valet storage: the new space race

by:CAI YI JIE     2019-09-09
Mitchell is a radical organizer.
The former British officer works at what he calls a warehouse fortress, located in northern London.
He and his team have management skills, labels and scanners in charge of logistics in Luton
The infrastructure of valet storage company Lovespace tracks the brown and black cartons of thousands of customers, including trinkets, sports gear, Christmas decorations and seasonal clothing.
Storage forts are just an outpost in the new minister\'s industry that the box has spawned --
The size of the modern city life living space, people quickly opened up their own space in the market.
In this area of the shared economy, customers with small storage space need to share space and pay with crates or boxes instead of renting a full set.
It works like this: the customer is filled with boxes delivered to the door;
The company representative returns the contents of the document (
Can be tracked online
And-around $5 to $7 a month, sometimes free shipping-send these things to security facilities, often in underutilized warehouse space nearby.
Whenever a client wants to take back their ski jacket, bowling ball or ugly sweater woven by grandma, they just pick up their smartphone;
The companies took the goods out of the warehouse and returned them within a few hours.
Typical customers . . . . . . Using these companies \"is like an extension of the closet they can order on their phones.
Think of it as self
The rebel teenager of storage, a technology
Savvy future generations have emerged in logistics in London, Hong Kong, Vancouver, New York and Parisand hell-
One piece of the traditional self
Warehousing Market.
The industry, which consists of 60,000 factories worldwide, is expected to generate nearly $500 billion in revenue in 2017, and Lucintel is expected to grow by 6% annually over the next five years.
According to the insider trading magazine, angel investors such as Google Ventures and Floodgate funds are noticing a wave of valetStorage.
The biggest problem for valet pioneers is: can they change storage habits like Netflix did to video, or can their disruption have a permanent impact?
Some of the changing dynamics are on their side: more and more people are flocking to crowded urban areas, while apartments are getting smaller and smaller --a 220-square-
Anyone? —
And more expensive.
Young people immersed in a shared economy are happy to do business by phone, a ready-made market.
Rob Buchanan launched Alluster in Vancouver last year in response to the apartment boom, leaving many residents with little extra rooms.
With monthly customer growth of more than 50%, Buchanan expects his customer base to expand from hundreds to thousands by the end of this year, and his goal is to expand to London.
There, he will compete with companies like Lovespace and Boxman.
The former was launched in 2012 and now next-
Daily collection or delivery anywhere in the United StatesK.
Typical customerStudent, small-
Apartment owner, fashionista who needs 500 pairs of shoe space-
Buchanan said using these companies, such as \"an extension of the closet they can order on their phones \".
Other customers include carnival operators (
You pay extra for larger items, like fortune tellers, as long as one person can lift them up)
Art collector
Not to mention the man who helped a company find his belongings on the sidewalk . . . . . . Divorce papers in hand.
The minister knows your wardrobe is too small.
Source: Viking stores are increasingly competitive with innovation as the market grows.
In 2008, Scott Sinclair founded Box Butler in New York.
To stay ahead, he now offersHourly turnover.
Other services, such as Alluster, have customers set up Web pages and virtual garage sales to sell items and deliver them to the highest bidder.
Seattle-based Livible helps put stored items into work to facilitate their leasing, lending or donations.
But there is not enough space for everyone;
Some services have disappeared.
Different from self
Storage Industry of property-
These companies need to be streamlined and flexible.
They may own their own vans and trucks, work with other companies to get their services, or just rent a fleet.
At the same time, renting the underutilized warehouse space is the key and can be cheaper than most self-service storesStorage lease.
The biggest enemy of the young industry is outdated software and bad organization: losing track of a box and losing a customer.
So why is most of the traditional self
A storage company tilted to this market?
Charlie Schneider, manager of the British Bedford Viking self-service storage department, said this is because valet storage is seen as a completely different business.
\"We tend to take care of the whole house,\" he said . \".
Because his customers do their own heavy work, he can serve hundreds of customers with only two employees per month.
Still, the biggest obstacle to the new industry has been the focus of potential customers.
However, converts like New York City teacher, mother of two children Susan Denilson, are helping to spread the word.
After using the box housekeeper stored in the seasonal wardrobe, Denilson now hides baby toys, camping gear and sports equipment.
She said she would keep the company on speed dial because \"where else would I store everything my kids bring home from college?
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