Cold Storage to Aid Refugee Operations

Cold Storage to Aid Refugee Operations

Portables360 is proud to offer support to those supporting others.

We recently shipped out over 30 refrigerated storage units to support food service vendors preparing to distribute food and meals for Afghan refugees in the US.

The Afghan refugees are staying at military bases around the US. One of these bases is Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey.

This facility is a combination of three other military units: the old McGuire Air Force Base, the Army’s former Fort Dix, and the Naval Air Engineering Station Lakehurst.

This base currently has the capacity to house around 3,500 evacuees, but they are hoping to expand to shelter 10,000.

There is another shelter located in Virginia at the Fort Pickett Army Base. This facility is currently housing about 5,000 Afghans and is also hoping to expand up to 10,000.

There will certainly be a lot of supplies and resources needed to support this number of people. Portables360 is happy to assist the food service vendors to provide fresh food to those in shelter at these bases.

Our cold storage units are a great solution for food vendors looking to transport and store large quantities of supplies.

Are you a food service vendor in need of portable cold storage units? Contact the team at Portables360 today!

How The Cold Storage Container Industry is Adapting to Rising Demand

How The Cold Storage Container Industry is Adapting to Rising Demand

A few years ago, the cold storage industry was experiencing steady changes and relatively consistent demand. Since early 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic completely shifted the industry, rapidly increasing demand and accelerating new business models.

Initially, newly developing production and distribution systems caused absolute panic and a variety of concerns among established players in the cold storage industry. Emerging supply chain models triggered the demand for new cold storage models, adding complexity and rapid growth to the existing system.

These changes were a direct result of the pandemic changing individual behavior. For example, more people began hoarding and stocking frozen food items. As a result, businesses strategized to react to these adjustments. Investors turned their attention to cold chain outsourcing, refrigerated transportation, and warehousing.

Finding the right cold storage warehousing option can be a hefty expense for many businesses. Portables360 offers affordable cold storage options that accommodate businesses navigating the booming cold storage and refrigerated container industry.

Benefits of Cold Storage Containers

Many businesses are turning to cold storage containers because they do not require the massive capital outlay, electrical or building permits, or the time necessary to build additional on-site storage. Refrigerated containers offer the necessary hardware for a variety of industries, especially those with perishable items.

Refrigerated containers from Portables360 are safe, clean, and portable, saving you both time and money. Our cold storage containers provide maximum thermal efficiency with minimal air leakage.

In addition to affordability and versatility, other drivers shaping the industry mentality include the 4 C’s: convenience, capacity, consistency, and control.

Convenience

Convenience is a common trend in our society. People want things fast and easy, as individuals are constantly on the go. As noted by the New York Times, consumers’ mentality shifted with the pandemic. More individuals desired to shop less and have quick-to-make frozen meals at their disposal. Thus, they began to stock up their freezers with more frozen meals, increasing the desirability for quality cold storage options.

The same demand translates to industry and commerce. Refrigerated cold storage containers are the convenient solution for commercial needs – from perishables to pharmaceutical items. Portables360 can customize and readily deliver the necessary on-site refrigerated containers for your specific needs.

Capacity

As previously mentioned, consumer demand is shifting towards larger freezers to hold more frozen meals and other items. Larger freezer spaces are necessary for manufacturers ramping up the production of items that are heightening in demand. Increased cold storage demand puts extraordinary strains on an already over-capacity cold storage/warehousing industry.

Refrigerated containers optimize the cold storage size and capacity, enabling the container to be used in a variety of ways. Refrigerated containers from Portables360 come in a variety of sizes, perfect for a range of capacity needs.

Consistency and Control

Refrigerated storage containers offer consistent and regulated temperature controls. For example, temperature-sensitive pharmaceuticals at hospitals or natural disaster sites can be secured in mobile cold storage units. Portables360 also can customize your reefer container to manage two different temperature settings.

Portables360 has additional methods to keep your product cool, such as installing temperature control curtains on the entrance of your container. This way, even when you open the container and move things in and out, the cool air remains inside the container.

Altogether, the use of refrigerated cold storage containers is dramatically accelerating through new business production and distribution systems. These containers have a range of benefits for businesses – from convenience and capacity to control and versatility.

If you are looking for an affordable, versatile, and customizable cold storage container, contact the experts at Portables360 today!

 

Shipping Container Farms

Shipping Container Farms

The solution to a food desert is a hydroponic farm.  There is a lot of talk about food deserts and the inability to get fresh, affordable foods into some areas of the country. Inner cities are often considered a food desert area.  Because of the lack of larger grocery stores in cities, fresh foods are not as available. Having access to healthier foods improves the overall health of a community.

One of the ways that food deserts can be combated is by creating shipping container farms. Shipping containers easily convert into hydroponic growing areas that can be used year-round.

Shipping Container Hydroponic Farms

Using shipping containers to create a hydroponic farm is environmentally beneficial. To start, you are repurposing a container instead of allowing it to sit empty or enter a landfill. When you set up a hydroponic system, you are no longer stripping the soil of nutrients or overburdening the soil. Since these containers create a controlled environment setting, you will not need to use any type of pesticides to protect your crops.

Additional benefits of creating shipping container farms include:

  • Portability. You can place a shipping container anywhere there is a flat piece of ground.  This includes empty lots in a city setting.
  • You can move these containers at any time it is necessary and use them immediately in the new location.
  • Climate controlled. The containers are climate controlled.  This allows for year-round growing and higher yields with each crop.
  • Harvesting is easier and does not require large equipment to complete.
  • Helps conserve water due to being an enclosed system.
  • Can grow fruit, vegetables, or even farm fish in these containers.  This creates a fresh food source for any area.
  • A 20-foot shipping container can yield the same crops as 1 acre of land.

Everything used in the containers is environmentally friendly, including using LED lights and insulation to help regulate power usage.

hydroponic farms produce a bounty of vegetables

Portables 360 Builds Containers That Are Used For Hydroponic Farms

When you are thinking about creating a hydroponic farm, Portables 360 will help convert any sized shipping container into your growing center. We install lighting, shelving, and water systems.  Call us for whatever else you need to start your farming container.

Several companies have already begun to use shipping containers to grow crops in city settings. The success they are experiencing is amazing. It is very encouraging!  Soon, the term food desert will be something of the past.

 

Easy Access Side Doors for Shipping Containers

Easy Access Side Doors for Shipping Containers

Side doors make for easy access to shipping containers.  When you decide on custom features to have installed in your shipping container, one of the most popular features to consider are side doors. Shipping containers have a single entrance door at the end of the container that is perfect for moving large equipment or boxes in and out of, but a side door will make it much easier for foot traffic to enter and leave the container.

Side Doors Are Available In A Variety of Styles

Having a side entrance to your shipping container is an added convenience for you and your business. Keep the large cargo doors secured at all times.  Only open them when you need to move large equipment or boxes. This helps enhance security. Then, you and your employees access the interior via the side door which easily opens and closes for security.

Choose from the following styles of shipping container side doors based on your company needs:

Single Door – This is perfect for entering and exiting the container when just one or two people are using the container at a time.

Double Door – If you have a lot of foot traffic in and out of the container, such as an office setting, you may want to place double doors on the side to use as an entrance and exit. This helps improve flow and prevent accidents from happening.

Doors with Windows. This preference is a great option for natural lighting.  Use of a window helps anyone working inside have visual contact with who is entering the container.

Roll Up Doors. These doors have practical use on the side of a container when you move a lot of smaller equipment and boxes in and out of the container and don’t want the hindrance of opening and closing a regular sized door.

Shipping Container Side Doors Improve Workflow and Reduce Stress

It may not seem like a “big deal” at first, the thought of entering and exiting the container through the original cargo doors. But it does not take long to discover that it can get stressful and tiring continually opening and closing these heavy doors every time you need access to the container. This is especially true if you are only going in for one or two small things.

The cargo doors were originally designed to be heavy to remain secure while traveling long distances by ship and train. While this is very beneficial to people who use repurposed shipping containers, it also can become a burden. This is why Portables 360 encourages all of its clients to consider a type of side door for their custom shipping container if people will be entering and exiting the unit throughout the day.

 

Best Portable Cold Storage Solution for Business

Best Portable Cold Storage Solution for Business

Finding a portable cold storage solution for your business doesn’t have to be overwhelming.  Consider the following 3 easy steps to make your decision to make the process simple and straightforward.

  1. What does your business requirements for cold storage?
  2. Understand all your options.
  3. Schedule a consultation with the manufacturer.

What does your business require in a portable cold storage solution?

Cold Storage or Standard Storage Solution

First, it’s essential to comprehend what a portable cold storage container or standard storage container implies. Like a prefab office building, these containers provide easy, affordable, and mobile business or home storage solutions. Refrigerated containers, also known as reefers, supply customers with alternative and cost-conscious options for consistent temperature-controlled spaces. If your business doesn’t require cold storage, for instance, there are standard containers available. Do your needs specify custom options like lighting, shelving, a rollup door, or electrical outlets?

Size Requirements

Size is another consideration for your business needs. How big do you require your container to be?  What’s the size of space allotted for your container? Portables 360 has 20′, 40′, and custom containers to literally fit your business needs.

Location

Figuring out your storage container’s location is vital.  It assists with size requirements.  More importantly, it helps you decide if your business requires a more customized container option. On-site designers and fabricators possess the ability to customize your reefer trailer or standard container professionally.

Consider Your Business’s Future Locations

Many business owners use cold storage solutions to ease transport.  Therefore, relocating your storage container is a snap. Let Portables 360 know if you plan to relocate in the future.  We will come up with the best cold storage solution for your needs.

Understand all your options.

Do you want to buy or rent?  Is it best for your business to purchase new or used? Materials are another consideration. Does your business require a single large container with multiple units inside?  This is similar to  a prefab office building. You do not need to be a business owner to enjoy a portable storage container. Homeowners find they double as a great garage, tool shed, or hobby area!  Versatility is key here!

Schedule a consultation with the manufacturer.

Speak with one of our Customer Care specialists to find out your options.  Create your shipping container solution today.  Our dedicated and knowledgeable team is committed to providing you fast service. We are located in Weston, Connecticut.  Our service area is Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Connecticut, and New York.

Your Guide to Custom Storage Containers

Your Guide to Custom Storage Containers

This guide to storage containers will save you money!  You benefit with a shipping container for storage.  Consider a 40-foot container to store seasonal equipment.  Forty feet!   Do you need multiple customized units to store your grocery chain’s food products? Whatever the reason you need extra storage space, shipping containers are perfect!   The following will help.

Guide to Custom Storage Containers

What Are You Storing? 

While planning your custom storage containers, the first question is what will be stored?  Next, will you need temperature control? Will you need lighting and shelving units? Will you need special doors or fixtures to accommodate your goods? 

These questions are essential to creating the right type of storage unit for your business. Portables360 can convert your container with air conditioning and temperature control. Also, you can customize interiors or add ventilation to your units based on your requirements. 

What Size Do You Need? 

Portables360 carries several different sizes of shipping containers that easily convert for storage. Our most common containers are 20 or 40 feet long. When your business needs maximum interior space, we recommend the larger containers. When you need more space than a 40-foot container can provide, we create multi-unit storage units. 

Modifications 

Do you need special modifications for your container?  For instance, side entrance, cargo doors, special cooling systems, and electric and plumbing systems are modifications easily added to your container. 

We also place your container on a chassis to make it portable.  In addition, adjustments make it high enough to use near your shipping docks or with larger trucks unloading to the container. 

Shelving and Storage Organization 

We help you design shelving and storage space within your container to get maximum space.  Portables 360 has extensive experience in customizing shipping containers ensuring no space is wasted. Finally, we customize your shelving and storage space to accommodate any special sizes you require. 

Flooring and Walls 

The choices you make for the interior of your container is crucial to its functionality.  Selecting the right type of insulation and wall coverings is vital.  The right type of flooring helps you get the most use from your container. 

Things you should consider include temperature control factors as well as how you clean the unit. If your storage goods require you to sweep the floor, regular wood flooring is perfect. However, if you need to hose out the unit frequently, metallic walls and epoxy covered flooring are your best choice. 

Talk To An Expert 

Get the most from custom storage containers.  Have a unit customized to your needs. To begin, speak with a representative from Portables 360 to design the ultimate storage container space.