Self-storage history and overview of the industry:

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It is currently believed that the concept of self-storage was first exhibited in China over 2000 years ago, as it can be seen that the Chinese stored their valuables in clay pots buried deep in the ground. Thankfully the self-storage industry has come on along way from there, with the modern self-storage method first being adapted in America in the 1950s.

Containerised self-storage first arrived in the UK from America during the 1980s. At this point in time self-storage was predominantly used by businesses to archive their files and store excess stock. It was viewed as cheap and cost-efficient method to increase the capacity of a growing enterprise.

The Growth of Self Storage in The UK

After this point, as we entered the new millennium there was a sharp increase in popularity of self-storage by individuals rather than just businesses. People began to realise that when moving house, going abroad or just for general storing, containerised self-storage was a reliable and secure choice.

Today in the UK, there are over 700 self-storage sites, demonstrating the immense popularity of this form of storage. It can be seen that from 2018 to 2022 there was an increase of people who used self-storage in the UK from 1.29 to 2.28. The industry is currently booming with popularity due to companies like Boxtor and Alert Self-storage who provide excellent customer service and containerised storage to all their customers.

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Excellent customer service

“Excellent customer service. Dominic, Nicola and Val on the team were ultra helpful and nothing was too much trouble. The delivery driver Lee’s skill at deploying the container in the tightest of spaces with amazing precision has to be seen, really impressed with the service.”
– Peter

The whole experience from initial…

“The whole experience from initial enquiry right through to delivery was flawless. Queries to the sales team were answered quickly and they went out of their way to arrange for pick up of old containers when the new ones were delivered. The new containers are superb….one very happy customer. :)”
– David Sanders

Great Customer Service & Products

“We purchased a reefer through Boxtor and Dominic was our main point of contact since the beginning. He provided us with a competitive quote and made sure that the reefer was delivered as soon as possible. The whole process was seamless and we are very happy with the overall experience. We are looking forward to doing business with Boxtor again in the near future”
– Theo Alatas

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