacturing of such products.
Cold storage is a facility that primarily stores food items that are short-lived and highly likely to get spoiled under normal conditions. These food items are stored under optimum temperature - primarily low - and humid environment as required for individual products. Almost all cold storage rooms are designed such that these properties are pre-configured based on what is being stored. Some cold rooms are made in such a fashion that these properties, i.e. temperature and humidity - are adjustable.
What can we do about it?
In the light of the ongoing dramatic geopolitical developments in the region, most of the established import routes have been severely affected, whereas most of the traditional supply chains have undergone continuous disruptions. In these challenging times, we as a company are committed, more than ever, to providing consumers in Azerbaijan with quality essential commodities, primarily food products, at affordable prices. This is, in essence, our company’s mission.
Having looked carefully at how we can improve the quality and freshness of products for all our customers of Araz supermarkets and OBA stores, we concluded on the need to build a refrigerated warehouse of our own. It will be based within our logistic hub at the Mahammadi village just outside of Baku. The construction is in full swing: we have the steelworks erected and are moving towards the concrete works in the coming weeks. We expect this cold storage facility to be completed in November 2022. We are committed to investing up to 25 million manats to achieve this an in time and to the best quality. We are also investing in 35 new dual temperature delivery trucks to ensure the products arrive in perfect condition and we reduce the number of kilometres driven on the roads.
What’s the impact
This distribution centre is 11,000 square meters and will maintain fresh quality for all our frozen, fresh meat and dairy products along with our fruit and vegetable range. We will install automatic temperature and humidity tracking and mobile alerts in case of any issues in order to keep the products in perfect conditions
We aim to serve 5000 stores from this centre and it will operate 7 days a week creating 600 new jobs. This shows our commitment to developing local talent, providing careers for people and developing them to operate in a world class way. We will work with both local and international suppliers to give them access to our customer base through a single cost effective distribution centre. This storage facility will not only provide freshness, we will also provide food security and traceability as we will work directly with farmers and producers of fresh products.
In a wider sense, this centre will give consumers access to better ranges of quality products at the right price. Using the scale of the business we can negotiate better prices for our customers and deliver it to all our stores in the most cost-effective way. We have state of the art systems and world class operations at our logistic hub and our most valued asset - our team of hard-working and competent dedicated men and women – trying their hardest to enhance the product offering to communities across Azerbaijan.
By Jala Azizova, Veyseloglu Group of Companies
Veysəloğlu Şirkətlər Qrupu iyul ayı üzrə Pərakəndə İndeksini açıqlayıb
Veysəloğlu Şirkətlər Qrupu aylıq təqdim edilən “Veysəloğlu Pərakəndə İndeksi” vasitəsilə məlumatları ictimaiyyətlə açıq paylaşmaqla müştərilərə istehlak səbətlərini planlayan zaman dəstək olmağı hədəfləyir.İndeks göstəricilərinə Veysəloğlu Şirkətlər Qrupunda istehlak məqsədi ilə məhsul alan bütün müştərilərin ən çox aldığı 4317 məhsul daxil edilib. Bu siyahıya qısa müddətli istifadəyə yararlı istehlak məhsulları (təzə qida), qida, spirtli və spirtsiz içkilər, həmçinin tütün məmulatları daxildir. İndeksin hesablanması zamanı satış miqdarlarına görə hər kateqoriyaya ağırlıq veririlir. Nəticədə müştərilərin orta illik və aylıq qiymət dəyişikliyi tempini izləmək mümkün olur.“Veysəloğlu Pərakəndə İndeksi”-nə daxil edilən məhsulların qiymətində 2021-ci ilin iyul ayında 2020-ci ilin iyul ayı ilə müqayisədə 4,8% artım müşahidə edilir. Belə ki, 2021-ci il iyul ayında 2020-ci ilin iyul ayı ilə müqayisədə təzə qida məhsullarında 1,2%, qida və spirtsiz içkilərdə 8,2%, alkoqol və tütün məmulatlarında isə 5,5% artım olub.Veysəloğlu Şirkətlər Qrupunun missiyası cəmiyyəti təmiz, sağlam, münasib qiymət və keyfiyyətə gündəlik istehlak malları ilə təmin etməkdir. Təqdim olunan pərakəndə satış indeksi göstəricilərinə əsasən aydın olur ki, Şirkətlər Qrupu bazarda münasib və maksimum sabit qiymət siyasəti aparmaqla öz missiyasına xidmət edir.
Veyseloglu Group of Companies announced the Retail Index for August
The Veyseloglu Retail Index includes the most purchased 4,317 products by customers of Veyseloglu Group of Companies. This index includes fresh food (FMCG), food and non-alcoholic beverages, alcohol and tobacco products. Each category is weighed according to sales volumes. As a result, it is possible to track change in average annual and monthly product prices.Compared to August 2020 in August 2021 the product prices included in the "Veyseloglu Retail Index" increased by 6.1%. Compared to August 2020 in august 2021 there was an increase by 4.0% in fresh food, 8.5% in food and non-alcoholic beverages and 5.6% in alcohol and tobacco products.The mission of Veyseloglu Group of Companies is to provide society with fresh, healthy, affordable and high quality daily consumer goods. Based on the presented Veyseloglu Retail Index, it is clear that the Group of Companies serves its mission by pursuing a reasonable and maximum stable pricing policy.
Veyseloglu Group of Companies announced the Retail Index for September
The Veyseloglu Retail Index includes the most purchased 4,317 products by customers of Veyseloglu Group of Companies. This index includes fresh food, food and non-alcoholic beverages, alcohol and tobacco products. Each category is weighed according to sales volumes. As a result, it is possible to track change in average annual and monthly product prices.Compared to Semptember 2020 in September 2021 the product prices included in the "Veyseloglu Retail Index" increased by 7,7%. Compared to September 2020 in September 2021 there was an increase by 6,7% in fresh food, 9,5% in food and non-alcoholic beverages and 5,8% in alcohol and tobacco products.