Commercial Storage: A retailer’s best friend

If you work in the retail industry, dealing with stock is an everyday occurrence. The same applies for at-home retailers who operate from the home. When your stock starts to take over your business space, however, it’s time to look into alternative storage solutions. If your products are perishable, this may require additional consideration to ensure that they remain fresh and suitable for sale.

Offsite storage is a cost-effective and convenient solution to store any overflow stock while ensuring that items are kept in good condition. If you need a little more convincing, here are a few more reasons why self-storage is a great solution for store-based, online, and at home retailers.

Range of contracts and storage unit sizes

Self-storage facilities typically offer a range of storage unit sizes, which means you only pay for the exact amount of space you need. Staff in these facilities will be able to advise on the best storage size for you, and it is important to take into consideration that you may need to increase this storage size as more stock is delivered. Storage facilities also offer flexible contracts for anyone looking to hire a unit, which means that you can rent storage space for short and long-term periods.

The cost of these facilities might also surprise you, as they tend to be more affordable than you might’ve thought.

High levels of security.

Storage facilities have increased levels of security as they are trusted to keep valuable items safe from theft or damage. A quality facility will combine the security of access control systems with CCTV and/or onsite security guards. With these systems in place, you can rest assured that any stock is well protected against the threat of theft.

Access to items on demand

A common misconception with self-storage facilities is that they don’t provide the necessary amount of access to your stored items. This is a complete myth. Offsite facilities will understand that you need to have access to your items at all times, which includes early mornings, evenings, and weekends. Some storage facilities may also provide a collection and delivery service, making it easier for you to get on with important tasks of the day.

For retailer’s this can be a particularly useful feature when looking to find additional storage for excess stock, whilst also managing their day-to-day business.

Temperature controlled facilities.

Stock may need specific conditions in order to be stored, and if you are unable to provide this for any excess stock at the workplace, then a storage facility offers a great alternative solution. Storage units often include temperature-controlled environments, which means items are protected against the risk of damp or fading under bright light. For perishable products, temperature conditions are absolutely vital to avoid items spoiling and becoming unfit for sale.

Clear unnecessary clutter

Whether you work in a shop, or from home, if you keep high volumes of stock it won’t be long until the start to take up valuable space.

If items are left to stack up, whether, in a stock room, or an office, there is an increased risk of damage which could mean you lose money. Keeping stock in a controlled storage environment will prevent the risk of damage, as items are carefully packed, stacked, and stored.

If you are a retailer and need a cost-effective and secure storage solution for excess stock, contact Bristol-based Stashed Away today. We provide a range of storage units with high levels of security, at affordable prices and with flexible contracts. Contact our team today on 01179 516325 to find out how we can help store your additional stock.

The perfect gift

Let’s talk Christmas gifts. Understandably, some prefer to wait until last minute to get the gifts sorted, but with just six weeks until Father Christmas’ arrival why not getting it sorted now to give you a bit more peace of mind and avoid the stressful hunt for the perfect gift in a crowded high street. But what should I buy? Every year, it is the big challenge. Finding that special gift which make our loved ones happy. We gathered some brilliant and inspiring gift ideas together for him, her and of course the kids.

For Him


This apron is a life-changer. Gone are the days with the disgusting stray hairs in the toothbrush and all over the bathroom. Simply pop this Beard Apron around the culprit’s neck, stick the suction cups to a mirror et voila, mess-free shaving!

An Underground Beer Fridge

Certainly, one of the coolest “boys toys” around. This underground beer lift consists of a tough plastic tube, sealed at one end, incorporating a clever “lift” mechanism so that you can effortlessly raise your stash of beer bottles up and out of the ground. Simply remove the lid, turn the handle 45 degrees and watch the cool beer rise up. When not in use, the three trays of beer are pushed back into the ground and totally disappear.

Camper Van MoonlightFor all the van-enthusiasts, this iconic VW Campervan is a true beauty. Whatever atmosphere you want, set the mood with this fab Campervan Moodlight. You can choose from four colours or phase through all of them for an alternative lighting experience. The van comes with a beautifully designed gift box.

For Her

Hot Water Bottle. She will love this gorgeous hot water bottle with a super soft Cashmere cover, especially during the cold evenings. The long unusual shape allows you to feel more heat over more of your body.
The hot water bottle is cased in a cashmere and merino wool sleeve that’s buttoned up with mother of pearl buttons. The blend of cashmere and merino gives a soft feel from the cashmere and the merino wool is also very comfortable, but has a clever secret!

Giant Prosecco Glass

Love a glass or two of Prosecco? This amazing giant decorative glass can hold a full bottle of fizz inside it! This glass is a true eye-catcher at your next party and the perfect gift for Prosecco lovers. Cheers.This is another genius idea for everyone who likes to keep their personal items close when relaxing in bed. Keep your reading material, phone, stationery, glasses and other personal items in this beautiful storage solution. It can be easily attached to any bed or sofa to create a large pocket suitable for storing an array of items you like to keep close.

For the Kids

Surprise your kids with these fun and delicious candy pencils. They’ll love them. An excellent prank for the classroom or an end of year present for the teacher with a sweet tooth. The candy pencils make life that little bit sweeter. The kids will love these big sticky notes. Drawing will be even more fun on these unique papers. They can draw, peel off and stick up their masterpieces straight away at school and at home. And best of all, they are quite useful for the household as well.

Retro Gaming Mat

With this unique gift you take your kids back to the the golden age of video games. It contains 200 classic video games including Pizza Boy, Balloon Shoot, Firebase and Snake, and will entertain the whole family appealing to children and grown-up gamers alike. It’s a great gift as it is easy to use and requires no installation. The Retro Gaming Mat also offers a great workout as you’ll need to stand up and stamp your feet to play.

Whatever the occasion, the Retro Gaming Mat is guaranteed to provide hours of fun and much mirth all around.