• 05/2004: Construction Corner
    Construction Corner is a Q&A column committed to answering reader-submitted questions regarding construction and development. Inquiries may be sent to construction@ministorage.com. Q: I am in the market to purchase a newgate and surveillance system, but I am concerned ...More
    May 1, 2004 Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Got Steel?
    By now, you should be aware of the most recent quandary facing self-storage: the shortage of steel in the United States and the resulting increase in prices. Inside Self- Storage and other industry educators have done their parts to inform developers and operators of how ...More
    May 1, 2004 Teri L. Lanza Posted in Articles, Technology
  • New-School Technology
    Customers of any business hate waiting in line, especially when they only have a quick question or want to make a payment. Banks have addressed this issue by adding self-service equipment and 24-hour, off-site banking tools. Day or night, customers can make payments and ...More
    May 1, 2004 Doug Carner Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Wearing Customers’ Shoes
    One of my employees, Mark, recently illustrated why salespeople should never assume they have the same buying behaviors as their customers. Mark and I visited the owner of a self-storage company to discuss the merchandising of his facilities. After our presentation, the ...More
    May 1, 2004 Roy Katz Posted in Articles
  • Records Storage for Dummies, Part II
    Records Storage for Dummies, Part II By Anne Sommi Edmonson The following is a sequel to the article titled “Records Storage for Dummies,” published in the October 2003 issue of Inside Self-Storage. To access this article, visit the magazine’s online archive at ...More
    May 1, 2004 Posted in Articles
  • Big Yellow Box
    In a little more than four years, Big Yellow Group PLC, a publicly listed company that develops, owns and operates modern self-storage centers for personal, business and recreational use, has grown into a leading U.K. storage developer. The company, founded by Nicolas ...More
    May 1, 2004 Stephen Homer Posted in Articles
  • Linking It All Together
    Gone are the days when building a selfstorage facility meant little more than finding a piece of dirt, throwing up a building and chain-link fence, and putting your sign out front. New facilities call for management software, gate software, keypads, alarm systems, ...More
    May 1, 2004 Curtis Sojka Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Big Brother Is Watching (Thank Goodness)
    This past February, I had the honor and pleasure of participating in the Inside Self-Storage Expo in Las Vegas as a seminar speaker. I met some interesting and exciting people, and got to experience the storage industry up-close and personal. After a couple of long and busy ...More
    May 1, 2004 Fred Grauer Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Improving Operations Through Software
    In recent years, many self-storage operators have upgraded from their DOS or manual management systems to Windows programs written specifically for the industry. Stepping up to a new system should always result in improvements to your bottom line. While you may see some ...More
    May 1, 2004 Markus Hecker Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Trachte Building Systems Inc.
    When Trachte Building Systems entered the self-storage industry in 1974, it was backed by 75 years of expertise in manufacturing metal products. Today, the Sun Prairie, Wis.-based company manufactures a full-line of self-storage buildings, partition/corridor systems and ...More
    May 1, 2004 Elaine Foxwell Posted in Articles