• 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
  • 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
  • Offering Extra Services
    In the car-wash and self-storage businesses, we’re always seeking opportunities for extra income. Finding ventures that contribute to our existing operation with minimal expense or effort is difficult. Add to this the challenge of internal or external shrinkage, and you ...More
    April 1, 2005 Fred Grauer 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
  • Financing in the U.K. Self-Storage Market
    The U.S. self-storage market is more than 30 years old and comprises more than 37,000 properties, with an average occupancy of 84.6 percent. It has grown rapidly from 1992, when 19,500 properties experienced an average occupancy rate of 84.8 percent. The U.K. market, on the ...More
    April 1, 2005 Andrew Jacobs Posted in Articles, Finance
  • Maximizing Your Online Success
    There are four steps to making the most of your self-storage business via the Internet. First, you’ve got to have a high-quality product or service to sell. The second step is to design a website that sells. In the storage business, this means having one that convinces ...More
    April 1, 2005 Fred Gleeck Posted in Articles
  • How to Botch a Sale
    A lot has been written about how to make a sale, but I would like to address the ways in which you can fumble a simple self-storage transaction. There are plenty of means to this end, but the “best” can be summarized with a few general guidelines. If you really want to blow ...More
    April 1, 2005 Tron Jordheim Posted in Articles
  • Self-Storage Snapshot: Canada
    Over the past five years, the Canadian self-storage industry has grown considerably, in some ways mirroring the boom the U.S. market experienced 15 years ago. This can be partially attributed to the maturation self-storage has undergone to meet public demand, but also to ...More
    April 1, 2005 David Anderson and Michael Foy Posted in Articles
  • A Latin Solution
    When I co-founded Easybox Self Storage in 2000 with the objective of developing self-storage in Italy and Spain, I admit I felt a certain amount of apprehension. Why were we the first to develop in these countries? Was the product just a Northern European phenomenon? What ...More
    April 1, 2005 Serge Kaoune Posted in Articles
  • Kein Platz?(No Space?)
    Five years ago, a small group of pioneers realized the Austrian and German populations lacked space to store their possessions. Having the vision to see self-storage as the natural solution, they boldly launched Self Storage-Dein Lager GmbH. The troupe—consisting of Martin ...More
    April 1, 2005 Elaine Foxwell Posted in Articles