Khakim Ibragimov, the host of the “Logistika Bez Granits” (Logistics Without Borders) Instagram channel, had a live interview with Yulia Savchenko, the head of the distribution center of the Tulsky greenhouse complex, which is part of ECO-culture agricultural holding.
Khakim Ibragimov’s channel covers the problems of logistics related to various goods and regularly talks with the industry professionals. The conversation with Yulia Savchenko was broadcast live on the channel on July 31. The head of the largest distribution center of vegetable products answered questions of the host and viewers, told about her work, as well as problems and prospects of logistics in the region and in Russia as a whole.
Yulia Savchenko is a representative of agricultural logistics: the center is located directly at the greenhouse complex and specializes in receiving, storing, packing, packing and dispatching the orders.
In reply to the first question about the overall state and structure of the Russian logistics, Yulia Savchenko said that unlike in Europe, where transportation and delivery are mainly handled by outsourcing companies, in Russia, a significant part of large companies are dealing with logistics on their own, which is carried out by the corresponding departments. That is, the costs for this area are budgeted in advance, and here much depends on how well the work of such departments is organized.
Speaking specifically about the Tulsky Distribution Center, it has not yet been launched in the scheduled scope – only the first phase of the greenhouse complex (26 ha) has been put into operation so far, with two more phases expected to be launched. The center itself is still under construction – its total area will exceed 10,000 square meters. For the producing company, this is a huge space where, in addition to product packaging and distribution, the consolidation of cargoes will also be carried out. Generally, the company’s logistics has quite a wide geographical spread – it has greenhouse complexes in Stavropol Krai, Lipetsk Oblast, St. Petersburg, and other regions. Each company branch uses shared logistics routes, allowing for faster delivery and reduced labor costs.
When asked by the host about the situation with the town-wise delivery, Yulia explained that the overall condition of the roads in Tula and the region has improved significantly over the last 10 years, which makes it easier for cargos to be transported. However, there are problems for carriers inside the town such as tonnage restrictions creating certain difficulties for network companies.
One of the questions raised by the audience was about the environmental compatibility of the company. According to the head of the DC, in this regard, ECO-Culture follows a strict policy – the company does not use any chemicals when growing vegetables. Even anti-pest measures are carried out by biological methods exclusively. The technologies applied are to guarantee full ecological compatibility and safety of the products.
The further conversation touched upon various directions of logistics and vegetable production – the percentage of products spoiled during transportation, the rules of tomatoes storage, the company’s personnel policy, the advantages of greenhouse vegetables, and many other interesting topics.
For the full version of the interview, please visit Khakim Ibragimov’s Instagram channel.