Walking down the street earlier from our Camden branch of CityStore, my eye was drawn to a display in a branch of a local shop that reminded me of a storage solution for kids that are seen in airports every time we travel.
The Trunki was first seen on Dragon’s Den where the dragons opted not to help finance entrepreneur Rob Law’s idea for a ride-on suitcase for kids. Ultimately the Dragons had to eat there words as over 85,000 cases have been sold and the company valued at £1m+.
We take our hat off to Rob. Trying to get a small child to carry their own stuff is a challenge at the best of times but to produce an item that they actually want to take hold of is quite a thing.
Whilst our storage centre in Camden had its own internal design issues during its construction the final result is certainly something of a success as well. Visit us at our store on Malden Crescent, Camden NW1.
A Japanese steel engineering company has come up with an ingenious way of securely storing hundreds and even thousands of bikes! TheBike Tree is a fully mechanized locker system that electronically tags the bicycle and takes it via a conveyor belt to a internal storage area.
When it is time to collect a bicycle, the owner swipes a card through a reader which located at the entrance and the bicycle is returned via the same automated system, taking between 15 seconds and one minute to retrieve depending on the capacity of the storage area.
The Bike Tree, now in operation in various train stations in Tokyo, can store between 600 and 6,000 bicycles. And the cost to the user? Roughly ¥1,800 (£13.50) for a secure monthly bicycle parking spot with additional discounts for students.
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