Self-storage is ideal for retailers to store additional items that they don’t have space for on their premises. Whether you are an online only retailer, have a bricks and mortar shop or operate on a mixture of the two, the ability to hold the right amount of stock at the right time is key.
Retail space in large cities, such as Dublin, is at a premium and so it is often more cost effective to keep the things that are not needed in store in a self-storage unit rather than wasting valuable floor space.
A good self-storage company will offer variable options based on your business needs – from smaller units for just a few items to mini warehouse units for a whole retail space turnaround or shop move.
Here are some of the things that can be easily stored in a self-storage unit:
● Retail goods
As a local retailer in Ireland you may find that in order to get the best margin, you have to order items in quantities for which you simply don’t have the storage space. Using self-storage units is a smart way to store items that you don’t have space for on the premises and yet still minimise your overheads to make a good profit on your goods.
● Unused shop fittings
If you have a modular shop space, you may have furniture or shop fittings that aren’t currently in use. Unwanted shop fittings and fixtures can be stored in business storage units until they are needed again or swapped out if the dimensions of the products you stock change fairly frequently.
● Seasonal products & displays
Retail follows a seasonal pattern, and the fittings you need in Summer may not be appropriate for winter goods. Likewise, you may also have a stock of items you have bought in bulk to sell over multiple summer or winter seasons. If you have seasonal products or displays, you may need somewhere to store these items in the ‘off’ season. Business storage will give you the flexibility to make your retail space work best for you based on seasonality.
● Administration records
If you have adequate shop floor space but nowhere secure to keep your business administration records, then the best way to solve this problem is to place them in a storage unit as records that don’t need to be accessed daily can be kept safely and securely off premises – freeing up valuable store space and making sure the records are accessible should your accountant need to access them.
Of course, a business self-storage solution is rarely just storage. Most facilities will offer you added extras that can really help a business grow. For example, at U Store It we are happy to accept deliveries of stock when you can’t be here and collections can be arranged and left ready for your courier, so in reality, you’re not just renting space – you’re gaining access to a wide network of services to support your business on a long-term basis.
At U Store It, we know the value of a good self-storage unit for a retail business. That’s why we pride ourselves on offering support services, as well as high quality storage space to local businesses.
Our experts are always happy to help, whether that’s guiding you through renting your first unit, helping you work out what size you’ll need or even helping you move between units when you need the extra space.
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