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Retailers Prepare for Delivery in Summer Heat

This photo, provided by Market Kurly, shows the company's cooling bag.

This photo, provided by Market Kurly, shows the company’s cooling bag.

SEOUL, June 29 (Korea Bizwire)South Korea’s retail industry is preparing to deal with the upcoming summer heat.

E-commerce grocer Market Kurly introduced new packaging this month that includes more ice packs and dry ice for refrigerated products.

“We are using some 100 kinds of packaging methods to ensure that the food is delivered to the customer at its best condition,” the company said.

Lotte Mart, a discount store chain operated by retailer Lotte Group, introduced stricter cold chain standards for online orders last month to prepare for the summer.

Refrigerated products and frozen food are wrapped with plastic bags and air cap bags before they are packed with ice packs. Frozen food is kept in a freezer until it is shipped out in delivery trucks.

Hypermarket chain operator Homeplus introduced so-called ‘three-room system vehicles’ that can carry frozen, refrigerated, and ordinary temperature products at the same time.

These trucks are equipped with refrigerated, frozen storage space installed behind the driver’s seat.

Homeplus sorts products into refrigerated, frozen, and ordinary temperature categories, and ships them in the proper storage area on the delivery truck. When these products arrive at the destination, they are collected and delivered as a single package.

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