There Are many appealing things about running an online business, including the flexibility and low cost of operating in a virtual world. If your business deals with merchandise, you may choose to store the inventory in your garage or basement, which may work for a bit. However, as you scale your business, your inventory will eventually fill up the garage or basement and then gradually creep into your house, foot by foot. This is why online business owners should consider storing their merchandise in a container outside your home.
Renting a storage container with a flexible lease can help online retailers streamline their business and keep track of their inventory and supplies. That said, it is critical that you store your inventory in an organised way to avoid problems later on.
Here are some useful tips for storing online store inventory in a self storage container:
1. Create a list
The fact that you’re storing for business means that you will have to retrieve those items once purchased or otherwise needed. As such, your first step should be creating a list of the items you want to put in your storage container. If you have some office space, whether at home or in a commercial building, you may choose to store some fast moving items closer to you and move the rest of the inventory to the container.
With your list of items to keep in self storage, you can then choose what to store together, put in boxes, or store away in shelves, which will help you determine the right size of storage container.
2. Pack properly
Rushing your packing can cost you time, money, and effort in the long run, so do this diligently. Packing efficiently will help to avoid damaging your supplies or inventory. Smaller items can be sorted and packed away in new and sturdy boxes or bins and in bubble wrap, while larger and slow moving merchandise can be stacked toward the back of the container.
3. Create a map
Lastly, keep track of everything that you put into storage. Keep a record of the number and location of each item, as well as the date they were stored. This master inventory list should be updated regularly as you move your merchandise in and out of the storage container.
It’s important to keep in mind that you can rent a storage container that is equivalent to anything from a small container to an extra-large space. Find a container that will best suit your needs, and try to ensure that there is ground level access for easy loading and unloading.
Self-storage is a great option for online stores to keep their inventory, and with the industry expanding rapidly, now is as good a time as any to find a container that will suit your needs. For more information, talk to our team today!