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  • Bird’s-Eye View of Canadian Self-Storage
    Over the last five years, Canada’s supply of self-storage has ballooned. The three most developed urban markets are the Vancouver Lower Mainland, Greater Toronto and Halifax, each of which has 2 to 2.5 square feet per capita. Considerable new development also is ...More
    April 1, 2006 Candace Watson Posted in Articles
  • Land Down Under
    Kennards is the largest operator in Australia. This three-story Port Melbourne facility, built from the ground up for self-storage, has more than 1,000 units. No question about it, self-storage in Australasia will grow like a King Kong koala in the coming year. Economic ...More
    April 1, 2006 Rennie Schafer Posted in Articles
  • Speaking of Sales...
    Self-storage titillates investors’ appetites because there are so many ways to push profits. On one hand, this is a demand-driven business that people need. Study your market correctly, build a nice facility on a good piece of ground, and customers will come to you. Once ...More
    April 1, 2006 Tron Jordheim Posted in Articles
  • Self-Storage on Holiday
    In 2005, Italy-based Casaforte Self Storage expanded its holdings to 12 working facilities, with several more slated to open in the next 1.5 years. The company has enjoyed much success with branding and specialized services in urban locales. It’s forged a recognizable, ...More
    April 1, 2006 Sabrina Tordo Posted in Articles
  • High-Powered Marketing
    Yesterday, I addressed a recent inquiry I received from a self-storage manager whose market is becoming increasing competitive (whose isn't?). She had a legitimate concern because her income is based on weekly facility revenue. One solution? Some heavy-handed marketing ...More
    March 30, 2006 Posted in Blogs
  • Chiswell to Address SS 'Feasibility' in Reno
    Industry expert and consultant Jim Chiswell will address the topic "Feasibility: Is There Any Room Left to Build?" at the ISS Expo in Reno, Nev., July 19-22. ...More
    March 29, 2006 Posted in News
  • Guidance, anyone?
    It isn't unusual for me to receive phonecalls and e-mails from people who are new to the self-storage industry or those seeking guidance in particular development/operational matters. I probably get an average of five to seven communications of this nature every day. While ...More
    March 29, 2006 Teri Lanza Posted in Blogs
  • Self-Storage Heroine (No, not me, silly!)
    Today, a friend and co-worker shared an interesting tale: He was listening to Adam Carolla on the radio when a 62-year-old self-storage manager named Iris called into the show from Cocoa, Fla. Iris, a champion bodybuilder, had recently had the experience of chasing and ...More
    March 28, 2006 Teri Lanza Posted in Blogs
  • Storage Universe Slightly Expanded
    A wonderful surprise this morning as I sign on and sift through the weekend's e-mail: A budding storage operator in the Houston area read my post from a few days ago in which I urged professionals in the business to start their own blogs. Dario and Anna Vargas took my words ...More
    March 27, 2006 Teri Lanza Posted in Blogs
  • 9/11: Never Forgotten
    It was almost exactly two years ago that eight British-born Pakistani men were arrested in London suburbs on suspicion of plotting a terrorist bomb attack. They were apprehended after more than a half-ton of ammonium-nitrate fertilizer (a basic ingredient in home-made ...More
    March 24, 2006 Teri Lanza Posted in Blogs