Cold Chains / Reefers
A key business area with high potential for growth is the provision of Cold Chains. This involves providing transportation to perishable products from source to end-user, while maintaining a certain temperature along the route. Today 85% of the cold storages are in the private sector and not a single complete cold chain solution provider is available in the market. Absence of Reefer container linkages and high and increasing power costs are proving to be major impediments.CONCOR is already providing basic rail based reefer services between Delhi and Mumbai, and could get into providing cold chains by making a few arrangements that would expand its market presence. These would mainly include:
- Tie up with an international major, preferably with developing country experience with both technology and equity commitment for bringing in the basic equipment.
- Organize terminal to factory transport, refrigerated warehouses-where needed, and delivery, while maintaining both temperature controlled environments, as well as transit commitments.
- Identify viable corridors for specific products. This will require tying up with producers and consumers independently or tie up with a food processing major to distribute its products. Return trips wherever possible make cold chain operations more profitable, and sometimes represent the difference between break even and loss.