SpareFoot.com, an open marketplace for storage, has launched a Web-based platform that will enable self-storage companies to process online bookings. In the same way Expedia.com provides airlines with the opportunity to sell their vacant seats, SpareFoot is providing storage facilities with the ability to rent their unoccupied units.
The SpareFoot platform makes it possible for facilities to accept bookings outside of business hours and is entirely pay-for-performance, meaning facilities are not charged unless a customer actually books a unit through the marketplace. Customers who book through SpareFoot make a deposit equal to 50 percent of one month’s rent. When the customer shows up to claim his unit, facilities simply discount the first month’s rent by the amount of the deposit. There are currently no other listing or monthly fees.
SpareFoot is currently integrating with self-storage management-software applications SiteLink (SMD Software) and STORE (Centershift Inc.).
Headquartered in Austin, Texas, SpareFoot provides consumers looking for storage an online comparison shopping experience and enables facilities to increase their online presence and sales.