Storage bins aka picking or parts bins, call them what you like – they are the unsung heroes of storage in businesses around the country.
You may think you know them; but the supposedly ordinary plastic box – teamed with a strong louvre panel offers handy features to help any business.
From large factories to your local milkshake café!
Cafe 4 Zero in Ringwood make mouth watering milkshakes any chocaholic would be delighted by.
The owner, Marianne found a creative way to store all ingredients – from the classic Mars Bar to the mouth watering Lindor chocolates…
…Whilst adding some colour to the walls!
- Marianne chose storage bins so she can reach for them quickly.
‘Having the ingredients within arms reach makes it much quicker for me. I don’t need to spend time opening a cupboard – then digging around for the ingredients I need.
- Like the New Yorkers did – if you can’t build outwards, build upwards.
‘I don’t have a huge amount of space in the prep area, mounting ingredients on the wall saves a lot of space. Plus – it stops me tripping over boxes!’
3. Colour code or label boxes for quick identification.
‘As you can see I use the labels rather than colour code – then reuse the boxes and change the labels if I need to. But I did buy a variety of colours to brighten up the walls.
4. Efficiency is everything.
‘As I work alone, during busy times it’s important for me to be as quick as possible. The bins make it much faster to see what I need to for the milkshakes – it also makes restocking quicker.’
5. Who doesn’t like to save time on cleaning?
‘Chocolate can get messy if it melts, so I tend to wipe my bins clean – quick & easy!’
6. They are perfect for awkwardly shaped objects (like the Toblerone – but that’s why we love them!)
‘Chocolate bars and packets can be awkwardly shaped, – they don’t stack neatly without a box so it’s perfect for keeping the place neat & tidy.’
Marianne has done an amazing job of thinking outside the box (no pun intended) & put these nifty boxes to good use!
Thank you to her and Café 4 Zero for giving us a sneak peek into the business – you should try their delicious milkshakes!
Any business can benefit from storage bins – read our blog on how they help production lines here.
Or browse our kits to get you started!