Russian retailer X5 Retail Group has announced that it has inaugurated a new distribution centre in Zelenodolsk in Tatarstan.
The new distribution centre, spread across an area of around 39,500 square metres, will supply goods to Pyaterochka stores.
The president of the Republic of Tatarstan, Rustam Minnikhanov; X5 GR director, Alexander Ilyin; general director of Pyaterochka, Sergei Goncharov; and representatives of suppliers from the Volga Federal District were present at the opening ceremony.
The new facility is equipped with eight storage zones with specific temperature bands to store dry goods, alcoholic beverages, fresh products, frozen goods, caviar, as well as fruits and vegetables.
It also has a banana ripening room, the retailer added.
At full capacity, the facility will handle products from around 600 suppliers, boosting the share of local Tatarstan producers.
Pyaterochka operates a distribution centre in Kazan, which supplies products to Pyaterochka stores in more than 100 cities and towns across Tatarstan, Udmurtia, Mari El, and Chuvashia.
It can handle up to 5,000 tonnes of goods per day, servicing 1,200 stores. Presently, X5 works with about 100 local suppliers, 19 of whom were added to the supplier list in 2018.
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