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Amy Campbell
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08/23/2006

Storage Under Fire

It's nothing new, yet it's still frustrating to see: A Public Storage facility in Renton, Wash., is under fire by the KOMO 4 News "Buyer Beware" team because of a string of robberies that occurred on premises. According to the report, "The problem is that identity thieves and drug addicts rent storage units just like everyone else. Once they're on the inside, they prey on others in the building.
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08/17/2006

Slap-It-Up World of Storage?

Today's Yahoo! news search for self-storage upturned a press release about Flex Storage Systems in Topeka, Kan. (See our Hot News Feed.) This gorgeous facility was actually highlighted in the May 2005 issue of Inside Self-Storage for a one-of-a-kind art display on exhibit within its walls. Now it has been given a design award by Architectural Lighting magazine, and it certainly deserves it. Check ...
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08/15/2006

Way to go, Jersey!

I'm an East Coast girl, so I relish any opportunity to give a shout out to storage operators on the Atlantic. Today, kudos goes out to the New Jersey Self Storage Association and facility owners in that state for their valiant fight against The Man. New Jersey recently raised its sales tax from 6 percent to 7 percent. Not great, but not devastating, right? No, the real bummer is the pending ...
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08/11/2006

Flash Report Feature

We're making a few upgrades to the Inside Self-Storage website, one of which you can enjoy right now. Access the ISS Flash Report right from our home page! If you're not familiar with this monthly offering, published exclusively in ISS magazine, check it out. It is graciously compiled and provided by Ray Wilson of Self Storage Data Services Inc. (SSDS), a long-time supporter of ours. The Flash ...
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08/10/2006

Feedback From Mobile Attic

After posting yesterday's blog entry, "Industry in a Box," I received a well-constructed message from Ben Terrell, a member of The Mobile Attic, a reputable mobile-storage company. He agreed to share his comments with our readers. Keep in mind, my questions to the self-storage industry were: How is mobile/portable storage affecting your business? Is the added exposure good for the storage ...
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08/09/2006

Industry in a Box

This week's self-storage news includes several items regarding a touchy subject: mobile (or portable) storage. I say touchy because the jury is still out on whether this is a fantastic ancillary service to complement self-storage or a fiersome competitor snatching potential business. But there's no doubt the offering is taking the country by storm, and "standard" storage operators everywhere will ...
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08/04/2006

Lookin' for laws in all the wrong places ....

... But not for much longer! Need information on your state's lien law? Ron VanVarden has just done you all a nifty favor and compiled all the state statutes in one place. The new Storagelaws Network at www.storagelaws.net is a free resource, so take advantage. That's not to say you shouldn't consult your legal counsel, particularly if you're drafting or modifying your facility's rental ...
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