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  • Self-Storage Software 2000With Y2-chaos now behind us, the focus is once again on the product itself
    Self-Storage Software 2000With Y2-chaos now behind us, the focus is once again on the product itself By Barry Morris Now that we're deep enough into 2000 to have stopped writing 1999 on our checks, it's apparent that things here on Mother Earth aren't as futuristic as many ...More
    May 1, 2000 Barry Morris Posted in Articles, Technology
  • We're Dead-Eyes All Right--Right in the Foot
    We're Dead-Eyes All Right--Right in the Foot By Harley Rolfe Most self-storage operators set themselves up for the most vicious type of business pressure. The story of unbridled price competition needs to be told. I have usually danced around the subject, trying to avoid ...More
    May 1, 2000 Harley Rolfe Posted in Articles
  • Records Management Is Always Cost-Justified
    Records Management Is Always Cost-Justified By Cary McGovern ithout exception, records management is always less expensive than passive records storage. This column discusses the method that can prove it to your customer. There are three typical ways that companies store ...More
    May 1, 2000 Cary McGovern Posted in Articles
  • Storage Units or the City Dump?
    Storage Units or the City Dump? By Pamela Alton One day, as you are making your rounds at your facility, you notice a broken lamp with no shade sitting beside your dumpster. Within 15 minutes, there also appears an old dresser with one drawer missing. By the end of the day, ...More
    May 1, 2000 Pamela Alton Posted in Articles
  • Business-Interruption InsuranceProtecting your income during temporary business shutdowns
    Business-Interruption InsuranceProtecting your income during temporary business shutdowns By David Wilhite 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 ...More
    May 1, 2000 David Wilhite Posted in Articles
  • Utilizing the WebMake this a 'banner' year for your business
    Utilizing the WebMake this a 'banner' year for your business By Michael Zervas, Michaels/Wilder Group Doing business without advertising is like winking at a girl in the dark. You know what you're doing--but nobody else does. Let's talk about turning on the Internet for ...More
    May 1, 2000 Michael Zervas, Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Bangs and Whimpers
    Bangs and Whimpers In his famous poem, "The Hollow Men," T.S. Eliot sardonically notes how the world ends: "Not with a bang but a whimper." And so it does, when all the hubbub over Y2-chaos turned out to be little more than speculation and a few midnight ...More
    May 1, 2000 Teri L. Lanza Posted in Articles
  • Fine-Tune Your Management TrainingTurning your employees into ultra-sales people
    Fine-Tune Your Management TrainingTurning your employees into ultra-sales people By Rick Kaczmarek Whatever your involvement in the self-storage industry, you'll agree that the easiest way to improve performance at a specific property is to improve the effectiveness of the ...More
    May 1, 2000 Rick Kaczmarek Posted in Articles
  • The Disposable GenerationWho will be next year's self-storage customer?
    The Disposable GenerationWho will be next year's self-storage customer? By Shaun Ferguson I received a funny e-mail the other day that a university had supposedly sent out to professors to help them better identify with the incoming freshman class. After the initial humor ...More
    May 1, 2000 Shaun Ferguson Posted in Articles
  • Thoughts From the Road
    Thoughts From the Road By Jim Chiswell This month's column provides me with a very unique opportunity: a chance to talk about a major self-storage meeting coming to Buffalo, N.Y., next month. No, I'm not pulling your leg. Inside Self-Storage is bringing its spring expo to ...More
    April 1, 2000 Jim Chiswell Posted in Articles