If you are the owner of a retail store, whether online or brick and mortar, storage space is one of the most important components of your business. Not just simply having storage space available, however. You need to be sure that your items are safely stored, ready to be shipped or sold and are in the condition that your customers expect when they receive them. This means, if you are utilizing a self-storage space to warehouse items, they must be safely and securely stored. Below are some tips on how to safely store products from your retail store.
Invest in a high quality lock. A high quality lock utilizes not just sturdy, hard to penetrate materials, but is designed in such a way as to limit the ability of would-be thieves and burglars to cut through the metal with heavy duty bolt cutters. This means locks with short, thick necks make it difficult to get leverage on the metal, snap it off and get into your secure space.
Look for climate control. Many self-storage facilities offer climate controlled environments that take into consideration the delicacy and sensitivity of the items that many of their clients store. If you are retailer of electronics or delicate fabrics and glassware, making sure that the ambient temperature remains predictable and constant will ensure that items are protected from mould, mildew, stress breaks and other malfunctions. This is going to keep you in business and keep the writeoffs to a minimum.
Stack heavy items on bottom. This is important not only for your safety, but the integrity of everything else that you are storing. Removing heavy items from above your head is a recipe for disaster; and the constant weight from heavy, more durable items, on lighter, less delicate ones is a surefire way to suffer breakage and lost income.
Create pathways. Creating pathways, which give you easy access to items all over the unit, means less lifting, stacking and the chance that you will actually break something or hurt yourself. When placing items into storage, always keep in mind that you will someday have to remove it and you want to make that process as efficient and as safe as possible for yourself.
Place the most valuable items near the back. It’s the same concept as keeping your big bills at the centre of you bill fold and the smaller bills on the outside. You want the most valuable of your belongings to be, not only the best protected, but the hardest to reach for would-be thieves. Anything with high monetary value should be the hardest to reach, and the most inconvenient to steal for anyone who happens to unlawfully enter into your storage unit.
Using a self-storage space as part of your retail store logistics is a great way to economize on not only space, but also money. Many storage facilities offer month-to-month contracts that let you adjust the size and the duration of your storage needs, meaning you can respond to changes in your business activity and volume that other storage options, such as long-term warehousing, simply won’t allow for. Keep the above tips in mind and make sure you have your retail store’s items or products safely and securely stored at all times.