• K-9 Capers
    Security at Valley Warehouse and Storage Co. in Casa Grande, Ariz., has literally gone to the dogs. Looking to combat the usual crimes self-storage facilities face, owner Tom Erwin turned to local law-enforcement agencies for help. But he wasn't looking for more patrol ...More
    June 1, 2002 Amy Campbell Posted in Articles
  • The Self-Storage Security Chain
    Think of the security elements of your facility as parts of a chain. Your security system will never be stronger than its weakest link. Let's take a look at each element of that system, and how you can bolster it to maximize effectiveness. Create a Secure Environment The ...More
    June 1, 2002 Richard Morahan and Christopher Shope Posted in Articles
  • Baja Construction Inc.
    Baja Construction Inc., based in Martinez, Calif., is a turnkey carport, metal-building and structure subcontractor. With more than 30 years of experience, Baja has worked on projects in every part of the country, under many different conditions, and has always maintained ...More
    June 1, 2002 Posted in Articles
  • Increase Your Margins by 25 percent
    Commercial records management can yield very high margins. The yield can be maximized by implementation of an operating strategy based on four principles of improved profitability. This article discusses these principles and their net effect on operations. The commercial ...More
    June 1, 2002 Cary F. McGovern Posted in Articles
  • Overtime Revisited
    The following article is published in response to an abundance of questions generated by the author's March 2002 article, "Contending With a Lawsuit," which addressed employment-law issues and, specifically, salary vs. hourly-wage requirements for facility managers. It is ...More
    June 1, 2002 Jeffrey Greenberger Posted in Articles
  • The Mid-Size Owners Group
    Self-storage ownership generally comprises four broad categories: First are the large, publicly traded companies, and there are only five of these. Next are those companies with more than 10 facilities or 1 million square feet of rentable space. These are not publicly ...More
    June 1, 2002 Elaine M. Foxwell Posted in Articles
  • Business-Interruption
    Every self-storage facility owner should be aware of the need to protect his income against business interruptions. If you should sustain a direct physical loss from a fire or other covered cause of loss, the chances are good you will also suffer an indirect loss of income. ...More
    May 1, 2002 David Wilhite Posted in Articles
  • Soaring Interest in Records Management
    Interest in the development of new, commercial records businesses has never been higher. Entrepreneurs desiring an unusually high return on investment are drawn to this industry. New startups are at an all-time peak. There has never been a better time to enter the ...More
    May 1, 2002 Cary F. McGovern Posted in Articles
  • DOS to Windows
    Thousands of self-storage facilities have yet to make the change from DOS to Windows management software. Every one of them knows that, sooner or later, they will make this jump; but for one reason or another, they are not yet ready to do so. The most common reason, I ...More
    May 1, 2002 Michael Richards Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Creating Your Own Website
    You operate a great self-storage facility. Your site security and customer service are top-notch. You purchased advertising space in both the local newspaper and the Yellow Pages. You want to entice people from the local area, not around the globe, so a web page never ...More
    May 1, 2002 Doug Carner Posted in Articles, Technology