Demand for a new style of shipping container with easy open doors has been so great the developer has expanded the range and will produce more units to meet orders across Australia and New Zealand.
The Wolf Lock premium hire container, developed by shipping container specialists Royal Wolf, makes opening container doors easier with a single lever mechanism instead of having to wrestle two heavy handles to open the steel doors.
Since being released in September almost 500 units have been hired to a wide range of clients across both countries.
“Our initial target was to get 300 Wolf Lock containers out to the market before the end of 2018, so it has performed far better than we expected,” says Royal Wolf CEO Neil Littlewood.
“The level of interest has meant we have expanded the range to include 10 foot and 40-foot containers, which has helped ease some of the demand, and we are currently managing existing stock volumes to meet ongoing orders for both New Zealand and Australia.”
Royal Wolf will be producing more units in the coming months.
To open a conventional container, it requires a twisting motion using two arms and a number of large levers. In contrast, the Wolf Lock allows access through a single lever that requires only one hand and light pressure to work it.
“Unlike traditional containers, the Wolf Lock can also be opened from the inside if the door closes, or gets closed, accidentally. In terms of safety, this is a significant game changer,” says Mr Littlewood
Retail outlets, including New Zealand’s largest retailer the Warehouse (NB: for AU it would be Kmart and Rebel Sport), have been quick to snap up the containers which make storing product and stock more efficient and easier.
“The easy opening aspect, and an even higher level of safety, makes these containers ideal for customers who need to safely access product and supplies on a regular basis throughout the day.
“These containers are a mini revolution in retail for the simple reason you can open it with one hand while you are carrying product in the other. They’re easier, more efficient, and safer to use.”
The Wolf Lock container also has a tri-locking system providing vault-like security to provide an even higher level of secure, weatherproof storage than a conventional container.
Mr Littlewood says other sectors, including events, agriculture, and construction, are also using the new containers to help make their operations run more smoothly.
“For somewhere like a building site they are ideal because they are safe, secure and weather proof, but also easily accessible which is key given the number of times a day a builder or a tradie goes in and out of the container.”
Mr Littlewood says the company developed the container based on feedback from customers and to ensure its continued focus on creating innovative container solutions that help Royal Wolf maintain its standing as the market leader.
Royal Wolf is in the process of patenting the Wolf Lock premium hire container. It will be one of a number of products Royal Wolf, the largest supplier of shipping containers in Australasia, has patented including its hoardings (pedestrian walk ways) which are used widely in the construction industry.