If you’re reading this, then you probably already have a good idea about what portable storage containers are and how they’ve traditionally been used. Over the past couple decades, portable storage containers have gained popularity because they provide a cheaper alternative to traditional full-service moving or self-storage companies. But storage containers can be used for much more than just storage or moving.
Farmers and agricultural facilities, contractors and construction firms, retail and commercial businesses, industrial facilities, residential customers, relocation services, government agencies and the military, entertainment and hotel groups….these are just a few groups of people that benefit from storage containers and the services they provide.
We here at BOXtech have done countless hours of research to ensure you wont have to. We’ve compiled the five common uses for storage containers:
1. On-Site Storage
Need a secure storage solution right in your backyard? On-site storage is used by homeowners and businesses in need of temporary or long-term portable storage that remains right where you need it for ease of use. With containers, your personal belongings or your company’s valuable merchandise are always a couple steps away. This is especially helpful when you’re in a time of change, such as when renovating or moving, and need easy onsite access to your belongings without having to jump in a car. With storage containers, you can keep your items organized, secure and readily accessible. And if your business needs temporary storage for events like festivals and fun runs, you can conveniently keep all the necessary materials for event right on-site.
2. Material Management and Overflow Warehousing
When stores have merchandise that are not yet in season, such as clothing and other types of inventory, many times these retail companies will use a storage container to secure it all. These storage containers are built strong and are wind/watertight so all the items stored inside stay safe and protected. Some retailers will even install pipe racks and shelves to neatly hold and organize inventory items. Storage containers are also used by distributors and manufacturers for warehousing and inventory management.
3. Job Site Security
On job sites, construction companies always need a place to store their tools, equipment, and expensive machinery when the work day is over and it’s time to safely lockup for the night. Often on these job sites if storage containers are not used, equipment left overnight is in danger of being stolen or damaged, especially if not locked up properly or if there’s a lack of available storage space. Providing portable storage containers for jobsite security makes it easy to keep equipment neat and organize during work hours, and safely locked up at the end of the work day. Secure steel lockbox can be installed on the door handles, decreasing the possibility of theft. And since storage containers are made of strong Corten steel in the first place, they inherently have enhanced security compared to sheds, trailers, wooden sheds.
4. Container Customization
One of the upcoming and increasingly popular uses of shipping containers is refurbishing and customizing containers into efficient portable structures such as homes or mobile offices. Refurbishing and customizing containers is a relatively cheap but environmentally responsible way to help reuse shipping containers and leverage their strength, versatility and industrial look.
When customizing a portable office space or container home, the sky’s the limit. You can install shelves, vents, bamboo or carpet flooring, sliding glass doors, windows, lights, and much much more. And since storage containers are manufactured with durable weathering steel, as well as strong corner posts, you can stack your storage containers on top of each other or attach them next to each other if you want to add an upstairs or another room to your office space or container home.
5. Refrigerated Storage
Refrigerated (reefer) storage is used for certain items such as frozen, chilled, or hot goods, food items, chemicals and hazardous materials that need to be stored in an enclosed, temperature controlled space. Many restaurants use reefers as walk in refrigerators to hold extra produce that don’t fit in their refrigerators. Farmers use reefer containers to store and keep their vegetables and fruits fresh as they’re sold to customers. Scientists use reefers as a laboratory to study, research, and store chemicals/materials that needs to be contained in a climate controlled space.
If you have additional examples or comments to add to our list of the top five uses for storage containers, please feel free to leave a comment describing how you like using your portable storage containers.