Whether you need extra storage space for excess inventory or a mobile retail store due to seasonal demands or store renovations, United Rentals has you covered. We can provide custom container modifications designed to meet your specific needs, providing you with solutions like container shops, shipping container bars, pop-up restaurants, mobile order pickup counters, shipping container restaurants, gift card sales offices, ecommerce storage and more.
With the 2021 acquisition of Pac-Van inventory, we are proud to offer more comprehensive product offerings, and we are better equipped than ever to help you with all your retail-related needs.
Portable storage containers, ground-level offices, office trailers and modular buildings
14-gauge steel storage containers — also known as conex boxes, shipping containers, sea boxes and industrial containers — ideal for retail and ecommerce storage.
Fully customizable office or storage space excellent for use as container sales offices, pop-up shops and bar/restaurant kiosks, workspaces and more.
Mobile office trailers are perfect for membership or gift card sales prior to opening dates.
Durable modular buildings that can be built to suit any retail need in half the time of traditional construction, providing cost and time savings.
United Rentals constructs and customizes your portable retail building on our facilities and then delivers it to you, allowing you to focus on managing your business.
Modular buildings and modified storage containers can be created specific to your individual needs.
Using converted shipping container retail stores and modular buildings, the turnaround time for a customized solution is shorter than with other forms of construction.
When you leverage United Rentals storage or office solutions, you save time and money over traditional stick-built construction which helps to trim down budgets.
The Modern Times Brewery required a cost-efficient mobile kiosk for its brewery's tasting room. We constructed this kiosk out of a modified 24-foot shipping container with a pass-through window cutout and an additional 8 feet of storage space. The rest of the interior is used to sell merchandise, beer and coffee. Custom touches like a light blue coat of paint and a lit marquee sign atop the modular kiosk make this unit unique. By utilizing a shipping container kiosk, Modern Times Brewery cut the cost of building a permanent facility within its tasting room and can transport the booth to other spaces for future events.
This 40-foot shipping container kiosk was designed for customers to be able to walk in, browse merchandise and make their purchases. The concept allows for the four 4-foot kiosk container doors to remain open, making the interior appear more spacious while allowing the client’s merchandise to be displayed on both the interior and exterior of the container. The interior walls have shelving and wire racks for product display, and the side doors can fold flat against the container or can be connected to one another to create a triangular display. A point-of-sale window was installed and is located directly behind the sales counter. Lighting, electrical outlets and two attic vents were added. The vents allow air to circulate through the container, which helps keep the interior cool without needing air conditioning. Repurposing a shipping container was an ideal and cost-effective solution for the client because it allowed them to upgrade their retail space and give their customers easy access to their products. This configuration also allows for simple relocation in the case of ballpark modifications and ensures their merchandise is secure when the shipping container shop is not in use. Using a shipping container store allowed them to eliminate costs like site planning, construction permits, site development and construction labor. By utilizing the floor and container jack to set the container flush to the ground, the need for a crane or forklift was eliminated, which saved the customer time on setup costs. Overall, this project gave our client the space they needed and provided some additional benefits that they didn’t anticipate upfront, all the while keeping the cost minimal.
D’s Auto World required a cheap, time-saving alternative to a traditionally built auto sales office. We produced this portable store in just 52 days and saved the client an estimated 20% compared to stick-built construction. The modular building is designed to mirror the other D’s Auto World location closely. We finished the exterior with Hurcubond split-faced mock stucco throughout the building’s design, landscaping edge and reception area. Upgraded carpet; solid core doors; and recessed, diffused lighting finished the interior atmosphere. The location looks and functions just as well as, if not better than, the traditionally constructed location but at a fraction of the cost and build time.
Z Best Cars, a national used car dealer, needed an economical solution for its expanding number of sales offices. A customized 1,440-square-foot portable store provided the perfect solution. Local codes specified that this container sales office needed to be permanent and consistent with existing structures, so we applied brick over the exterior. We supplied custom items such as red-framed windows, keypad-controlled doors and bullet-resistant glass to accommodate the customer’s needs. These modular buildings take little time to construct and are easy to duplicate, offering a consistent look for all Z Best Cars locations.
A lake resort and campground required a convenience store to supply its customers, so we constructed this custom 5,600-square-foot mobile retail store. The portable store has several built-in facilities, including a laundromat, a convenience store with a fast-food restaurant and a gas station with above-ground storage tanks. For added cost efficiency, the mobile retail shop features automated doors, increased R-values and insulated glass throughout. Additional custom features include white reflective EPDM roofing to protect against the area’s harsh desert climate and a subgrade foundation. This prefabricated store is easy to transport, which is vital to the client because the building is on leased land.
A regional grocery store customer needed ground-level offices (GLOs) at several different locations throughout the Midwest. We provided 40-foot all office and office / storage combo GLOs that were utilized for pickup orders. The need started out as temporary due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but our client found that these shipping container kiosks were a valuable service for their customers that could be used beyond the pandemic. The customer ended up acquiring 60 additional kiosk containers to use at their locations.
The Santa House comprises four modules, a roof piece and a clock tower. This temporary building is installed and removed every year and is used for pictures with Santa. Town Square Mall is an open-air mall that began the tradition of the Santa House when they opened their doors in 2007 and has incorporated the building every year since. The building is reminiscent of a country cottage, and the windows and doors are replicated from European shops. The roofing structure integrates high-pitched gables, dormers and a functioning clock tower that are all adorned with fish scale shake siding and asphalt shingles. The interior design evokes a warm and homey feel, including a fireplace, holiday décor and an inviting velvet couch.
Holiday shopping now looks much different since to the COVID-19 pandemic. Shoppers are favoring ecommerce and BOPIS (buy online, pick up in-store) over traditional in-store shopping. While the channels are different, demand is still high, requiring the continued need for seasonal staff. With these new and unique circumstances, businesses are finding they need more mobile retail storage solutions.
Ecommerce Spikes Require Traditional Stores to Act as Fulfillment Spaces
A consumer study reported that 63% of U.S. shoppers made an online purchase for an item or category they never had before in 2020. For millennials, this number was 75%. Consumers want great deals but are hesitant about shopping in person.
According to data from a survey, 58% of consumers said they’d shop online for Black Friday, while only 41% said they’d shop in-store. That sentiment held true, as early reports show ecommerce shopping for the day hit $9 billion in 2021.
These record-breaking numbers indicate that traditional stores may have to act as fulfillment spaces for these orders — meaning retailers need additional space. Ground-level office (GLO) containers or a shipping container store could provide the solution.
The Emergence of BOPIS and the Need for Storage Space
BOPIS is a hybrid approach to ecommerce and in-store shopping. It can ease the strain on shipping channels, deliver instant gratification for shoppers and provide a safe way to shop for those with exposure concerns.
For context, here’s how BOPIS is changing the game. Ecommerce platform KIBO reported users had a 554% year-over-year increase in orders in May 2020 and a slightly lower but still incredible 374% growth in June.
All retailers are leaning hard on BOPIS, from big box to fashion to grocery stores. This increase in business requires more space for storing these items until buyers pick them up. Some retailers are even creating specific areas for this extra ecommerce storage space along with curbside pickups. Instead of taking precious space from your store’s footprint, choose storage containers for your ecommerce inventory storage needs. Refrigerated containers are also available for perishables.
More Employees, Same Precautions
To meet the rush of holiday shopping, retailers are adding to their headcount at physical locations and fulfillment warehouses. However, they still need to provide a safe and healthy workplace. GLO containers could be good for temperature check stations or break areas to ensure proper social distancing.
Explore How United Rentals Storage Can Support Your Retail Operations
Ready to see how a United Rentals solution can solve your retail space and storage challenges? Whether you need temporary holiday storage or long-term space, we have a solution for you.