• 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
  • Being the New Kid on the Block
    There are several ways to describe what it feels like to be the new kid on the block—lonely, anxious, excited, even scared. Bringing a new software package to an existing industry is not much different. The difficult part about unveiling a product—like being the new kid—is ...More
    May 1, 2004 James A. Boyd Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Evaluating the Cost of Management Software
    Today’s self-storage marketplace is a hot bed of growth. Industry tradeshow attendance has more than doubled in a few short years, and the advent of automated facilities and expanding operations has brought many organizations face-to-face with state-of-the-art technology. ...More
    May 1, 2004 Andrea Medina Posted in Articles, Development, Technology
  • New Frontiers
    At what point does your business information shift from being an afterthought to the centerpiece of daily operations? At what point do business decisions become affected by good, timely data—decisions that effect growth and profitability and result in competitive ...More
    May 1, 2004 James Hafen Posted in Articles, Technology
  • These Extraordinary Times
    If a live frog is dropped into boiling water, he immediately leaps out of the pot. But if you put the frog in cold water and gradually heat it to the boiling point, he never thinks to jump. This experiment could be used as a metaphor for our failure to see how extraordinary ...More
    May 1, 2004 Michael L. McCune Posted in Articles
  • SSA Weighs In on Steel Crisis
    The sudden rise in steel prices—and the impending shortage—has rocked many industries, including self-storage. In the past year, steel prices have jumped 60 percent or more. Some steel companies are also adding surcharges to offset the increased costs. In March, Inside ...More
    May 1, 2004 Posted in Articles
  • The Perfect Program
    Is there a perfect self-storage management software program? Sure! At least, I think there could be. Over the past few years, I’ve seen many changes in management software, including the transition from DOS- to Windowsbased programs, as well as the introduction of several ...More
    May 1, 2004 David Essman Posted in Articles, Technology
  • 10 Myths of Self-Storage Management Software
    Myth 1 “If you can’t figure out the software in five minutes, it’s too complex.” Self-storage management software is more sophisticated than it was 10 years ago because the industry itself is more sophisticated. While you would love to have software you could learn in five ...More
    May 1, 2004 Tom Garden and Alison Kiesa Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Merchant Accounts 101
    Business owners know they need to accept credit cards. But often, the things they don’t know about merchant accounts can cost them money on every transaction. Typically, they sign up with their bank or the high-pressure salesperson who magically appears as their business is ...More
    May 1, 2004 Scott Lewis Posted in Articles, Finance, Technology