Features/Columns


  • When Lenders Disappear
    At the huge International Council of Shopping Centers convention this past year in Las Vegas, one of the keynote speakers touted there may never be a downturn cycle or major recession in the economy because of a permanent abundance of capital and access to that capital. If ...More
    September 1, 2000 R.K. Kliebenstein, with contributions from Neal Gussis Posted in Articles, Finance
  • S-Men
    S-Men One of the summer's hottest entertainment phenomena, X-Men: The Movie, opened in theaters in July. The film is about a group of children born with an added "X-factor" attached to their genetic code, allowing them to perform extraordinary feats, such as ...More
    September 1, 2000 Teri L. Lanza Posted in Articles
  • Outstanding Community Service
    A truck, some boxes and welcoming, willing hands--that's all it takes to help people in need of storage. But sometimes, when assisting people, you end up indirectly participating in their life decisions and providing help whenever necessary. Self-storage professionals are ...More
    September 1, 2000 Brenda Bilodeau Posted in Articles
  • Space-Age Designs, Part l
    The following is part one of a two-part series on the evolution of self-storage design and site-plan considerations for a new era. Self-Storage has been one of the fastest growth industries to enter the American economy in the past 30 years. Its success can be attributed to ...More
    September 1, 2000 Michael Parham Posted in Articles, Construction
  • What's in a Name?
    What's in a Name? By Harley Rolfe Me? Scared of the dark? At times. Most people's hearts race a bit when they go into unknown or strange territory. And "most people" includes those who are looking to rent a self-storage unit for the first time. Not many customers ...More
    September 1, 2000 Harley Rolfe Posted in Articles
  • Quayle Computer Concepts
    Early in 1998, Eau Claire, Wis.-based Quayle Computer Concepts entered the national market of self-storage management software with a Windows-based program called the Storage/Warehouse Asset Management Program, or SWAMP. The path to success was neither short nor easy, with ...More
    September 1, 2000 Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Mobile Storage
    For many years, the self-storage industry has offered a practical storage solution for the individual user and an economical alternative to expensive office space for corporate clients. But the nature of the business is that customers come and go due to seasonal and other ...More
    September 1, 2000 Barry Morris Posted in Articles
  • Using the Internet to Sell Records Management
    The Internet offers great potential for sales. Unfortunately, there are more questions than answers surrounding the actual possibilities of that arena. If we learn how to sell using the Internet, we may have tapped into the "mother lode" of marketing tools. This column ...More
    September 1, 2000 Cary F. McGovern Posted in Articles
  • Industry Alert
    Over the past six months, I have been compiling information and stories about a growing threat to our industry. Self-storage facilities from coast to coast have been experiencing a growing number of robberies and crime-related incidents. In the Charlotte, N.C., area alone, ...More
    September 1, 2000 Chris Shope Posted in Articles
  • Construction Trends
    The most important aspect of the construction process for a self-storage developer is proper preparation. Construction should be treated like any other business venture and should be pursued with a complete understanding of the process. In order to achieve this ...More
    September 1, 2000 Bret Ellis Posted in Articles, Construction