As an entrepreneurship consultant who has helped numerous small business owners optimize operations, I always recommend installing compactus shelving storage systems. If you‘ve seen these movable shelving units before and wondered about the benefits, let me convince you why transitioning to compactus can pay dividends.
Massive Floor Space Savings
One of the biggest constraints facing small retail stores, offices, workshops, and other spaces is limited square footage. You want to fit in as much inventory, equipment, furniture and work areas as possible without feeling cramped. This is where compactus shelving delivers tremendous value:
- A typical stationary shelving unit that is 36" deep with 5 shelves and taking up 9 sq ft of floor space provides 180 sq ft of storage surface area.
- A compactus unit with the same specs but collapsing to just 24" depth when closed provides the same 180 sq ft of storage area yet only occupies 6 sq ft of floor space.
That equates to a 33% reduction in space claimed on your valuable floor real estate! You could install another desk, display case, machinery or anything else in that newly free 3 sq ft area.
And that was just a simple example with one unit. Implement sliding compactus storage along an entire wall or room and you may double, triple or even quadruple your usable square footage. This space efficiency advantage over traditional shelving is invaluable for small businesses lacking expansive floor plans.
Organization Leads to Productivity
How much time have you or employees wasted searching for a specific item that got buried somewhere in storage? How often do you reorder materials simply because you couldn‘t find existing ones? Disorganization kills productivity and compactus units provide the perfect storage optimization solution:
- Group items logically on adjustable shelving
- Label sections clearly for fast identification
- Protect materials from damage or loss
- Enjoy quick access without digging through messy piles
Studies show knowledge workers waste an average of 6 weeks per year searching for items due to inadequate information systems. That time drain can be slashed drastically with an organized compactus storage approach.
Flexible Configurations Suit Any Needs
Compactus shelving is available from various manufacturers in countless sizes and customization options:
- Adjustable shelf heights to accommodate odd-shaped items
- Different shelf materials like wood, steel wire, plastic
- Doors/panels to enclose certain shelves
- Locks for security or limit access
- Wheels that pivot or lock for mobility
With these choices available as standalone units or integrated wall systems, compactus can adapt perfectly to your specific storage requirements. As your business evolves, the modularity also allows reshaping things to emerging needs.
Real Small Business Examples
Here are just a couple case studies from small businesses I have worked with who implemented compactus shelving:
Local Hardware Shop
- The owner struggled with keeping his diverse inventory organized.
- Implemented locking heavy duty compactus units with sliding wire shelves.
- Reduced time wasted searching for items from 2 hours per day to under 15 minutes!
- The tiny closet used for files and office supplies was overflowing.
- Installed a compactus system with lateral file drawers and stationary shelves.
- Quadrupled storage capacity within the same footprint.
The universal feedback from small business clients after adding compactus storage is: "I wish I had done this years ago!"
Let me know if you have any other questions about how compactus shelving can transform your small business storage. I‘m always happy to chat through any scenario or plans!
John Santos, Small Business Optimization Consultant