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Protect e-commerce returns from moisture in the interim storage facility

53 percent of all online orders are placed with Amazon (own-account and marketplaces)*. A total of one in six parcels in Germany is sent back to the respective e-commerce retailer**. A large business segment. Especially for Marketplace retailers who lack the necessary capacities for their own returns management, it is a common model to hand over the returns to resellers. Before they can sell the goods themselves, they have to be stored temporarily - e.g. in a freight container. To protect the goods from damage due to high humidity, a ThoMar customer uses SeaDry container desiccants. The success of this measure is confirmed by a data logger that continuously records the climate in the container. If the desiccants are replaced in good time after saturation, the humidity remains within a non-critical range.

Do you also use containers for storage, temporarily or permanently? Get in touch with us. Our advisors will recommend the right SeaDry variant for you and have further advice for optimally securing your goods.

*Online Monitor 2021, HDE Handelsverband Deutschland

**Forschungsgruppe Retourenmanagement / Universität Bamberg, 29.12.2020

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Use of container desiccants: Which influencing variables have to be taken into account?

SeaDry container desiccants can, when used correctly, protect your valuable goods from moisture damage during transport and storage. For an optimal result, various influencing factors must be taken into account. The following article provides an overview of the factors that affect the selection of the appropriate product variant and the calculation of the required desiccant quantity.

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SeaDry container desiccant saturation process (from powder to gel)

SeaDry: Optimally balanced ingredients for safe dehumidification

SeaDry offers effective long-term protection against moisture, whether for container transports by ship, goods train and truck or also when using containers as (temporary) storage. To ensure the high absorption capacity and reliable moisture absorption of all SeaDry variants, we use optimally coordinated ingredients. In particular, the salt (calcium chloride) must be of high quality and is used in the form of powder whose grain size corresponds to that of the starch also used. This allows the two substances to mix evenly in the desiccant bags. The salt then attracts the moisture from the air in the container, which is safely bound into gel by the starch and is not liquid at any time. SeaDry is thus superior to other container desiccants, which contain cheaper salt in the form of significantly coarser prills (instead of powder).

Path between two rows of storage containers to the left and right

Causes of moisture damage in storage containers

Three typical types of moisture damage during container transport: clumping and moulding of bagged goods, especially in the food sector, corrosion of metal parts and moisture penetration of cardboard boxes. These lead to the destruction of entire container loads. But what about the storage of goods in containers? Particularly at this time of year, when temperatures are scraping the 20-degree mark during the day but barely make it above freezing point at night, there is a threat of similar damage even in our temperate latitudes. What is the reason for this?

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Beer bottles in several beer crates

Securing beer transports in containers against moisture

Even though the per capita consumption of beer in Germany has gradually declined in recent years*, the export business even increased in the second pandemic year** and thus continues to gain in importance for the local breweries. Read here how a brewery with worldwide shipping protects its sales packagings from moisture damage during the weeks-long transport by container overseas.

*Statista Research Department, 01.02.2022, Beer sales in Germany until December 2021

**Statistisches Bundesamt, 01.02.2022, press release no. 045

 

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