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The latest news from Brockman Trucking, including helpful storage trailer and container rental guidelines and tips. 

Warehouse or Drop Ship: A Side-by-Side Comparison

When was the last time you assessed your business’s storage and shipping process? When your business is contingent upon order fulfillment, you have to make choices that consider both your capacity and your budget. That’s why your inventory and shipping operation may need to be reconfigured.

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More Demand and Less People: The Challenges of Asking More from Your People

Our economy has been on a rollercoaster ever since the pandemic. With talk of recession to varying degrees of severity (depending on the news source and day) and a volatile market, companies across the country have had to be agile to survive this season. One of the most significant disruptions in our operations has been related to our people. 

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Bigger Visions and Smaller Budgets: Navigating Business in a New Economy

The most challenging dynamic in business is navigating the unknown. A business owner never truly knows the right time to hit “go” on a business strategy. Sometimes it’s about deciding whether to scale down or go “all in” on growth strategies. Sometimes it’s hard to consider investing in infrastructure when you’re so busy that you don’t have a moment of downtime. The reality, however, is that the hardest time to spend money on necessary improvements is when business is slow and resources are low. So the result is a continually revisited conversation of timing and resources. 

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On-Site Storage Trailer: Contractor Solutions for Efficient Business

As a contractor, it’s essential that you’re paying attention to high-level progress of your business while you’re also keeping your eyes on the details of each project. This becomes more possible when you’re able to efficiently support your operation with the equipment and materials you need. 

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Good Partnerships: The Path toward Working Smarter. Not Harder

At Brockman Trailers, we take partnerships seriously. The more we free people and companies to do what they do best, the more we see good businesses doing good things in the market. 

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4 Tips for Small Business Management

As you manage your business and try to make the best decisions possible for the road ahead, Brockman Trailers wants to partner with you to make you as agile and successful as possible, no matter what season you’re in. Consider implementing one or two of these tips for keeping business simple. 

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Navigating Business Seasons

At Brockman Trailers, we help businesses create sustainable, efficient business operating systems that help them predict costs and control spending.

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Storage Solutions that Work for Your Business

At Brockman Trailers, our solutions are giving business owners greater control over their budgets and more choices with their facilities.

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How to Upgrade Your Brand (no matter how old your business) 

If you’ve been in business for any amount of time, you’ve experienced the challenges of building and maintaining your brand. Unfortunately, it becomes too easy to ignore brand messaging because time is dedicated to dealing with urgent issues.

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Bigger Opportunities for Twin Cities Businesses 

At Brockman Trailers, we’ve been the leading provider of storage trailers for Minnesota and Wisconsin businesses for nearly 80 years. With trailers that are nearly indestructible and with full-service support that ensures the solution you need is delivered where you need it, Brockman is making business easier. 

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Storage Solutions for Minnesota Businesses

For nearly 8 decades, Brockman Trailers has been supporting Minnesota businesses by providing reliable hauling and storage services. From on-site, branded storage trailers to temporary or long-term off-site storage trailers, our business is built to make your operation more efficient. 

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Off-Site Storage and the Chance to Reduce Your Overhead

At Brockman Trailers, our success is measured by how we make your operation more effective. From solving facility capacity issues to bridging gaps in operational demands, we deliver functional and fundamental services that make business work for you. Whatever storage solution you choose, our commitment to you is that we will do whatever we can to help you improve your operation. 

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Maintaining Your Operation with a Reduced Workforce

Companies across the country are being impacted by economic uncertainty and a limited workforce. Even businesses with a full staff are impacted as their partners and supporting businesses are unable to perform to pre-COVID, pre-economic chaos levels. Supply chain disruptions and operational setbacks have made owning and operating a business a significant challenge. And as supply chain demands shift, work force issues emerge. It seems business owners are constantly pivoting and repositioning their operation. 

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Smart Storage Solutions

At Brockman Trailers, we provide on-site and off-site storage solutions for businesses across the upper Midwest. For decades, our trailers have kept businesses thriving by helping them maintain essential operations affordably and conveniently. We help companies find smart ways to manage their inventory and meet demands on their facility and operation. 

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Getting the Most Out of Your Workforce

Whether your business is trying to trim excess spending or trying to make do with a smaller staff and a diminished workforce, you need to get the most out of your workforce. 

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Economic Rollercoasters and Small Business Success

As you consider where you’re at as a business — as well as what steps you need to take in this economic season — consider some operational changes you can make today to lighten your load.

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Federal Cartridge and Brockman Trailers

When Federal Cartridge Company came to Brockman Trailers, they needed solutions for a variety of organizational and operational issues that were disrupting workflow, limiting leadership’s ability to manage, and ultimately effecting their bottom line. Their facility was unable to keep up with the demands of storage, manufacturing, and inventory. 

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Drop Ship or Inventory - Which is better?

In managing your e-commerce business, business owners have to decide if they’re better off using a drop shipping provider or managing shipping themselves. 

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On-Site Storage Trailers 

At Brockman Trailers, we’re supporting Twin Cities businesses in their storage needs. Whether for temporary storage solutions to help you sustain your operation through construction, a relocation, or a seasonal inventory transition or for a long-term, on-site trailer to solve warehousing capacity issues, our storage solutions are supporting businesses across multiple industries. 

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Pella Windows - Building Better Systems

When Pella Northland partnered with Brockman Trailers, they had a variety of challenges facing their operation. Faced with limited storage and warehousing space and yet being the largest commercial Pella branch in the country, they needed logistical and practical support for their operation.

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Goodwill & Brockman - Partnership that's Good for Everyone

Brockman Trailers built a partnership with Goodwill Easter Seals to make efficiency possible by making logistics manageable. We’re making their work possible by meeting practical needs in their operation. 

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Different Clients. Same Standards for Service.

Our customers are as different from one another as night is from day. We’re serving companies in a wide range of industries and business types, from small local operations to massive companies doing work around the globe. Our trailers are sometimes the bridge for a need for more space and sometimes the permanent solution to that need. 

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Supply Chain Issues and the Future of Your Business

Whether it’s because items are sitting on ships at ports across the globe or because factories don’t have employees to make the thing that installs in the thing to make the other thing work, operations have been disrupted by the current state of affairs. 

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Agility in Work: Doing More with Less

What can you do to maintain your operation when good workers seem to be in short supply? 

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Managing Your Operation - No Matter How Big or Small

No matter the size or type of company or organization you are working with, there are some principles to managining your operation that are universal. 

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3 Traits of an Efficient Operation

As you continue your efforts to increase efficiency and decrease wasted time, energy, and resources in your operation, Brockman Trailers is your partner in finding better ways to solve common problems.

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Commercial Storage Solutions that Help Build Your Business

At Brockman Trailers, we remain closely tied to our customers, committing to helping them solve problems so that their operation can thrive.

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Stop Storing Off-Site

The more time you spend managing items, inventory, and processes that are off-site and away from your primary operation, the more money you’re spending. Even a cheaper off-site storage solution can end up costing you more by consuming your resources.

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Storage Solutions Through the Winter

It seems wrong to talk about winter, as summer still feels like it's here. But as all of us who have been in Minnesota know all-to-well, winter could be here before we know it. If you’re like most business owners, always trying to be planning for the season ahead, then it’s time to think about your operation and how it will function, operate, and thrive through the winter months.

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Brockman Trailers - An Ally and a Resource

At Brockman Trucking, we believe that the business you’re running is only as successful as the people you partner with. Who you partner with says just as much about your business and your potential as the work you do, the products you manufacture, or the services you provide. That’s why we provide the services we do for the companies we partner with.

By providing a trusted partnership that performs consistently, we’re helping companies know that they have someone looking out for them.

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Turning On-Site Storage into On-Site Advertising

Over the course of the past year, with all that has transpired in the workplace, many companies are rethinking their need for space. At the very least, they’re rethinking exactly how much space they really need. Home offices replaced cubicles. On-site staff were limited to what are now being called essential personnel and the rest were working somewhere else — if at all. Many things have begun a journey back to normalcy, but many companies are still pivoting in their understanding of their space and how they want to manage it.

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Managing Your Space so You Can Manage Your Business

Rentals from Brockman Trailers give business owners a distinct advantage in managing their business. The companies we work with are given a partner who can help them solve problems, address gaps, and manage expectations. Whatever season of business a company owner is in, the perpetual pressure to maintain operations, control costs, and manage distribution is a draw on both physical and human resources.
That’s why business owners need a partner who can help them make the right decisions about the most practical components of their operation.

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Trailers Instead of Square Footage

At Brockman Trailers, we’ve been managing on-site and off-site storage longer than most companies have been in business. Since the day Harvey Brockman started hauling freight for 3M during World War II, we’ve made it our priority to help business owners manage their inventory so they can more efficiently run their businesses.

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Questioning Your Space?

A New Perspective on the Space You Need to Run Your Business

At Brockman Trailers, we’re giving businesses a distinct advantage in the way they manage their space and their inventory. While all companies had to adapt to the shifting conditions and demands of Covid-19 — with a constantly fluctuating economy and with questions about sustainability in the midst of restrictions — a new understanding of the need for space has emerged. Some companies kept their doors open during shutdowns and scaled-back schedules. Others closed their doors temporarily or even permanently. Many who are open today have discovered an opportunity to save in overhead costs without compromising the standards for performance for their operation.

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Consistency for your Business in a Recovering Economy

Businesses have been dragged through more in the last year than most of them have ever been through or will ever go through. Economic indicators aren’t necessarily promising anything spectacular in terms of recovery and most businesses are still operating in a scaled back capacity on at least some level. From mandated government closures to economic shutdowns, production delays, inflated pricing, and over a year of unprecedented instability, being a business owner in 2021 is not for the faint of heart.

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Questioning Your Commercial Space

Should You Reduce? Stay where you’re at? Expand? Move somewhere new?

In this economic season, commercial property is a topic of discussion. Many companies have questioned whether they should renew their leases on spaces they’ve had for years. Some have reimagined their space and done away with offices. Some have left their offices empty for almost a year, standing as a monument to the day the world shut down from the pandemic.

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Long-Term Storage Can Help Business

Long-Term Commercial Storage

Whether for inventory support or transitioning to a new or updated operating space, businesses look for commercial storage solutions for a variety of reasons. At Brockman Trailers, we work with companies in just about every conceivable scenario. For some, we’re brought in for a short season. For others, it’s a long-term solution to expand storage capacity without the need to expand facility square footage.

For companies looking specifically for long-term storage, there are options to consider.

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Commercial Storage and Seasonal Inventory Management

At Brockman Trailers, we are partnering with companies from all around Minnesota and Wisconsin, helping them solve their storage and inventory management issues with affordable, flexible storage solutions. Some companies have seasonal inventory that causes temporary capacity issues to arise. Other companies are facing facility limitations that can’t be permanently addressed. Whatever the reason, companies have come to rely on the storage trailers and inventory space solutions from Brockman Trailers.

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Controlling Your Costs by Managing Your Inventory

As a small business owner, there are different things you can do to make your business run more smoothly. Well-managed inventory can give you greater control of your operation and your cashflow.

Consider these few tips for making sure your inventory isn’t costing you too much:

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Supporting Businesses in the New Economy

At Brockman Trailers, we have a growing fleet of trucks and trailers that are helping businesses across our region succeed. In the economic season we are in, businesses are experiencing an onslaught of challenges. Success that seemed guaranteed at the beginning of 2020 now requires more flexility and unconventional processes and management than ever thought possible.

In the midst of these challenges, there are some practical facility and operation decisions that companies can make to help ease the burdens of these times.

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4 Ways to Transport Your Belongings When You Move

 There are many transporting options available to you when you move. If you’re moving across town, the options are different than if you’re moving across the country. Whatever your relocation plans are, you have multiple directions you can go when it comes to packing, loading, and moving.

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Office Re-Imagining in COVID-19 America

The COVID crisis has changed everything about how we define and understand “going to work.” The future of your commercial office space may still be up in the air. Some companies have decided to extend employees’ work-from-home situations indefinitely as they have discovered ways to help their employees work effectively from off-site. They’ve supported an at-home work environment in a way that makes their people stay connected and efficient. In exchange, employers have also had to change some of their systems for measuring performance and productivity.

Others are working aggressively to get or keep employees together, finding that productivity and effectiveness are being hindered by the separation.

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Storage Solutions in Our New Economy

 The COVID-19 crisis has brought many of our workplaces to a standstill. The supply chain has been stalled, interrupted, and, in some cases, completely annihilated. Companies have pivoted, changed direction, shifted focus, and done everything within their strategic and financial potential to keep their businesses afloat. 

In this upheaval, many companies are needing to reevaluate, reorganization, redesign, and reimagine their space to make room for social distancing in the new world we are in. As you consider how your company will manage new space requirements, new office layouts, and alternative workspaces, Brockman Trailers can provide you with the practical support you need to make saving space a quick, simple solution. 

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Three Business-Focused Storage Solutions from Brockman Trailers

Storage Trailers from Brockman Trailers

Brockman Trailers has been doing the work we do for decades, giving businesses a storage solution that works for them. Each trailer and each solution gives our customers as much control as they want and need over their belongings. But each business and each situation is different, and that's why Brockman Trailers is here. 

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Storage Trailers to Support Your Operation

Trailer rentals give business owners the chance to manage the demands on their day-to-day operation without placing disproportionate burdens on their facilities or their people.

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Temporary Storage: Tips to Make It Work for You

Making the Most of Temporary Storage Rental

Sometimes people need to rent storage space for an indefinite amount of time. Perhaps they’ve run out of room and need a place for their overflow. Perhaps they’ve got too much stuff and not enough time to sort. Perhaps they simply need a bigger warehouse and a storage facility or trailer is the cheaper solution.

Other times, storage is needed temporarily, for a short time while inventory is stockpiled or until you can sort through life. Whether you’re looking at an off-site storage facility or at a drop trailer brought to your location from a company like Brockman Trailers, there are some quick tips that will help you get the best price and get the most value out of your storage facility.

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Spring Cleaning and Organizing

Three Tips to Organizing Your Life this Spring

As you start to claim your life back from winter’s long, deep freeze, consider these few tips to help you clean up, organize, and enjoy the coming season.

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Small Business Advice

Managing Your Space and Maintaining Your Sanity

When running a small business, it’s easy to get caught up with the day-to-day operations so much that you find yourself unable to ever tackle bigger projects. That storage space that’s chaotic, unorganized, and maybe even a little bit dangerous to walk into. The old equipment that’s collecting dust but you’re not sure what to do with. The stack of things that you filed under “To Deal With Later” only to discover that “Later” has never come. 

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Inventory Management from Brockman Trailers

At Brockman Trailers, we offer a wide range of storage solutions for manufacturing and distribution centers across the state of Minnesota. Our storage trailers can be stored on-site or off-site. They can be rented as a temporary housing for overflow or seasonal inventory. They can be used as a permanent (or semi-permanent) inventory management solution. Whatever the inventory or storage need, Brockman Trailers has a solution to help you manage your inventory.

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Making the Right Storage Solution Decision

Making Room with the Right Storage Solution Decision

We work with all sorts of businesses, helping them expand their square footage without the use of blueprints, business loans, and construction machinery. Our storage trailers help companies store and manage inventory without exorbitant increases in overhead expenses. By providing safe, reliable, convenient storage solutions that can be either on-site or off-site, Brockman Trailers partners with companies, helping them make the best decisions for their operation and their budgets.

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Off-Site Storage and its Benefits

Off-Site Storage: A Strategic Move

When considering how to manage the demands on your space by the many items your company needs to store, consider the benefits of an off-site storage trailer. By utilizing a storage trailer like you see here (, you’re company can maintain a better operation without putting unnecessary strain on your internal space, personnel, or processes.

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Decluttering Your Storage Shed

Moving Storage from Your Shed to a Storage Unit

The decision to move your items from an on-site location, like a pole barn, garage, backyard shed, or basement, to an off-site location, like a climate-controlled, indoor storage unit, an outdoor unit, or a storage trailer, is based largely on the items you’re storing. Below are a few questions you need to answer as you consider your next steps with your items.

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Storage Tips for Your Personal Storage Unit

Smarter Storage TIps from Brockman Trailers

As you think about how you’re going to manage and store the items in your storage unit, there are a few tips we’ve picked up through the years that can help you make the most out of your space.

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Choosing a Storage Solution That’s Permanent

Permanent Storage and the Right Choice for Your Business

When choosing a storage solution, there are a lot of questions you need to ask. How long will you be storing your items? How much space do you need? What kinds of items will you be storing and are they vulnerable to certain elements (such as extreme temperatures, humidity, etc.)? The answers you come up with to those questions will determine the best storage solution. But sometimes the answer is a little bit easier to find because the problem you’re trying to solve is easy to identify.

You need more room.

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Choosing a Storage Solution that’s Temporary

Temporary Storage and the Right Choice for Your Inventory

Choosing the right solution for storage depends on a lot of factors. What are you storing? Are the items you’re storing vulnerable to fluctuations in weather? Where do you want to store it? Who needs access to it? How long will you be storing it?

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Knowing Your Storage Options

You Need to Know Your Options 

At Brockman Trailers, we work with customers in a variety of scenarios who may or may not know the best storage solution for their needs.

The right storage solution is not about finding the right answers but about asking the right questions. How long will you be storing your products? Do you need a temperature controlled storage solution? Will you need access to your belongings? The questions you ask will help you determine the right storage solution for your needs.

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Deciding on a Storage Unit: What Size and What Type?

What Size Storage Unit Do You Need?

How do you know exactly what size storage unit you need to rent? Whether you’re renting an on-site storage trailer or hauling your belongings or inventory to a secure storage location, knowing what size unit you need is the difference between not having enough room to meet your requirements and paying for too much space.

So consider a few things as you make your decision.

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Things to Think About for Long-Term Storage

At Brockman Trailers, we’re equipped to support your storage needs in just about any scenario. Whether you need a storage trailer as an extension of your warehouse, for hauling, for on-site, temporary housing of your goods or belongings during a move or a remodel, or as a long-term solution, we can take care of you. But planning the type of storage you need is only part of the process. You also need to know how to store what you’re storing.

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Dependable Solutions for Your Storage Needs

The Solution to Your Inventory Conundrum

At Brockman Trailers, we like to help people solve problems. It’s what we do. We’ve done it consistently for 80 years, giving people the hauling and storage solutions they need. It's never been about getting them to do things our way. It’s always been about finding solutions for their needs.

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Commercial Storage: Reliability from Brockman Trailers

Commercial Storage Solutions from Brockman

Ever since Harvey Brockman started hauling cattle in the 1930’s, Brockman has been a name that means reliability and service for those needing a good commercial storage solution. Our family has been supporting businesses ever since, providing reliable, affordable storage and hauling solutions for companies in just about any situation.

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Choosing a Storage Option: What We've Learned

Why a Storage Solution Isn’t Always an Easy Decision

Costs. Conditions. Contracts. 

You have a lot to consider when it comes to the decisions you make about storage. As you think about what exactly you need to store, how long you need to store it, and where it needs to happen, there are a few things we've picked up along the way that we thought we’d share.

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Residential Storage Solutions from Brockman Trailers

Residential Storage is Easier with Brockman Trailers

When moving begins to look like a very real possibility or when a remodeling project is about to get started, you have a storage dilemma you need to resolve. What do you do with all of your stuff? How do you handle your personal belongings and valuables? Who do you trust with your treasures? Should you compare prices for storage units in the area, make your choice, and then haul everything in multiple trips with a pickup truck? Do you hire a company to take care of it all for you? What’s the best option for your situation? 

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When You Need to Find an On-site Residential Storage Option...

Residential Storage

No matter what’s happening to bring about the need for storage solutions for your home, the process of packing, organizing, hauling, and managing a move brings anxiety upon even the most relaxed people. With so many details to manage and often so little time to make things happen, deciding upon a storage solution for your personal belongings can seem impossible.

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Why Brockman Keeps on Truckin'

Here at Brockman, we understand that people have a choice when it comes to their storage and hauling needs. Options, in some ways, are virtually endless, particularly from a storage standpoint. And the conversation surrounding what’s “best” for particular needs depends on more factors than we could probably ever effectively address.

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The Rules of Storage

Knowing What to Keep Out of Your Storage Trailer.

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Finding the Right Storage Solution

Should you store inventory in trailers or in warehouses?

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Our Storage Trailers Pass Inspection

Our customers can rest easy…knowing that we are taking care of the trailers that are taking care of their belongings.

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The Brockman Story

The holidays are upon us. A season about memories, giving, and family. That’s why this time of year makes us think so much about how everything got started here at Brockman.

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Storage Containers VS Storage Trailers

Do you need to make room for storage? Do you need to add to your space capacity? Is this the first time you are looking for storage options, or are you expanding on the storage space you’ve used? Wherever you find yourself, we are here to help you make the best storage solution decision.

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The Five Most Common Packing Mistakes

So the time has come to start packing things up. You've rented a storage container or a trailer and you have your time set to begin moving things. Often times in the details, people make simple mistakes that cost them.  So consider these common packing mistakes and make this a checklist of tips to help you avoid big messes and ruined treasures.

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Logo Trailers Provide a Cost-Effective Marketing Solution


If you're storing your goods in a trailer on a job site, at an offsite location, or at a place where signage is not permitted, this may be a good time to consider creating or enhancing your company logo.

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Drop Trailers Could Be the Solution You’re Looking For

With all of the shipping, moving, packaging, and quality control options, some practical solutions are often overlooked. People forget the control that they can maintain in packaging, storing, and shipping merchandise and belongings.

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How to Pack a Storage Trailer

How to Pack a Storage Trailer Packing takes time. As tedious as it may sometimes seem, the more time you take being deliberate, the less time you’ll spend on the other side of shipping cleaning up messes. So once you have chosen your trailer and have your items ready for loading, it’s time to get organized.

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How Many Pallets Fit in a Storage Trailer or Container?

When trying to figure how many pallets can fit in a container for shipping, it’s about more than answering the question, “How much room is there?” Several things need to be considered before the final pallet count per container can be determined. 

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What to Look for When Renting a Storage Trailer or Container

If you’re going to trust a company to store or haul your belongings, it should be about more than money. Consider these tips to making the right decision:

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