• Security and Business Threats
    Security and Business Threats By Fred Grauer The whole issue of security has become pretty frightening. It wasn’t long ago that I, like a lot of guys, was convinced I shared many traits with Superman—you know: invincible, able to leap over tall buildings, faster than a ...More
    June 1, 2004 Fred Grauer Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Security-System Basics
    Security-System BasicsUnderstanding components, choosing a vendor and bringing it all together By Joe Burt In the course of planning the “perfect” self-storage facility, there is one component common to top-shelf projects: security. This can be as simple as perimeter ...More
    June 1, 2004 Joe Burt Posted in Articles
  • Tee Time
    Tee TimeSelf-storage professional teaches kids golf basics By Amy Campbell About three years ago, Allen Perreault, a former golf pro, again found himself spending a lot of time on the green. The installation manager for U. S. Door & Building Components Inc., an Orlando, ...More
    June 1, 2004 Amy Campbell Posted in Articles
  • Inside Self-Storage Magazine 06/2004: The Southeast
    The Southeast By Michael L. McCune This month, I gathered real estate experts to discuss the state of self-storage in the Southeast. Let’s hear what they have to say about their respective cities and regions. Our panel of brokers includes: Bill Barnhill, Omega Properties, ...More
    June 1, 2004 Michael L. McCune Posted in Articles
  • Protecting Your Security
    Protecting Your SecuritySave your system from vandalism, theft and defeat By Doug Carner What is your concept of self-storage security? While a measure such as razor wire will deter criminals, its presence implies a crime issue that can make your facility uninviting. ...More
    June 1, 2004 Doug Carner Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Your Phone (Sales) Message
    I recently did an experiment: I called more than 50 storage facilities after business hours to see what kind of outgoing message I would hear on their answering machines/voicemail systems. I mostly encountered a lack of professionalism —outgoing messages seemed to be an ...More
    May 1, 2004 Fred Gleeck Posted in Articles
  • Budgeting for Technology
    Technology is a key part of running any self-storage business, whether you have a single site or many. It allows you to reduce the time spent on manual, repetitive tasks and increase time spent on more productive ones, such as selling units and helping customers. As with ...More
    May 1, 2004 Michael Richards Posted in Articles, Technology
  • The Webinar Revolution
    Technology is all about options. The digital revolution has impacted businesses around the world, and more people are choosing to work from home. Many modifications and improvements to communication have made it possible to remotely perform the majority of everyday business ...More
    May 1, 2004 April Howard Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Time to Upgrade
    There is little doubt the modern computer has changed the face of self-storage. As our industry has matured, no factor has had more impact than the proliferation of computer use at storage sites. In the late ‘80s, industry-specific software was just coming available. Before ...More
    May 1, 2004 Dallas Dogger Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Racking: Safety and Storage Density
    Your choice of records-storage racking can improve your yield per square foot, long-term revenue and operational efficiency. The single most expensive mistake many records-storage operators make is buying “cheap” racks. Racking is a commodity and can be found anywhere, but ...More
    May 1, 2004 Cary F. McGovern Posted in Articles