Shipping Container Pop-up Shops Pop Up Around the World
May 30th, 2014
As modern innovative venues for setting up shop, shipping containers are attractive to retailers around the world. Why not advertise your personal principles from the bottom up by working out of a sustainable and unique structure? The inherent convenient aspects that come along with working out of a shipping container provide you further perks.
If you’re a small business owner (or aspiring one) on the lookout for a fresh way to market yourself, consider a shipping container pop-up shop.
Above is MuvBox®‘s shipping container pop-up café in Paris, under the Eiffel Tower. MuvBox® has also created pop-up cafés in Montréal, New York City and Toronto and aims to “create a network of unique mobile concepts based on a recycled steel container”, selling MuvBoxes equipped with solar panels, sound systems, ovens, refrigerators and more.
Why a pop-up shop?
A pop-up shop is a retail store that exists only temporarily in certain locations, oftentimes to spread a trend or take advantage of a seasonal product. Once the shop exists in one location for, say, several weeks, it moves on to entice new customers with a different zip code. These shops are supposed to be temporary, because things are more exciting that way. The sense of urgency inspires customers to act faster, allowing you to make sales to people who might not have bought anything otherwise. Customers are encouraged to strike while the iron is hot.
This business model lines up perfectly with the advantages that shipping containers provide. Nearly as reliable as buildings created with traditional methods, shipping containers capitalize on versatility, portability, and durability. They give you the option to pick up and move whenever you want. Shipping containers can go anywhere—usually without requiring the removal of their contents—because they are so easily transported by truck, train or ship.
When you buy a new or refurbished storage container, you’re looking at years of future use. This box was created to ship cargo overseas, so it’s equipped to handle even the most brutal weather conditions. The shipping container is ready for anything. Its strength and resilience is what makes the shipping container so applicable to many different situations.
So why else should you use a shipping container?
Working out of a shipping container also means that you’re acting with sustainability, and your customers will notice. Every shipping container we sell was once used to ship cargo overseas. If you buy a used (or refurbished used) container, then you are saving a box from potentially wasting away in a storage yard.
The shipping container revolutionized the trade world, making the transportation of goods from overseas much cheaper and much more efficient. This has led to thousands of shipping containers arriving in major ports on a daily basis. You can imagine that for many of these boxes, their life stops there because of the overflow of boxes in these ports; however, by repurposing one to house your small business, you’re contributing to a waste-reducing cycle.
Shipping container pop-up shops are more than just a novelty; they’re a smart business strategy. Contact Container Technology, Inc toll-free at (877) 670-0229 to talk about your container needs today.
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