While shipping lines own about half of all containers, according to iContainers, shipping containers are available to others who can find creative ways to repurpose them. These large containers are becoming a popular solution for businesses looking for a cost-effective and flexible way to open a pop-up shop. Here are four businesses that could benefit from this trend.
1. Boutiques and Small Retail Stores
For small retail businesses, the biggest advantage of using a shipping container as a pop-up shop is the low cost. Shipping containers are typically much cheaper to rent or buy than traditional retail space. They’re also easier and faster to set up, which can save on construction costs. Store owners can use them as is or input shelves, racks, and other fixtures to create a more traditional retail space. Paint or brand them to match the look and feel of the rest of your business for a cohesive look.
2. Food Trucks and Carts
Food trucks and carts can utilize shipping containers as storage space for food, supplies, and equipment. One can free up space in the truck or cart for prep work and cooking. Shipping containers can also become mobile kitchens, outfitted with stoves, sinks, and other fixtures. Such functionality allows food truck and cart owners to prepare food on-site, rather than at a commissary kitchen. Since shipping containers can be parked almost anywhere, they provide food truck and cart businesses with greater flexibility in terms of location.
Shipping containers serve as both work and exhibition spaces for artists. Use them to store art supplies, materials, and finished pieces. Artists can install lighting, sound systems, and other features to create a temporary gallery space. These containers easily serve as pop-up shops to sell their work.
Shipping containers can be outfitted with examination tables and other medical equipment to create a temporary clinic space. These clinics may be able to serve more people depending on where the pop-up shop lands, which can be especially helpful in communities with limited medical access.
If you’re a business looking for a cost-effective way to open a pop-up shop, shipping containers are worth considering. They provide a wide range of benefits that can fit the needs of almost any business. From retail shops to food trucks, shipping containers are a versatile solution for businesses looking for temporary space. Contact Integrated Equipment Sales today to learn more!