Storage containers may be the answer for novel retail entrepreneurs
The retail space is being shaken by the announcement of several stores that are being forced to close their doors to the public. From Kmart to Macy’s -amongst many others–, an eulogy for brick-and-mortar retail seems not only absolutely unnecessary but also overdue.
With the imminent and super fast growth of online retail and the Amazon-ification of the consumer goods-shopping space, store owners might find the ideal solution in storage containers where they can keep their inventory without paying the extra costs of maintaining a physical store for selling their products.
In the era of informations, shoppers prefer to buy their products through their smartphones, tablets and laptops, avoiding queues to pay at stores, crowded boutiques or risking going all the way to the store just to realise the product of their choice are in fact, out of stock. Whilst this represents a headache for landlords who have to deal with a growing number of vacant spaces, it also represents a challenge for minor retailers whose only inventory and warehouse spaces are inside the same boutiques where they sell their products.
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Although owning a physical shop implies endless of opportunities when it comes to branding and direct feedback from the clientele on the spot, maintaining a boutique -especially for new retailers– can be quite expensive, which is in fact, why many retailers turn to online spaces. As property owners begin to figure out how to reuse the spaces and lure other kind of entrepreneurs who are not focused on retail to provide them with a space for civic and sometimes even office purposes; entrepreneurs in the retail space are finding in storage containers for sale the perfect inventory storage solution.
Unless you’re capable to create a truly unique store experience that cannot be outmatched by the competition, you’re best bet is to set up your business on an e-commerce basis and rely on online platforms to sell your products. Of course, customer service, product quality and timely deliveries will be crucial for your business to thrive. However, you’ll be able to invest more on those aspects if instead of spending the big bucks on maintaining a fancy boutique in the high street, you acquire or maybe even rent storage containers to keep your inventory and ship directly from there.