• Mutual Funds and Your Retirement
    Jack’s store always did well. There were down times, like during the dot-com bust; but four years out of five, for the 40 years Jack ran the business, it was in the black. When Jack hit age 65, he wanted to retire. His wife wanted to sell the house and move into a condo ...More
    July 1, 2005 Pieter Kark and Ken Yap Posted in Articles, Finance
  • Casaforte's Choice
    Casaforte Self-Storage, an industry leader in Italy and Switzerland, has become known for highly specialized services and distinctive architectural design. Established in 2001, the company is managed according to the same standards adopted by major U.S. and European ...More
    July 1, 2005 Sabrina Tordo Posted in Articles, Development
  • Keeping Your Good Looks
    John and Betty needed storage for a year while they were in South America. With their list of prospective facilities in hand, they went storage hunting. They drove by the first site—and kept on going. Its brown landscaping, peeling paint and perimeter fence that looked as ...More
    July 1, 2005 Elaine Foxwell Posted in Articles
  • Computer Upkeep and Upgrades
    When they think about facility maintenance, most self-storage operators forget about their computer and related equipment. But these important items need preservation, including physical cleaning and the upkeep of system software. Proper maintenance will help ensure your ...More
    July 1, 2005 Michael Richards Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Master-Key Lock Systems
    This column addresses something of a controversial issue in self-storage: master-key lock systems. While I’m not in favor of these systems, the choice to use them is every operator’s prerogative. I only suggest you carefully weigh the pros and cons. With a master-key ...More
    July 1, 2005 Jeffrey Greenberger Posted in Articles
  • Lifts: Movin’ On Up
    Like all equipment, self-storage lifts, or VRCs (vertical reciprocating conveyors), require maintenance and periodic service for continuous and safe operation. However, unlike other building upkeep that can be handled by facility employees, lift service must be performed by ...More
    July 1, 2005 Randy Vander Hill Posted in Articles
  • Your Merchant Credit-Card Statement
    How many times have you said, “I give up. I don’t understand these charges on my credit-card service statement.” If you’re like the typical business owner, more times than you care to remember. In fact, many merchants have stopped trying to understand what they’re really ...More
    July 1, 2005 Ross Federgreen Posted in Articles, Finance
  • Ethnic Marketing
    I recently received a direct-mail piece from a company in Gretna, La., and the first page was written in Vietnamese. Unfortunately, I don’t speak or read the language, but I was able to figure out it was for a company that sells karaoke equipment. Why did it come to me? The ...More
    July 1, 2005 Tron Jordheim Posted in Articles
  • The Calm Before (During and After) the Storm
    From the beginning of June until the end of November, the Coastal United States—from Maine all the way to Texas—is vulnerable to some of the most destructive storms on earth. The 2004 hurricane season was one of the worst on record, with four major hurricanes that caused ...More
    July 1, 2005 John Roark Posted in Articles
  • Self-Serve in Fashion
    When renovating a self-storage facility, it makes sense to consider adding a self-service kiosk. There’s a reason these units are popping up in places like airports, hotels, gas stations, banks, retailers and now storage facilities: They save money for business owners while ...More
    July 1, 2005 Curtis Sojka Posted in Articles, Technology