When owning your own property was the norm, Airbnb stood out through the use of a successful business model. Based on the concept of the circular economy they developed a global phenomenon, used by about 150 million people. Airbnb managed to change the mindset of the hotel industry and people. Guests enjoy the flexibility of the platform and book on the basis of trust. They easily find an accommodation that suits their individual needs. Close to the city’s hotspots, personal, authentic and at low cost.
Based on the same principle and with the mission to optimize available storage spaces, Stockspots, also referred to as the ‘Airbnb of warehousing’, matches companies with available storage space to companies that need storage solutions for a limited period of time. Preferably next to a specific location.
The online platform was launched in 2017, in the Netherlands by entrepreneurs Remko Been, Coen de Lange and Peter Brouwers. In 2018, Stockspots expanded in Belgium, with the help of logistic warehouses developer Montea. Montea became an exclusive partner for the start-up in Belgium and France. In addition to the financial investment, Montea provides Stockspots access to its network. They share their ‘know-how’ in relation to the European market.
“The most sustainable building is the one that does not have to be built.”Jo De Wolf, Montea CEO
The concept was highly regarded by the market players and as a result, only one month after its entry into the Belgian market, the platform had already listed 60 locations.
Today, nearly 2 years after its launch in the Netherlands and one year after its Belgium premiere, the platform has more than 500 locations, with ambitious plans for the future.
“With +500 warehouse locations in 17 countries Stockspots is already present and visible in the most attractive logistic regions of Europe. The world and logistic processes are continuously changing, at Stockspots we follow our customers and market demand, therefore in the past months we expanded our warehousing Network with Germany, Spain and UK. For the moment we are looking to extend further to Eastern Europe. Romania, Poland and Czech Republic are on the agenda for further geographical expansion. In Romania we have already 7 warehouses on-board, early adaptors like Van Moer and Europrim Shipping joined us directly as providers for the Romanian market. Our goal by 2020 is to expand our European warehousing Network with 1000 partners”, says Adina Rotaru, Business Developer at Stockspots.
Stockspots as Airbnb for warehousing
The concept of ‘on-demand’ logistics spaces is becoming increasingly popular in Europe. As retailers and logistics companies want to become more agile to meet the expectations of their customers.
The idea behind Stockspots is both simple and efficient. Not all of the logistics operators use their storage spaces at full capacity. In fact, data shows that more than 30% of all storage space remains unused.
At the same time, there are companies such as retailers, manufacturers, wholesalers who need extra space for a certain period and a specific location. This might be for various reasons: promotional campaigns, the storage of seasonal goods or even an excess of production numbers. Stockspots managed to see the potential of this opportunity, bringing forth a new ‘matchmaking’ service between supply and demand, similar to how Airbnb works, plus a couple of trade advantages.
Our technology makes it easier for you
Stockspots also handles bills, insurance policies, WMS integrated. Thanks to their online platform, customers can find all the storage they need within 48 hours. All data is securely stored in one place, making it possible to handle multiple locations at the same time. The principle on which Stockspots works is simple. All is pay-per-use and made easier for everyone via advanced technology. Using a location management system and sending documents via the cloud for instance.
“We believe the market for logistics storage space has two entities which stand to lose: those who provide logistics services and aren’t able to use all the storage space they have and, on the other hand, manufacturers, retailers and distributors which can’t identify a durable solution for a temporary problem along with the cargo surplus from peak business times”, according to Stockspots representatives.
According to a survey by Stockspots, between 10 and 20% of all requests for logistics spaces are for temporary storage. At the same time, Stockspots responds to requests made by online stores. They require three times more storage space than a traditional store would use. They also need those spaces that are close to transport connections and as close to the end user as possible.