In 2016, Scott Evans set up Pink Storage in Newport, Wales, with his brother Greg.
After starting off with 40 units, the firm has gone from strength to strength – and we’ve been involved every step of the way.
Scott launched the business after he noticed that the self-storage industry was lagging behind in terms of the latest technology and digital strategy – and this is where Pink Storage is blazing a trail. Instead of lots of admin and paper, clients sign up online and are immediately texted a unique PIN code to access their unit. The newly-opened Newport branch even uses automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) technology to allow automated entry to the facility.
But aside from the latest technology, a storage facility needs storage – and Mr Box supplied the first batch of 20ft containers in 2016.
Two years and over 100 boxes later, Mr Box are providing yet another 20 boxes for Pink Self Storage – which we’ve painted in the firm’s distinctive bright pink branding – for the front of each of its six sites.
We ordered the units from China, where they were filled with UK-bound cargo before being transported to the UK on a journey that takes about 30 days.
Once the units arrived safely, they were transported around different locations to drop off cargo, before being taken to our Southampton depot. There, they were steam cleaned before being painted bright pink, ready for Scott to collect.
As well as being incredibly secure – each container comes with a factory-fitted lockbox, as well as anti-jemmy lugs to prevent unwanted access – the units are made of corrosion-resistant marine-grade steel. Such paint offers additional protection, and these measures combine with condensation-preventing vents to keep the contents of each unit dry.
Scott said: “We work with Mr Box for the team’s excellent customer service. They’ve been great in terms of always having boxes available ready to collect and have helped us achieve our branding goal with having the containers painted in our hot pink signature colour.”
The brothers are not resting on their laurels either and have an ambitious growth plan for the next few years, fuelled by the team’s experience in digital technologies.
Scott said: “We have a five-year plan set out where we look to open in the top 15 cites in UK.
“We spotted a gap in the market with regards to using more technology in the self-storage industry. Having a team of developers and computer programmers who have vast knowledge in developing systems to make the user experience as simple as possible, we were ideally placed to look at different ways of serving the customer.
“The technology we use allows the client much more freedom, as they can access their unit whenever they need to, and the security of the ANPR system means the sites are secure 24/7.
“We also have a good understanding of algorithms and big data that allow us to make better decisions when entering new areas and setting prices to yield the highest return on investment.”
Pink Storage currently has sites in Bridgend, Cardiff, Caerphilly, Newport, Pontypridd and Rhondda. For more information, visit https://www.pinkstorage.co.uk/newport.html