Expand Your Retail Business with Shipping Containers

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Expand Your Retail Business with Shipping Containers

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If you have a retail business, you know how much storage space it requires. Especially if you have a smaller shop, using a shipping container can be a smarter, cheaper, and more convenient way to get some extra storage space, rather than expanding your building. Finding a larger space or adding more room can be extremely costly. A shipping container provides more storage space without the hassle.

Portable storage containers can provide other services for a retail business as well. Need to transfer goods to an area temporarily? Want to open a pop-up store? Modified shipping containers can also provide a great portable salesroom for almost any type of business. Below, Porta-Stor will go over a few types of retail business that can benefit from using shipping containers as temporary storage or sales locations.

Extra Storage Space

You might be surprised at what a shipping container can offer you and your retail business. These storage spaces are easy to manage, with a convenient monthly rental or the option to buy it outright. You can have the container shipped to a location and filled with inventory. After it’s full, there are several convenient options to choose from, depending on your situation. Leave it on-site as an extra room. Send it between several business locations. Or you can send it off for short- or long-term storage at a facility, where it can be kept safe, secure, and temporarily out of the way.

Beach Side Kiosk

The best part of a shipping container is that they’re easy to move and set up at just about any location. This makes them great for the beach side retail business. They allow you to rent a location close to a beach and then pack up and move the container to another location when the busy season is over. You won’t have to pay rent for a location that’s only open for part of the year. An open side container allows you to fold the side down during the day, making a kiosk to sell things like beach towels, beach bags, sunglasses, sunscreen, or a host of other items beach goers may need.

Holiday Store

There are times when people go looking to buy certain holiday items that they don’t think about for the rest of the year. Around the holidays, you may find that your retail business would do well in a certain off-site location. This is a great reason to set up shop in a portable shipping container. Set it down where you’ll get more traffic and sell off your inventory. Sell some ugly Christmas sweaters, Halloween decorations, or New Year’s memorabilia during the months leading up to the holidays. You can even get your container well-insulated and heated, if you need to set up at an outside mall or town square in the cold weather.

Art Gallery

If you’re an artist and want to set up a pop-up gallery, you may find that it’s most convenient to use a shipping container. Not only is it a hip and trendy building material, but it also allows you to set up near festivals, art events, and shops during the holidays. Using a shipping container allows you to take your art wherever it would be noticed and appreciated in that moment. Reusing an old shipping container is seen as an eco-friendly material as well, and this is something that most art lovers appreciate.

Brewery Tasting Room

A container set up for a brewery has several benefits. One, it goes right with the industrial theme that most microbreweries adopt. It creates a low-key ambiance that makes people want to come hang out. Also, it’s easy to expand your brewery with more shipping containers, unlike with a brick and mortar building. If you need even more retail space or storage for your brewing equipment, just purchase a portable storage container, modify it to your needs, and attach it to the existing one. Your business can grow physically at the same rate that it grows in popularity!

While these are just a few of the small retail business ideas that could benefit from using a shipping container, there are endless possibilities for using such a versatile vessel. A shipping container could be used to set up a small cafe, a little florist shop, a custom t-shirt business, or even a mobile bookstore. It can expand the inventory storage for any type of business. The opportunities and ideas are endless when it comes to using a repurposed shipping container for your retail business. As you’re planning to set up shop, think outside the box and step into a shipping container. Renting or purchasing a solid, secure shipping container could be the best idea for your expanding retail business!

Is your business in hospitality, not retail? Check out Porta-Stor’s guide for using shipping containers to help with that area as well!

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Does a Shipping Container Need Ventilation?

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Does a Shipping Container Need Ventilation?

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Shipping containers are extremely versatile structures, and depending on what you’re storing, you might need a different setup. One factor to consider is that certain chemicals can leave a strong odor where they’re stored, affecting the other items within the container or even in the surrounding area. Some chemical fumes can even be dangerous to the person who opens the container if they’re left to build up without air flow. If this is the case for your storage requirements, you need to have a good ventilation system installed onto your container. Below, Porta-Stor will take a closer look at ventilated storage containers and the circumstances in which you might need one.

Types of Ventilation Systems Available

There are three main types of ventilation systems that can be installed in your shipping container:

  • Rooftop turbine vents. Having a fan set up on the rooftop is a great option for getting the fumes up into the air but only works if you don’t need to stack containers.
  • Fixed louver vent. These openings have angled slats like blinds, and can be added to the container where needed. They don’t have a fan built in, instead relying on regular airflow.
  • Exhaust fan. These are similar to the rooftop turbine vents, but can be placed elsewhere on the container. They also tend to be smaller than the rooftop vents.

Each of these systems works well, so you should decide which to use based on how much ventilation you will need. You will also need to know how the items stored within the container will affect airflow and how much space there will be around where the unit will be placed. Do you need floor-level ventilation or rooftop ventilation?

Household Items

Another reason why you might need ventilation is for materials that would be damaged by the extra heat and moisture that can accumulate without proper airflow. If you’re storing any type of household item, you should consider ventilation for your container. Whether you’re preparing for a house remodel, a move, or a donation drive, you want to make sure no extra moisture gets into the container. Moisture and excess heat can ruin furniture, clothes, and paper goods. Ventilation will also reduce any odors that can build up over time from these belongings. It’s important to have constant fresh air flowing in and out of the container, and a ventilation system will help keep that air fresh.

Heavy Machinery and Vehicles

Most machinery and vehicles are built to hold up to a lot of wear and tear, but if they’re not stored properly, they will start to deteriorate. If you want to keep your machinery in top performing condition, you need to keep it in relatively mild temperatures with good air circulation. Having a ventilation system installed in the shipping container is the best way to make sure this equipment is safe from extremes.

If moisture is able to get into your shipping container and there’s no proper ventilation, this could lead to damages beyond repair to your machinery or automobiles. Problems like rust and mold love these conditions, leaving you with far more in expenses than it would have cost to outfit your container with a ventilation system.

Dry Goods

If you’re storing any type of dry goods, it’s crucial to have good ventilation in your shipping container. If there’s no airflow or ventilation, these goods will quickly be ruined by gathering condensation, which can cause rot that makes them nothing more than garbage. Not having the proper ventilation for these types of goods could lead to money lost. By ensuring that you have the proper ventilation, you’re keeping your goods safe and preserved in a dry and cool container. Keep in mind that some facilities don’t want any foodstuff stored in their containers, so check the guidelines before storing such items.

Chemicals/Pressurized Gases

Certain chemicals must have proper ventilation for storage. Some are okay in a regular storage unit, but many need a ventilated container. You will also need to check whether or not you’re allowed to store your chemicals in a shipping container, as there are some that cannot legally be stored in an enclosed space.

Pressurized gases also need to be properly stored in a ventilated storage container, and there are similar restrictions that go into storing pressurized gases of any kind. To comply with the law, these gases need to be stored in containers that are well ventilated and ones that maintain a safe temperature. Check the laws and your storage container to ensure that it complies with all the regulations for chemical and gas storage.

While there are many other reasons why you may need a ventilated storage container, these are just a few of the most common situations. If you’re putting your belongings into storage, make sure they’ll be as protected as possible and come out in the same great condition. Choose the right shipping container and ventilation system for your situation for the best outcome. For more information on shipping container storage safety, check out Porta-Stor’s blog here!

Should You Rent or Buy a Shipping Container?

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Should You Rent or Buy a Shipping Container?

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If you’re looking for some extra storage space and need it fast, then you should look into using a shipping container. These make a great convenient storage solution. They can be brought to you, left to sit nearby, and taken away to another location or a long-term storage facility. Also, there are many sizes to choose from. One question that may come to mind when you’re looking into one of these containers is whether you want to spend the money to buy one outright or if you’d benefit more from renting or leasing one out. There are pros and cons when you rent or buy a shipping container, and it really depends on your situation. How long will you need the storage space? Where are you going to keep it? How often will you need a container? Let’s take a look at both options to try and help you make the right decision for both your storage space needs and your finances.

Renting a Shipping Container

In most cases, if you need extra storage space for your home or business, it’s a temporary problem. If this is the case for your situation, then your best option would probably be to rent the storage container for the length of time you’ll need it. If any of the following apply to you and your needs, then you should consider renting your container:

  • Storage need is not permanent.
  • No idea how long you will need the container.
  • Do not want to spend a few thousand dollars to own a container.
  • Do not want the responsibility of a steel container sitting on your property.
  • Want someone else responsible for delivery and removal of the container.

If your timeframe for needing the storage container is more than 12 months, then you should ask if your rental company offers an extended lease option. Some companies will offer a discounted rate if the renter opts in to a longer period of rental time.

Buying a Shipping Container

If your plans for a shipping container extend for more than two years, you may want to consider buying one. When you look at the cost of rental around the two-year mark, you’re likely to save money by buying and owning the container rather than continuing to rent by month.

If you start looking at the options to rent or buy a shipping container, then there are a couple of things you will want to consider before you make the purchase. First, look at the monthly rates of the supplier. Factor in the condition of the container, the size, how it will be shipped to your property, and any other modifications you may require. You’ll also want to think about its overall value, based on the factors mentioned above. The better shape the container is in, the more expensive it’s likely to be and the longer it will take you to break even on the cost of renting vs. buying.

If any of the factors mentioned below apply to you, then you will likely want to consider buying your shipping container outright, as it will end up being better for you in the end:

  • Need the container for more than 24 months.
  • Have a long-term or repeating storage requirement.
  • Willing to handle the sale and moving of the container yourself.
  • Want to refurbish a container for your specific needs.
  • Willing to sell or recycle the container in the future.
  • Plan on using the container permanently at a business or home location.

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Whether you plan to rent or buy a shipping container, there are many factors you’ll want to consider, but the biggest one is almost always the budget. Be aware of all costs connected to monthly rental, long-term lease, and purchase. There are many options out there to choose from when it comes to acquiring a shipping container, and there’s sure to be an ideal solution out there for your storage needs. If you have more questions when it comes to portable storage rental, check out Porta-Stor’s blog on that topic here!

Styles of Shipping Container Design

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Styles of Shipping Container Design

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When you purchase goods these days, they usually need to be shipped from a faraway location. Because of the modern globalization of trade, the international shipping industry is an integral part of getting what we need, when we need it. The shipping containers themselves are also important imports and exports, as it’s their job to get the good from point A to point B safely and securely. Although you might have a specific design in mind when you think of a shipping container, there are actually several different types of shipping containers that can be found on cargo ships and trucks, based on the type of product they’re moving. Below, Porta-Stor will take a look at the major types of shipping container design and how they tend to be used.

Dry Storage Container

This type of storage container is usually available in three different lengths – 10, 20, or 40 feet. They’re used mostly in the general transport of goods and are the most common type of shipping containers. These can easily be used on cargo ships, trains, and semi trucks.

Tunnel Containers

These are similar to the dry goods containers in what they store and transport. The difference is that both ends of the container can open. The major benefit of this system is that the container can be loaded and unloaded from either side, making it more efficient, adaptable, and accessible.

Flat Rack Containers

These containers have sides that are able to fold down. This flattens the container and allows it to transport a variety of oddly shaped goods. They’re mostly used to transport heavy and/or oversized loads. They often transport heavy machinery, building supplies, and construction equipment.

Open Top Containers

Containers like these have the ability to open from the top. The tops are completely removable and convertible, making the goods accessible from above. They’re mostly used for over-height cargo.

Refrigerated ISO Containers

Refrigerated ISO containers regulate the temperature inside. These are usually used for the preservation of temperature-sensitive foods like produce or seafood. You should be aware that if you use this type of container and experience some food spoilage, the container company often only covers the problem if there was a mechanical failure for a long period of time.

Insulated Containers

Much like the refrigerated containers, these have a regulated internal temperature that you can control for the transport of temperature-sensitive goods. The insulated or thermal container is typically used for longer distance transport. The insulation makes temperature regulation easier but adds some weight.

Tanks

The tank container is used to transport liquid materials. A large portion of the shipping industry uses these containers. The tanks are usually made from a strong anti-corrosive material such as steel. This makes them last for a long period of time and helps them withstand the various liquids that are transported. It also reduces the chance for rust or other contaminants to get into the liquid.

There are many other types of containers that can be used for the transportation of goods. The ones listed above are the types you’ll most commonly see, as they can transport just about anything. Based on your shipping requirements, there are many options available for you to use when it comes to selecting the right shipping container for the job.

Do you have questions about renting a portable storage container? Check out Porta-Stor’s blog here!

Storage Solutions for the Hospitality Business

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Storage Solutions for the Hospitality Business

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If you’re in the business of planning parties or large events, you’re familiar with the large amount of decor, tables, chairs, and other equipment required. While it’s beautiful when set up for the event, this stuff takes up a ton of space, and trying to find a place to put it all before or after the event can be a hassle. Some event locations have great storage space, but most do not, leaving the event planner looking for places to stack those tables and chairs and safely store that dinnerware. If this sounds familiar, then using a shipping container for storage could be the right choice for you. Here, Porta-Stor will take a look at a few ways you can use a shipping container as a storage solution for your hospitality business.

Transport Your Equipment

If you’re catering a large event like a wedding or a business conference, chances are you will need quite a few serving dishes, tables, chairs, and other equipment. If you own the business and have to store everything at your home or your business location, you know how tough it can be to get from location to location. A portable storage container is a great storage solution for you. Shipping containers are easily transported from your current location to the location of the event. They can also be taken to a long-term storage location between events, if necessary. This way your supplies can easily be stored and moved from place to place within a single container without extra work.

Store and Transport Bar Supplies

A portable storage solution is also great if you need to transport your own bar supplies. This includes everything from glasses, alcohol, tables, and linens. If you have your own restaurant or bar, but are catering an event at another location, you could get your supplies from your regular location to the event’s location with ease. There are great ways to customize your shipping container to make it safe and organized to store and transport even the most fragile parts of a mobile bar.

Expand Your On-Site Storage

If you own your own event space or you host parties in a private room of your restaurant, you may find that your supplies outgrow your storage space. Should this happen, a shipping container on-site at your location can be a simple storage solution. Depending on your location, setting up a shipping container behind your space could be a great way to store extra tables, chairs, linens, and other party supplies, while giving you some extra space inside your restaurant. This makes them easily accessible, protected, and out of the way. It can be fairly inexpensive to rent one of these containers, and they can be bought used for a great price.

Storage for Food

If you need to store food for an upcoming event or for a restaurant, then having an old shipping container converted into cold storage could be a great solution for you. There are times when you have to prep food early for an event or keep that wedding cake cold, but you’re low on cold storage at your restaurant or event space. Shipping containers are relatively easy to modify, and having one turned into cold storage could be just the fix you need for your business. It will give you the space you need to store all of your food and beverages while opening space back up inside your restaurant. It can still be easily moved from location to location after modification. If you go this route, you’ll need to make sure you have a good strong power supply nearby at each location to keep the container running and cooled (or a good portable generator).

As your business grows, so will your need for spacious, safe storage. There are many options out there for storage solutions, but a shipping container could be just the solution your hospitality business needs. They are extremely versatile and portable, and easy to either ship from place to place or settle into one spot for more permanent storage. You can rent one during your peak season or buy one to have on hand at all times. They are easily modified to meet your needs and can be easily transported when necessary. For more information on how a shipping container can help you solve your storage problems, check out Porta-Stor’s blog here!

Need More Storage Space? Rent Multiple Shipping Containers!

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Need More Storage Space? Rent Multiple Shipping Containers!

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Has it come to the point where you realize that you just have too much stuff? Year after year, it’s easy to collect more things, making it harder and harder to find a spot to put everything. On the other hand, sometimes we suddenly find ourselves with a lot more belongings, due to business ventures, an inherited estate, or other events. At the time, it might seem like the best option is to just stuff it all in a spare room or toss it into a side room. Eventually, however, the day will come when you get tired of all the clutter and want some of your space back.

If you’ve suddenly or over time accrued too much stuff to fit into a simple storage unit, have you considered renting more than one shipping container? You could store your extra belongings or inventory items for the short-term or long-term, on-site or out of the way at the storage facility. Depending on your circumstances, this may be a great option for you. Below, Porta-Stor will look at some times when people end up with a lot more than they bargained for, and renting a few shipping containers might be the simplest idea.

Inventory Management

If you work in any type of retail or other business that requires moving around loads of inventory, you could definitely benefit from the use of shipping containers. You can use them to ship your goods from one location to another across the country or even across the world. You can also use them on-site, if there’s space around your building, to add extra storage temporarily or long-term. You could even store extra inventory in a shipping container at a separate storage facility, if you don’t need access to the goods on a regular basis. These setups are especially great for businesses that have fluctuating amounts of inventory to deal with, instead of an amount that stays consistent from month to month.

Large Construction Sites

Shipping containers are extremely useful tools for construction sites. Not only can you use portable storage containers to hold extra building materials, tools, and other equipment, but you can also use portable offices as gathering spots out of the elements.

Farms and Ranches

These types of business are notorious for requiring a lot of storage space. Sometimes, the amount of crops, equipment, and tools gets out of control, and you need some extra storage space fast. Portable storage containers are perfect for many uses on your farm or ranch. They can even be moved from one end of the property to the other and then sent away as needed.

Family Estate

The time has come to clean out the house of a beloved family member who has just passed away. Depending on the situation, this may leave you with a lot more furniture, heirlooms, clothing, and other items to deal with than you anticipated. This is a great time to rent multiple shipping containers and have them on-site at the home. Doing this will allow everyone to go through the belongings and start sorting them out for sale and for shipping to the different family members who want to take some larger items home. Using multiple shipping containers will not only help the organization process of going through the home, but also gets the belongings ready to ship anywhere in the world after they are distributed.

Decluttering Your Home

It’s amazing how much extra stuff you can manage to cram into a basement, attic, and the closets and cabinets around your house. Decluttering is a great step to take to make your home more enjoyable and easier to clean. While it’s true that to totally declutter, you need to get stuff out of your house, there may be things you don’t want to get rid of completely, like furniture you will want later, seasonal items, or family heirlooms. This is a great time to rent a couple of small shipping containers to have on-site at your home. You can use them to not only get the belongings out of your house, but you can also use them to organize what you want donated or sold in the process. This will help keep you on track while you declutter and help you stay focused on cleaning out your house.

Getting a House Ready to Show

If you’re selling your house and need to get it show room ready, you could really benefit from the use of a shipping container or two to help you clean out and prepare for your move. A shipping container allows you to store the belongings you will want in your new home but need to hide away while you sell your current house. If you end up moving to a smaller location temporarily, you can use one container to store your belongings long-term, and another to ship the more important items to your new abode.

If you ever find yourself in the position of needed extra storage space fast, consider using a shipping container. Whether it’s for your home or your business, a portable storage container can offer exactly what you need for your situation. They can be used on-site, sent to another location around the world, or stored away at the secured facility, out of sight and out of the way. For really big jobs, don’t hesitate to look into renting multiple containers to get the job done right!

Shipping Container Storage Safety

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Shipping Container Storage Safety

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A shipping container can be dangerous if it’s not handled and cared for properly. While they are great, sturdy vessels for many projects, from shipping goods across the world to setting up an on-site office, there are factors you need to consider when it comes to shipping containers and storage safety. From initial delivery to completing the intended purpose, you need to make sure that you’re conscious of safety concerns when you use a storage container. Below, Porta-Stor will go over a few things to remember for storage safety.

Storage Safety Tips

Here are a few basic safety tips to consider when you’re using a shipping container for storage:

Make sure your container stays locked at all times when not actively in use. This is important for a few reasons:

  1. It keeps the things you’re storing safe from theft.
  2. It prevents people from accidentally getting locked inside without your knowledge.
  3. It ensures that your belongings stay clean and dry during bad weather.

Never stack things on top of your container. Unless it’s another shipping container placed by someone who knows what they’re doing, extra weight on top of a container can start to weaken it and compromise its strength and ability to keep your belongings safe.

If you’re planning on stacking these containers on top of each other, it’s best to use the shipping container company to get this done. It takes special equipment to stack them safely, and you want to make sure that they are secure on top of each other to avoid accidents that hurt a person or the contents inside. For stacking containers, it’s also important to make sure the ground they are sitting on is solid and not uneven and that there is enough overhead clearance to support the stack. No overhead wires or power lines should be in the way.

Make sure you stack heavier things at the bottom. This helps keep you as well as your belongings safe. This formation keeps the stacks of items stable and less likely to topple over.

If your container becomes the target of vandalism, make sure to get it cleaned up and painted over as quickly as you can. Doing this conveys that you want your community to stay clean and welcoming, and sends a clear message to vandals that it wont be tolerated, and someone is watching. It also keeps the paint in good condition to protect the metal underneath.

Place your container away from sidewalks and roadways. This keeps line of sight clear for drivers and pedestrians. Whoever delivers your container can help you choose a safe location to place it, and you can find more info on container placement here.

Choose the right lock. There are so many to choose from, and you want to get one that’s sturdy and not easy to compromise. Your shipping container company should be able to help you pick a lock that’s right for you and your container.

Based on what you’re storing, you might need to have a good ventilation system. This helps keep the air circulating and prevents your items from smelling of stagnant air. This is also an important factor to consider if you’re storing any kind of chemicals or fuel. In this case, you may need to get a storage container that has more than the usual two vents. Keep in mind that some storage facilities have restrictions on the kinds of materials that can be kept on the premises, and some substances are simply too dangerous to be kept in such a container. If in doubt, ask the company what can be stored.

Basic safety measures are an important aspect of shipping container storage. Not only will they keep you from getting hurt, but they will also help keep your belongings in top shape. Once you have all of your safety precautions in place, you’ll be ready to get your storage container and start putting it to good use!

Common Questions About Portable Storage Rental

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Common Questions About Portable Storage Rental

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There are a lot of reasons why someone might need a portable storage unit, from moving home belongings from one place to another to storing extra inventory for a business. If you need extra storage space long-term or often ship goods, especially for a business, you may want to buy your own shipping container. But for many projects, it makes more sense to rent a container rather than purchase one. Here, Porta-Stor will look at some common questions to consider when going on the hunt for a portable storage container. Hopefully we can help you make the right decision on the best portable storage rental for you!

Do I Need a Permit?

The first thing you need to consider when renting a portable storage container is the delivery location. Once you know where you need the temporary storage solution, you can find out if there are any permits required from the city to park the container. Every city, county, and area has different requirements when it comes to permits. In most cases, if the container is temporary, you will need to acquire a temporary use permit. Be aware that if you’re renting a shipping container for use in a residential area, the rules tend to be more strict, as many people don’t want to stare at a steel box across from their homes. Most permits have a 90-day use period, and placement must be 5 to 15 feet away from the property line.

What About Delivery Fees?

Most portable storage rental places will charge a delivery fee, as well as a pick up fee. When you start shopping around, make sure you’re aware of these fees. They could be set up to be due separately or built into the payment plan. Delivery fees are usually charged by the mile from the storage location, and this can really shoot up the cost if you can’t find a rental place close to your drop-off location. This kind of charge is often presented at a flat rate up to ~60 miles, and then the cost increases by a fixed amount per mile after that. If this is the case, try to look for locations for rental that are as close to you as possible without going outside the 60-mile radius. This will provide a lower cost for you and make the rental even more worth your money and time. Luckily for you if you’re in Santa Barbara, Ventura, or Los Angeles county, Porta-Stor provides free delivery and removal!

How Long Do I Need the Container?

When you’re considering a portable storage rental, it’s very important to know how long you’re going to need the container. Based on the company you use, some offer a better rate if you rent long-term, while others have a better rate for short-term or rent-to-own options. If you’re unsure of how long you will actually need the container, ask the supplier if they offer a month-to-month payment option, and decide if that will work with your budget. Most suppliers can be flexible with a contract, based on how long you need it, but be aware that costs can change over time based on the market value of the containers themselves.

What Size Container Do I Need?

Knowing what size portable storage container you need to rent is important for a few reasons. You must have enough space for everything you need to store. You also need to figure out whether or not the container will fit on location (and make sure the doors will open!) Here’s some more information on shipping container placement. Lastly, the size can affect the cost you will pay for the shipping container rental.

Most containers come in one of two standard sizes of 20 feet or 40 feet. If you’re looking for a customized size or an odd shape, it will probably cost you more, as the container needs to be cut and welded together. There are some suppliers that offer an extra wide container of 10 feet across instead of 8, in the event that you have large equipment that will not fit the 8 foot clearance. If you’re unsure of what size you need, most suppliers have years of experience with container sizes and can help you find the right one for you and your business. Here’s a handy guide for determining container size for packing up household belongings. You can also check out Porta-Stor’s sizing options for roll-off containers here!

What Custom Options are Available?

There are several features that can come customized for rental containers that you may want to consider, based on your project.

For starters, there are several types of doors that can be put onto these containers. There’s a standard single opening door, double doors split in the middle, double-entry doors that let you access both ends of the container, and rolling doors (similar to a garage door) can be installed.

There are also custom office storage containers. If you need extra portable office space (for example, on a construction site), this is a great option. Having the office space right there on-site while also having more accessible storage will make your job more efficient and easier to handle.

Some suppliers will also offer a premium lock that’s stronger than the standard lock that come equipped with most containers. This is something to consider based on what you’re storing, your location, and who will have access to the container. This can cost extra, but if it’s something you need and can be added to your budget, then ask about premium lock options. For most purposes, Porta-Stor recommends the Master Lock Magnum.

Another possible feature you might need to consider is climate control. If you live in an area that gets particularly hot or cold and need to store heat-sensitive items, you should look into your climate-controlled container options.

What Other Problems Should I Consider?

There are times when the rental cost of a container might seem too good to be true, and that could be due to the condition of the container itself. Make sure you thoroughly inspect the container you rent for dents, rust, and other problems that may cause issues if not repaired or replaced. The rental of a storage container is an important decision, and you need to make sure that it’s in good enough condition for you and your business before you pay the company.

Each business or home storage project is unique, and what each one needs in a portable storage rental will differ. That’s why it’s important to take your time, shop around, and ask all the right questions, so that you ensure that you’re getting exactly what you need when you need it. This is an important investment that needs to be thought out carefully and thoroughly.

How to Choose the Right Shipping Container for You

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How to Choose the Right Shipping Container for You

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If you’re in the market for a shipping container, whether it’s for moving, shipping, or storage purposes, you may have noticed that there are many options to choose from. Do you want a used container or a new container? Do you need one that has already been modified in some way? There are a lot of questions you need to ask yourself as you go to purchase a shipping container, but the biggest question of all is – how to choose the right one? Here, Porta-Stor will take a look at some factors you need to consider when buying a shipping container.

Why Do You Need the Container?

Before you go to purchase a shipping container, you need to know exactly what you will put in it. You need to determine what will fit your needs, literally. Portable storage containers come in a wide range of sizes. Choosing the right size to begin with will keep you from struggling with problems down the line.

Once you know what size of container you need, next you must figure out what kind of condition you would like the container to be in at your time of purchase. Make sure you choose one that’s right for your intended use, your budget, and your location. A new shipping container is more likely to arrive in top condition, but since these vessels are incredibly sturdy, most used containers will perform great as well.

Finally, decide whether you need any extra features. Shipping containers are easy to modify to suit your specific needs. Do you want climate control? Does the container need to be turned into a portable office? Do you need extra racks? Should it be repainted and emblazoned with your business’s logo? You’ll need to decide exactly what you want to do with your container and then figure out who can get the job done, if the original seller isn’t capable.

Shipping Container Sizes

As you shop around for shipping containers, the most important task is to figure out the size you need. Estimating the size correctly will help ensure that you don’t run out of space for your items. It’s also important to consider how large of a space you have available on location. It would be a huge hassle to have a container delivered, only to discover that it won’t fit anywhere near the property. Here’s some more information on storage container placement.

How Much Space Will You Need?

The good news is that there are generally 2 standard sizes of shipping containers to choose from, which will work for most jobs. Here is some information on shipping container sizes:

  • Length – Most containers have standard dimensions of 20 foot or 40 foot boxes. There are smaller, 10 foot containers available as well.
  • Height – Standard containers are usually 8 to 8.5 feet high. There are high cube containers that are 9.5 feet tall, if you need more vertical space.

You should be aware of approximately how much each size of shipping container holds before you make a purchase. There are a couple of factors to consider when you’re deciding which size to buy, so that you don’t run out of space:

Account for extra storage space – Many shipping containers are used for on-site storage. If you think that you may need more storage space in the future, then it’s better for you to get the larger shipping container size now. This will allow you to have the extra strong space when you need it, without making a second purchase.

Accessibility – Even if you can fit all of your equipment into a smaller container, would you be able to access it easily and quickly? If that answer is no, then you may want to go with the bigger size. It’s important to be able to get around inside the container to access the things you need without having to move everything else, unless you just need to ship everything from one location and offload it all at another.

Still confused about sizing? Here’s a more in-depth guide to help you decide what size of container you need for the job.

Other Things to Consider

The size and the condition of the shipping container itself are the most important aspects you need to consider as you purchase one, but there are couple of other decisions you’ll want to work out before you make that purchase:

Features – Maybe you need roll-up doors, lighting, or even an HVAC in your container. You can ask your shipping container provider if they offer after-market ad-ons for their used containers.

Style of Container – The containers themselves come in a variety of styles, including flat rack, refrigerated, dry, and insulated. Make sure you are specific with what you need to purchase when you talk with your shipping container provider, so that you get exactly what you’re looking for.

Cost and Fees – Ask about the price. Most companies will have a base price for the container, as well as a delivery fee. Be sure you understand all the necessary fees. Most of the time, a shipping fee is calculated from the miles needed to travel to deliver the shipping container.

If you’re looking into purchasing a shipping container, make sure you understand every aspect of your purchase before you complete the transaction. From the basics like container size to fun modifications, you need to know what you want before you buy. This will help you make a solid decision that will help you and you business for years to come!

How Oil Prices Affect the Shipping Industry

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How Oil Prices Affect the Shipping Industry

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It’s common knowledge that oil prices have a lot to do with the cost of other products and services going up or down, like gas prices or airline tickets. But had you considered how large of an effect they have on the shipping industry? The shipping industry has to keep a close eye on oil prices, since they can greatly affect how expensive it is to ship things from one end of the world to the other. This, in turn, affects their bottom line, as well as the price for the customers who are ordering goods to be shipped. Below, Porta-Stor will take a closer look at how changing oil prices affect different aspects of the shipping industry.

Railway and the Shipping Industry

You’ve probably seen trains go by pulling a long line of large shipping containers, each transporting goods from one location to another. Getting these containers to their destination is highly reliant on fuel and the oil prices at the time. If the cost of oil is high, then the railways will have to adjust the price point of getting that shipping container and its goods to the next location.

One difference with rail as the mode of transportation for these shipping containers is that they can split the cost of fuel prices between the customer and the operator. This gives the operator a higher profit margin while giving the customer a bit of relief for a slightly lower fuel cost on their expenses.

The trouble with the railway is that it’s restricted to areas that have tracks running through and stations set up, as well as the limited number of trains that can run back and for on a particular line.

Ocean Travel and the Shipping Industry

The ocean is one large roadway of vessels hauling shipping containers of goods from one location to another. When fuel prices are lower, it’s a great time for oceanic travels and shipping containers. Their costs stay low and earnings go up. When oil prices soar, this makes profits smaller and the demand for such vessels and the shipping containers they carry tends to lessen.

Fuel costs can represent up to 50-60% of the total ship operating costs, depending on the size of the vessel. So it’s safe to say that when oil prices are on the rise, this is not a good sign for the shipping industry or the ships that are used to transport them. There’s a lot at stake when fuel costs rise. For example, if one cargo ship ends up paying less in fuel than the others, this means those other cargo ships have to pick up the cost, which isn’t a good business model when the oil prices rise.

Trucking and the Shipping Industry

The use of road trucking to transport shipping containers is a less cost effective method than railways, no matter how the oil prices are faring. Using big rigs is always a gamble when the oil prices are rising, as this can end up costing both the trucking company and the container company more money. Despite this, there has been an uptick in using trucks to haul shipping containers versus rail, due to the railways becoming more congested. However, when the price of diesel fuel goes way up, we will likely see the shift go back to railway transportation, as the cost of fuel there is less of a hit to the shipping companies.

Overall, rising oil prices can have a large impact on shipping companies and how they choose to get their freight from point A to point B. There’s never just one set way to get from place to place, and these shipping companies have to watch the oil prices carefully to determine what’s best for their business’s bottom line.

If you want more information on the shipping industry, check out Porta-Stor’s other blogs, such as this one that goes over how cryptocurrency might affect shipping in the future.