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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
08/04/2009

Demand for Boat/RV Storage Continues to Grow

By Amy Campbell
Despite the econmic downturn, there is still a huge demand for boat and RV storage. Learn about this dynamic and growing industry at the Inside Self-Storage World Expo, Oct. 5-8 in Washington, D.C.
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07/31/2009

Self-Storage Real Estate: Words of Encouragement

By Amy Campbell
This week, I received a Capital Markets Insider report for the second quarter 2009 from San Diego-based Grubb & Ellis|BRE Commercial. The quarterly newsletter includes market-trends data for commercial properties, including self-storage, and insights from real estate experts, like Greg Wells, an investment sales specialist in the company’s Self Storage Group.
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07/29/2009

The State of Self-Storage Financing

By Amy Campbell
As banks begin to turn their attention to the commercial loan sector, self-storage owners and investors need to be sure they have solid loans with reputable lenders. The financing education track at the Inside Self-Storage World Expo will get owners and operators up to speed on today's state of financing for self-storage.
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07/28/2009

Can Customer Service Go Too Far?

By Amy Campbell
Blogger Gina Six Kudo discusses why self-storage owners shouldn't ask their managers to offer their personal cell phone numbers to tenants for after-hours emergencies.
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07/24/2009

Six Degrees of Michael Jackson ... How Self-Storage Got Roped Into This Mess

By Amy Campbell
Just when you thought there couldn't be any possible tie between the Michael-Jackson-controversial-death-mystery media frenzy and our industry ... Surprise! Police raid a self-storage unit belonging to one of Michael's doctors, one Dr. Conrad Murray, who is now officially a suspect for manslaughter in the investigation. This week investigators removed evidence from Murray's unit at Eighteenth ...
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07/23/2009

The Green Round Up

By Amy Campbell
More self-storage developers, owners, managers and builders are looking for eco-friendly products and services. Here are some recent tidbits from the ISS website, plus information about seminars on green building at the upcoming Inside Self-Storage World Expo in Washington, D.C., Oct. 5-8.
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07/21/2009

Reevaluating Your Staffing in an Economic Slowdown

By Amy Campbell
Before considering cutting staff, Blogger Gina Six Kudo suggests owners take a hard look at just how important the self-storage manager is to the operation.
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