• Broadcast Your Benefits
    As an industry, we’re doing a poor job of educating customers about the value of the business in general and our facilities in particular. Differentiation does little for your bottom line if you don’t broadcast the benefits of your business. You’ve heard it all before: To ...More
    October 1, 2005 Brad North Posted in Articles
  • A Good Year for Wine Storage
    Wine storage can be a terrific ancillary service for self-storage facilities in the right markets. It produces a greater return per square foot than traditional storage and generates a host of other benefits, including added revenue and marketing advantages. Wine storage ...More
    October 1, 2005 George McCord Posted in Articles
  • All Kinds of Victory
    In what can only be described as a significant and defining victory for the self-storage industry, Guardian Self Storage of New York won a discrimination complaint filed by a potential customer with the New York State Division of Human Rights. The facts and background of ...More
    October 1, 2005 Jim Chiswell Posted in Articles
  • Keeping Insurance Costs In Check
    The self-storage industry has undergone many changes over the past 20 years, evolving from a core group of small, mom-and-pop operations to a large, powerful organization of professional business people. The rapid growth of the industry has further created a variety of ...More
    October 1, 2005 David Wilhite Posted in Articles
  • Outdoor Toys Need Stuff Too
    Americans love their boats and RVs, their “babies,” which come with a world of needs. These vehicles must be prepared for each season of activity and later readied for storage. Enter the boat/RV storage facility that stocks a range of handy products to make life easier for ...More
    October 1, 2005 Elaine Foxwell Posted in Articles
  • Records-Storage Primer
    Records Storage remains a mystery to most self-storage entrepreneurs and consultants. This article demystifies and demonstrates the value of an ancillary service that benefits small and large storage operations in any size market. A decade ago, there seemed to be an ...More
    October 1, 2005 Cary F. McGovern Posted in Articles
  • Slide Gates
    Your security gate is your first line of defense against break-ins. It’s also the first security device your customers encounter, and one of the most used mechanisms on your property. So the gate has to work, plain and simple, 24/7/365. If your site has 300 units, your gate ...More
    October 1, 2005 Chester Gilliam Posted in Articles
  • The Fine Points of Boat/RV Storage
    As RV and boat storage develops an identity independent of traditional self-storage, it’s important for developers to educate themselves on the design and construction issues specific to this exciting product. Sit down at a design kick-off meeting, and several hot topics ...More
    October 1, 2005 Tarik Williams Posted in Articles, Development
  • Interest Rates
    What do we know about interest rates today? We know they’re very hard to predict in the short run. We know they’re currently at 42-year lows and have remained there longer than at any other time in the last century. We know low interest rates have a very positive (if not ...More
    October 1, 2005 Michael L. McCune Posted in Articles, Finance
  • The Marriage of Records Storage and Software
    Here is a must read for anyone planning to purchase software for records-storage management. Finding the right solution requires a substantial investment of time and money. However, once you hit upon that accurate, flexible, secure, easy-to-use tool for accessing records ...More
    October 1, 2005 Ian Thomas Posted in Articles, Technology