• A VIEW FROM THE STREET
    It’s hard to find a person without a favorite time of the year. Ski and snow sports buffs can’t wait for winter. Some favor springtime for its sense of renewal. The summer entices us with warm weather, vacations and outdoor activities. Others prefer the fall season with the ...More
    May 1, 2007 Neal Gussis and Minh Tran Posted in Articles
  • Media Watchdog
    As the self-storage industry permeates our communities, it receives increasing attention from mainstream media outlets—and not always favorably. As industry professionals, we should be aware of how self-storage is presented to the public. Media Watchdog is devoted to ...More
    May 1, 2007 Posted in Articles
  • SUPPLIER SPOTLIGHT
    Boomerang Self Storage Automation introduces Automated Locker Retrieval (ALR) technology to take the storage industry to the next competitive level. Unlike conventional multistory storage centers, an ALR-equipped facility allows the customer to access the unit on demand via ...More
    May 1, 2007 Elaine Foxwell Posted in Articles, Technology
  • SPECIAL OPERATIONS
    Five vital steps can take your self-storage operation to a new level of profitability. In fact, if these areas become a main focus of senior management, the business will improve net operating income on a regular basis. Step 1: Training First off, make sure you’ve hired the ...More
    May 1, 2007 Brad North Posted in Articles
  • ISS Expo Scrapbook
    As in years past, thousands of self-storage professionals descended upon Las Vegas for the annual Inside Self-Storage Expo, Feb. 20-23, 2007. With record-breaking numbers of attendees, this convention continues to reign as the king of all self-storage shows. Get a glimpse ...More
    May 1, 2007 Posted in Articles
  • Today’s Trendy Software Solutions
    Too often people purchase the latest and greatest products without fully understanding why they need them and how best to use them. This is especially true with technology. Do you understand the latest trends in software, connectivity and data storage for the self-storage ...More
    May 1, 2007 Mark Byrne-Quinn Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Keeping It Real
    Self-storage software has been constantly changing with the maturation of the industry. Owners who offer automatic credit card billing have improved collections, increased lengths of stay and increased rents. Many stores now feature sophisticated security and access systems ...More
    May 1, 2007 Markus Hecker Posted in Articles, Technology
  • RETAIL RESULTS
    One of my employees, Mark, recently illustrated why salespeople should never assume they have the same buying behaviors as their customers. Mark and I visited the owner of a self-storage company to discuss the merchandising of his facilities. After our presentation, the ...More
    May 1, 2007 Bob Strenk Posted in Articles
  • ISS Flash Report
    The Omaha-Council Bluffs, Neb.-Iowa, metropolitan statistical area (MSA) is the 60th -largest MSA in the United States. Eight counties, five in Nebraska and three across the Missouri River in Iowa, form this MSA. The areas growing economy, primarily based on agriculture, is ...More
    May 1, 2007 Self Storage Data Services Inc. Posted in Articles, Development
  • SUPPLIER SPOTLIGHT
    March 2005 marked the debut of USstoragesearch.com, a company that connects self-storage customers to facilities nationwide via the Internet. The idea spawning the company was unique and, if one reflects on the growing list of clients, it was obviously a good one. Two years ...More
    May 1, 2007 Posted in Articles