BigBasket Modular Cold Racks.
In this pilot, India’s largest online grocer, BigBasket, piloted its own plug-and-play modular cold rack system using widely-available phase change material (PCM) inserts. The pilot aimed to compartmentalize a large walk-in cold room for multiple uses by desired temperature range and demand – tackling one of the biggest design issues that make cold rooms so inefficient and costly to run.
A BigBasket ‘dark store’ in the Indian capital New Delhi, where workers sort, pack, and dispatch high-frequency orders.
“Supported by the IFC TechEmerge Program, this unique modular cold rack innovation improved our energy efficiency and cut operational costs by 16 percent. We plan to scale this solution across our pan-India operations.”
Ganapathi Subramanyam, Head of Innovation at BigBasket