• Inside Self-Storage: Disasters Sell Records Storage
    After any catastrophe, the need for records management and storage soars. It’s only human nature to avoid the reality of loss until it actually happens. But now hundreds if not thousands of businesses in the Gulf South will no longer exist because of lack of attention to ...More
    December 1, 2005 Cary F. McGovern Posted in Articles
  • Electronic Transactions: A Year in Review
    This year will go down as one of major transition for the electronic-payment industry. Several related issues have had an effect on the self-storage business and the way facilities operate: Compliance Cost Alternative payments Compliance In the credit-card arena, compliance ...More
    December 1, 2005 Ross Federgreen Posted in Articles, Finance
  • World Watch
    News From Around the World Facility Plan to Save Historic Mill After standing empty for three years, a historic mill in Manchester, England, is being revived as part of a mixed development that includes self-storage, industrial units and a gym. Mile End Estates is ...More
    December 1, 2005 Posted in Articles, Development
  • At the Car Wash
    A Few Good People Wanted By Fred Grauer The U.S. Marine Corps used to run an ad that said, “Wanted: A Few Good Men.” This same need applies every employer out there. Let’s face it—it’s tough to find and retain good people. So what do you do to be the employer everyone wants ...More
    December 1, 2005 Fred Grauer Posted in Articles
  • A Dedication to Hire Right
    When it comes to hiring, self-storage owners have been known to use some pretty questionable tactics. For example, some may try to lure managers away from competing facilities by offering higher salaries. While this approach may sometimes work, it doesn’t necessarily ...More
    December 1, 2005 David Blum Posted in Articles
  • Training Now and Ever After
    No matter how many years of experience you have in a business, in whatever capacity, the learning process never really ends. As a professional, you should constantly seek to learn new things and keep current on industry trends and developments. Where do you find educational ...More
    December 1, 2005 Mel Holsinger Posted in Articles
  • Sales Training and Behavior Maintenance
    Unlike other commercial real estate, self-storage does not require long leases from tenants and, therefore, experiences more turnover. Because of the nature of the business, storage operators and their employees need to excel in the areas of sales and customer service. This ...More
    December 1, 2005 Carol Krendl Posted in Articles
  • Legal Perspectives: The New Bankruptcy Act
    The new Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act (BAPCPA) went into effect on Oct. 17, and now bankruptcy experts around the country are highlighting the changes and trying to figure out how to apply them in the law. Not only are there sections that are ...More
    December 1, 2005 Jeffrey Greenberger Posted in Articles
  • Reviewing Employee Performance
    Do your employees know how you rate their performance? Do you have a policy of conducting regular reviews? Personnel need to be aware of their strengths and weaknesses and know if they’re meeting your expectations. If you haven’t conducted a formal employee evaluation in ...More
    December 1, 2005 Pamela Alton-Truitt Posted in Articles
  • Real Estate Roundup: The Western States
    This month, I gathered real estate experts to discuss the state of self-storage in the West. Let’s hear what they have to say about their respective cities and regions. Our panel includes: Richard Arnold, Arnold/Forcum & Associates, Portland, Ore.; Roxana Baker, ...More
    December 1, 2005 Michael L. McCune Posted in Articles