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  • Restaurants and food stands are constantly looking for new and interesting ways to stand out in a highly competitive market, and the Mexican fast food chain Taco Bell is no exception to the rule. Taco Bell has recently unveiled a new pop-up store built out of shipping containers. The restaurant is built from five shipping containers and includes a full Taco Bell menu, outdoor customer seating, and ...
  • "How do I get a shipping container with no rust?" is a common question that we receive through the website; and that question is subjective based on the requirements of the buyer and what they plan on doing with the container. Most used shipping containers will have some surface rust and that's by design based on the container being made of COR-TEN steel. What is COR-TEN Steel? More generically ca ...
  • Hunting out of a can, under the right circumstances, can be a good thing. Preppers and tiny house dwellers have helped to increase the popularity of shipping containers as housing structures all across North America, and there are increasingly more and more companies that convert new or used shipping containers into hunting cabins, The General Idea The concept is pretty simple. Start with the most ...
  • The bankruptcy of Hanjin Shipping Line has been all over the news lately, but many people don't realize how it could, or will, affect them. If you're a general consumer, the bankruptcy could affect you through supply chain problems and delayed arrivals of general products in your local shops and stores, if you're in the business of shipping containers it could have a greater impact on your busines ...
  • A common question that comes through from our customers is, "which states allow shipping container housing?", and the answer is unfortunately vague – all of them, for the most part, sort of. The main purpose of a building permit is safety, both during and after the construction of the structure. It also helps with insurance and possibly the resale value of your container home. The building p ...
  • The storage business is a growing industry all around the United States, and it may be easier to set up and grow a storage company with shipping containers than you'd think. Before you rush into any decision, business or otherwise, it's good to sit down and do a little analysis to help you make the best choices. For a storage business, there are four factors that can drive the ultimate success of ...
  • Open top shipping containers are similar to standard containers, with the exception that that are topless, sort of. In normal uses, open tops come with hard or soft tops, and are used to transport large or heavy things. Rather than go into the dimensions and conventional uses (you can read about those in the article "Open Top Containers: Design and Use"), let’s think about s ...
  • Used shipping containers sometimes require a layer of paint to clean them up and make them blend in with the surrounding area; and depending on what shipping line owned or managed the container the colors will vary and it may or may not fit in where you plan to place it. But how do you paint a shipping container so that the paint will last and you won’t have maintenance issues in the future? ...
  • If you're looking to maximize the storage area you can get relative to cost, and space isn't an issue, than a 45' shipping container is the ideal way to go. 45' shipping containers are both longer and taller than standard containers; and while they tend to be more cost effective in terms or price/size ratio, they are typically they're only available in certain markets. To start, a 45' shipping con ...
  • Getting the best deal on a new or used shipping container can mean different things to different customers, and depending on your level of comfort with regards to shopping around for the cheapest price, it can leave you with a completely different experience and possibly impact the quality of shipping container you purchase. Most shipping containers, both new and used, are sold through retail trad ...
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