The Hongxing Fruit Market in Changsha City has officially closed down after 16 years. The market moved to the new Hongxing Global Agricultural Wholesale Center on the 16th of January. The trade volume of fruit in the newly opened wholesale center reached 10,800 tons on the first day.
The wholesale center occupies an area of around 53 hectares. The project cost around 2 billion yuan [310 million USD] and is intended as the 'fruit industry headquarters in central China'. There are specialized sections devoted to dried goods, domestic fruits, imported fruits, and loading docks.
Compared to Hongxing Fruit Market, the new wholesale center offers some new features such as the cold storage warehouse for imported fruits. Traders have their stands in the front and cold storage space in the back to make both storage and retail more convenient. At the same time, the wholesale center also includes a customs office to facilitate and speed up the inspection procedures.
The project also required an additional investment of 50 million yuan [7.7 million USD] to set up a comprehensive agricultural information management platform. This platform includes data from every step of the process, from trade and management to supply chain services. The new wholesale center facilitates "offline purchases and online management". Clients can easily purchase agricultural goods from the convenience of their home.
The first stage of construction is completed, but there are two stages left until the new wholesale center is operating as planned. The second stage includes an area of around 33 hectares with AI storage for fresh produce that supports multiple integrated supply chain services such as trade, processing, e-commerce, and display.
The third stage of this project includes an area of around 47 hectares with facilities for international product quality exhibitions and trade conferences. This final stage of the project includes a conference center, accommodation, and other support services.
Source: Fruit Critic [Guo Ping Jia]