• AGC Economist Reports on Construction Spending
    Ken Simonson, chief economist for the Associated General Contractors of America, said the industry is experiencing strong, balanced growth, and identified materials costs and availability as key areas of concern. ...More
    April 3, 2006 Posted in News
  • Resurrecting the Old Man
    Profile Self Storage’s Old Man of the Mountain.(Original in inset) Backhoe places heavy pieces of granite for the statue. Profile Self Storage, Hooksett, N.H. One mist-shrouded night, the Old Man of the Mountain quietly slipped away. No one in the Profile Lake, N.H., region ...More
    April 1, 2006 Elaine Foxwell Posted in Articles
  • World Watch
    French Storage Scene Shifts The self-storage landscape in France has undergone several changes in recent months, reports Inside Self Storage correspondent Philippe Peyrot, president of Annexx SAS, a self-storage company in the South of France: Armadillo ...More
    April 1, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • Buenos Días Self-Storage
    Self-storage services are slowly expanding in Puerto Rico, 1,000 miles southeast of Miami. The Caribbean island, just three times the size of Rhode Island, has fewer than a dozen facilities serving 4 million residents. John Wilson, of Texas-based Construction Processes ...More
    April 1, 2006 Kimberly Hundley Posted in Articles
  • Records Management: United You Profit With CRCs
    Statistically, more than 90 percent of self-storage operators have never ventured into records management. Or so they think. Virtually every facility in North America already stores business records, though perhaps unknowingly. Self-storage is the world’s second-largest ...More
    April 1, 2006 Cary McGovern Posted in Articles
  • Retail Results: Getting to Know All About Them
    An old friend and customer asked me how he could improve his retail marketing. I said, “First, get to know your customer.” It’s surprising how many self-storage operators don’t really know who their tenants are. If they are a mystery to you, making sure they stick around ...More
    April 1, 2006 Roy Katz Posted in Articles
  • European Education
    Building a self-storage company in Europe isn’t the easiest way to make a living, though a well-executed and professional project can certainly be rewarding. Like any other emerging and still immature market, self-storage faces a variety of problems in most European ...More
    April 1, 2006 Paul Logchies Posted in Articles, Finance
  • At the Car Wash
    Over my entire business life, I have been fortunate enough not to be influenced by the World War II generation, which basically was against anything foreign. My parents were very anti-anything that wasn’t homegrown. If it didn’t say “USA” on the label, it was inferior and ...More
    April 1, 2006 Fred Grauer Posted in Articles
  • Thoughts From the Road: Spring Cleaning?
    When making your spring cleaning list, I urge you to dust off that list of customers paying non-standard rates. If you’ve had your store for any length of time, you’ll always have a group of people paying below market rates for their units, from 5 percent to as much as 50 ...More
    April 1, 2006 Jim Chiswell Posted in Articles
  • The Magic Self-Storage Formula
    A self-storage facility doesn’t make money until it reaches breakeven occupancy. When mapping the success of your site, wouldn’t it be great to have a formula to indicate when you will reach breakeven and maturity, considering current market conditions and operating ...More
    April 1, 2006 Philippe Peyrot Posted in Articles