Metal containers come in a variety of shapes and elements. Tin, steel and aluminum make up the most frequently used items. Business owners can choose from anything from tin canisters to aluminum bottles or paint cans to steel drums or storage units. Metal containers offer a more secure and protective, and, in some respects, appealing way of storing and shipping items.
Nearly every industry employs the use of a metal container in some fashion. As you consider using metal containers for your business, keep the following options in mind:
1. A metal container is useful for product packaging and shipping in the food industry.
2. An industrial metal container, such as a steel drum, is necessary for storing large quantities of chemicals.
3. Consider the use of a steel container as an on-site storage unit.
Package products in metal containersMetal tins are a popular means of packaging products such as gourmet foods and wines. Aluminum bottles are great for products such as lotions, body sprays or air fresheners. If your business provides CDs or DVDs to clients, such as a photography business, consider packaging these items in tin CD cases for an extra appealing presentation. You can also use these tins as metal shipping containers, securing them in a box for added product protection.
Use metal storage containers for paint and other liquidsBusinesses such as paint manufacturers can use metal paint cans for their product. Additionally, if you own an industrial business, you are likely to have large quantities of chemicals and liquids that you will need to store, such as oil and other lubricants for your machinery. Use a steel drum to store these hazardous items safely.
Store large and bulk items outdoors with a steel storage containerIf you're outgrowing your business location but don't want to move, consider adding a large metal storage container to the premises for old files, bulk supplies or unused office furniture. Unlike an offsite storage unit that requires traveling to and from the location when you need something contained within, these metal storage facilities can be just a few steps away from your office door. In addition to convenience, if you later decide to move to a new location, your metal storage container goes with you. They may be a substantial initial investment but can work out to be cheaper in the long run.
- A steel container for storage purposes may not have climate control available. Either purchase a unit with this feature or avoid storing items within that may suffer damage in extreme temperatures, such as electronics. Another example includes some plastic items that may melt or become deformed in the summer months, since the metal of the storage unit can conduct excess heat.