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How to Use Shipping Containers in Your Warehouse

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Feb 22, 2023
How to Use Shipping Containers in Your Warehouse

When people think about warehouses, they often imagine forklifts, pallets, and tall storage racks. But how often do companies consider shipping containers an important factor in a warehouse? It might not be the first thing you think, but for many companies, shipping containers help level up a warehouse.

Shipping containers can act as an office space, an extension of a large facility, or even as a small warehouse. It’s likely that the warehouse management team will need to complete office work in a dedicated space, use additional storage outside the warehouse building, or quickly deploy a portable shipping container warehouse to a different location.

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A Shipping Container Will Benefit Your Warehouse By…

1. Helping you create efficient square footage

To efficiently run a warehouse, you must make the most of your square footage. A 20-foot shipping container has 160 square feet that help teams strategically place a container office inside the warehouse. An interior office can help teams complete office and administrative work with limited distractions or provide a simple way to monitor the work taking place around them.

A compact shipping container can also make the most of limited space outside of the warehouse building. It’s easy to place a container next to the existing warehouse or in a parking lot to act as an office or even additional storage space.

20-foot grey shipping container office

2. Creating an enclosed place to work in a busy warehouse

Warehouse acoustics tend to echo the beeps and hums of machinery. If the management team needs to complete office work in a private area a shipping container is a great solution. Container offices can also be modified to have large windows to make supervising work easier.  

3. Speeding up deployment

Not all warehouses are the same. In fact, some don’t fit the traditional style of a warehouse at all. A shipping container warehouse can act as a portable warehouse or storage unit that’s easy to deploy to various sites. If your team needs easy access to some of your inventory a few states away, place a modified shipping container onsite. The box (or boxes) will remain incognito but keep your items well protected with climate control, insulation, and security locks.

interior of spray foam shipping container storage

4. Offering a polished space for important visitors

A lot of work goes on in a warehouse, but sometimes you need a designated space to accommodate important visitors. Shipping containers can double as conference rooms to allow you to discuss business with customers and partners. If you place the container inside your warehouse, visitors can look out the windows to see your operation in action from the comfort of a polished space.

The Possibilities of Modified Containers

Containers aren’t just important assets for companies with warehouses, they’re also often bathrooms, locker rooms, equipment enclosures, and even multi-unit structures. The possibilities with shipping containers are vast. If you’d like to learn more about how a container can help your business, take a look at what’s possible.

Questions? Give us a call at 877-704-0177 or email sales@falconstructures.com.

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