What Are Different Types of Container Supplier
  • 13 Jul 2017
Containers are manufactured put into use for 10-13years, retired from service then sold in the wholesale market to container resellers. These resellers come in a variety of type, here is a general rundown on the types of suppliers:

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Shipping Line
Pretty much all shipping lines have container inventory that they are or will be selling. In most cases there is a person dedicated to equipment disposal. Primarily lines sell to wholesalers who can pay for and pick up equipment at a variety of locations. These sellers value convenience and efficiency.

Leasing Company
Container leasing companies see used equipment sales as a critical part of their business model. Unlike shipping line, equipment sales are seen as a profit center. Usually, regional sales people sell equipment to wholesale buyers who have established credit, resale authority and good relationships in the industry. Leasing companies value volume and convenience.

Container Depot
Container depots are set up in port and container interchange locations to inventory containers for cargo bookings, repairs or repositioning. Like the leasing companies, most depots are active sellers of equipment and this is an important part of their income. Often equipment that has been identified for sale will first be made available to the depot. Depots value volume and price.

Established Retailer
Retailer is a company that was established to sell containers. They might have 6 or more container suppliers and offer everything from as is containers all the way to complicated build-outs like offices or equipment storerooms. They tend to focus on customers looking for a dependable supplier of quality equipment. Retailers value repeat customers and quality.

Repositioning Seller
The companies purchase equipment in one location and short term lease (called ‘one way’) it to shipping lines to facilitate repositioning that equipment to a location where is can be sold profitability. This model often works well in times of scarcity. Good market awareness is the key to a profitable operation. Usually, these sellers have inventory is 20 or 30 locations across the country and typically sell to the Retailers. They value volume and ease of transaction.

A trader is a seller who buys and sells on opportunity. They seek out purchase opportunities that can be matched against known sale opportunities. Or they take known sale opportunities and seek out equipment to meet that specific need. They may or may not stock inventory and usually do all they can to make simple and fast transactions. They value volume and efficiency.

Off the Truck Seller
These companies often own only a cell phone and a delivery truck and trailer. They will advertise equipment for sale on various websites, when a local customer calls they will show the customer the container on their truck bed and it’s a take it or leave it sale. Often the transaction is done without sale tax and with an ‘all sales are final’ approach. These companies value simplicity of transaction.

Choosing the best supplier obviously is up to you. Understanding what each type brings to the transaction is important.
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