• People
    Barry Gorenstein Storage Investment Management Inc. (SIMI), based in Stillwater, Minn., appointed Barry Gorenstein vice president for operations. He is responsible for customer service, staff development, training, audits, inspections, policy, systems and procedures, ...More
    June 1, 2006 Posted in Articles, Development, Technology
  • In Memorium: David W. Fleming
    In Memorium: David W. Fleming David W. Fleming, 36, a former self-storage manager and columnist for Inside Self-Storage, died on March 17. David started his self-storage career in Oaks, Pa., where he became the winner of the ISS 2000 Manager of the Year award. He went on to ...More
    June 1, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • The Eyes Have It
    Some might argue security systems have changed more than anything else in the self-storage business. The evolution has been good for customers, the industry’s image and insurance companies. Brief History Basic security features appeared on the scene fairly early. Open ...More
    June 1, 2006 Scott Lancaster Posted in Articles
  • Battling the Terrorist Threat
    On a quiet Sunday morning, a pickup full of explosives is driven to the local courthouse and detonated. Where did the truck and explosives come from? Perhaps your storage facility. From a terrorist’s point of view, a 10-by-40 self-storage unit offers easy access and plenty ...More
    June 1, 2006 Clark Stave Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Coming to a Self-Storage Near You
    Wireless has so many flavors and uses, it’s a bit dizzying: wireless handsets for our phones; Wi-Fi networks for laptops and PCs; cell phones; keyless entry for cars and offices; door alarms, garage-door openers, motion detectors, TV and radio. In self-storage, wireless ...More
    June 1, 2006 Tom Lewellen Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Info Rides the Radio Waves
    We have increasingly become a wireless world. Small high-powered transmitters change the way we do many things in day-to-day activities, including the many management activities at your self-storage. Some devices use infrared light to carry information, similar to your TV ...More
    June 1, 2006 Steve Cooper Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Peas in a Pod
    In recent years the buzz has been about incorporating the Internet with management tools, adding call centers to increase store traffic and utilizing kiosks. These all add value to the business either by slimming the accounting and record-keeping functions, increasing ...More
    June 1, 2006 Tim Seyfarth Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Beyond Flashing Lights and Guard Dogs
    When planning for self-storage security, the options go far beyond flashing lights and guard dogs. Each property has its own unique challenges that may be approached in a variety of ways. Security systems should serve three main purposes: 1) Protect your investment. 2) ...More
    June 1, 2006 Joe Burt Posted in Articles
  • Installing Security Systems
    In my 17 years of doing security systems, I see one prevailing problem: People decide to cut corners during installation. Security requirements are no different than any other electrical system—fail to follow the basic rules and the results could be shocking. Throughout ...More
    June 1, 2006 Chester Gilliam Posted in Articles
  • The North-Central Corridor
    This month, I gathered real estate experts to discuss self-storage in the North Central United States. Let’s hear what our local experts have to say about their respective cities and regions. Our panel includes: Larry Goldman, Prudential CRES Commercial Real Estate, Kansas ...More
    June 1, 2006 Michael L. McCune Posted in Articles