• Online Education Sweeps Storage
    Have you ever seen pictures of an avalanche? As the snow and rock start to fall, they gain not only momentum and velocity, but also mass. The result is anyone and anything below is swept up in the crescendo. I’m convinced there is a quiet education avalanche sweeping the ...More
    December 1, 2006 Jim Chiswell Posted in Articles
  • RETAIL RESULTS
    I am sure we all agree that retail products such as boxes, packing materials and supplies aren’t your primary income source. So, it’s not surprising that much attention is devoted to selling storage units and little on peripheral product sales. Still, once your manager is ...More
    December 1, 2006 Bob Strenk Posted in Articles
  • Don’t Worry, Be Happy
    My husband and I recently completed a two-week Mediterranean cruise. After embarking in Barcelona, we traveled more than 2,000 miles to five countries and eight ports of call. Celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary, this dream vacation resulted from years of saving and ...More
    December 1, 2006 Barb Bartlein Posted in Articles
  • LEGAL PERSPECTIVES
    It never ceases to amaze me how few self-storage tenants purchase self-storage insurance. I’ve started asking managers their theory as to why. They’ve offered a litany of answers, the two most common being: 1) Customers believe their goods are covered by their homeowners ...More
    December 1, 2006 Jeffrey Greenberger Posted in Articles
  • The Age-Old Question
    “How much should I pay my managers?” If I had a nickel for every time I was asked that over the last 15 years, I could almost build a 100,000-square-foot storage facility with the pile of silver! The question isn’t as simple as it sounds. Many variables come into play. We ...More
    December 1, 2006 Pamela Alton-Truitt Posted in Articles
  • ISS FLASH REPORT
    The Grand Rapids-Wyoming Metropolitan Statistical Area encompasses the west Michigan counties of Barry, Ionia, Kent and Newaygo. The city of Grand Rapids is its urban center. Manufacturing, education, health, social services and retail trade are key employment sectors. ...More
    December 1, 2006 Self-Storage Data Services Inc. Posted in Articles, Development
  • SUPPLIER SPOTLIGHT
    The easier you make it for storage renters to move in, the higher your occupancy rates will be. One service to attract tenants is a convenient means to transport their goods. KW Nash Group (KWNG) is a one-stop, truck-leasing company that sells and leases vehicles and ...More
    December 1, 2006 Elaine Foxwell Posted in Articles
  • U.K. Industry Figures Reveal Growth, Occupancy, Yield
    Figures applying to the European storage sector often differ, yet it’s important to compare markets. Steel Storage Europe Ltd. recently tallied the results of a U.K.-wide self-storage survey, aimed to track industry size by number of facilities and net-leaseable space ...More
    December 1, 2006 Michael Homan Posted in Articles
  • Developers Delve Into Storage Condos
    The demand for boat and RV storage is on the rise and rents are getting higher in some areas. A growing trend is to sell actual ownership of RV units, marketing them as storage condominiums. What exactly is a storage condo? The concept is simple—it’s a straight real estate ...More
    December 1, 2006 Caesar Wright Posted in Articles
  • AT THE CAR WASH
    Regardless of business type, most of us have employees with varying skill sets. At the lower end of the employee pool are those with less education or abilities, the hourly worker. Entry-level employees are thought to be the most mobile segment of our team stay the shortest ...More
    December 1, 2006 Fred Grauer Posted in Articles