If you run an online store in Ireland, you will be aware of the many challenges presented. From developing a successful online trading platform for your goods to competing with international big brands and managing your stock. While it can prove too much for many, the rewards can be significant if you succeed, and the trends would indicate that it is an effort worth pursuing.
Online shopping in Ireland was expected to increase from $1.9bn in 2017 to $4.2bn in 2023. (Source: Statista.com). There are several reasons for this but the advances in technology around devices and the increased internet access speed aligned with improvements in online security and GDPR have given Irish consumers both the confidence and the ability to shop online regularly. According to the Irish Times (June 2020) the Irish are now (per capita) the biggest international online shoppers in the world.
The impact of COVID 19 and subsequent lockdown has accelerated this migration to online buying with 68% of Irish consumers doing more online shopping now than before the pandemic (Source: KPMG report) and recent Irish independent article highlighting that “Over half of consumers are increasingly shopping online due to Covid-19, according to a survey of over 1,000 people” in a survey carried out by Virgin Media.
As an online business owner, stock management can prove to be a major challenge. There are several factors to consider and a number of options available. There are a number of factors around stock management such as owning your own warehouse to using a fulfilment company or even considering the option of storing product at home. While there is no one solution for all businesses, there can be considerable advantages gained by using the services of a self-storage company near you.
How Self-Storage can help an online store
The benefits of leveraging self-storage as a strategic business partner can be immediate and tangible. Self-storage can provide many benefits including cost savings, flexibility, security, and a fully heated building.
It can be a challenge for an online business to commit to long-term plans with any degree of certainty. Stock management over the longer term (12-24 months) could be considerably different they may be to today. Self-Storage units provide a flexible alternative for a business to store excess stock or may require temperature-controlled storage without the need to invest in this type of storage environment on site. It can be easily scaled up or down and all you need to do to move out is give 1 weeks’ notice.
If your online business holds expensive stock or uses high value equipment that may need to be stored, Self-Storage units provide keypad security as well as individual unit locks to ensure that this investment is safely stored. All areas are monitored 24 hours a day. This will give you comfort that your valuables and the investment in them are safe.
Barons Self Storage can accept deliveries on behalf of your business, you can have peace of mind that you will not miss a delivery, freeing up valuable time to concentrate on generating more leads and converting sales. Gerard Hosty General manager of Barons Self Storage in Galway says, “we have customers who come in and in an evening pack all the orders and have them ready to post out in the morning, without any hassle. We have forklifts available at all of our locations to make receiving deliveries seamless”.
Barons Self Storage customers can drive into all our facilities, allowing for safe secure and dry loading at any time of the night or any day of the year.
Cost Saving Offers
At Barons Self-Storage, we have a range of offers and discounts to suit your business needs. We have 50% off your first 8 weeks in our Limerick facility and we have 35% off for our selected upper-level mezzanine units in Galway.
Should you require secure space to store any stock, equipment, or documents, we offer flexible storage options. Contact us on 091 771325 (Galway) or 061 577 700 (Limerick). Visit our website www.storage.ie for more information.