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– Inventory and office documents among most common items stored by businesses
– Lock+Store to introduce small offices at Chai Chee facility to meet growing demand for integrated services among SMEs
More businesses are switching to self-storage amid rising rents and office space constraints in Singapore, according to a survey of 300 self-storage users at Lock+Store. The survey results, published in a report by Cushman & Wakefield, show that 40 percent of current users at Lock+Store are businesses (start-ups, blogshops, SMEs and MNCs) compared with 30 percent in 2011. The remaining 60 percent are personal/household storers.
Ms Helen Ng, Chief Executive Officer of Lock+Store said, “We see more start ups, blogshops and SMEs, especially those in the retail sector, using our storage space to store their inventory. Self-storage allows them to do away with a storefront and reduce their operating costs. They can then focus on growing their business through e-commerce. Apart from inventory, businesses, especially the MNCs, also store office documents with us as they are required by law to keep their financial records for five years.”
Added Ms Ng: “Further, as part of the SingPost Group, we are able to leverage synergies with our parent company to offer our customers end-to-end integrated e-commerce logistics solutions that are not only affordable but also can help them scale up their business fast.”
Ms Sigrid Zialcita, Managing Director, Research, Asia Pacific, Cushman & Wakefield said the survey results reflect the landscape of rising business costs which has “led to more corporate users turning to self storage facilities for their storage solutions.”
She said, “According to the URA, on average, rentals for warehouse space have risen by 16 percent while prices of warehouse space have risen at a faster rate of about 36 percent in the past two years.”
Ms Ng said, “As a result, business users now comprise a high proportion of Lock+Store’s customer base. With SMEs largely bearing the brunt of Singapore’s rising business costs, they form the bulk of Lock+Store’s corporate customer base.”
The survey results show that SMEs form 57 percent of Lock+Store’s corporate customer base, followed by startups (about 16 percent of business users), MNCs (15 percent of business users) and blogshops (12 percent of business users).
Business storers less price sensitive, tend to store for longer periods
The survey results show that while managing costs is uppermost among all self-storage users, business storers are less price sensitive as compared to personal users, however, they are more likely to use their facilities for longer periods and thus would value discounts based on longer leases or commitment periods.
Ms Ng said, “As an industry, we distinguish ourselves from traditional warehousing in terms of how we help businesses manage their operating costs with our flexible lease terms. You can store with us for a minimum period of two weeks to as long as you like. Business users appreciate the flexibility to tailor their storage usage according to seasonal demand for their products. At the same time, we make it more compelling for them to store with us for a longer period by giving them attractive terms.”
Ms Ella Sherman, Managing Director of Animal Merchandise Pte Ltd, a local SME that distributes and retails home-ware products, started renting a 100 sqft storage locker at Lock+Store Serangoon in September 2013. Ms Sherman said, “High warehousing costs are a huge barrier to starting a distribution retail business in Singapore. We learnt it’s actually more cost effective to store our inventory at Lock+Store rather than with a logistics company. We like the flexibility of being able to access our storage unit 24/7, the state-of-the-art security, air-con and customer service. We take advantage of the onsite SmartPac collection and delivery service that allows us to despatch our online shopping purchases from www.animalmerchandise.com to our customers quickly and affordably.”
Among the businesses surveyed, about a fifth said they would take advantage of the onsite SpeedPost and SmartPac services launched by Lock+Store in December 2013.
Rising demand for integrated services among SME storers
Onsite SpeedPost and SmartPac services are just some of the new service offerings that Lock+Store has introduced to provide an integrated experience for its business storers. Lock+Store will be setting up small offices for rental at its flagship Chai Chee facility. Of the 116 business users surveyed, about 40 percent expressed interest in exploring the use of the small offices. The most popular office format is a private office without ancillary services, such as a receptionist or secretarial support. Potential lessors also value privacy – an open concept office garnered the least amount of votes.
Ms Zialcita said, “Self-storage service providers have to continue to innovate to meet the evolving demands of their end users, especially business storers who want more than just a place to store their goods. The survey results show that there is a demand for integrated services among business storers. Service providers that can meet businesses’ changing needs beyond basic self storage will be able to pull away from their competitors in an increasingly crowded industry that sees new entrants with new business models very year.”
Great news for animal lovers. Animal Merchandise is offering their limited-edition bracelet for free when you purchase $50 worth of their products at the Lock+Store Christmas Market 2013, 30 Nov & 1 Dec from 11 am to 6 pm at 6 Ayer Rajah Crescent. This is similar to their ongoing promotion at Tangs. Animal Merchandise, who also store their inventory at Lock+Store Serangoon North, are committed to donating part of their proceeds to animal shelters and welfare groups such as Animal Lovers League and Cat Welfare Society. Support a good cause, support Animal Merchandise!
This Christmas, the jaded shopper can look forward to more than just plastic toys and trinkets. RiverKids Project, a Singapore-based charity that reaches out to Cambodian street kids, will stage a photo exhibition and debut a new range of hand-sewn ornaments at the annual Lock+Store Christmas Fair to be held on 30 November and 1 December 2013, at 6 Ayer Rajah Crescent. The ornaments are hand-sewn by participants of RiverKids’ Get Ready for Girls Program (GRG). Over 15 artisan vendors and charities will help usher in “A Giving Christmas” with homemade gifts and crafts at the event.
The Christmas Fair, held in a unique self-storage setting, aims to “support local craft makers and charities as well as give families a special bonding experience,” said Ms Helen Ng, Chief Executive Officer of Lock+Store.
“The vendors are thoughtfully curated to ensure their commitment to the theme of ‘A Giving Christmas’. We encourage all our artisan vendors to donate a portion of their proceeds to their chosen charities. We will assist them by waiving the participation fee and sponsoring the venue and logistics,” said Ms Ng.
Cottage industry showcase
The fair is also a mini showcase of Singapore’s growing cottage industry, and will feature the works of scrapbooking enthusiasts Cassandra Chen from Simply Handmade and Madeline Lim and Jacelyn Ang from Paper Addictions, accessories designer Tatiane Rodrigues, Christmas ornaments maker Cindy Loh, and homegrown ceramic artists Ng Seok Har and Michelle Lim from Mud Rock. Children and adults alike can have fun as they throw some mud on the potter’s wheel, guided by the ceramic artists.
Animal Adoption Drive
For the second time this year, Lock+Store will host two animal welfare groups at the fair, namely, Cat Welfare Society and Animal Lovers League, to spread Christmas cheer to abandoned cats and dogs. Scarface the celebrity fighter cat will make a special guest appearance. Visitors can have their photos taken with Scarface – all proceeds will go to Cat Welfare Society. Visitors can also purchase 2014 calendars from the two animal welfare groups.
The Lock+Store Christmas Fair will be held on 30 November and 1 December 2013 (Saturday and Sunday) from 11 am to 6 pm at Lock+Store Ayer Rajah, 6 Ayer Rajah Crescent, Singapore 139962. More details can be found at www.facebook.com/lockstorechristmasmarket2013.
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About Riverkids Project’s Photo Exhibition
The photo exhibition displays compelling images of Riverkids’ children in Cambodia where it plays a crucial role in the slums of Phnom Penh to turn desperation into hope and crises into opportunities. You will see how much hope there is through the smile of a child even in the midst of the most difficult situations. Find out more from Riverkids’ Eight Stories, a book that combines the heartbreaking true stories of life in the slums of Cambodia with beautiful portraits of families and children. These stories reveal the danger that feeds child trafficking and abuse in the slums of Cambodia. From the young teenage girl, Channy, whose virginity was sold for a few hundred dollars, to Kosal who dropped out of school to collect trash to buy milk for an abandoned baby, the stories offer a glimpse of the tragedy and hope of the lives Riverkids has touched.
About the Vendors*
Founded in Singapore in December 2012 by Ella Sherman (Managing Director) and Diana Francis (Creative Director). Animal Merchandise is a company that designs, manufactures and sells beautiful unique, classy and colourful home-ware (lifestyle, kitchen and bathroom products), apparel (t-shirts for women, men and children), jewellery and accessories, gifts and souvenirs at reasonable prices.
We work closely with high quality manufacturers who are FDA and SEDEX registered (one is Royal Warrant Holders to the British Royal Family), to ensure our products are ethically produced in accordance with ‘Fairtrade’ policies, look great, are high quality and durable to meet global safety standards.
We believe in business that gives back! Animal Merchandise’s unique selling point is that we donate 20% of our net annual profits to animal welfare shelters and wildlife sanctuaries in the country of purchase.
Cat Welfare Society is a charity that aims to promote a humane, responsible and informed society in Singapore where cats are cared for responsibly as pets and treated with kindness as community cats. The Society actively promotes sterilisation as a vital personal responsibility of cat owners and caregivers as an effective means to control our community cat population.
Mud Rock is a new studio practice co-founded by ceramic artists Ng Seok Har and Michelle Lim. Clay that comes from mud/earth is their choice of medium for its association with the domestic – the simplest and purest form of interactions between people (eating and sharing of food).
Their love for ceramics is because of the material’s seductive tactile qualities and versatility, but when paired with experience and curiosity, the possibilities are endless! The duo believes that this age-old craft, grounded in practice and discipline, is not merely product, but a lifestyle – one that reminds them of patience, perseverance and humility. It is openness and curiosity that drives their passion, and they hope to share these experiences with you through their works.
As such, Mud Rock’s debut production of works are mostly unassuming domestic wares that quietly serve, contain, and remind us that there can be beauty in simple things made from nature.
One of the highlights that Paper Addictions will be selling this year are different kinds of handmade stitched books.
Handmade products require time and effort to put together.
They should not be judged by their monetary value.
They should not be taken for granted.
And they should not be forgotten.
Find something beautiful that’s made with love and care in Cambodia! Beautiful scarves and little gifts made by fair-trade shops and charities that help support RiverKids’ work with children and families in Phnom Penh.
This year, we are back for more fun! Looking for handmade gifts this Christmas? Fret not, there will be plenty at the Simply Handmade booth! I will be selling handmade cards and gifts and everything is guaranteed to be handmade with love from the heart! And we promise most designs to be unique gifts for your special someone this Christmas! We also provide personalised services such as albums and layouts fitting in with the Christmas theme! And we make sure that they are ready before Christmas! So come on down and check us out!
Two Rabbits Smoky Chilli is amazing. We are called the Two Rabbits because we are two siblings, Shing and Ming, born 12 years apart (in the year of the rabbit). Our Mum came up with the recipe 15 years ago after trying a delicious chilli oil in a pizzeria up on Piz Corvatsch in the Swiss Alps. Over the years, we’ve adapted the recipe to our own tastes: more garlic, more onion, more chilli, and we’ve been eating it with everything ever since!
* This is a partial vendor list
Here’s a quick overview of what you can expect at this year’s Lock+Store X’mas fair, happening 30 Nov & 1 Dec 2013, at 6 Ayer Rajah Crescent.
Our middle row comprises Cindy Loh’s Christmas ornaments and gifts, Corretti’s dolls’ clothes, fabric books and gifts, and Hanis Hussey’s sarongs, hair clips, pjs and gifts.