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The ISS Blog provides a series of insightful, industry-relevant posts to help readers keep abreast of the latest trends in the marketplace as well as premium content and educational offerings. Read the thoughts of the ISS content team and other industry experts on issues related to self-storage challenges, news, operation, development, marketing and much more.


Teri L. Lanza,
Editorial Director

Tony Jones,
Contributing Editor/Store Manager

Amy Campbell,
Editor
06/02/2016

3 Key Qualities to Consider When Hiring Self-Storage Contractors

By Guest
While self-storage construction generally isn’t complicated, finding a contractor experienced in the sector can be extremely important when developing a project. Guest blogger Jano Montoya of P.B. Brown LLC offers three key qualities to consider when selecting a contractor for pre-construction services.
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05/27/2016

Is Your Self-Storage Business Prepared to Morph Alongside Market Changes?

By Tony Jones
The self-storage industry doesn’t change quickly, but that’s precisely why it’s easy to get caught off guard when dynamics morph slowly over time. If owners and managers aren’t paying close attention, the market can unsuspectingly pivot to a new normal. What strategies have you put into place to morph alongside the markets in which you operate? ...
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05/19/2016

Self-Storage Managers May Soon See a Bump in Their Paychecks

By Amy Campbell
What would you do with a few extra hundred dollars a month? Many self-storage managers will soon find out. Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Labor announced the long-awaited update to its overtime regulations. Before you break out the bubbly, there some things you need to know.
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05/13/2016

Inside Self-Storage Joins the Informa Construction & Real Estate Family

By Teri Lanza
What I’m about to share with you isn’t recent news, though it’s likely the first time you’ve heard about it. Most of you simply know us as ISS, with little or no knowledge of the company or division that owns or supervises us. There’s generally no need for you to be aware of this information, as it doesn’t impact your user experience. That said, the ISS brand is now part of a new family, and we’re excited about the possibilities it opens, as well as how it might translate to an enhanced experience for our audience.
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05/06/2016

Flex Your Brain and Business Muscle With Education DVDs From the Inside Self-Storage Store

By Tony Jones
The ISS Expo covers so much ground in such little time, it’s nearly impossible to grasp the show in its entirety while you’re there. Fortunately, all 45 education sessions are available for DVD pre-order in the ISS Store, along with special track packages and larger discount bundles. Let video content from the expo build up the self-storage quadrant of your brain and propel your business forward.
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04/28/2016

5 Steps to Better Performance Reviews for Self-Storage Staff

By Guest
Self-storage employees who have a clear and written account of their performance have a genuine opportunity to correct their behavior and succeed in your organization. Here are five steps to writing and delivering this documentation.   ...
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04/22/2016

Operate Like a Champion after the ‘Greatest 4 Days in Self-Storage’

By Teri Lanza
Two weeks from tomorrow, folks across the nation will be giddy with anticipation of the Kentucky Derby, known as “the greatest two minutes in sports.” But before that, industry professionals will be participating in “the greatest four days in self-storage.” The ISS Expo is next week, and unlike with horse-racing, if you put your money down this event, it’s a sure bet! Here are some winning strategies to ensure you get the most out of the experience.
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