The buying habits of the Canadian consumer have changed. Most Canadians will do some, or all of their shopping online now. Data from Canada Post shows that 76% of Canadians shopped online last year and of that percentage about one quarter were frequent shoppers.
For many existing retailers, the move to online sales has been a transition that has enabled amazing growth. And, for new entrepreneurs, low start-up costs can mean having an online business that is incredibly lucrative.
One of the biggest obstacles for the online retailers is space. As a start-up, renting warehouse space or even an office space can be too expensive and often, online retailers who are working from home find their houses overrun with product and packaging. This is where a self- storage unit can be an incredibly cost effective match for your online sales business.
A self-storage unit can furnish you with the space you need to build and expand your online sales quickly and effectively. Of course, it is important that you research the storage unit company you will be using as it must meet your needs. A few points to remember:
- Make sure the unit is climate controlled.
- The storage unit facility must have state of the art security.
- You must be able to access your storage unit at any time. Choose a facility that has 24/7 access.
- Choose a self-storage unit facility who will accept deliveries for you.
- Make sure you can change unit sizes easily without being locked into a contract. Your plan is to grow!
See our post on other features your storage unit must have.
Your self-storage unit can help you stay organized and allow you to purchase the right amount of product for your sales. Of course, proper setup of your unit is key to getting the most out of your unit. See our other post for some tips on getting the most out of your storage unit.
If you are a budding entrepreneur in the Winnipeg area, or, are a successful online retailer and need more space, contact us today. We would love to help you with your business storage needs.