ASICS’ first flagship retail location on Fifth Avenue in NYC selects Montel for the ROI and product quality

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Big Apple plus big business equals big expenses.

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A single square foot of retail space in New York City can run store owners hundreds of dollars, even thousands – and more if these businesses don’t know how to be economical with their space. So expensive commercial real estate becomes a trade-off for some of the best foot traffic in the world.

But ASICS learned it doesn’t have to be. This internationally recognized leader in running shoes and activewear recently commissioned a mobile shelving installation for its flagship location on Fifth Avenue in downtown NYC. Instead of paying incredible sums to house its enormous inventory, ASICS is already seeing a return on its investment in a high-density mobile storage system versatile enough to shrink the footprint of its inventory’s while maximizing capacity.


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Montel built ASICS NYC both manual and mechanical-assist mobile storage systems, both with SmartShelf technology, which combines feather-touch maneuvering and sturdy construction with an easily adjustable frame.

Furthermore, Montel worked alongside ASICS interior designers to craft a storage system with stainless steel end panels that blend with the modern and sophisticated look of the whole store.


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For its main floor and back inventory, ASICS commissioned two SmartSpace 2MAs. Each of its unit in both installations comes equipped with an ergonomic SafeCrank handles with push-button locks. Just one pound of pressure can move one or multiple entire aisles of athletic wear. An additional SmartSpace 2M provides additional coverage for overflow inventory.

Engineered to support tons of inventory, SmartShelf shelving for the SmartSpace 2M and 2MA were customized with adjustable hardware and hanging clothing racks. Any ASICS employee can raise or lower the shelves to accommodate different sized boxes of products without tools or the aid of a professional.

“The SmartSpace 2MA mobile storage system fuses performance and fashion in true Manhattan style for our first ASICS flagship retail location on Fifth Avenue. The Montel product quality is not expensive, it’s priceless.”


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Every inch counts when you’re paying top dollar for retail space. With high-density mobile storage at key locations, ASICS drastically cut back its storage needs without compromising on quantity and customer service.

Set the bar high with Aetnastak cantilever shelving and hanging storage accessories

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We at Montel truly believe anything and everything can fit on a shelf.  All it takes is finding the right shelf for the job.

That's the motivation behind Aetnastak cantilever shelving, the endlessly configurable high-density shelving solution that redefined library storage.

But librarians aren't the only ones impressed by all that Aetnastak can do.  Many of our clients in other lines of work have outfitted these already powerful shelving systems with hanging storage options to suit their diverse needs.

What is Aetnastak cantilever shelving?

There's no such thing as a typical Aetnastak cantilever shelving system. They come in many shapes and styles because the hardware is compatible with compact static modules, Mobilex® mechanical-assist mobile shelving systems and SafeAisle® powered mobile shelving systems.

No matter how you deploy your Aetnastak shelving, you can look forward to these benefits:

  • Efficient storage always: Users can easily adjust the height, length and depth of Aetnastak cantilever shelves to match the dimensions of what they want to store. Choose single- or double-faced storage for extra efficiency. And of course, go mobile with Mobilex or SafeAisle to optimize your footprint even further. No wasted space. Just limitless storage potential.
  • Immediate organization: Arrange your inventory according to what makes sense to you, not what your inflexible shelving forces you to do. Aetnastak cantilever shelving is the storage system that changes with you.
  • Preserve your stock: Not everything takes to standard flat shelves as well as boxes do. There is no shortage of customizable accessories our customers can affix to the Aetnastak cantilever universal frame. Pick the features that protect your inventory and support low-maintenance management. 

Hanging options, however, take Aetnastak cantilever storage to the next level. Here are just a few of the applications our imaginative clients and their local Authorized Montel Distributors thought up:

1. Harness storage

Are you a field service dispatch center with technicians that climb utility poles or repair wind energy turbines? Or are you a small professional bungee company serving local thrillseekers? Either way, your equipment deserves storage that ensures safe usage and management.

2. Parachute storage

Even though parachutes are engineered to endure the harshest conditions, improper storage can damage them and compromise their performance. Aetnastak cantilever shelving with hanging storage accessories all but eliminates those concerns for military paratroopers and commercial parachutists.

3. Outdoor equipment retail storage

If only storing outdoor backpacks was as much fun as adventuring in the wilderness. Designed for the elements, this rugged, bulky equipment does not take to traditional storage well. Hanging storage accessories, on the other hand, keep operations clean and orderly.

4. Kayak storage

A kayak? On a shelf? Forget about it. Unless, of course, you invest in an Aetnastak cantilever shelving system with hanging bars. These features cradle each kayak so retailers and rental services can display them safely.

In fact, hanging bars are so dependable, museums use them to store canoes that are hundreds of years old!

5. Textile storage

Whether you're a textile manufacturer or a retail rug seller, you can enjoy the flexibility of adjustable roll bars on customizable Aetnastak shelving. Double up to maximize your storage area. Be sure to check out our options for static and mobile shelving systems.

6. Military mobility bags

Every good mobility bag has one thing in common: field readiness. Troops deploy at a moment's notice, and so must their mobility bags. Aetnastak cantilever shelving systems give soldiers everything they need to organize their equipment, access it when the time for action comes and keep their supplies safe in the interim.

Aetnastak cantilever storage systems aren't just for libraries. For more information on these and other applications, contact your local Authorized Montel Distributor today.

Fashion-forward, forward-thinking: Marios Seattle goes mobile with SmartSpace shelving

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Fashion institutions like Marios are not built overnight. They take generations of love and challenges to nurture into existence.

What started in the 1960s as a family-owned and -operated clothing store in Portland, Oregon, has become an internationally recognized purveyor of luxury clothing and accessories for men and women with multiple locations on the East and West Coasts. True story: Marios was the business that introduced American audiences to wildly popular Italian brands Canali, Ermenegildo Zegna and Diesel Jeans back in the mid-70s!

As the Marios legacy passed from parent to child, the company's accomplishments only multiplied. Maybe having an eye for style is hereditary?

Marios recently partnered with Mitchell Stores, another incredibly successful family-run clothing retailer with a common belief: Treat customers like co-workers – and by that, we mean family.

Snagged on a storage dilemma

Designer suits and jewelry are Marios' forte, but storage has been something of a loose thread, particularly at its Seattle, Washington, branch.

Retail space in Seattle isn't cheap – at $224 per square foot, Marios needed a plan for condensing its storage footprint without compromising on its commitment to quality. Its owners wouldn't settle for some passing storage fad. They wanted something elegant, timeless and as fashionable as it is functional.

Time for SF Space Solutions, an Authorized Montel Distributor, to strut its stuff.

Shelving experts from SF Space Solutions built Marios a totally modern, totally chic SmartSpace 2MA® mechanical-assist mobile storage system, which includes highly adjustable shelving and our latest SafeCrank™ ergonomic handles with push-button locks.

Once its mobile shelving system was fully installed, Marios staff received three immediate benefits:

1. SmartSpace saves money

Without wasting valuable storage space on unnecessary aisles, Marios reclaimed about 50 percent of all square footage once solely devoted to inventory.

Owners can now decide whether to add more shelving for greater product volume or a wider selection, or they can use the space they saved for other purposes, such as expanding the selling floor. Either way, Marios has more options they didn't have yesterday thanks to the maximizing power of mobile shelving.

Fully adjustable shelvings only add to the space-saving benefits. Marios staff can customize their shelves to the exact heights they need and never waste a single cubic foot of space because of inflexible storage equipment.

2. SmartSpace protects merchandise

Luxury fashion doesn't stay that way forever, not unless it's cared for properly. Before Marios customers fall in love with the store's collection on the sales floor, Marios staff do their best to keep their clothing and accessories in perfect condition in storage. But inventory management with traditional storage hardware requires a lot of attention and organization, which might detract from other crucial operations.

With collapsible mobile shelving, preserving high fashion just got a whole lot easier. SmartSpace mechanical-assist shelving systems prevent unnecessary or accidental contact with inventory, thereby reducing the risks of damage and loss.

3. SmartSpace empowers customer service

Clunky, hard-to-manage storage equipment can't stand in the way of customer service. We know mobile shelving systems beat traditional shelves in a number of ways, but is it as simple to use as an ordinary shelf?

Marios knows it does. No matter how much fabulousness the retailer piles onto a mobile shelving unit, SmartSpace users need only a pound of pressure to activate a SafeCrank handle and create an aisle. Once opened, the system locks with a push of a button for added safety.

We'd like to thank SF Space Solutions for yet another excellent installation. Your hard work really shows!

Looking to bring mobile shelving to your retail clothing store? Contact your local Authorized Montel Distributor today.

Mobile shelving for off-site storage: What are your options?

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Storage is a universal need, as important to industrial manufacturers as it is to small-business retailers with limited inventory space or libraries with more books than staff members know what to do with.

But there comes a time when businesses and organizations must ask: What do I do if on-site storage isn't enough?

Before you consider moving materials off-site to storage containers or investing in a whole new facility, we challenge you to ask yourself a different question: Why isn't your on-site storage enough?

Off-site storage ought to be strategic, not reactive

No one spends incredible capital on off-site storage without good reason to. But jumping right to off-site storage as a solution to on-site storage issues fails to address the real problem: inefficient, inflexible shelving options.

Let's use libraries and library storage as examples. One library, compelled by an evolving media environment, now has a greater need for computer labs and communal spaces than ever before. So after conducting resource analysis and developing a responsive archival/retrieval system, this library decides to move a large portion of its collection off premises, giving patrons new resources without depriving them of valuable information. In this way, off-site storage makes sense, right?

Well, that depends: Did decision-makers at that library first weigh the benefits of a high-density storage system for on-site operations?

Mobile shelving can reduce storage footprints by 50 percent, thus maximizing the space adopters already own and pay for. It's entirely possible, even probable, that the one-time installation of a mobile shelving system would not cost nearly as much as constructing, maintaining and powering an entirely new off-site storage facility.

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Challenges of off-site storage logistics

If storage users can help it, they're far better off investing in smarter shelving solutions that keep their resources close by rather than at remote warehouses.

Off-site storage requires advanced cataloging and logistics networks designed to transport resources between facilities and central hubs. More importantly, these processes have to run like clockwork. Otherwise, retrieval or restocking problems will outweigh the value of freeing up space at the main headquarters.

If, for example, retail managers with off-site storage cannot check on off-site inventories or quickly truck in goods that are out of stock, they will miss opportunities to capitalize on hot trends and turn a profit. Without these frameworks in place, it's better to optimize on-site storage with custom mobile shelving than to risk hurting your business or organization in the name of helping it. More efficient on-site storage keeps everything under one roof and limits the amount of change necessary to adapt.

Are storage containers worth it?

Of course, there are other options available for off-site storage. The question is whether they're as beneficial as storage users need them to be.

One popular option – though we certainly don't know why – is the storage container. One pricing study found that storage container rentals could cost anywhere between $50 and $500 per month or more, not including delivery and pickup costs, which vary according to the renter's proximity to the rental company. Modifications, such as insulation or refrigeration, will drive up prices, and the best deals force renters into multiyear contracts. And for what? A big empty metal box that could run you hundreds of dollars every time you want to pull materials, merchandise or equipment from it?

Instead of throwing that money down a hole, organizations should put it toward custom on-site high-density mobile shelving they can use to store what they want as they want and access it whenever they want at no additional cost.

Support better off-site storage with high-capacity mobile shelving

Sometimes off-site storage is an unquestionable necessity. In those cases, storage users must be careful not to repeat history by investing in static, prefabricated L&T shelving and go mobile instead. Here's why:

  • Mobile shelving scales sensibly: High-density mobile storage allows users to grow without wasting space, taking advantage of every cubic foot and upholding good organization.
  • Mobile shelving changes with you: Mobile shelving systems from Montel require no tools or technicians to adjust. When inventory needs evolve, so can storage with minimal effort.
  • Mobile shelving offers diversity: Installations can be customized to include cabinets, lockers, bins, dividers and virtually anything else users could need. Ask your local Authorized Montel Distributor about how you can build a mobile shelving system all your own.
  • Mobile shelving makes room for success: No off-site storage facility is 100 percent storage. By optimizing the off-site storage footprint at all times, mobile shelving users save space for other necessities like offices and meeting areas.

For more information on whether you need manual, mechanical-assist or powered mobile shelving for your off-site storage facility or high-density industrial mobile racking for your warehouse, check out insights on the Montel blog or contact us today.

Optimize or maximize? Win-wins with mobile shelving solutions

A change to mobile shelving can make a big difference to all sorts of businesses, whether they’re looking to shrink their storage footprint, expand it or simply do more with it.
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When was the last time you thought about how you shelve?

Every business, commercial or industrial, does it – but do they shelve as well as they could or should? And if not, what are they all missing out on by avoiding the problem?

A change to mobile shelving can make a big difference to all sorts of businesses, whether they're looking to shrink their storage footprint, expand it or simply do more with it.

Are you an Optimizer?

Is your storage occupying more cubic footage than you expected it to? With the wrong layout and static shelving, even businesses with minimal storage needs are susceptible to wasted space and high inventory management costs.

Mobile shelving systems optimize the area devoted to storage, freeing up new possibilities. What can businesses do with the space they save by installing customizable mobile storage solutions in their warehouse or stockroom?

For one, they can just leave it empty. After all, mobile storage modules condense the same volume of goods into an area 50 percent smaller than with static shelving. That level of spatial efficiency saves businesses immediately, especially if those businesses were planning to expand their properties, relocate or invest in off-site storage facilities because of their chronic storage issues.

Moreover, mobile shelving reduces recurring costs associated with per-square-foot refrigerated storage. According to investment management firm JLL, cold storage facilities cost triple what conventional warehouse storage cost. Mobile storage protects from overspending those who lease refrigerated storage units or who aim to invest capital in their own.

Are you a Maximizer?

On the flip side, a significant space savings of 50 percent will certainly tempt leaders to conceive of new ways to utilize areas once devoted to storage. Here are a few ways some Montel customers have used the space they saved by switching to mobile storage:

Expanded the sales floor: With a smaller storage footprint, retail businesses can grow their revenue-generating areas. Whether they choose to provide more room to mill about or a more diverse selection of goods, patrons will appreciate the improved shopping experience either way.

Added production or processing power: Industrial businesses such as manufacturing need their shop floors for far more than storing inventory and finished products. Reductions in storage open up opportunities to build a new line, for example, without overspending capital on a whole new facility.

Doubled up on storage: Warehouses are in the business of space. If they so choose, these businesses can reclaim aisles and maximize storage. Mobile shelving installations therefore give warehouses twice the capacity, twice as many vacancies to sell or utilize and twice as many SKUs to offer end users.

Whichever route you decide to take, trust that manual, mechanical-assist or powered mobile shelving solutions will propel your storage operations toward success. For more information, visit the Montel blog or reach out to your nearest Authorized Montel Distributor today.

Montel mobile shelving trains Sports Experts to be a retail storage champion

Montel stepped in for the assist by installing three different smart storage systems across several Sports Experts locations, including this one in Laval, Quebec.
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With more than 100 stores across Quebec, sporting goods retailer Sports Experts knows how to reach a wide audience of active Canadians.

Inventory excesses, however, have always been a sticking point. As athletic trends evolve, new products enter the market, and seasons change, Sports Experts found many of its stores struggling to stay ahead of demand and organize its stock. 

Montel stepped in for the assist by installing three different smart storage systems across several locations, including this one in Laval, Quebec. Check out the video below or on

What sporting goods storage solutions did Montel build?

In the main warehouse, Montel constructed a five-carriage dual-access SmartSpace mechanical-assist mobile storage module. Each 30+ foot unit has two of Montel's patented SafeCrank handles for effortless access and pushbutton locks that hold aisles open while occupied.

In the store's reception area, which is both a storage space and a workspace, Montel installed two manual mobile shelving units. At 16 feet long each, these shelves maximize capacity without disrupting operations in the adjacent offices. The soccer and ice skating warehouses also received storage updates with two lateral sliding systems affixed to stationary shelves already in use.

How does mobile sporting good storage help retailers do more with less?

If you've ever checked out the Montel blog before, you know that we serve many different businesses in many different industries. And while a lack of storage space is something everyone everywhere can relate to, each of our customers has unique reasons for reaching out.

Sports Experts is no exception. So how will additional storage with a variety of mobile shelving modules change how this retailer does business?

Savings from season to season
Ever wonder where footballs go in the spring? Or where track shorts disappear to in the dead of winter? The answer is obvious: They go into storage.

But when the seasons change, sporting goods retailers must rotate their SKUs. Everything still on the selling floor goes into its respective warehouse and all the latest gear moves out to where customers can buy it. Without a streamlined inventory switch-out process, things can go haywire very quickly. And if you're simultaneously scheduling deliveries from off-site storage facilities, you're guaranteed to take a hit in efficiency somewhere.

"Without a streamlined switch-out process for inventory, things can go haywire."

Instead, why not do what Sports Experts did and take full advantage of on-site storage resources? With its infinitely customizable architecture, SmartSpace mobile shelving units can conform to the exact measurements inventory managers need them to, saving valuable capacity while exhausting every cubic inch of space.

Sports Experts has the power to build storage around their products instead of trying to make do with static, prefabricated shelving. Is there a better way to design an inventory space that runs on common sense?

Refreshing replenishment
Apparel and shoes are hot-ticket items at sporting goods stores like Sports Experts, so desired that it's not uncommon for popular sizes to fly off the racks. But when customers ask store clerks to check their inventories for sold-out sizes, employees will either clinch these sales or send shoppers to their competitors.

Better organization through mobile shelving makes that possible. Speedy retrieval speaks volumes to customers. And with 50 percent greater storage efficiency than traditional shelving, retailers can order larger volumes of popular sizes and retain them on-site so replenishments are few and far between and customers are always satisfied.

Power-packed pricing
Before bringing goods out where customers can see them, try them on and buy them, store clerks have to price everything. Sports Experts retailers conduct all their pricing operations in their on-site warehouses. Because of the limitations of static shelving, similar products may be grouped separately across the storage area, making accurate pricing a real chore.

Again, Montel saved the day with mobile shelving. Adjustable units squeeze every last drop of space out of their warehouses without overloading them. Inventory managers can arrange shoes, clothing and equipment according to their preferred organizational models. Clerks can price SKUs one at a time, thereby reducing mix-ups and mistakes.

Interested in learning more about how mobile sporting goods storage enhances any retail location, sports team or recreational center? Read about it on our blog or reach out to your local Authorized Montel Distributor today.

6 industry-leading safety features built into Mobilex mechanical-assist mobile shelving [Video]

Goucher College, Baltimore, MD. Assembled by Douron Inc., Authorized Montel Distributor in Maryland.
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In the industrial spaces where high-density storage performs the greatest service – warehouses, off-site storage facilities and the like – all business must be built from the foundation of safety.

While the latest U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports indicate the rates of fatal and non-fatal workplace injuries and illnesses in the private sector are decreasing, facilities managers and site supervisors can’t let their guards down. After all, any number higher than zero is not worth celebrating.


Why retailers won’t survive 2017 without mobile shelving with multi-carriage movement

Montel can help you move mountains (of inventory) in seconds without breaking a sweat.
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You don’t have to hit the gym to feel strong; Montel can help you move mountains (of inventory) in seconds without breaking a sweat.

Sounds crazy, right? Well, as the world’s leading experts in high-density mobile storage solutions, we’re not ones to back down from any challenge, even one as big as this one. Today, we’d like to highlight an underrepresented but valuable feature of our mechanical-assist Mobilex shelving system: the ability to effortlessly move multiple carriages at once.

The following video features Mobilex renowned to be the smoothest mechanical-assist mobile storage system in the industry. You will notice in this video a retail store employee moving effortlessly at once 4 x 36 feet long mobile carriages. Let’s do the Mobilex maths:
1,000 lb per linear foot
x 36 feet long carriages for this application  (36,000 lb load capacity per carriage)
x 4 Carriages
= 144,000 lb total weight load capacity
The user shown in this video could potentially move 144,000 lb with one hand! Unbelievable…. isn’t.
Imagine how more productive a retail store can be if the staff is capable of moving multiple units at once vs. other systems where each mobile shelving unit would need to be moved one at a time.  The fact that employees are more productive with a Mobilex system in any back store obviously means additional sales.
With its unique gear ratio and the superior quality of its components, Montel can easily claim to have the best recipe for the smoothest operating mobile shelving storage system.



Get your smart storage ideas off the ground with hanging storage solutions

With customizable crossbars and rods capable of countless configurations, hanging storage has the power to store anything with unusual dimensions effortlessly.
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Even storage experts like us can admit that not everything belongs on a shelf. Some items are too long, too thin, too cumbersome to sit sideways on a shelf with any efficiency whatsoever.

But what are your other options? Stand these items in a bunch at the corner of the storeroom where people will trip over them? Of course not.

Instead, we suggest you invest in Montel’s hanging storage solutions, which affix to existing Montel shelving products or directly to a wall. With customizable crossbars and rods capable of countless configurations, hanging storage has the power to store anything with unusual dimensions effortlessly.


5 bright ideas for whiteboard end panels on mobile shelving units

Have you ever thought about all the things you could do with end-panel whiteboards on your mobile shelving?
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Steve Jobs loved whiteboards, or so the legend goes. It’s hard to imagine the late mastermind behind Apple and Pixar without a whiteboard as his backdrop.

Montel actually designed a Mobilex mobile shelving for Apple headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., complete with – you guessed it – full-length whiteboards as the end panels.