SpaceWays tapping into Australia’s $725m self-storage market

After expanding operations across Europe,US and Canada, digital startup SpaceWays is tapping into Australia’s $752 million self-storage market.

The UK-based startup announced its tech mission in Australia, saying the country is currently witnessing a rise of web-based home services, coupled with a booming home renovation market.

According to SpaceWays co-founder Rob Rebholz, Australia’s self-storage industry has experienced steady growth over the past five years, particularly among short-term users who are relocating for employment or study. It’s forecasted to reach $808.9 million in 2019-20 (IBIS World 2014).

Backed by Rocket Internet, SpaceWays predicts its on-demand storage model will disrupt traditional offline self-storage.

Rebholz said it’s about making storage convenient, fast and easy – no need to hire a removals van. “We have taken the ‘self’ out of self-storage, where people can store boxes and bulky items without the inconvenience of bringing their stuff to a remote storage location themselves,” Rebholz said. “Our unique on-demand storage model provides a convenient, flexible and cost effective alternative to traditional self-storage. It’s perfect for today’s time and cost conscious consumer.”

To avail of the service, customers are encouraged to visit SpaceWays’ website to order the amount of storage boxes they need or indicate which bulky items they would like to store and SpaceWays’ drivers will deliver the containers to their doorstep. When customers have finished packing, the boxes are collected free of charge and stored in SpaceWays’ secure facility just outside Sydney.

Among SpaceWays’ target customers are students wanting to store their belongings while on exchanges abroad, young professionals struggling to find a place for their winter clothes and families unwilling to part with their children’s old toys and clothes, and businesses looking for convenient solutions to archive their files.

Rebholz together with co-founders David Fuchs, and Martin Twellmeyer lead SpaceWays team of over 30 people. Spaceways Australia is part of the Asia Pacific Internet Group or APACIG, a joint venture of Rocket Internet and Ooredoo.

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