When you are shipping cargo by ocean containers, what do you think happens your container after the transportation process is complete? Your freight forwarder will tell you about the container is being used for other shipments. Most of the time, this happens. Sometimes, that does not happen. There are millions of 20-foot and 40-foot containers that are shipped annually. And while most of them get used again, that is not always the case. Some of them become unused after the freight process. Some unused containers are trashed.
While it is common knowledge that unused containers become residences sometimes, it seems that there is another use. The Wall Street Journal reports of a development firm that has taken over 150 old shipping containers and retrofitted them into business spaces like cafes and retail. The idea of having a container as a business space could sound trendy.
While using an old container as a business space might seem a little odd, there are actually numerous benefits. A traditional retail space could a cost tens of thousands of dollars for rent and building code improvements. A container can be purchased for a fraction of the cost. In addition, a shipping container is more energy efficient than a traditional storefront. That is money saved from less air or heat. And of course, a container business is mobile.
The expenses could add up. For developing a shipping container into a business space, there are expenses for adding utilities, permits and land use. When a business considers developing a container as retail space, all of these issues should be considerations.