Differences Between Self Storage Facilities and Warehouses
Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a Self Storage facility and a Warehouse? Don’t worry you are not the only one. The both allow you to store things but the reality is they couldn’t be more different from each other.
We are going to go through some of the similarities and differences between the 2 and and help you figure out which storage solution is right for you.
Warehouses are large one floored buildings usually located close to or in industrial parks. They are mainly used for industrial purposes such as wholesalers, manufacturers and large logistic companies. Their business model is catered around serving clients that have pallets or trucks worth of goods that require temporary storage before being moved to the next destination.
The benefits of using warehouses are that storage prices are much cheaper when compared to Self Storage as they are usually located in industrial parks on the outskirts. They also offer a more complete service from delivery to packaging, loading and unloading services with their on-site staff. Self storage as the name suggests requires you do it yourself with help only provided when requested.
If you want to deposit more stuff or take some of your items out of the warehouses you will need to let the warehouse know in advance. In this respect you have less control. If the warehouse is having a busy day, you may need to wait before they can get your items off the shelves. At the end of the day you are using a shared storage space.
Warehouses do store goods but they tend to be for a completely different clientele with a very unique business model that tends to cater more to businesses and not for personal use. Most of the items stored in the warehouses will also typically be stored for a shorter period of time before they are picked up and shipped to another location.
Let's Take a Look at the Self Storage Industry.
Self storage facilities are mainly used for personal storage and for smaller businesses looking for some additional space. Self Storage facilities must be able to offer a host of different services and storage solutions and be able to cater to a much wider audience. Each person or business will have different needs. The best Self Storage facilities are able to offer these 4 selling points to their customers.
The warehouse industry only needs to worry about offering the best prices.
Self Storage facilities such as i-Store tend to be located in the city center, close to public transportation and main roads. They will also tend to be more focused on providing great security as you are not storing 10 pallets of t-Shirt but instead storing your drumset, families heirloom, christmas decorations or your friends couch. Each of the units are private with only the owner having access to the contents inside. Whilst with warehouses you are able to walk right in with everyones stuff on display.
Self Storage facilities are also more flexible in terms of storage sizes you can rent out and the duration you need to lease the unit for. i-Store Self Storage offers 9 storage sizes ranging from 0sqm. - 18sqm. You also have more freedom when it comes to storage duration, starting at 1 month and going all the way up to yearly contracts.
Some of the other small things you will notice is that Self Storage facilities will offer other services in their buildings such as a gym, delivery drop off and pick up center, co-working space or even a coffee shop. They also tend to be a lot cleaner with an emphasis on protecting the items inside for both long and term storage. These things can include a dehumidifier, air conditioned units, laminated floors and lots of ventilation to keep the air fresh. .
If you are running a large business with lots and lots of inventory use a warehouse. Otherwise self storage is probably the storage solution for you. Especially if you are living in Bangkok.