• On Awareness and Responsibility
    The seriousness of the national security levels--green (low), blue (guarded), yellow (elevated), orange (high) and red (severe)--have been painfully brought into the consciousness of the nation. Yet I wonder, as I talk with self-storage owners and managers, if we have truly ...More
    May 1, 2003 Jim Chiswell Posted in Articles
  • The Internet and Self-Storage
    It has been stated that the Internet is a solution looking for a problem. And while some companies seem to have found a niche--a problem to solve--on the World Wide Web, many others have tried and failed. What about self-storage? Do we have problems the Internet can solve? ...More
    May 1, 2003 Ramona Taylor Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Designing Your Facility Brochure
    A brochure is a must for any storage facility. Designed correctly, it can be a tremendous marketing tool. Designed poorly, it will accomplish more harm than good. The problem is most brochures out there don't do what they're intended to do. This article will help you to ...More
    May 1, 2003 Fred Gleeck Posted in Articles
  • 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 see those security cameras everywhere. Are there any special considerations for ...More
    May 1, 2003 Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Software: Choosing a Vendor and Tech-Support Package
    Recent growth in self-storage development has spawned the birth of new software packages. Our industry is perceived as lucrative for the software provider and new vendors appear often. Many soon find out they cannot make the big money and quick gains they anticipated, and ...More
    May 1, 2003 John Fogg Posted in Articles, Technology
  • The Importance of Tracking Results
    To maximize the effectiveness of your sales and marketing program, you must track the results of your findings. This will help every operator, big or small, develop a strategy for improving the operation of his business. For example, one way to improve the performance of a ...More
    May 1, 2003 Brad North Posted in Articles
  • Software International
    Self-storage is a global business. Europe is enjoying double-digit growth, and Southeast Asia is a new market for this industry. In light of this expansion, how do you choose a software package for an overseas facility? There are a number of factors that come into play. It ...More
    May 1, 2003 Dallas Dogger Posted in Articles
  • Records Management: Software And More
    Perhaps you've heard about commercial records management at one of the recent self-storage conventions. Or maybe you've been reading some of the articles on the subject published in Inside Self Storage. If you have an interest in commercial records management, this article ...More
    May 1, 2003 Steve Hyman Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Remote Management
    The Internet plays a substantial role in almost any industry. With the self-storage industry catching the wave of technological advancement and change, it is safe to say operators will continue to capitalize on this area and take advantage of the many innovations changing ...More
    May 1, 2003 Jennifer Flachman Posted in Articles, Technology
  • European Self-Storage: Access Control and Security
    Two things have been made apparent at recent self-storage conferences: There is fantastic opportunity for development of the self-storage industry in Europe; and the guys in Europe are lucky they have a ready-made product available from their buddies across the pond. Well, ...More
    May 1, 2003 Barry Rimmer Posted in Articles