• Nothing but the Facts
    The simple truth is business-records storage fits well into the existing operation of many self-storage facilities. Although it is quite different from self-storage in many ways, it has similar components. It takes only a shift in perspective and a desire to achieve higher ...More
    June 1, 2003 Cary F. McGovern Posted in Articles
  • Set 'Em Up and Sell 'Em On: Euro Self-Storage
    When referring to self-storage, the phrase "set 'em up and sell 'em on" makes the whole business sound so simple. Last year's acquisition of Aardvark Self Storage Ltd. and Rent-A-Space by Mentmore PLC demonstrated the "sell-out" most dream of may have been oversold. But the ...More
    June 1, 2003 Andrew Donaldson Posted in Articles, Development
  • Self-Storage Security
    There are many elements to self- storage security. you can address them separately, but the key to a successful strategy is recognizing how these elements work together. Your goal should be to create a visibly secure environment that reassures renters and prospects and ...More
    June 1, 2003 Rich Morahan and Christopher Shope Posted in Articles, Technology
  • confession
    I can't believe I'm about to admit this. Some of you will want my head on a platter. But I have to be honest: When it comes to self-storage security, I'm a doubting Thomas. But I didn't know that until recently. Let me explain. My significant other and I just made a dream ...More
    June 1, 2003 Teri L. Lanza Posted in Articles
  • The Future of Access Control
    When choosing a self-storage facility, prospective customers review a number of features and options. For most, the final decision is not only influenced by rental rates. Especially during recent times, security is paramount. Knowing this, self-storage facility managers and ...More
    June 1, 2003 Doug Luciani Posted in Articles
  • European Self-Storage: Climb on the Bandwagon
    In 1999, studies revealed that for the European self-storage market to reach a facility-saturation rate equal to just 50 percent of that in the United States, 18,865 self-storage facilities needed to be built in Europe within 20 years. This means building 2.6 facilities a ...More
    June 1, 2003 Cesara Carcano Posted in Articles, Development
  • Computer Input and Output
    Keyboards, mice, printers... It's not exactly riveting dinner conversation, is it? Au contraire! New technological products on the market include keyboards that reduce hand fatigue, read driver's licenses and credit cards, or have an integrated trackball. Wireless ...More
    June 1, 2003 Doug Carner Posted in Articles, Technology
  • The ABCs of Video Surveillance
    It's 2 a.m. Your storage site is closed and your manager is asleep. At one end of the property, an intruder has climbed your fence. Before he can reach the first unit, a siren sounds, floodlights illuminate, an armed response is on its way, and a video record of the entire ...More
    June 1, 2003 Doug Carner Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Gates and Perimeter Fencing
    Gates and perimeter fencing are some of the most important components of a well-designed self-storage site. In most cases, they are the first things your drive-by customer will see and, therefore, make an impression. When used correctly, they add beauty and attract the eye ...More
    June 1, 2003 John Fogg Posted in Articles
  • Employee Dishonesty
    Most storage owners would like to think their employees are loyal, trustworthy, honest and dedicated to the self-storage business. Unfortunately, temptation, greed, social issues and financial pressure can put some in a position to potentially betray their employers. Even ...More
    June 1, 2003 Amy Brown Posted in Articles