As a business owner, you’re always looking for that special something that will make daily tasks easier, boost your productivity or give you a leg up on the competition. A storage unit could be that special something. Take a look at four major ways that a single unit could help your business:
1. Surplus Inventory
One of the simplest perks of having a storage unit is that it gives you additional space for your surplus inventory. That inventory will be out of your hands until you need it.
Plus, the right storage facility will keep your inventory in top condition. A facility like Bluebird Self Storage offers year-round climate control in all of their units, which will make sure that even the most sensitive items stay damage-free during their stay. A clean, climate-controlled environment is an excellent investment for your business.
Shoving your supplies or merchandise into the wrong place could be a terrible — and expensive —mistake. If you’re a publisher and you leave your freshly printed paperbacks in a damp space, the moisture will ruin the book pages, ink and covers. If you’re a retailer specializing in gym equipment sales, and you leave a shipment of weights in a room that’s too cold, they could rust. The quality of your products hinges on your storage space.
2. Stashing Seasonal Supplies
Storage units are incredibly useful for businesses that offer seasonal products and services. Maybe you’re a contractor specializing in exterior renovations like roofing or concrete driveways. Maybe you’re a retailer that sometimes has boxes of holiday decorations leftover.
It will be a safe spot to put tools, supplies and merchandise that won’t be necessary for the upcoming months. When the relevant season approaches, you can pull the items back out.
3. Providing a Delivery Address
A storage facility can also help you handle shipments and deliveries without breaking a sweat. The facility can receive the items on your behalf and keep them safe until you arrive, or they can give the couriers a key to access the unit and drop it off directly inside.
This option is ideal for any small business that has had to move the majority of its operations away from its brick and mortar location.
If you’re working remotely because of COVID-19, receiving deliveries can be challenging. You shouldn’t feel compelled to drive to your business’s empty building just to wait for a courier to arrive. You shouldn’t have to ask couriers to leave packages on the doorstep and hope that they don’t get damaged or stolen by the time that you pick them up. And you shouldn’t feel obligated to give out your home address for convenience.
Using a storage unit for your delivery needs will be a safe and happy compromise.
4. Eliminating Clutter
A storage unit will also help you keep your business clean and clutter-free. One of the biggest problems with clutter is that it causes unnecessary stress and frustration. If you want your workspace to be productive and positive, you should make sure that it’s tidy.
Having a safe, secure and clean storage space could be perfect for your business. After getting your unit, you’ll wonder why it took you so long to find this solution.
Ontario reports slight increase in new COVID-19 cases, per cent positivity rate rises – CTV Toronto
Ontario is reporting a slight increase in new COVID-19 cases on Sunday as the province’s per cent positivity rate rises.
Officials are reporting 172 new cases of COVID-19 today with two additional deaths.
The province reported 170 new cases on Saturday and 192 on Friday.
The seven-day rolling average remains at 159, compared to 153 a week ago.
Provincial labs processed more than 13,902 test specimens, generating a positivity rate of at least 1.1 per cent, according to the Ministry of Health.
The province’s virus-related death toll stands at 9,313.
Another 144 people recovered from the disease yesterday, resulting in 1,450 active cases across the province.
Right now, there are 88 people in hospital current infected with COVID-19 and 127 patients being treated in intensive care, according to the Ministry of Health.
The hospitalization data presented by the province has been skewed over the past several weeks, which may be explained by a delay in patient reporting.
Where are the new cases?
Officials are reporting 48 new cases in Toronto, 23 in Peel Region, 11 in Durham Region and 11 in Hamilton.
Update on COVID-19 variants of concern
The Ministry of Health is reporting 131 new cases of the Alpha variant Sunday, bringing the total number of cases in the province to 145,386.
Officials reported 16 new cases of Delta variant, B.1.617.2, Sunday and the case total is now 3,913.
Three cases of the Beta variant, B.1.351, were also recorded. So far, there have been a total of 1,492 cases of the Beta variant reported in Ontario.
As for the Gamma variant, P.1, two new cases were recorded today. The total number of Gamma variants recorded in Ontario is now 5,142.
The province said it administered 103,812 doses of COVID-19 vaccines Saturday.
Throughout Ontario’s seven-month vaccination campaign, over 18.9 million needles have gone into arms.
As of Sunday, 8,569,752 people have received both doses and are considered to be fully vaccinated.
The numbers used in this story are found in the Ontario Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 Daily Epidemiologic Summary. The number of cases for any city or region may differ slightly from what is reported by the province, because local units report figures at different times.
Rio Tinto smelter workers go on strike in Kitimat, B.C. – Business News – Castanet.net
Approximately 900 Rio Tinto workers at the company’s aluminum smelting facilities in Kitimat, B.C. have gone on strike.
The walkout began today at one minute after midnight. Unifor Local 2301, which represents the workers, had issued a 72-hour strike notice after nearly seven weeks of negotiations.
Jerry Dias, Unifor’s National President, says the strike comes down to what he calls “Rio Tinto’s greed and lack of respect” for the union members working at the Kitimat smelting facilities.
The union says it has proposed the first changes to workers’ retirement income and benefit levels in more than a decade, including moving younger workers to defined benefit from defined contribution pension plans.
It also says negotiations have focused on a backlog of more than 300 grievances resulting from the company’s use of contractors and its refusal to hire full-time workers.
Bargaining had continued up until the strike deadline, and the company had earlier said that it was “committed to working with the union to reach a mutually beneficial outcome.”
30 new COVID-19 cases, 1 death reported in Manitoba on Sunday – CBC.ca
There are 30 new COVID-19 cases in Manitoba and one more person has died from the illness, the province’s online coronavirus dashboard says.
Manitoba’s five-day test positivity rate is now 3.2 per cent, the dashboard says, down slightly from 3.3 on Saturday.
The province is no longer issuing COVID-19 news releases on weekends, which means updates on Saturdays and Sundays come from Manitoba’s online dashboards.
Those data portals offer less information than what’s typically included in a news release. For example, they do not provide any information on the age or health region of people who died from the illness.
Those and other details are expected to be revealed in the province’s next news release on Monday.
There are still 103 Manitobans hospitalized after getting COVID-19 and the number of people in intensive care rose by one to 26, the dashboard says.
Manitoba has now reported 1,172 deaths linked to COVID-19. The province’s seven-day new case average sank to just under 44.
On Saturday, the province did 1,465 more tests for the illness, the dashboard says, bringing the total number of swabs completed since the beginning of the pandemic to 865,786.
As of Sunday, Manitoba has fully vaccinated 66 per cent of its eligible population against COVID-19 while 78.6 per cent have at least one dose, the province’s online vaccine dashboard says.
That brings the province slightly closer to its final reopening plan goal of having 80 per cent with at least one dose and at least 75 per cent with both by Sept 6.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, 57,446 people in Manitoba have tested positive for COVID-19. The dashboard says 55,719 of them are considered recovered, while 555 are still deemed active cases.
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