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  • Rules of Security Installation
    Rules of Security InstallationAvoiding pitfalls and making the most of gates, access, alarms and camerasBy Chester A. GilliamThese days, self-storage facilities are quite different from those built 10 or 15 years ago. As they have evolved into state-of-the-art facilities ...More
    June 1, 2004 Chester A. Gilliam Posted in Articles
  • The Future of Storage Security
    The Future of Storage Security The basics still reign, though technology increases options By Steve Cooper As the hovercraft slowly descends, the signal from its Little Black Box ID transmitter triggers an acknowledgement and authorization to enter. The bay door slides ...More
    June 1, 2004 Steve Cooper Posted in Articles
  • On the Bright Side
    Opportunities of All Kinds By Jim Chiswell Do you send a welcome/thank-you letter to all of your new customers? It’s a simple task, one that can be automatically handled by most self-storage management software programs. If you don’t, keep in mind the underlying purpose of ...More
    June 1, 2004 Jim Chiswell Posted in Articles
  • Fate of the U.K. Self-Storage Market: Residential
    Summer is here and, as a self-storage operator, you should be enjoying some of your best months of the year. This is the season when our residential customers are the most prolific.This summer, in Ireland, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom and other countries, business could ...More
    June 1, 2004 Andrew Donaldson Posted in Articles
  • A Tale of Two Industries
    The Sleeping Giant Awakes By Cary F. McGovern Who is the “Sleeping Giant” of records management? Is it a large company like Iron Mountain, Recall or Crown? Not at all. It may be the most unlikely competitor: a new breed of investor who understands the nature of the ...More
    June 1, 2004 Cary F. McGovern Posted in Articles
  • What Are You Offering?
    Issues of Truck Rental By Jeffrey Greenberger Many self-storage operators offer the use of a truck at move-in as an incentive to prospective tenants. There are certain pitfalls and issues of which owners should be aware before deciding to offer this service. This column ...More
    June 1, 2004 Jeffrey Greenberger Posted in Articles
  • A Surprise Location
    A Surprise Location Janus International Corp’s West-Coast operation exceeds hopes By Elaine Foxwell Janus International Corp.’s West-Coast operations has experienced such significant growth that it increased its workforce fourfold. Janus, a Temple, Ga.-based manufacturer of ...More
    June 1, 2004 Elaine Foxwell Posted in Articles
  • Ice to Eskimos
    ... Ice to Eskimos By Tron Jordheim You’ve heard it said about a salesperson: “He can sell ice to Eskimos.” Usually, we take this to mean the person is so good at persuasion, so hypnotically dazzling, that he can sell people things they don’t need. The quote is usually ...More
    June 1, 2004 Tron Jordheim Posted in Articles
  • Store Softly and Carry a Big...
    Store Softly and Carry a Big... I recently acquired a new employee who has been extremely proactive in learning as much as she can about the self-storage business. We spent one afternoon discussing trends in the industry and the politics of storage development. Then the ...More
    June 1, 2004 Teri L. Lanza Posted in Articles
  • Inside Self-Storage Magazine 06/2004: Construction Corner
    Construction Corner is a Q&A column committed to answering reader-submitted questions regarding construction and development. Inquiries may be sent to  Q: I own a facility in Nebraska and am having the biggest problem with people ...More
    June 1, 2004 Posted in Articles