Your “need-to-know” list before renting a container

Public awareness about the massive benefits of renting a container for various uses, both for businesses and individuals, have massively increased recently. If you have decided about going this route, there are some things you need to be aware of prior to contacting a reputable container company, as Kashief Schroeder, Co-founder and director of Container Intermodal Trading CC (CIT), points out:  SPECIFY INTENT FOR CONTAINER(S) Firstly, make very sure that…

Self-Storage Industry Go Mobile With Containers

Another trend that we are experiencing currently is with self-storage units. In the past, containers were a standard size with standard placement of doors on only one side (as they served only one purpose). As self-storage containers are on the increase, we are finding that innovative designs are being incorporated, especially with moving the access points (doors) of the containers. A storage container can even be divided into two with…

Easy Peasy! Stack Up On Flat-Pack Containers

This major trend currently is flat-pack containers whereby containers arrive nested and can be easily assembled upon arrival. The different parts of the container, most notably the sides, bottom and top, are stacked upon each other as to save space when it is shipped to its destination. Once opened, assembly is pretty simple.   Although just about all containers are manufactured in China, I do see an opportunity here for…

Containers Are Going Domestic

One of the biggest trends that we are experiencing in the container industry over the last couple of years in South Africa is the innovative use of containers, especially using them as container homes. People are attracted to the fact that the containers are mobile and not that expensive anymore, especially with expired containers. Many do the conversions by themselves without any outside assistance. Alternatively, others are using these containers…

CIT WALKS AWAY WITH TOP HONOURS IN ITS CATEGORY AT ECIC / CAPE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AWARDS FOR WESTERN CAPE EXPORTERS

CIT Intermodal (The Container Company), established in June 2007 with the express aim to provide a better all round containerisation service, walked away with top honours at the ECIC/Cape Chamber of Commerce Western Cape Exporter of the Year Competition in the “Non-Engineering / Manufacturing Company” category. Now in its 27th year, the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry invited any businesses based in the Western Cape that exports products and/or…

8 Creative ways to use a shipping container

Shipping containers has always been used as transportation of cargo. Due to it being durable, portable, low cost and sustainable, recycled or new shipping containers can be modified into pretty much anything. We have compiled a list of 8 creative ways you can use a shipping container… Shipping Container Homes: Living in a shipping container, means you can live anywhere on a low budget, and still stay in a modern…

Converted Shipping Containers Help Educate Underprivileged Children In South Africa

Another great initiative! Personal offices, pop-up shops, retail stores: is there anything you can’t use those old metal shipping containers for? Now, Tsai Design Studio has  converted one of these multipurpose vessels into a classroom on the outskirts of Cape Town, South Africa. The Vissershok Container Classroom, which has recently won the silver Loerie Award for architecture, offers rural primary school children a tranquil environment where they can learn, grow their…

The Bright Kid Foundation’s light bright container classrooms

An awesome initiative for old containers! An education system designed to prevent intellectual development has left schools in South African townships and rural areas poorly resourced and with sub-standard infrastructure. Believing that a safe, bright and resourced environment is conducive to positive childhood development, the folks at the Bright Kid Foundation have come up with a cost-effective alternative to failing schools. The organisation’s innovative Edutainer is a shipment container fitted…