CJ Logistics, Penguin House to store clothes
To use the service, customers bring their winter clothes and blankets to any Penguin House laundromat, which are open 24 hours a day. After the items are washed and dried, CJ Logistics’ delivery trucks pick them up and store them in warehouses for the duration desired by the customers.
Customers can choose to store their laundry for between one month and three years, and have it delivered to their homes at any time by using the Penguin House mobile app on their smartphones.
Though the service is currently only offered to customers residing in Seoul and Gyeonggi, CJ Logistics plans to make it available in other regions soon.
CJ Logistics established a separate team and a ventilated storage center for the new service. The storehouse is equipped with a monitoring sensor that detects temperature and humidity levels so that employees can keep the clothes and blankets in optimal condition.
The service is expected to help customers free up closet space at home, as the rise of one and two-person households means that more people are living in small apartments. The service could also appeal to people who want to declutter their apartments.
In the United States and Japan, there are many services offering long-term storage. The industry, estimated to have a market size of 27 trillion won ($24.2 billion) in the United States and 660 billion won in Japan, is relatively underdeveloped in Korea.
“Using our experience in delivery and storage services,” said a CJ Logistics spokesman, “we will do our best to successfully operate this new business.”
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