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  • Last week marked the fifth time that ContainerAuction.com attended the Intermodal Europe convention, and while companies and people change, overall the industry as a whole hasn’t changed a lot; nor can it be expected to, at least not quickly. Some of the larger developments with regards to containers themselves are in paint, software and tracking, and folding containers. Waterborne Paints fo ...
  • Shipping containers, by design, are wind and water tight; so the automatic conclusion that many people make is "how do I get fresh air when I'm locked inside of my shipping container home/storage unit?" The answer is simple, once you add doors and windows, and probably an HVAC system, there will be more than enough airflow to allow you and your family to survive. Even if you're using it as a ...
  • It’s that time of year again when everyone involved in the intermodal industry gets together to discuss the latest developments, trends, and events that have occurred or are going to occur; and this year the event takes place in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Intermodal Europe is the largest annual event that brings together industry leaders in container shipping, leasing, technology, and shipping ...
  • We're asked "I'm using a shipping container for storage; how can I prevent someone from being stuck inside of it?" more times than you'd think. The obvious answer is, "don't lock them in". To anyone familiar with the doors and locking mechanism on a shipping container this sounds like a silly question, but to the novice container user it is a genuine and serious concern. After ...
  • 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 ...
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