When you’re managing an office, you need everything to run smoothly. People and physical assets all need to be in the right place at the right time to make sure everyone can do their jobs as efficiently as possible. However, the bigger your office and business, the harder it can be to keep on top of all your physical belongings.
This is where managed storage wins over self-storage hands down. For a business that needs a solution that fits within its everyday mechanics, offers complete visibility and is reliably affordable, it ticks all the boxes.
Managed storage can dovetail seamlessly into a business’s existing processes and procedures. A business often has to adhere to internal or external processes, such as having complete accountability of physical assets such as IT equipment.
We can act as your outsourced facilities team, putting in place an extension to your own facilities management processes that allows your staff to access or view items whenever they need to. As you can have items collected or returned at a day’s notice, your team can remain as agile as if they were accessing the storage facility themselves.
Thanks to technology, managed storage offers complete visibility into where your items are. Before the item has even left your office, photos and details are uploaded to the online inventory portal, Click-store, which means you will never lose track of an item again. Items can then be searched for on Click-store using a variety of search criteria including item type, date, department and so on – then recalled at a day’s notice.
This is crucial if you have a change of staff or if a new team needs to take control of items in storage. If you store items that you use for an annual event, for example, such as conference chairs, the member of staff organising the event could be different each year.
Using self-store, it is very easy to forget what you have in storage or for a new staff member to overlook a crucial item. With Click-store’s straightforward categories and search facility, you can ensure continuity year after year.
Last but by no means least, managed storage is cheaper than self-store. The main reason for this is because you only pay for the storage space that you use.
For example, you might need 3,000 sq ft of storage one month, but the next month you might only need 2,000 sq ft. With self-store, you usually have to sign up for a set amount of space for a set amount of time, which could mean you pay for space you’re not using.
Warehouse staff are also able to make better use of storage areas, using containers designed for the space. It’s very easy for self-store to become chaotic, particularly if many different people have access. For better peace of mind all around, it’s better to let us manage your storage for you.
To find out how you can save both money and time by swapping self-store for managed storage, speak to the CAMA team today.