Features/Columns


  • Thoughts From the Road
    Thoughts From the Road By Jim Chiswell I had the recent honor of speaking at the very first conference of the Illinois Self Storage Association (ISSA), which is now just over a year old. The association is off to a good start, with 70 owners/operators and vendor members. I ...More
    June 1, 2000 Jim Chiswell Posted in Articles
  • Who Wants to Just Persevere?
    Who Wants to Just Persevere? By Harley Rolfe Note: The views expressed in this column are not intended to represent the opinions of Inside Self-Storage or members of its staff. We invite any comments and will present them in a subsequent issue, if appropriate. Are there new ...More
    June 1, 2000 Harley Rolfe Posted in Articles
  • Door AlarmsThe hot new choice in security
    Door AlarmsThe hot new choice in security By Steve Cooper The bottom line is the bottom line in any business. In today's self-storage environment, security sells. Building a safer and more secure facility from the ground up, or upgrading an older site to better keep up with ...More
    June 1, 2000 Steve Cooper Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Locks: Just Another Ancillary?The true story on high-security locking devices
    Locks: Just Another Ancillary?The true story on high-security locking devices By Chris Shope High-security cylinders and padlocks have millions of usable combinations, and are available with or without master keying. The typical self-storage owner may think of padlocks and ...More
    June 1, 2000 Chris Shope Posted in Articles
  • Security and the Self-Storage EnvironmentHardware, software and other options
    Security and the Self-Storage EnvironmentHardware, software and other options By David Reddick Planning the security systems for your self-storage facility has become a rather complex task. The long and short of it is that there are a lot of choices and you will have unique ...More
    June 1, 2000 David Reddick 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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