Water Damage & Container Rain on Imported Products
Have Your Imported Goods Experienced Water Damage or Container Rain?
Your shipment of apparel, footwear or other general merchandise has arrived in the U.S. from overseas. However, upon inspection you discover that your goods experienced some type of water damage or have been affected by “container rain”.
Despite the best preventative efforts of the overseas manufacturer, your freight forwarder and any other parties involved in the shipment of your goods, it’s inevitable at some point that you may need to determine what to do about goods affected by moisture or water damage.
While there are a variety of options for the supply chain team to consider, from filing claims, securing new product, to pointing fingers, another viable and potentially cost-saving solution is turning to a product repair and rework service provider.
What is Container Rain?
From sea to shining sea, the U.S. shipping industry is one of the largest in the world as the majority of our imported products take a lengthy journey through various climates before it ever arrives in America. These climate changes may wreak havoc on the inventory that is locked inside of the containers and can cause a variety of problems to its precious cargo.
To give you a snapshot of the inside of a container, think of a bottle of water left in your car on a hot summer day. It is usually found with water droplets formed on its walls from condensation.
This is the exact same process that is occurring inside of the locked container only to a much larger degree.
Container rain is a common term that is used in the industry referring to heavy condensation formation within a shipping container.
While the factors that can drive container rain to occur are many, some of the more common factors that contribute to moisture formation in a shipping container include:
- Types and variety of product packaging used (eg. product may sweat within polybags)
- Damaged containers
- Goods were manufactured, packaged and stored in high-humidity, high-heat climates
- Temperature changes over the long haul from tropical overseas climate to U.S. ports and distribution centers
- Mother nature
Product Repair & Rework Services for Water Damaged Goods
Now that you know the why and the how, let’s talk about various kinds of product damage that the technicians at Quality Corrections & Inspections have treated. Wet merchandise for starters! In the best case, you simply have wet clothing to be laundered and reticketed.
That is if your quality team at the DC (distribution center) is quick to send it to QCI as fast as possible. Sometimes vendors aren’t so lucky though.
Sometimes the ink from the hang tags will imprint onto your merchandise, or your wet product will bleed ink colors onto each other causing the dye to migrate like a grade school art project. These are big “uh-oh” moments when discovered that usually require some decision making.
However, if the product is left unattended in this situation long enough, it will begin to develop “organic growth” (mold). The odor alone will cause someone to just close the box!!
The above problems are not left solely to the apparel or soft goods industry for leather products are just as vulnerable. Shoes, handbags, and small leather goods are susceptible to the same moisture damages.
They will require a drying process and may even require a visit to our ozone chamber to help combat any unpleasant odors.
However, if the organic growth (mold) is not quickly remediated, the mature mold can leave remnant stains on the hide which may require a leather refinishing process.
In extreme cases, the hardware can even begin to corrode resulting in the need for replacement.
The best is yet to come because after your rework is completed, the technicians at QCI are also masters at ticketing, tagging, folding, applying tissue paper, and new polybags to the rendered merchandise. When product finally arrives at its destination, it is in perfect floor-ready condition and nobody ever knows that it took a detour.
High Volume Product Repair Project Analysis & Evaluation
Your product and brand integrity are always our top priority. So, since maritime shipping doesn’t appear to be going anywhere and despite everybody working at 100% to ensure that your shipment will arrive in perfect condition, problems can still occur that result in millions of dollars of undesirable inventory that may unfortunately be considered for discard into landfills.
Product repair and rework can not only be a cost-saving solution but an environmentally friendly alternative as well.
For more than 30 years, QCI has been the recognized leader in product repair and rework with the knowledge and experience to solve most challenges.
Contact our team for a Free Project Analysis and evaluation of any repair or restoration issue you may be facing.
How to Turn Dead Inventory Into Profitable Merchandise
Dead inventory or dead stock is nothing new to vendors and retailers. Dead inventory can arise for several reasons such as retail seasonality, late deliveries or possibly product production errors in need of correction. It is talked about often and by many but addressing the problem and finding solutions can send you into a frenzy when your cash flow is impacted.
Alternatives to Addressing Dead Inventory in the Warehouse
Dead inventory is only one of the facets that the creative team at Quality Corrections & Inspections has been helping vendors and retailers with for countless years. No matter what type of inventory you have, there are a variety of customized product rework and recovery solutions to your problem. From clothing to boots, heaters to toys, Quality Corrections & Inspections has found a variety of creative solutions to help companies address inventory management challenges and to generate cash flows on inventory investments.
Case Studies in Product Rework & Recovery for Dead Inventory
A Big Box retailer purchased 150,000 pair of athletic shoes that were merchandised in all their nationwide stores. The shoes were selling extremely well because they look identical to a well-known brand. However, the well-known brand learned of their existence and sent a “cease and desist” letter to the retailer for patent infringement. In this case the athletic shoes were recalled from stores and sent to QCI’s east and west coast facilities. QCI technicians were immediately able to augment the physical looks of the shoe so that they no longer looked identical to the well-known brand and quickly turned around the inventory to the retailer’s multiple distribution centers across the US.
A late shipment and a cancelled P.O. resulted in a jeans vendor with 50,000 pairs of denim pants sitting idle in a warehouse. The vendor that made and “sold” the jeans now had a dilemma but had a potential buyer if they could get the jeans rebranded quickly. QCI was of assistance to this vendor who wanted the denim pants to be rebranded for sale under another name. QCI removed old tags, labels and logos as needed making the jeans ready for sale under a new name. The vendor was then able to market them to the new buyer with new labels.
With 4,800 men’s long sleeve shirts sitting in a warehouse, and buyers only wanting to talk to about “new” spring/summer styles despite offers to discount the merchandise the vendor in this case had considered liquidating for pennies on the dollar or discarding the merchandise altogether. In this case, QCI proposed to alter the sleeves to the manufacturers specifications and turn them into short sleeve shirts. The vendor was ecstatic and able to sell them for the current summer season.
A high-end women’s retail store had been merchandising the same pair of shoes for three consecutive summer seasons. Customers were starting to notice their existence and although the shoes were beautiful, they were just not selling, and they were too costly of an item to sell off to a discount store rendering it as dead inventory. The shoes were very brand specific with their name lavishly embossed on the bottom of the leather sole as well as on the insole. The retailer consulted with the technicians at QCI on the complexity of the design and then made the decision to have them rebranded and to add some new ornamentation to the upper. With the modifications, the style was now in favor again with current trends and allowed the retailer to successfully sell the shoes in stores for the next retail season.
How Our Process Works
We’ve designed our process of handling inventory management challenges to be as simple and risk-free as possible. Just fill out and submit our convenient online project analysis form and send us a few representative samples of the affected merchandise to analyze. We’ll review your information and get back to you as soon as we can with a detailed action plan that includes the estimated turnaround time and cost — you’ll have all the information you need to make an informed decision.
Our rework project analysis service is free – you have nothing to lose by letting us know about your repair or restoration issue.