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7 things to consider when storing merchandise

Written on: February 4th, 2021

Did you know that Sales Representatives benefit from using self-storage units to store their merchandise and swag? Sales representatives have expensive merchandise that `needs to be stored securely. Below are key factors to consider when choosing the best storage solution to meet your needs.

1. Size of Storage Unit

The first thing to consider is what size of storage unit you need.  Depending on the amount of merchandise and swag you have, you will need to determine the size of the unit that will allow you to store all your items. Typically, storage units are on a 5×5 grid and range in size from 5×5, to 5×10, 10×10, 10×15, 10×20 and 10×30. There are different storage locker sizes to fit your needs.

2. Heated or Climate Controlled

Depending on the merchandise you have, you may need a temperature-controlled or heated storage locker. Items such as tools and soft goods may not need to be in a climate-controlled environment. However, other items may be temperature-sensitive and require a heated storage unit. A heated storage unit ensures the temperature does not drop too low in the winter and is insulated so it does not get too hot in the summer months to keep your goods protected.

3. Convenient Location

It is key that your storage locker is convenient for access when you are in town and need to grab merchandise and swag. Look for a storage facility located near major thoroughfares so no matter if you are coming into Calgary from the north, south, east, or west, you can drop by your storage unit and get what you need for your next road trip or big sales presentation.

4. Safety

Sales representatives are often traveling by themselves.  Make sure you look at the safety features of the storage facility, so you feel safe.  Make sure your facility is fully fenced and gated. Inquire about who gets access to the facility and storage buildings, keeping in mind that only people with a security card or code have access to both the facility yard and the storage buildings. Controlled access will ensure your safety when in the facility.

5. Security

Sales representatives are responsible for valuable products.  You need to ensure you are storing in a facility that has a good reputation and takes security seriously. The things to look for are a secure yard and a building that is only accessible with a security system. Storage facilities focused on security have video camera surveillance and security patrols to ensure your items are protected.

6. Access

When you are on the road you never know when you will be arriving back in the city.  It is important to be aware of the access hours for the storage facility to ensure it meets your needs.  Some facilities have limited gate hours but if you need more access, they may be able to accommodate you.  If this is important make sure you ask if the storage facility can accommodate the hours you need.

7. Package Deliveries

Do you need someone to accept packages when you are on the road?  If so, there are storage facilities that accept the deliveries on your behalf.  If you find a place that is customer-focused, they will even place your package in your locker. This means when you finally arrive home after a busy week, your packages are waiting for you.  You can access your deliveries when it is most convenient for you.

Final thoughts

When deciding where and how to store merchandise and swag there are many things to consider. The list above is intended to be a guide to help you determine the best storage solution for you to allow you the convenience you need, but also for your security and peace of mind.  In addition, look for friendly, helpful service. After all, it is an extension of your business.

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