12 Dec '11, 4pm

Starbucks Builds Store out of Shipping Containers

This is not a very new idea. The use of used ocean shipping containers for various on shore uses has been going on for years. Many temp construction projects use them as offices, storage etc., not only for temporary storage, but also permanent storage at their main place of business. I know a tire distributor that uses them as a warehouse system, stacking the up etc. Nothing radically new here, except Starbucks is going to take a few containers, cut some holes in it, and then have a temp location system. The technology is old hat. Even for stand alone food and beverage business. And, their release makes it sound like the ocean going containers are only used once. Not the case, they are used for years before being sold into the used market, where they find new lives. They need to be clear about this.

Full article: http://www.environmentalleader.com/2011/12/12/starbucks-t...

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