ES-KO’s Retail department provides international PX/Duty-Free facilities and management to multinational customers, including international organizations, civilians and military contingents, anywhere in the world.

ES-KO currently runs PX branded “the Blue” and supermarket operations in Afghanistan, Liberia, Darfur, Côte d’Ivoire and Haiti.
We deliver an assorted range of products at competitive prices by using our wide experience of clients’ tastes and using our substantial purchasing power to drive down suppliers’ prices.

Restaurants and Bars
ES-KO created its brand, L’Azzurro, for cafeterias, bars, pizzerias and restaurants. Our aim is that customers associate ES‑KO and l’Azzurro with a quality product, served by friendly staff in a relaxing environment.
ES-KO’s leisure areas and food facilities provide an important service to personnel serving in a hostile environment whether they want to stop for a quick coffee or enjoy the comfortable setting for a meal after work.

Other services include phone cards, photographic processing, in-store bakeries, ice cream machines and catalogue services. ES‑KO can also provide wholesale or bulk buying services to its customers.
ES-KO also offers the following in addition to their PX and supermarket facilities:

  • Internet cafés
  • Bars
  • Cafeterias and Restaurants
  • Pizzerias
  • Food-to-go
PX and Duty-Free Shops
Whether it is a small shop or a large supermarket, ES‑KO’s Retail department, operating under its trading brand The Blue, provides its customers with a wide and assorted selection of quality international branded products at competitive Duty-Free prices. ES‑KO’s shops can stock ranges over 2,000 product lines, such as groceries, household goods, toiletries, perfume, luggage, electronics, sunglasses, clothing, to name but a few. A wide range of exclusive and tailor-made “logo” and souvenir-items are also available.

ES-KO’s current product range includes but is not limited to, well known brands of the following commodities:

  • Food Products (ambient, chilled, fresh and frozen) Snacks and Sweets
  • Beer, spirits, wine and soft drinks (selling licenses required to operate on site)
  • Cigarettes and tobacco (selling licenses required to operate on site)
  • Perfumes, Toiletries, Gift Items and Souvenirs
  • Electronic and Photography Equipment
  • Watches, Sunglasses, Clothing, Sportswear and Sports Equipment
  • Household Appliances
  • Stationery, Books and Magazines
  • Luggage

Case study

Retail/PX contract in Haiti – Since May 2007

Since May 2007 ES-KO has operated the Retail/PX contract with United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH).
On 12th January 2010 a 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit the island of Haiti and caused major damage to the area of Port-au-Prince, including damages to ES‑KO’s warehousing facilities, its shop and stock.
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We cleared the damage and rapidly resumed operations. Additionally, ES‑KO mobilized additional stock and extra staff to cover the influx of new customers during the days immediately following the earthquake.
During this period, we extended our trading hours to a seven day service to better sustain the request from Customers. This ensured the United Nations and NGO staffs were able to focus on the emergency situation at hand, knowing support services were available on their door step.