• Big Brother Is Watching (Thank Goodness)
    This past February, I had the honor and pleasure of participating in the Inside Self-Storage Expo in Las Vegas as a seminar speaker. I met some interesting and exciting people, and got to experience the storage industry up-close and personal. After a couple of long and busy ...More
    May 1, 2004 Fred Grauer Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Improving Operations Through Software
    In recent years, many self-storage operators have upgraded from their DOS or manual management systems to Windows programs written specifically for the industry. Stepping up to a new system should always result in improvements to your bottom line. While you may see some ...More
    May 1, 2004 Markus Hecker Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Trachte Building Systems Inc.
    When Trachte Building Systems entered the self-storage industry in 1974, it was backed by 75 years of expertise in manufacturing metal products. Today, the Sun Prairie, Wis.-based company manufactures a full-line of self-storage buildings, partition/corridor systems and ...More
    May 1, 2004 Elaine Foxwell Posted in Articles
  • An Enterprise Solution
    If you are an operator of multiple self-storage sites, this article is for you. It explains how your operation can have all of its sites operating from a central database. You may have heard the term “enterprise solution,” a phrase commonly used in the computer industry. An ...More
    May 1, 2004 Steve Hyman Posted in Articles, Technology
  • What’s Your USP?
    The challenge of every self-storage owner is to demonstrate to potential renters that his facility is different from the competition. Why? Because the average renter thinks all facilities are basically the same. In the minds of the general public, storage is a commodity. ...More
    April 1, 2004 Fred Gleeck Posted in Articles
  • Positive News for U.K. Self-Storage
    By the time you read this, who knows what will have happened in the U.K. self-storage market? The last quarter of 2003 and the first month of 2004 was all "go, go, go" with the industry’s publicly listed companies.It started last year with a buyout offer for Safestore ...More
    April 1, 2004 Andrew Donaldson Posted in Articles
  • The Great Northeast
    This month, I gathered real estate experts to discuss the state of self-storage in the Northeast. Let’s hear what they have to say about their respective cities and regions. Our panel of brokers includes: Linda Cinelli, LC Realty, North Branch, N.J.; and Joseph Mendola, The ...More
    April 1, 2004 Michael L. McCune Posted in Articles
  • Software & Technology Vendor Showcase
    Inside Self-Storage is pleased to express its gratitude to the software and technology vendors that support this annual edition through the purchase of advertising. Look for ads from all of the following suppliers in the body of this issue. Centershift Inc. 2005 East 2700 ...More
    April 1, 2004 Posted in Articles, Technology
  • International Opportunities 101
    Where are the borders of the land of self-storage opportunity? Do they cross “the pond,” or are they right here in our own backyard? Recently, there has been much debate over the opportunities for U.S. self-storage developers to expand into the European and ...More
    April 1, 2004 RK Kliebenstein Posted in Articles, Development
  • Big World Business
    At the time of this writing, I have just returned from the Inside Self-Storage annual expo in Las Vegas. Many consider this event to be the leading tradeshow of the industry, not only because of the number of participants, which continues to grow substantially, but also its ...More
    April 1, 2004 Teri L. Lanza Posted in Articles