How self-storage can be of added value to businesses
Businesses have also found their way to self-storage. In Europe, an average of 32 percent of all available self-storage space was rented by companies in 2020. In Belgium and the Netherlands, this figure hovers around 25 percent (source: FEDESSA 2020 Industry Report). A recent survey in the United Kingdom shows that more than 80 percent of companies using self-storage have a maximum of 10 employees (source: SSA UK 2021 Industry Report).
Retail and e-commerce
Retailers are the largest group of businesses that make use of self-storage (source: SSA UK 2021 Industry Report). Their premises often only offer limited storage space and the available space in the shop is primarily used for displaying products, not for storage. Year after year, the e-commerce sector is growing. The coronavirus pandemic has accelerated this evolution even more. Where some companies use a dual business model - a physical shop and an online web shop - there are more and more businesses that focus exclusively on sales via the Internet. Physical premises are no longer necessary.
Retailers and web shops still need storage space for their products. For these companies, self-storage is a much cheaper and more flexible alternative than renting a warehouse. Self-storage allows these companies to only rent the surface they effectively need.
Moreover, it allows them to anticipate booms and busts. In the busiest period of the year when there is more stock (for example during the Christmas period or in the summer holidays), it is easy to upsize to a larger storage unit.
Although society is becoming increasingly digitized, documents from the past often remain in paper form and possibly have to be stored for a certain time (often up to 7 years). To keep your office orderly, you can choose to rent a self-storage unit to safely store accounts, files and other confidential documents.
Equipment and tools
Just under 10 percent of businesses that rent self-storage units are in the construction industry (source: SSA UK 2021 Industry Report). Independent contractors and even SMEs make use of self-storage to store their tools and building materials. They select a self-storage facility where they can pick up their tools in the morning and drop them off in the evening. This way, their tools remain in good condition, are safely stored and they avoid their home (or car) becoming a warehouse.
For sales representatives who are often on the road, a strategically located self-storage unit can be a huge asset. Promotional material and samples are not taken home, but are stored in their storage unit. It is a way to keep work and life separated. They avoid having to drive back and forth from their homes to their customers because they forgot that one flyer or sample.
Organize your business more efficiently with self-storage. Choose for space and order in your business or office and avoid that your own home serves as a warehouse or archive. Only pay for storage space that your business actually needs and benefit from flexibility in size of storage units and rental periods. Most self-storage offer 7/7 access -some even 24/7- so accessibility is guaranteed. Last but not least your belongings will be safe and secure.
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