• The Importance of Data Accuracy
    “It’s that rotten software again!” When a technological problem surfaces at a self-storage facility, most operators assume the mistake lies with their management software. But often the software isn’t the problem. Believe it or not, errors can usually be traced back to the ...More
    May 1, 2005 Dallas Dogger Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Storage as Art
    Diane Botwin Alpert repressed a wave of revulsion when property consultants recommended a self-storage development for her property. “‘Yuck.’ That was my thought,” she says. “I was so sorry I couldn’t legitimately engage in retail in the neighborhood and commercial area ...More
    May 1, 2005 Kimberly Hundley Posted in Articles
  • Commonsense Marketing
    People in the self-storage industry talk about marketing as though it’s something you have to add to your business. But the fact is your business already uses marketing. The question is whether it is being handled properly. In the Frontier Days, traders traveled from ...More
    May 1, 2005 Roy Katz Posted in Articles
  • Just the Facts
    I grew up with Buck Rogers, Dick Tracy and a host of comic-book heroes. Yes, I’m at that age when old dogs have to learn new tricks. Remember wrist radios, space ships, transporters and a lot of other imagined futuristic inventions? Who would have thought that many of those ...More
    May 1, 2005 Fred Grauer Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Installing Manager Upgrades
    Twenty-five years ago, I was on the management team of a small community bank. I specifically remember a meeting in 1978 in which we discussed a new product: the automated teller machine, recognized today as the ATM by every man, woman and child. Diebold, a supplier of ...More
    May 1, 2005 Rick McGee Posted in Articles, Technology
  • The Southeast
    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 includes: Bill Barnhill, Omega Properties, Mobile, Ala.; Dale Eisenman, Midcoast ...More
    April 1, 2005 Michael L. McCune Posted in Articles
  • Self-Storage France at a Glance
    France is home to 112 storage facilities serving the country’s population of 62 million. The stores are owned by 31 different companies, though 58 percent of the market is controlled by only three corporations: Access, HomeBox and Shurgard. The market is ...More
    April 1, 2005 Philippe Peyrot Posted in Articles
  • The Self Storage Association of Australasia
    For any industry to remain strong, a core of dedicated individuals must be committed to its success. In June 1991, a group of pioneers launched the Self Storage Association of Australasia (SSAA) to lobby for important issues such as employment conditions, taxes and ...More
    April 1, 2005 Rennie Schafer Posted in Articles
  • Risk Assessment in Global Storage
    A 500-pound canister of marijuana turns up in Florida storage unit. A casual weekend thief cuts a dozen locks from units in Brussels, Netherlands. An estranged husband makes an illicit midnight claim to family goods in Brisbane, Australia. In the United States, the FBI ...More
    April 1, 2005 Steve Cooper and Martin Dugdale Posted in Articles
  • Extra Closet Goes the Extra Mile
    When an independent, two-shop self-storage company wins its community’s top business awards, you know management must be doing something right. Extra Closet Self Storage of Plainfield and Warrenville, Ill., landed the chamber of commerce’s 2003 “Small Business of the Year ...More
    April 1, 2005 Kimberly Hundley Posted in Articles