• Supplier Spotlight: Certified Mail
    If you’ve ever prepared documents for delivery by U.S. Postal Service Certified Mail, you know how time consuming it can be. Filling out the green cards, taking the mail to the post office and waiting in line are only a few of the nagging but important tasks self-storage ...More
    May 1, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • Real Estate Roundup: Technology and Your Facility’s Value
    After more than 30 years in real estate, I am still surprised by advancements in technology that help us do business, and the Internet is no exception. We all know the importance of having a web presence for business purposes, but a principle concern is always foremost in ...More
    May 1, 2006 Michael L. McCune Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Guard Against Employee Theft
    Most business owners are vulnerable to ongoing employee theft. One of the most widely used methods is through a credit card system. As your employees get rich, you become subject to fines, penalties, and the loss of revenue and credit card-acceptance privileges. Over the ...More
    May 1, 2006 Ross Federgreen Posted in Articles, Finance
  • Going Online
    A recent study by the National Self Storage Association indicates U.S. self-storage space exceeded 2 billion square feet by March 2006 and is growing more than 9 percent annually. Swift growth and rapid technological advances during the past years have catapulted the ...More
    May 1, 2006 Kat Shenoy and Sachin Bhakta Posted in Articles, Technology
  • ISS Scholarship Winners
    The Inside Self-Storage Scholarship Program encourages educational pursuits and rewards the hard work of students closely affiliated with self-storage. Entrants are required to work in the industry or have immediate family members employed by self-storage or related ...More
    May 1, 2006 Elaine Foxwell Posted in Articles
  • Inside Self-Storage Magazine: Storage Pros
    Storage Pros, West Seneca, N.Y. When the temperature is below freezing, snow is 3 feet deep and the wind chill is 10 F, think of the luxury of driving into a toasty storage building to load or unload goods. That’s the glory of renting units at Storage Pros in West Seneca, ...More
    May 1, 2006 Elaine Foxwell Posted in Articles
  • Before the Crash
    Given time, all computers fail. They may run for years without a hiccup or may crash within months of purchase. You can protect yourself by copying and storing data in a safe place. Many businesses don’t want to spend the money or time to properly protect data, but given ...More
    May 1, 2006 Tredd Barton Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Kiosks Kick Up Self-Service
    The first U.S. self-service kiosk was installed in 1971 at the Citizens & Southern National Bank in Atlanta. Now every bank has an automated teller machine. Last year, ATMs numbered more than 396,000 in the United States alone. After Sept. 11, 2001, the airline industry ...More
    May 1, 2006 Curtis Sojka Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Do You Process Credit Cards the Old-Fashioned Way?
    Processing credit card transactions through a conventional retail merchant account could be costing your storage business in unnecessary fees and putting your business and customers’ security at risk. Many credit card transactions in the storage industry are not ...More
    May 1, 2006 Claudia Miller Posted in Articles, Finance, Technology
  • The Changing World of Software
    Over the last few years, many operators upgraded from DOS to Windows programs. New technology brought better electronic billing options; stores became more retail-oriented; users started to systematically collect marketing data; and most operators have Internet access and a ...More
    May 1, 2006 Markus Hecker Posted in Articles, Technology