Shipping Containers

  • Trade Imbalances Result in Shipping Container Bargains

    Driving past the docks in any west coast port, one will see stacks and stacks of shipping containers coming in from overseas or loaded up with American goods destined for foreign markets. Even these dockyards filled with containers don’t reveal the true magnitude of shipping container usage throughout the world. A report in US News and World Report’s online edition estimates that there are 17 million shipping containers either being transported on ships or sitting in freight yards waiting to...

  • Shipping Containers Lost at Sea- Video

    Storage containers start out life as shipping containers. Designed as secure containers for all kinds of cargo being shipped across the oceans, they are made to be stacked on top of each other and pinned together at the corners. They ride the waves on the open flat decks of container ships where they are exposed to the weather. Most of the time, container ships make the journey successfully. Occasionally, though, extremely rough seas or other unforeseen circumstances result in the loss of...

  • Converted Shipping Containers Make Seasonal Pop-up Sales Easy and Economical

    On a recent episode of Shark-Tank, a small company named Milk + Brookies, Inc., described their retail channel as online sales and pop-up sales. They are an example of a relatively new sales venue that has become the latest trend for small and part-time business owners: the pop-up store. They allow very small companies to open a de facto store front when and where they want. Companies can advertise the pop-up store in advance through social media, local television, newspapers, billboards or...

  • We Could Build Stonehenge Using Shipping Containers

    Here at Aztec Containers, we are all about creative uses of repurposed shipping containers. We’ve seen some amazing and artistic architectural designs that use shipping containers to form the basic structure. We’ve often said that using shipping containers reduces construction time, but by far the greatest savings we’ve seen in construction time and labor is a project designed and built by the Swiss architecture firm Bureau A. Bureau A was tasked with building an open air venue in which people...

  • Video of A Shipping Container Being Built

    Shipping containers are essentially steel boxes with wooden floors reinforced by steel girders. While hoists and lifts are used to move the heavy steel components, almost all of the actual building of the container is done by hand. Corners are strongly reinforced because they need to be able to bear the weight of other loaded containers being stacked on top of them. The walls are made of 14 gauge sheet steel. They are corrugated either with forming rollers or a press to add rigidity and...

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