Boxing Clever During A Recession

Article from The Mover by Marianne Lee | Jul 09, 2012
The market for containers is growing despite the downturn in the economy and pressure on margins.

The Mover’s Deputy Editor David Jordan travelled to Felixstowe to meet Sarah Jones, General Manager of Mr Box to discover the secret of their success and why people in the moving industry should care.

Sarah Jones - Mr BoxI met Sarah at the company’s storage and workshop facility in Felixstowe and for once I was thankful to be wearing my high-vis jacket.

Sea containers stacked several storeys high surrounded us as we walked through the busy yard; a huge fork lift truck hurrying around, effortlessly lifting them precisely into place like a giant playing with Lego.

Sarah explained that this was only one of their depots the company has seven similar sites around the country including London, Liverpool and Manchester.

New containers of various sizes are shipped in from China with one-way cargo to reduce costs while second-hand units are bought directly from shipping lines. Once in the UK they are cleaned and prepared for sale or rent with many being adapted to suit customers’ individual requirements. The delivery period for a standard container is no more than five days.

Mr Box has enjoyed considerable growth since it was formed in 2000 and is now one of the UK’s largest suppliers of storage containers with a hire fleet of more than 2,000 units and annual unit sales of around 1,200. “About 25% of our business is in the self storage sector,” said Sarah…  » Read full article at