• Get on the Crime Watch Circuit
    We're just a week away from the best holiday of the year. (Really. I looked it up. It's a scientific fact!) Unfortunately, Halloween also tends to incite mischief in troublemakers of all ages. Last year, on the day after the event, my husband and I awoke to discover some ...More
    October 23, 2006 Teri Lanza Posted in Blogs
  • NJ Storage Operators Feel the (Tax) Pain
    Self-storage operators in New Jersey, who had to start charging a 7 percent sales tax on storage rentals on Oct. 1, are feeling the pain of lost business and disatisfied customers. ...More
    October 23, 2006 Posted in News
  • Protecting Payments
    The key to sustaining a healthy relationship with employees who handle facility revenue is a clear set of operating rules, segregation of duties, and a checks-and-balances atmosphere. Many operators ask, “What if my operation is too small to accomplish separation of duties? ...More
    October 19, 2006 Ross Federgreen Posted in Articles, Finance
    If you have a product or service you would like featured in this section, e-mail detailed information and a high-resolution digital photo, if available, to storagenews@vpico.com. Rapid Rack Industries Wire Deck Shelving Rapid Rack Industries Inc. introduces the new GR-7304N ...More
    October 19, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • Shopping Destination!
    Creating a competitive edge in today’s self-storage environment is extremely important. Set yourself apart with a mix of retail products and services to meet your market’s special demands. Begin by conducting thorough due diligence. The process isn’t unlike the one used in ...More
    October 19, 2006 Brad North Posted in Articles
  • Trendspotting
    All of us want a crystal ball to predict with absolute certainty our most profitable services. We want to know the hottest trends and which ancillary services will be viable in the future. There is no magical solution, but you can make wise choices by looking around your ...More
    October 19, 2006 M. Anne Ballard Posted in Articles
    If you have a staff-related announcement such as a promotion, new hire or award you would like to include in the magazine, send an e-mail to storagenews@vpico.com . High-resolution, digital photos are appreciated. Campbell Promoted to Digitech Account Manager Digitech ...More
    October 19, 2006 Posted in Articles, Development
    As the self-storage industry permeates our communities, it receives increasing attention from mainstream media outlets—and not always favorably. As industry professionals, we should be aware of how self-storage is presented to the public. Media Watchdog is devoted to ...More
    October 19, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • Legal Protection
    Many operators treat vehicle storage—whether it’s cars, RVs or boats—as a regular self-storage transaction, and then wonder, Should I have a separate vehicle-storage lease? If I simply stick with my standard agreement, do I need any additions or special provisions to cover ...More
    October 19, 2006 Jeffrey Greenberger Posted in Articles
  • Ancillary Products: Fiction vs. Fact
    It’s hardly surprising that so many in the self-storage industry still underestimate the potential of retail sales. After all, retail falls under the category of “ancillary products and services.” The dictionary defines ancillary as “subordinate,” so it’s understandable ...More
    October 19, 2006 Bob Strenk Posted in Articles