The customized shipping container store trend is thought to have been pioneered by Starbucks in 2011 when they opened a 450 square foot shipping container store in Washington. Shipping container stores have continued to become an increasingly viable option for businesses who want to increase brand awareness through marketing while sticking to a budget. They’re also relatively quick to get up and running: Dubbed design 4.0, shipping container stores stand to take between five and 12 weeks off a store’s potential opening timeline. Once you get your shipping container ready to be used for your experiential marketing event, consider making these sustainable and eco-friendly upgrades.
Sustainable lighting makes a great addition to any shipping container. One of the most popular options is a solar panel installation, but they can be somewhat pricey. Solar panels and other sustainable lights save electricity and utility costs in your shipping container. They also add a unique sense of appeal to customers, who will recognize that your business prioritizes the environment. Talk to your builder to discuss your options when it comes to sustainable lighting.
It’s also a good idea to explore your options for sustainably-sourced flooring. Engineered hardwood, for example, is a glamorous, elegant, and luxurious option for any shipping container storefront. It’s also very easy to maintain and affordable for a wide range of budgets. Once again, your builder can determine the best sustainable flooring options based on the needs of your modified shipping containers.
Finally, make sure to keep overall recyclability in mind when thinking about your options for shipping container modifications. Your builder will likely have countless ways to personalize clients’ shipping containers based on the storefront and overall marketing needs. From the floors to the ceilings, almost every aspect of your shipping container can go for a sustainability boost.
Downtown Container Park in Las Vegas spans approximately 19,000 square feet with a mix of 30 shipping containers and 41 multifunctional modular cubes forming its perimeter. Your shipping container event may not be quite as large, but you can still make a large environmental impact by implementing these tips. For more information about shipping container modifications and other types of booth shipping containers, contact IPME.