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Teri L. Lanza,
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Tony Jones,
Contributing Editor/Store Manager

Amy Campbell,
Editor
03/06/2006

[Deep Breath]

By Amy Campbell
Take deep breaths: In through the nose, out through the mouth. Peace and acceptance. Peace and acceptance. Coming down from a tradeshow is always tough, but particularly when it's as full of activity as the ISS Vegas Expo was last week. I'm still regrouping. Last night I dreamt I couldn't find my name badge and the expo-hall security guard (a.k.a. the "tradeshow tyrant") wouldn't let me into the ...
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03/01/2006

United Storage Nation

By Amy Campbell
We're almost through day 2 of the ISS Expo in Las Vegas, Mandalay Bay, and I continue to be astonished by the incredibly diverse attendance here. As ISS Publisher Troy Bix pointed out at the beginning of this morning's keynote session, this year's show has attendees from all over the globe: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, Nepal, Netherlands, ...
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03/01/2006

And away we go at the ISS Expo...

By Amy Campbell
I'm here at the Inside Self-Storage Expo at Mandalay Bay, which runs until the end of the week. Check here regularly throughout the show to see event updates and, yes, photos! ...
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02/27/2006

Pell Mell Week

By Amy Campbell
It was an amazingly quiet weekend for me, and I designed it that way intentionally. Only because I'm bracing myself for the impending hustle and bustle of the Las Vegas show, the experience of which is akin to condensing several objects into a small space via the use of a vacuum-pack device—like that miraculous FoodSaver they advertise on HSN. (Come on, admit it! You've watched it at least once, ...
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02/24/2006

And it's Just a Box of Life

By Amy Campbell
Part of my morning routine involves combing the web for fresh news about self-storage. Most of the time, my findings are pretty clear-cut; but every once in a while, I get a curve ball. Take this photo, for example, which came up on a Yahoo! news search: Was this image of a storage facility in Brooklyn—complete with police officer and ominous yellow caution tape—regarding an incident that took ...
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02/22/2006

In Memory of Wally

By Amy Campbell
If you've read the feed on the ISS website, then you already know the upsetting news we received today. Wally Schultz, founder and CEO of the publishing company that produces Metal Marketplace magazine, passed away suddenly on Monday. (You can also read the details regarding services and donations in his obituary.) I didn't know Wally particularly well, but we worked together for several years, ...
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02/21/2006

Eminent Pain

By Amy Campbell
Eminent domain is on the loose, but lawmakers are out to rein it in. As a matter of fact, according to UPI, 39 states want to limit the federal government's power to confiscate private property and turn it over to developers for the sake of "economic progress." This is crucial to a business like self-storage, which could easily fall prey in this little hunt. Last June, the U.S. Supreme Court ...
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