The Evolution of Storage: Understanding Your Options

Let’s look at the differences (and similarities) between portable storage and self-storage. We have storage options! And being movable is key.
As we know, the storage industry is ever evolving. In the last decade alone, the business of storage has grown exponentially. We are finding a huge opportunity to provide storage to customers. And we have storage options! There are two main sectors within the storage industry: portable storage and self-storage.

So what is the evolution of storage? And what are our storage options? Let’s take a step back to look at the differences (and similarities) between portable storage and self-storage.
For usage, portable storage units arrive at the customer’s site. This can be anywhere from a driveway, parking lot, or football field. The customer fills the portable units with their items. They store the units at this location. Or they drive the units somewhere for a long-distance move or delivery. Often, the portable storage operation will pick up the units and bring them back to their storage yard or warehouse. Portable units can be branded with company colors and logos (see below):

Storage Options - Portable Storage
Portable storage operators have options when it comes to delivery. New delivery systems make the process streamlined and turnkey. This is because of recent advancements in technology and materials. Portable storage operators either use a rollback tow truck, a semi-trailer truck, or a Mule delivery system. And did you know that the units can stack 3-high when loaded? In addition, portable containers have a lot of options for securing items inside, which helps ease the mobility. Features may include receiver tubes, d-rings, tie down rings, vents, 3M vinyl decals, and a door latch.

Self-storage denotes units that are situated in a single location. These facilities will often have drive-up access. This makes it convenient for tenants to get in and out of their storage as needed. Also, these facilities may offer security, locking systems, and lighting to keep the units safe. Self-storage operators have storage options when setting up their facility. For example, they can choose brick-and-mortar buildings. Or they can choose relocatable self-storage units. How do these differ? 
Storage Options - Self-Storage
Traditional, brick-and-mortar storage buildings are permanent. They need foundation and infrastructure. Plus, operators must adhere to local building codes and restrictions. This type of facility is costly, especially during tough times of supply and demand.
Relocatable storage, on the other hand, can fit anywhere. Here’s where the evolution is happening. These flexible units can transform easements, setbacks and fence lines into rentable space. There is no need for foundation with relocatables. And they classify as equipment for tax breaks. With relocatables, you can have multiple doors. They can be roll up or swing doors on the front and/or sides. In addition, you can put partitions inside to divide the space.
Storage Options - Relocatable

One of our favorite things about relocatable units is that you can expand an existing facility with ease. Even if it’s a traditional facility with permanent structures, expansion is possible. Boxwell’s relocatable units are custom made. And they are color matched to your facility for a seamless look.

“If you purchase an existing facility that has some room on the site for more units, it’s a wise move to consider adding relocatable units.” 

Terry Campbell, Live Oak Bank

Our relocatable self-storage units can be placed where traditional storage buildings cannot. As a result, these flexible, moveable containers have the convenience of portable containers. Plus, relocatables have the added benefit of adopting the look and feel of traditional self-storage. Each storage solution is fully customizable, expertly crafted with cutting edge materials and the fastest assembly available. They are designed to seamlessly match existing facilities.

In essence, we have blurred the line between portable storage and self-storage with our relocatable self-storage units. Of course, there will always be different categories of storage. But, we know that movable storage is key! And Boxwell has you covered with portable storage and relocatable self-storage units.

Whether you’re in the portable storage or self-storage industry, you have storage options. And you can quickly increase your facility’s revenue. Consider relocatable, moveable units the missing piece(s) of the puzzle. 

Since 2015, Boxwell has been designing, manufacturing, and distributing customizable storage solutions for businesses around the world. Headquartered in Boulder, Colo., Boxwell’s mission is to build the future of storage, today. We aim to achieve this by persistently looking for ways to develop more durable storage, installed in a fraction of the time compared to other options. Therefore, we’re continually exploring new technologies, services, and features to support our clients and elevate the industry standard. We know you’ll appreciate our hidden features and benefits.
Our products include drive-up self-storage unitsrelocatable self-storage units, portable storage containersresidential storage containersmoving containers, and restoration containers. Intended to help you increase your business’ revenue-generating space, our portable containers and relocatable self-storage units are flexible, stackable, and beautiful! Boxwell is here to ensure that our products help you achieve your business goals.

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