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  • Sometimes, a standard refrigerated container just doesn't cut it. Frozen foods, like tuna and shrimp, or pharmaceuticals are much more tolerant than fresh fruits and vegetables; and the timing of the logistics greatly impacts the shelf life, so by creating a better shipping environment the life of the product extends. If you live in a major city and enjoy fresh foods you may have never thought of ...
  • Many people see shipping containers every day, however not as many people purchase them to use as storage units, modular building units, or whatever creative idea they come up with (although all ideas are growing in popularity). We take a lot of questions about what to look for when purchasing a used container, and the advice we normally provide is the same: Make sure the container is square, has ...
  • You asked for it, and we delivered. Since ContainerAuction.com was launched mobile and cellular devices have come a long way in a very fast (nearly) five years. Our shipping container trading platform has undergone a few large changes, and countless small updates to make the site more functional for both buyers and sellers. The latest update was launched last week and greatly increases the fu ...
  • Preppers, just like everyone else, need a break some time; and taking a page from any prepper handbook it's best to plan ahead and make sure you're covered should things completely fall apart. The relative question that we received last week was, "can you build a secure wine cellar from a shipping container?" The simple answer is, "Yes"; and there is a "but...". Read ...
  • Most people see them every day, sitting in storage terminals next to the highway or on the backs of trucks or trains barreling along their way; but most people don’t realize how much shipping containers have really changed the world that we live in, and how quickly it’s happened. Just a few years ago, in 1956 to be exact, Malcom McLean bought two WW2 T2 Tankers and converted them to ca ...
  • Shipping being used for long term, single location residential or commercial storage containers can gain a few extra years of life if they’re put on some type of foundation. A foundation will keep the container off the damp ground and typically allow for some airflow or dead air space to expedite the drying process. In the past we discussed concrete footing foundations, and simple railroad ...
  • Used shipping containers that are being sold by leasing companies and shipping lines are typically 10-15 years old, and have seen their share of travel, with this in mind it can be expected that a container of this age shows the history of its life. Knowing that each company that owns and manages shipping containers has different criteria for maintaining their containers, and some containers are l ...
  • Shipping containers are quick and cost effective building blocks for all types of structures and projects; and can typically be used as a stand-alone solution for storage companies and on-site units for both commercial and retail storage. However, with a few modifications and simple adjustments clients and customers can get a lot more use out of their containers, for a nominal cost. Our parts co ...
  • You've probably never thought about transporting liquids and oils inside of a shipping container, but it happens every day and it's a lot cheaper than you'd think. A lot of high value liquids and oils are moved in tank containers, but non-regulated liquids and oils can be moved in a large, multilayer polyethylene or PVC bladder, or "Flexitank" that's installed inside of a standard 20' dry con ...
  • Bulk foods, such as rice and flour, are ideal for packing on a pallet and loading into a shipping container for transport; but did you know that wine and bananas are also transported in shipping containers? Many different types of foods are moved into containers, and this requires a special grade of container. The container doesn’t necessarily have to be a certain size, but it needs to be on ...
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