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28 Jun 2022

Why Do People Often Choose Self- Storage Services?

 


These days, many Self-Storage companies are coming up around every corner of different cities. It is due to people choosing to store their items in self-storage facilities for safekeeping. It has become an easy and quick option for the owners to store their stuff.   

Due to lack of space, security features offered, and easy transit, people have chosen to store their valuable items in these storage facilities. Here is a list of the reasons why people choose a self-storage unit to store their items. 

Choose a Self-Storage Unit 

1. Lack Of Space At Home 

Our houses are mostly overfilled with items that we hardly ever use, making them look messy, and restricting the movement within. These items can be festive decorations, winter wear, equipment, or appliances. To make the house look spacious, a storage unit is hired, where these unwanted items can be stored. 

2. To Store Business Items  

Business owners can easily store the raw materials or finished products in these storage units. From there, they can travel to their destination - a manufacturing department or retail outlet. 

3. Various Facilities Offered 

A Self-Storage Company offers many facilities to its clients to attract them - 24/7 CCTV surveillance, fireproof and well-ventilated units, strict monitoring of guards, anytime access for the owners, and different sizes of units at reasonable rates. 

4. Safe For Storage 

The different security features provided by the storage units keep the valuable items safe and secure them from any damage or theft. It makes the company gain the trust of their clients to hire their service.  

5. Different Sizes of Self-Storage Units 

Self-Storage companies have various sizes of storage units with them. 5’ x 5’, 5’ x 10’, 10’ x 10’, 10’ x 15’, 10’ x 20’, 10’ x 25’, and 10’ x 30’ are the sizes of storage units that can be offered by the Self-storage companies. From moving boxes to SUVs, motorbikes, heavy furniture and equipment can fit into these units. As per the need and quantity of the items, an appropriate storage unit is hired by the client. 

6. Affordable Options 

The various sizes of self-storage units can be hired at different price ranges. There are even different contract periods offered by the storage companies. Insurance covers, as per the items stored, are also provided by the storage companies. Owners have these options to choose the right package that can suit their budget. 

7. Effortless Storage 

Many storage companies even play the role of packers and movers. Some do have an online shop for packing materials from where the item owners can buy. The packers bring these materials and help their clients securely pack the items. They then safely move them to their destination. They even help in loading and loading these packages. 

8. Situated Close-By 

Locations of the storage company play a vital role in selection. Clients often choose a storage facility that is situated close to their homes, especially entrepreneurs. Close-by location will help in quick transit and retrieval of the items. 

*At The Box* 

The Box has different storage unit sizes at affordable rates and provides excellent services to its clients- advanced security features, packing, and moving service. They even have an online shop of different packing materials. 

To hire one, call us at - +961 71281168 / +961 71175252

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18 Jun 2022

Choosing The Right Moving Boxes For Self-Storage

 

You opt for self-storage either when you are shifting to a new house, renovating it, want to store precious items, or when you have a lack of space at home. To move the items to the storage unit, you must have strong boxes.  

These boxes come in different types and sizes. These boxes can store various items. The main purpose of these boxes is to keep your items safe during the transit and storage period. To fulfil this, the best storage box must be chosen.

To do so, you must follow the below steps. 

1. To Make A List Of Items For Storage 

The first step is to make a list of all the items you want to keep for storage. A list will help in keeping the details of the items in the record. It will also aid in not forgetting crucial items.  

2. Where To Buy These Boxes?  

Moving boxes are available in both online and retail shops. Check to compare the price, quality, size, and availability of the boxes you need. Then accordingly, purchase them where all your criteria are fulfilled. 

3. To Understand What Type Of Box Is Required 

As per the items you want to store, the boxes are chosen.  

a. CARDBOARD BOXES 

Cardboard boxes are the most commonly selected as moving boxes. They are lightweight, easy to carry, less expensive than other moving boxes, and can effortlessly be recycled. But, these boxes can be used only for a short storage period as they start to deteriorate. They can store many items - books, blankets, clothes, shoes, electronic appliances, furniture, etc.  

b. PLASTIC BOXES 

Plastic Boxes are sturdier than cardboard boxes and do not deteriorate even after storing for a longer period. They can store jewellery, electronic items, durable items, and many more. But, these boxes are more expensive than others. They cannot be recycled, hence, their disposal becomes difficult.  

c. CUSTOMIZED BOXES 

Customized Boxes are specifically designed to store delicate and expensive items like pieces of jewellery, antique glassware, collection sets, paintings, TV, laptops, monitors, etc. They are the most expensive moving boxes. Wooden boxes are one example of customized boxes. 

4. To Choose The Perfect Size Of The Box 

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As per the weight and size of the items, you can choose any of the below types of boxes: 

a. SMALL SIZE BOXES are used to store books, clothes, glassware, and ceramic items. 

b. MEDIUM-SIZE BOXES can be used to store kitchen pans, small statues, clothes, and many more items. 

c. LARGE SIZE BOXES stores electronic items, gadgets, paintings, table, blankets, lamps, etc. 

d. EXTRA LARGE BOXES can store heavy furniture, equipment, chandelier, piano, dining table, chairs, dresser, etc.  

5. To Check The Quality Of The Box 

It is the most vital step. The boxes you buy must be of good quality and have a good grip to carry them around. They must be strong enough to stack on one another and store the items for a longer period.  

* The Box * 

The storage company, The Box, has an online shop where its clients can buy various types and sizes of quality moving boxes. They even take back their boxes if they are in better shape and refund the amount.

To lease a unit, call us at - +961 71281168 /+961 71175252 


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15 Jun 2022

What Can You Store In Storage Units Of Different Sizes?


Storage Units are those rooms where one can store those objects that they hardly used by the owners or they are being shifted to a new home. These units come in different sizes. 

The different storage sizes that are available with the storage companies- 5’ x 5’, 5’ x 10’, 10’ x 10’, 10’ x 15’, 10’ x 20’, 10’ x 25’, and 10’ x 30’. It is quite vital to select the right storage unit size because if the owners don't, then they would end up paying extra for the unused area. As per the number and weight of the items, appropriate storage units can be hired on a lease for different contract periods. 

Except for perishable items, various household items, vehicles, documents, and precious pieces of jewellery can be fitted inside these units.  

Below these storage unit sizes and items they store are explained in detail. 

1.5’ x 5’ 

5’ x 5’ is 25 sq. ft in size and quite similar to a walk-in closet. The items that can be stored in this type of unit are small furniture, chairs, desks, twin beds with mattresses, small equipment, and even 8 to 10 cardboard boxes. 

2.5’ x 10’ 

About 50 sq. ft in area, the 5’ x 10’ units can hold items of a studio apartment. These items include a small couch, king or queen-size mattresses, a dresser, a small car, a fridge, or a motorcycle.  

3.10’ x 10’ 

The 10’ x 10’ units are 100 sq. ft area-wise and can hold items of a small apartment like kitchen furniture, couch, dining table, and chairs and appliances. 

4.10’ x 15’ 

Around 150 sq. ft, the 10’ x 15’ units can store the contents of a small 2BHK house or store the business products and some small electronic appliances. 

5.10’ x 20’ 

The 10’ x 20’ units are 200 sq. ft large and stores household items of a large 2bhk apartment. These items are electronic appliances, books, heavy furniture, or a compact car.  

6.10’ x 30’ 

300 sq. ft area is large enough to store around 20 plus cardboard boxes, a car, household items of 3BHK, mattress sets, many electronic appliances, and even a small boat. 

7.15’ x 20’ 

The 15’ x 20’ units are also a 300 sq. ft area long, the same as the 10’ x 30’ units.  Boats, bikes, cars, 3BHK household items, heavy types of equipment, and dozens of cardboard boxes can be stored. 

8.17’ x 20’ 

The 17’ x 20’ units are 340 sq. ft wide. These units are huge and can store SUVs, Jeeps, Boats, Heavy furniture, Machines, and product stocks of business. 

9.20’ x 20’ 

The 20’ x 20’ units are 400 sq. ft in area. These units are huge and store many vehicles or household items like large and heavy furniture or stockpiles of business products. 

* At The Box * 

The Box Beirut is a storage unit company that offers quality storage services in Beirut, Lebanon to its clients. We have different storage unit sizes such as 10,15 and 20 SQM to store various household items, business products, electronic appliances, and vehicles. They even have an online shop where packing materials can be purchased. 

To book a storage unit, call us at - +961 71281168 /+961 71175252 

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8 Jun 2022

A Guide On How To Handle The Packing Material Clutter After Unpacking


To shift to a new house, your household items need to be packed with various packing materials. They aid in keeping the articles stay safe and secure while they are being loaded, transported, and unloaded. Once, they reach their destination, the new house, they are unwrapped and kept in the appropriate places. 

These Packing materials usually include moving boxes, wrapping papers, bubble wraps, packing peanuts, cushions, and foams.  

 a. Moving Boxes 



Moving Boxes are strong cardboard boxes that can hold heavy items like ceramic items, paintings, books, utensils, electronic appliances, and many more. 

b. Wrapping Papers 

Wrapping papers are covered around the items to protect them from scratches, dust, or any other harm when they are in transit.  

c. Packing Peanuts 

Packing Peanuts are small Styrofoam pieces that are used in filling up the spaces in the boxes. They help in absorbing any shock the boxes may get during the move. 

d. Bubble Wraps  

Bubble Wraps are often used to wrap delicate items like glass, ceramics, electronics, and other gadgets to avoid their breakage. 

 e. Cushion  

Like Packing Peanuts, Cushions are also used to fill the spaces in the boxes, and to protect the items from any shock, or damage during transit.  

f. Foam Edges 

Foam Edges are used to cover the edges of the furniture or other electronic items like TV, Fridge, or Monitor, to shield them from any harm or fall. 

But, most of the time is spent on unloading and unpacking the items. When you finally unpack your last box, you realize that now you are surrounded by all the packing material mess. It becomes a tricky task how to clear this clutter. 

Several options can be adopted for the appropriate handling of the packing materials. They are: 

1. Reuse 

The packing materials can be stored in the attic or in a cupboard for future use. If one plans to shift again, these materials can be again used for packing household items. Cardboard boxes, bubble wraps, and styrofoam do stay intact for a long period. 

2. Donate or Sell 

If there is no further use for these materials, they can be donated to needy people. These can even be sold in the markets at a particular price. 

3. Give Back To Packers & Movers 

These packing materials can be given back to the packers and movers companies if they are in good condition. These companies even refund the amount if paid for these materials. 

4. Get Creative 

For creative artworks, these materials can be brought into use. The cardboard boxes can be used to store unused items in the attic. They can even be used for making craft projects for children, a soft bed for pets, and can also be used for painting work. 

5. Recycle  

If one has no space in the house to keep these materials or is of no help, then they can be given to the recycling centres where they will be put to good use. 

 *At The BOX* 

 The Box is a storage company that also offers the Packers and Movers services to its clients. Our shop sells good quality packing materials and we even accept them back if they are in good condition. 

 To hire our services, call us at - +961 71281168 /+961 71175252 

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25 May 2022

Security Features A Self-Storage Must Have!



A Self-Storage Facility is a place where one can store items in different units that hold an emotional or monetary value for the person. These units are either used for Personal or Commercial Storage. These items that are stored include - jewellery pieces, antiques, collection sets, furniture, electronic appliances, vehicles, business products, glass items and many others. They can be stored for different periods such as one month, three months, six months or one year.  

Securing these items is the ultimate goal of any storage facility. Storage companies are upgrading their security system to offer top-class security features and protection to their customers' items. The more these services are of better quality, the more customers will be lured. 

List Of Security Features A Storage Unit Must Have

1. Proper Electric Supply 

A Storage Facility must have a proper electricity supply to operate its functions smoothly. They are furnished with automated systems like Entry Gates, CCTVs, Padlocks, etc. These are powered by an electric supply. Without it, the facility cannot run.  

2. Enough Lighting 

The Storage Facility must have enough lighting as its operations are running non-stop. Every corner of the facility must be visible. A well-lit facility will help the staff to move around without stumbling and falling and, keep an eye on the units, in turn, avoiding thefts or any dubious activity. 

3. Electric Fencing 

As the facility stores valuable items, there are chances of theft. A thief can enter the premises by jumping over the wall. To prevent this, the facility must be surrounded by strong electric fencing. 

4. Motion Detectors 

Motion Detectors can sense the unwanted movement around the facility and send an alert if it finds one though.   

5. Security At The Gates 

Security guards at the gates will 24/7 keep an eye on whose entering and leaving the facility. Accordingly, they record these timings in the book. They even make sure no unknown person is allowed to enter the premises. 

6. 24/7 CCTV 

24/7 CCTV is one of the important security features a storage unit must have. It captures and records every movement done around the storage units. Any suspicious activity can be detected and appropriate action can be taken. 

7. Quick Access For Unit Owners 

A fingerprint scanner helps in accessing the storage unit for the owners, prohibiting the entry of an intruder. 

8. Temperature Controlled Units 

These storage units are equipped with a temperature-controlled system. The temperature can be changed as per the items stored inside these units. This enables the continuous airflow inside these units and stops the creation of any foul odour. These units also have water sprinklers and fire extinguishers in case of fire. 

9. Insurance Provider 

The Storage units provide insurance cover to the goods’ owners. It covers any damage that may occur during transit or storage of the goods. The damages that occur during this period are paid by the storage companies. 

*At The BOX*  

Based in Beirut, the BOX is a storage company that gives its units on lease for different periods. These units are equipped with the latest security features to keep clients’ items safe and secure. CCTV, Motion Detectors, Insurance, and Ventilation are some of our security features. 

To book one, call us at - +961 71281168 /+961 71175252 

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22 May 2022

Things One Should Know Regarding Warehousing




In any business, Supply Chain plays a major role in running it. Supply Chain Management is to supervise the string-like processes in which expertise, materials and information are used to supply the goods to the customers. Warehousing is a part of Supply Chain Management. 

Warehousing means securely storing the goods of the company in a cool and dry place. It is about maintaining an inventory where raw materials are stored after purchasing from the supplier and finished goods are stored before being distributed to the retail markets.   
 

● Difference Between A Warehouse and A Distribution Centre 

People always use Warehouse and Distribution Centre words as synonyms which is outrightly wrong. A Warehouse is a storage structure where raw materials and finished goods are only stored whereas, a Distribution Centre is a facility where these goods are systematically picked, packed and shipped. 
 
● Components Of A Warehouse 
 
Numerous components have to be planned for better and more effective management of inventory and movement of goods within and outside the warehouse. 
 
1. Planning The Size Of The Warehouse 
 
As warehouses store heavy items like machines or bulky goods, they must be spacious enough to allow free movement of goods. Proper planning has to be done to make maximum use of the space. 
 
2. Temperature Regulated 
 
The warehouse must have suitable facilities as per the goods stored. The warehouse must be airy and dry to avoid any foul smell.  If the warehouse is storing food items, then it must be furnished with a temperature-controlled system.  
 
3. Accepting Shipments 
 
Once, the shipment of goods arrives, the working staff accept these shipments and makes necessary entries.  
 
4. Careful Storage  
 
The warehouse storage is divided into different sections for raw materials, semi-finished goods and finished goods. The arrived goods are carefully stored as per their categories. 
 
5. Efficient Organization 
 
The inventory of the warehouse must be organized and assorted systematically. As and when new shipments arrive, the staff has to make sure enough space is available to store them. 
 
6. Keep a Record Of The Inventory 
 
The inventory of the shipments that arrived and departed must be tracked and recorded. A proper Inventory System must be managed well which will help in knowing if any changes are required.  
 
7. The Departure of The Shipments 
 
This is the last function. Items that are leaving the warehouse must be packed shipped and recorded. 
 

● Importance Of A Warehouse 

 
1. Bulky Storage 

Be it eCommerce or physical retail business, have to store the goods in bulk quantity. It helps in meeting the everchanging demands of the customers as and when required. 
 
2. Can Be Outsourced 
 
A business can either have its Warehouse or can outsource this service from a third party. As a result, a team of professionals handle this process effectively and the cost of warehousing gets reduced. 

3. Stored At Tactical Locations  
 
The warehouse must be located at those points in different nations that will make the delivery of goods to the customers quick and easy. It also reduces transportation costs. 
 

*At The Box* 

The Box offers a storage facility where the warehouse is equipped with all modern security facilities and professional staff for corporate storage. We even provide packing and transport facilities at a reasonable rate. 

To book our service, call us at  +961 71281168/+961 71175252

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19 May 2022

How Do Startups Benefit By Renting A Storage Facility?


Every startup is born in a small area - in the house or a garage. To conduct a business, many items are required. As the working space has no extra room to keep the goods. it may turn the place upside-down. To avoid this, a suitable storage unit can be hired that is well-equipped where all items can be stored for a longer period without harm.  

To hire a self-storage,  several things have to be taken into consideration. Make a list of all the storage companies in the vicinity, to compare them and choose the right one. The aspects that can be compared are the size of the unit, price, security features, insurance, different contract periods and accessibility.  

The business owners who can store their goods in these units are - 

1. Online Business 

2. Contractors 

3. Publishing Companies 

4. Catering Services 

Benefits Of Sef- Storage For Commercial Use

1. For Storing Any Types Of Goods 

Storage units can store any type of item. These items include raw materials, stationeries, vital legal documents, heavy machinery, and many more. Sometimes, managing these items becomes a mammoth task. If they are stored a large amount of stress the entrepreneur faces can be reduced. These units also come in different sizes and contract periods. These units can be modified as per the needs of the rentee. The most appropriate unit can be hired by them as per the goods and for the duration they need. Even the unit can be accessed anytime. 

2. Safe and Secure 



Self Storage units are used to store valuable goods and important official documents of the businesses. Proper security is necessary to keep these items safe and secure. These units are furnished with security facilities of the latest technology. They have 24/ 7 CCTV surveillance, secure padlocks and fingerprint scanner and an air-conditioned, fireproof and hygiene room that can help in keeping the goods safe. Storage companies also offer insurance to cover any damages that may occur during the transit or storage period.  

3. Reduced Expenses 

Storage units are more affordable and flexible than a warehouse. The unit owners have any time access which makes it easy to load and unload the goods at any hour. Some storage companies also offer transport facilities at reasonable rates. As most of the items like machines, goods and other items can be sent in one go, the travelling and other miscellaneous costs reduce drastically. 

4. Less Messy 

Most of the time, startup owners work from home. This often makes the house messy as all the business papers and goods lay around. When one hires a storage unit, these items can be shifted, making the working area becomes more spacious for the movement. A hustle free environment brings in positive vibes and this makes both, household work and business work easy. 

5. For Expansion 

To expand a business, a business needs extra space to facilitate smooth movement. For this, a storage unit can come to the rescue. All the unwanted things can be stored in these units, making more room for expansion. 

*WHAT DOES THE BOX OFFER?* 

The Beirut Box’s storage units have all the latest modern features that an entrepreneur requires at affordable rates.  

To book a storage unit, call us at -  +961 71281168 / +961 71175252 

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