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With AP temperature-controlled unit, Snowman ups warehousing capacity
Wednesday, 31 January, 2018, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Our Bureau, Bengaluru
Snowman Logistics has now constructed a new temperature-controlled warehousing facility at the 48-acre Gateway Distriparks Logistics Park in Krishnapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. The facility has a capacity of 3,600 pallets in temperature control and an additional 10,000sq ft of dry warehousing space.

It is also equipped with the related infrastructure, including seven handling and loading bays, G+5 racking systems, blast freezing, variable temperature chambers, technology integration and modern handling equipment. Another key feature is a dedicated room for value-added services relevant to the seafood export industry.

Further, as a part of the Gateway Distriparks Logistics Park, customers of Snowman will be able to avail of services such as customs clearance, empty container procurement and port pick-up and delivery at the same location, resulting in cost-saving from reduced transportation and enabling ease of business for all export and import activities.

This will be a unique proposition to the industry and, among others, will service the flourishing seafood export market prevalent in the region.

With the addition of the new facility, the total capacity of Snowman Logistics has now increased to 1,07,200 pallets, as a part of its ongoing expansion strategy, which was announced earlier.

Prem Kishan Gupta, chairman, Snowman Logistics, said, “The endeavour is to continue to expand our cold chain logistics network, providing our customers with efficient, cost-effective solutions, which will empower them to focus on enhancing their product and service quality.”

“With the addition of the facility to the Gateway Distriparks Logistics Park, we are in a position to offer an end-to-end solution to exporters and importers of temperature-controlled products. The resultant synergies will help unlock value for shareholders of both companies as well,” he added.

“Riding on a robust demand for frozen shrimp and frozen fish in international markets, India exported 11,34,948 metric tonne (MT) of seafood, worth an all-time high of $5.78 billion (Rs 37,870.90 crore) in 2016-17, which is expected to continue growing in the coming years. Snowman has been facilitating these exports from Kolkata, Vizag, Bhubaneshar, Kochi, Chennai and Mumbai. The Krishnapatnam facility will strengthen both our operational structure and the coverage for one of our key growth sectors, the seafood industry. We envisage a further increase in the pallet capacity of the new unit up to 10,000 pallets in a phased manner over the next two years,” said Sunil Nair, chief executive officer, Snowman Logistics.

The company has the  temperature-controlled storage and transportation options to offer comprehensive solutions, given their network of 34 warehouses and 293 reefer vehicles.
 
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