The Space Sage (A repeat of Vol. VIII, Art. 33)
Although there are numerous uses for our patented storage and retrieval systems, this web site is intended to demonstrate what we’ve considered to be its primary application — the handling and delivery of intermodal containers. On a number of occasions over the past two years we’ve highlighted advantages not available to container handling operations in conventionally-structured terminals, and we’ve stressed especially the space-saving, cost-saving, and time-saving features of our patented design. But to no avail. At least to this point.
These systems are widely used in other types of warehousing, however — on a somewhat smaller scale, to be sure, but no less important to those who are accountable for what shows up on the bottom line. This space-creating concept is being utilized for record storage by the medical, dental and legal professions, as well as by libraries, by a number of U.S. government facilities, and in hundreds of warehouses throughout the U.S. and the European continent.
The simplistic advantages of the design are obvious and unquestioned. By converting unused aisles and passageways into usable storage space, a company’s overhead is reduced, precious time is conserved and higher than normal profits are generated. It’s what investors insist upon.
In many cases, where additional warehouse construction would seem to be in order, the retrofitting of these systems in existing buildings proves to be the time-saving and economical way to address the need for expansion. Company officials whose job security depends upon performance and accountability are quick to recognize such alternative avenues of profit.
Where container ports are concerned, conditions have long since reached the crisis stage. Little, if any, space is available for expansion, chaos in one form or another reigns within the port and in surrounding communities, funding is in short supply, labor is in short supply — and labor is also short-tempered. There are no investors to speak of, however, and where there are no investors there is no accountability — and where there is no accountability there is certain to be a lack-luster performance.
Another crisis is rearing its ugly head, and this time it’s in the realm of recreational boating. Real estate developers have been buying up marinas in the Southeastern U.S. in order to erect condos on that precious waterfront acreage. Evicted boat owners, as a result, find themselves out in the cold without wet or dry storage accommodations, and a number of counties in Florida are concerned about the adverse effect this space reduction will have on tourism.
Space … that’s where we come in. Accountability … that’s why we’ve been called in. County officials were quick to see our patented space-creating system as the way to offset the drop off in storage space, and are calling upon us for assistance. It’s all very simple, isn’t it? Because ports are not privately owned, managers are not accountable to “investors”, and lack-luster performances are the rule. Marinas, on the other hand, are privately owned, managers are fully accountable to investor/owners, and lack-luster performances in the marina industry bring management changes.