4 Questions When Deciding Whether to Buy or Rent a Shipping Container

4 Questions When Deciding Whether to Buy or Rent a Shipping Container

When your business needs additional office space or storage, a shipping container is a great solution!  The first decision that you will need to make is whether you are going to buy or rent a shipping container. To help simplify this process, we recommend that you look at the following four questions to help you solve this issue. 

Considerations whether to Buy or Rent a Shipping Container


1.  What Type of Shipping Container Does Your Business Need?

If you just need a standard storage space or a simple office for a short term, renting will most likely be your best solution.  Simple office space units are designed to have climate control and office area without much else.  Whereas temporary storage units are generally climate controlled and have some shelving available inside.  However, if you need customized storage space, a custom office with a bathroom, or you need the unit for the long term, purchasing the unit will be most beneficial to you.  

2.  Length of Time Needed

Shipping containers life-span is twenty-five or more years when well maintained. Those requiring a long-term solution for office or storage space, purchasing a unit would be your best investment.  Rental units are best for short-term use or for when customization is not necessary. Any customization that is made to a rental unit must be removed before the unit is returned to the container company. 

3.  Maintenance

If your company wants to assume the maintenance for the container because you wish to customize the outside to reflect your brand, purchasing a unit will be in your best interest. Preventative maintenance on these units is effortless and can be performed once or twice a year.  Conversely, if your company does not wish to assume responsibility for the maintenance of the unit and would prefer the container company to make repairs and perform preventative maintenance, renting would be beneficial.  

4.  Budget

As with every aspect of a business, the cost is always a consideration. Renting has its advantages if you are looking for a temporary solution. With renting, however, you will also have transportation costs that factor into this rental as well as any return fees.  Purchasing the unit gives you a one-time expense. Many businesses prefer this over monthly payments. This option also allows you to fully customize your unit without having to worry about the costs associated with restoring the unit when it is returned. 

Please contact Portables360 with any questions.  We will assist you when making the decision whether to buy or rent a shipping container.


Decontaminating Masks Using Shipping Containers (N95)

Decontaminating Masks Using Shipping Containers (N95)

The fight against coronavirus (also known as COVID 19) is a top priority for businesses in every industry.  Battelle is a company on the front lines of decontaminating N95 masks.  In fact, many companies are now producing goods to help fight coronavirus. The shipping container industry is a vital key in Battelle’s process by decontaminating masks using shipping containers (N95).

Battelle, N95 Masks, and the Coronavirus

The need for personal protective equipment (PPE) is now at critical levels. With N95 masks in short supply, even though they are reusable. Once opened and exposed, a mask must be decontaminated before it is used again. Sadly, the decontamination process can be lengthy.  The ability to purify large quantities of masks at one time was almost impossible until now.

Battelle created a Critical Care Decontamination System that has been approved by the FDA. Using shipping containers because of their size and portability, Battelle created a system where N95 masks will be placed in large quantities inside the container and completely sterilized in 12 hours. 

Since the containers are air-tight, Battelle is able to use hydrogen peroxide vapor to sterilize the masks. The vapor is released in the sealed container.  The masks remain in the vapor for 12 hours. After this time has elapsed, the masks are sanitized and ready for use. 

Just One Of Many Uses For Shipping Containers In The Fight Against COVID 19 

Shipping containers can be used for many different issues in the fight against COVID 19. Easily customizable containers can be used to set up office space, testing centers, or to house much-needed supplies in hard-hit areas.  

Containers will be converted into intake areas for hospitals to keep COVID 19 patients separated from other patients.  They will be used as a place where triage will be performed for non-COVID 19 patients. 

Containers are a quick way to get a secure structure into any location. The containers will be fitted with electricity, air conditioning, plumbing, and wi-fi for ease of use. Containers are available in different sizes.  Because of their versatility, the needs of any business or community can be easily met. 

Portable Storage Containers When Moving – 5 Benefits

Portable Storage Containers When Moving – 5 Benefits

When you are moving, regardless of whether it is your home or office, you have three options. You can hire a moving company at a great expense.  You can rent a moving truck and have to hurry and pack and move everything quickly to reduce costs.  Or you can use a portable storage container when moving. While each of these methods has benefits, there are some additional benefits associated with using a shipping container for your move.

5 Benefits of Using Portable Storage Containers When Moving

  1. Move On Your Own Schedule 

Life does not stop just because you need to move. When you use portable shipping containers when moving, you can pack it when you have time.  In addition, your items will remain safe and secure until you are ready to unpack.

  1. Reduce Conflict In Schedules 

Each person in your home has a different schedule. Packing and moving can be quite tricky when you do not have everyone together at one time to complete all the preparation. Gradually packing the storage container according to everyone’s schedule will allow the packing to get done with minimal impact on work schedules.   Plus, each person packing their items assists not losing items.

  1. Ensure the Moving Truck is Loaded Correctly

Operating a large moving van or truck requires knowledge on how to load the vehicle properly. This is especially important if your state requires you to go through the truck scales when traveling on the interstates while moving. If your vehicle is loaded improperly, you could find yourself repacking it at a truck area so that it can pass the scales. Avoid this nightmare by merely using a shipping container for your move. 

  1. No need to Drive a Rental Truck

Yes, a large moving truck may operate the same way that your personal vehicle does, but it does not drive the same way. You must turn, back, and manage the vehicle much differently than your car. If you are not comfortable driving such a large vehicle, your move could be dangerous.  Utilizing a portable storage container eliminates this issue.

  1. Expense

Moving companies and rental trucks are expensive!  This is especially true if you are moving to another city or state.  Use of Portable storage containers when moving provide you with a safe, secure, and economical way to move your belongings to your new home or place of business. 

Portable Storage Containers When Moving

Portables 360 has several sizes and options for shipping containers.  Additionally, we offer refrigerated containers if you’re moving perishable items.  We look forward to speaking with you and meeting your containers needs!

Shipping Containers & Coronavirus 

Shipping Containers & Coronavirus 

The coronavirus (COVID 19) has forced many medical facilities, first responders, and government offices to seek immediate extra space. Mobile offices for virus hot zones, extra medical space for care facilities, and storage space for supplies has become a necessity   Shipping containers & Coronavirus are strange bedfellows.

Officials from all of these industries will benefit from the use of shipping containers during this national crisis. Shipping containers can quickly be converted into an office or medical space and will also provide the following benefits: 

* Easy to move structures – Move the container away from congested areas so that you have better control over social distancing 

* Easier to clean and maintain than a tarp or tent 

* Containers can quickly be modified to include plumbing, temperature control, and electricity. All containers can be fitted for Wi-Fi 

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Different Uses For Shipping Containers during Coronavirus COVID 19 Pandemic  


Mobile Testing Center 

You can have a container delivered to any location to set up a quick mobile testing center. Containers can also be used as a walk-up testing center with office operations inside to keep patients separated and honor their privacy. 

Temporary Medical Care 

You can set up a triage unit in the container to help assist the hospital with screening and admitting patients. This also keeps these patients separate from others in the emergency room. 

Supply Distribution 

First Responders and Medical Professionals are in desperate need for supplies. These containers are used to house supplies as they are distributed in a drive-up manner. This protects those who are distributing the product.  In addition, it protects those receiving the items. 

Temporary Office Space 

Many companies are unable to follow the stay-home orders because of the services they provide. In an effort to encourage social distancing and protect employees, containers can be converted into additional office space.  In this way, employees can work further apart. 

There are several other uses a portable shipping container could provide during coronavirus. When you need space for any reason, a portable shipping container is your best and fastest solution.