California partners with Chunker for pop-up container parks

California is partnering with online on-demand warehouse marketplace Chunker to create six new pop-up logistics centers on state land to ease container congestion in the Golden State’s backed ports.

Chunker, which bills itself as “the Airbnb of short-term, on-demand storage space” in the United States, will lease a total of 150 acres across three armories, two fairgrounds and a former prison site in California which will be converted into logistics facilities which, combined, can handle 20,000 containers.

According to state officials, Chunker’s one-year contract to outfit and manage the new pop-up container parks requires the company to pay California 5% of its profits from the new logistics centers. The deal includes a second-year option.

Three of the new pop-up logistics facilities will service containers shipping to ports near San Francisco, while the other three are in the Los Angeles area.

Sites include the Lancaster Armory, the National Guard Armory in Stockton, the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds, the AV Fair and Events Center, an armory in Palmdale, and the closed Deuel Vocational Institution site in San County. Joaquin.

“California has taken swift action to keep cargo flowing through the state’s ports, leveraging our strategic partnerships to develop multi-faceted solutions, including securing additional storage space for thousands of containers shipping,” Governor Gavin Newsom said in a statement announcing the contract with Chunker. .

Chunker, which has five other storage facilities in the Los Angeles area that can handle a total of 5,000 containers, says the state agreement makes it California’s largest out-of-port container storage company. The company will coordinate between California ports, shipping and trucking companies and cargo owners to help move containers through the pop-up facilities.

Chunker CEO Brad Write told that pop-up container facilities are a growth strategy for Chunker because they fit perfectly with the company’s core business of matching businesses that need of short term space with vacant warehouse spaces. The company’s online marketplace lists 30 million square feet of industrial space in 48 states.

Cargo owners or 3PLs can store containers in the pop-up yards while using Chunker’s platform to find warehouse space for their contents, he said. Pop-up facilities can store full or empty containers.

Some of the busiest ports in the United States are turning to pop-up container parks to reduce congestion in backed up global supply chains. In November, the Georgia Ports Authority announced that it would convert five existing inland facilities in Georgia and North Carolina to pop-up container years.

In January, the Port of Oakland announced it would open a nearby pop-up to speed up truck turnaround times.

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