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Teri Lanza

Teri Lanza
Editorial Director


Self-Storage Politics: Steps Forward, Steps Back

So far in 2011 the self-storage industry has seen legislative improvements across several states, and still other states are working aggressively toward improvements in self-storage law. But the regression that took place in California last week should remind us that victory is not always guaranteed.
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Help Pick the Theme for an Upcoming Inside Self-Storage Expo on Self-Storage Talk

If you had to take one sentence and tell someone what your job in self-storage was all about, what would you say? I know it's an abstract question, but it's being discussed right now on Self-Storage Talk, the industry's largest online community.
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Talking 24/7 Access on the 24/7 Self-Storage Talk

The 24-hour retail operations, or "two-four stores," popped up first in Texas in the 60s at 7/11 stores, and ever since, customers (Americans, especially) have demanded businesses be open 24 hours a day. With Walmart, the planet's largest retailer, boasting ubiquitous 24-hour supercenters where consumers can buy most everything they would ever need, some seem to think the always-open tenet should apply to self-storage, too.
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Self-Storage TV: Living With the Fallout

We’re all plumb sick of reality TV shows “Storage Wars” and “Auction Hunters,” and yet as self-storage professionals, we’re living with the consequences of these programs every day. Not only have they created dangerous misconceptions about our business, they’ve made lien sales a more precarious enterprise.
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Sharing Good News on Self-Storage Talk

Self-Storage Talk, as the industry's largest online forum, often gets that reputation, too. A few times I've heard people comment, "It seems like a lot of people on the site just love to complain." While it's true many of our members reach out to the community for support during difficult times, or at least go to the board to commiserate after long and frustrating days, these same members also don't hesitate the share the good things happening with their lives and businesses.
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The Power of 4,000: Self-Storage Talk Community Provides Massive Outlet

Four thousand people belong to Self-Storage Talk, the largest online forum in the industry.Like Critical Mass, SST is also a community, only instead of the issue being biking, it's self-storage. But many of the same benefits exists: meeting new friends, chatting about shared interests, and unifying toward a common mission.
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Self-Storage Construction and Development: ISS 2011 Survey

Would you be interested to know where self-storage facilities are being built over the next 12 months? Would it be useful to understand which markets are supporting new storage projects and the types and sizes of facilities being erected? Inside Self-Storage (ISS) is attempting to collect information about self-storage construction activity in the U.S. and abroad with a newly launched survey, and we need reader input to help us all better grasp the self-storage development landscape.
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