• Info Rides the Radio Waves
    We have increasingly become a wireless world. Small high-powered transmitters change the way we do many things in day-to-day activities, including the many management activities at your self-storage. Some devices use infrared light to carry information, similar to your TV ...More
    June 1, 2006 Steve Cooper Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Peas in a Pod
    In recent years the buzz has been about incorporating the Internet with management tools, adding call centers to increase store traffic and utilizing kiosks. These all add value to the business either by slimming the accounting and record-keeping functions, increasing ...More
    June 1, 2006 Tim Seyfarth Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Beyond Flashing Lights and Guard Dogs
    When planning for self-storage security, the options go far beyond flashing lights and guard dogs. Each property has its own unique challenges that may be approached in a variety of ways. Security systems should serve three main purposes: 1) Protect your investment. 2) ...More
    June 1, 2006 Joe Burt Posted in Articles
  • Installing Security Systems
    In my 17 years of doing security systems, I see one prevailing problem: People decide to cut corners during installation. Security requirements are no different than any other electrical system—fail to follow the basic rules and the results could be shocking. Throughout ...More
    June 1, 2006 Chester Gilliam Posted in Articles
  • The North-Central Corridor
    This month, I gathered real estate experts to discuss self-storage in the North Central United States. Let’s hear what our local experts have to say about their respective cities and regions. Our panel includes: Larry Goldman, Prudential CRES Commercial Real Estate, Kansas ...More
    June 1, 2006 Michael L. McCune Posted in Articles
  • Security and Management Software
    In the early days, self-storage security relied on chain-link fences and padlocks. Management “software” was limited to a pad of paper and pencil. How things have changed! ...More
    June 1, 2006 Randy Fountain and Tony Gardner Posted in Articles, Technology
  • You’re Being Robbed!
    Every moment a U.S. merchant is robbed via electronic payment systems—totaling $3 billion per week. What’s a merchant to do? First, we must define and understand the problem. Three types of fraud afflict merchants using electronic payment systems: 1. Internal fraud, or ...More
    June 1, 2006 Ross Federgreen Posted in Articles, Finance
  • Escaping Security Nightmares
    Choosing a security vendor with a proven track record and experience installing specialized systems can make the difference between a smooth-running facility and an ongoing maintenance nightmare. Storage security and access-control systems are complex and require intricate ...More
    June 1, 2006 Robert Nattenberg Posted in Articles
  • Reno Rocks! The Biggest, Little City in the World
    It’s not all glamour, glitz and gambling. The town known as the Biggest Little City in the World offers visitors of all ages an array of entertainment outside the casino and convention hall. Blending the best of both worlds, Inside Self-Storage selected Reno, Nev., as its ...More
    June 1, 2006 Elaine Foxwell Posted in Articles
  • Operation Security
    Self-storage folks have unique security needs compared to car washing. Here you are, charged with the protection of your clients’ goods. You have to run your operation like a fort: No one can get in unless they have the magic password! Even if they know the magic code, you ...More
    June 1, 2006 Fred Grauer Posted in Articles