Self-Storage - Everything You Need To Know About

Self-Storage – Everything You Need To Know

Man Loading Storage Unit
Man Loading Storage Unit

Investing in a warehouse can be expensive for businesses that are still finding their way into the market. Many times, it is not possible for small businesses to outsource their warehouse operations to a 3PL. Sometimes they can’t afford it but there are also instances where they don’t have enough inventory that requires outsources. In such cases, self-storage is an ideal and feasible option. Let’s cover most of the information that you will need to know about how you can create your own warehousing facility.

Choosing The Right Self-Storage Unit

Self pick-up area

Before you can start looking for a self-storage unit you need to keep a few things in mind. Think about the size price and convenience level that is most suitable for your business.  To ensure that all areas receive the coverage it’s advised for you to start your research well in advance. That way you have time to compare rates and find a warehousing facility that fits your requirements.

Packaging Process

Man Packing Boxes Close Up

When you’re going to build a self-storage unit, you need to keep in mind that you won’t be needing to pack goods for more than a few weeks and months sometimes. Since you won’t be using a barcoding system, you need to label the boxes and shelves that your goods are stored in. This makes it easier for you to locate the items easily. 

You need to be wise about your packing as well. Pack every order strategically, make sure that everything is well organized to make the process convenient. Another pro tip would be to utilize the space in your storage unit vertically. Stack the heavier items closer to the ground and place the items in such a way that no item is completely out of reach.

Safety and Security

Modern cargo storage

You are responsible for the safety and security of your inventory. Since no insurance parties are involved, no one will cover the damages incurred from your goods. Hence, recovering goods might almost be impossible. To avoid such situations, you can take certain measures like rechecking and tallying inventory. Make sure that you know how many people have access to the self-storage unit

Climate-controlled Self Storage Unit

Male warehouse worker on hoverboard.

Choosing a climate-controlled storage unit can be a strategic move if you are choosing to store your inventory. With a climate-controlled storage unit, you have complete control over the temperature and humidity levels. This can protect your inventory from the duct, mold, and extreme weather conditions, which ultimately benefit you and your business. 

Initially, the process of getting started with a self-storage unit can seem daunting, but once you get the hang of it, you are good to go. Since you are going to be held responsible for everything that happens in and about your warehouse facility, you need to look into the tiniest problems that need to be taken care of. A self-storage is a feasible option for small businesses that do not need additional warehouse investments.

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