Starting an online business can be exciting and financially rewarding, but if you are planning to store your inventory in a public storage space, there are a few things you need to be aware of to give yourself a better chance at success. The following are a few things to take into consideration.
Humidity and Temperature Concerns With Outdoor Units
Outdoor units are incredibly convenient. You can drive your vehicle to the front of the unit and easily load your sold inventory. However, there are two factors to be concerned with: temperature and humidity. Will your inventory be compromised during the hottest and coldest months of the year? Protecting your inventory from the coldest temperature is an obvious calculation, but heat can be tricky. Some companies, like Diaz Super Storage, know how important it is to keep your belongings safe. Outdoor units have little ventilation, if any. This means that the temperature inside the unit will be hotter than the outdoor temperature. So if there is any question concerning heat damage, you should store all inventory indoors. Humidity problems will be dependent on the material of your inventory or its packaging. Paper is susceptible to damage from moisture and needs the protection of an indoor environment.
Protect Your Inventory from Dust
Whether you have an indoor or outdoor storage unit, over time, there will be an accumulation of dust. You need to protect your inventory from this destructive dust. If it is at all possible, you can cover up any products that are exposed to the open air. But even if you have inventory in boxes, and if it sits around long enough, it will start to collect dust. For this reason, you should invest in a feather duster to keep the surfaces clean. Also, because the floor will gather dust, keep a broom and dust pan inside your storage unit and sweep up every few days. In short, treat your storage unit like you would a room in your house.
Accessing Your Inventory
As you sell product, you will find yourself with a daily routine of gathering your sold inventory, packing it and shipping it. To keep yourself productive, you want to streamline this routine. This will free up more time for other aspects of your business. Make sure your inventory is organized in a manner that it is easy to get to. Have plenty of room to move about and avoid taking inventory unless it is the same product and you can take from the top. What this means for your business is that you should err on the side of renting a slightly larger unit rather than one that is too small and makes it difficult to quickly find your sold merchandise.
By keeping the three tips above in mind, you will reduce the chances of having any problems with storing your inventory, and therefore, giving your new online business a better chance at success.