Flexible storage is essential for small-scale retailers whose trade is seasonal. Pop-up shops in particular can benefit from hiring commercial self-storage units.
Here are a few good reasons why you should seriously consider using commercial storage as a solution to your seasonal business needs.
In comparison to paying for commercial premises, self-storage storage units are extremely competitive on cost.
You will only have to pay a modest rental fee each month, but this will be much lower than what you would pay on an office unit. In addition, you won't have to pay business rates or utilities.
Safety and security for your stock
As your remaining Christmas stock will be storage for 12 months, you need to be confident that it will be safe and secure. Self-storage unit complexes are manned 24/7 and have CCTV and alarm systems too, meaning that your valuable stock will be totally secure.
The last thing that you want to discover when you come to collect your stock is that it has been damaged by water or pests. Self-storage units are dry, watertight and can even be supplied with temperature control systems to protect vulnerable items.
Getting the most from your self-storage unit
You can get the most from your self-storage unit by using sturdy storage boxes and packing things correctly. If you don't have suitable storage materials, your self-storage unit provider will be able to supply you with what you need.
By keeping the boxes uniform in size, you can stack them efficiently to save space. Heavy boxes should go to the bottom to keep the stacks stable.
Fill the boxes completely, to prevent the contents from shifting when the boxes are moved. It can also be helpful to label the boxes clearly on all sides so that you can see at a glance whether the contents are Christmas or summer stock.
If you have lots of stock, it can be helpful to use a racking system. Racking makes it easier for you to move around the unit and see what's what. Your self-storage unit provider can fit your unit with racking if necessary.
For fragile items, such as tree ornaments and lights, it's best to use rigid plastic boxes for storage. Choose clear plastic so that you can see what's inside.
If you run a small pop-up shop or seasonal business, a self-storage unit could provide the perfect solution for your stock storage needs, being convenient, cost effective, and flexible.