How self storage can help Amazon sellers
Does your business sell its products through Amazon Marketplace? If so, you have the benefit of access to millions of potential customers without having to spend a fortune on the usual overheads involved in running a physical shop. All you need is somewhere store your stock and a system of accessing that stock to send it to your customers without delay.
We offer secure, indoor storage units that are ideal for storing all kinds of business stock and equipment with very flexible terms. Our self storage units could be the most cost-effective and stress-free storage solution for your Amazon stock.
10 Key benefits of self storage for Amazon retailers
1. Lowest Price Guarantee
We offer a Lowest Price Guarantee* at many of our stores, so we won’t be beaten on price
. For a full list of stores who are not currently offering the LPG or only on selected units please see our Lowest Price Guarantee terms and conditions
One storage unit for all of your products
Perhaps you’ve found that the storage facilities offered by Amazon are too restrictive, especially if you want to store stock that you’ll sell via other online platforms such as Etsy and eBay.
Using a Safestore unit for all of your stock, tools, equipment and supplies will allow you to monitor your stock levels
more accurately. You’ll also have everything in one place ready to send to your customers, wherever they are and through whichever site they have found your business.
2. Flexible contracts
Flexibility is central to our contracts. With Safestore, you can:
- Increase or decrease the size of your unit if your stock levels fluctuate - you won’t have to pay for more space than you need, and you can quickly and easily arrange for more space (subject to availability) if you want to build up your stock at times of high demand, such as Christmas.
- Keep your unit for just a week or for as long as you need on a weekly rolling contract.
There are no hidden fees or penalties involved.
3. Accessible storage
We know that quick turnaround is crucial when fulfilling orders on Amazon. The majority of our stores are open 7 days a week during normal business hours, and many allow 24-hour access
to your unit. When you receive orders from your customers, you can get access to your unit quickly and easily so that you can pick your stock and send it out without delay.
4. Deliveries accepted for you
If you’re expecting a delivery of stock or other supplies, you may be able to have these sent directly to the Safestore where you keep your unit. Many of our stores have staff on site who can accept deliveries on your behalf
and will keep them safe until you can arrive to take them to your unit. You will never need to waste your valuable work time waiting in for a package again.
5. Deliveries and packaging
We sell packaging supplies such as bubble wrap and boxes on site, making it easy for you to pick up fresh supplies if you run out.
Each Safestore is also a DHL Service Point
, so you can send your parcels to your customers direct from all of our stores and you are also welcome to use your own couriers.
6. Multi-use storage units
More than 50 of our stores also have office space available to rent. If you don’t have enough admin to require an office, though, it’s worth knowing that many Amazon sellers who store their stock with us also use their storage unit as office space
. You can set up a desk, computer and packaging area and wrap up your deliveries directly from your shelves.
7. Discounts for longer-term stays
As mentioned above, you can keep your unit for however long you may need it. If you know that you’ll need it for at least a year, our stores offer a long-term 20% off discount for stays of 12 months or longer
. To find a local store that offers these discounts, give us a ring or use our online chat service and we’ll help you to find the best deal available at a location that suits you.
8. Easily accessible units
Depending on the store you choose, you can find units with:
- free customer car parking
- drive up room access
- covered loading bays
- double door entry
- extra-wide corridors
- lifts and/or ground-floor units
We can also provide trolleys to help you with loading and unloading, and shelves to help you to maximise the use of your space.
9. Forklift truck service
Of particular use to our Amazon sellers is our forklift truck (FLT) availability. If you have bulk stock to move in and out of your unit, many of our stores can provide FLTs. You can use these if you have a valid FLT licence, but if you don’t have this then it may be possible for a member of our team to load and unload your unit for you with one of our FLTs. This is often free. The availability of our FLT service depends on the store and staffing, so please enquire about which stores near you provide this service when calling to reserve a unit.
10. Nationwide services
If your business is particularly large or you have more than one base of operations, you may be interested in becoming a National Accounts Customer
. With this service, you can have use of self storage units at several locations (wherever is convenient for your business) nationwide, overseen by a dedicated Accounts Manager. You’ll receive a single, weekly invoice for all of your units and there are preferential terms of business including extended credit terms if you decide to go ahead.
What our Amazon customers say about us
Amazon sellers frequently use Safestore to store their stock. Amongst them are E4U Electricals UK, which sells a wide range of electrical accessories and cables. Owner Jack Syed is happy to recommend Safestore to other Amazon sellers because, “Safestore is perfect for businesses like ours. We particularly appreciate having 24-hour access to our stock, having deliveries accepted for us by the Safestore staff, and the high levels of security at the store.”
Likewise, Max Moccia, owner of Aviator Coffee (which sells ethically-sourced coffees from around the world to wholesalers and individuals) can highly recommend us: “They offer excellent facilities for a reasonable price. Their friendly and efficient staff are always at hand to give excellent customer service.”
And Nerd Toys (retailers of retro and modern ‘nerdy’ toys, games, collectables and gifts) is run by owner Jason McQuade, who says, “[The store is] always well maintained and cost-effective, and the staff are always friendly and helpful. Safestore are miles ahead of other places we looked at before moving in."
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