Technology

With technology rapidly evolving, it’s critical self-storage managers and owners be tech-savvy. They should be able to competently navigate their facility’s management software for day-to-day operations and advanced reporting. Many management software programs remain Windows-based platform, but now operators can also choose Web-software applications. Self-storage operators are revamping their websites for better search-engine optimization for organic search results, and some are experimenting with pay-per-click advertising and third-party self-storage directories. Operators are boosting their facility websites to include real-time reservation and payment modules and other customer relationship management systems, along with blogs and articles with tips for consumers. Most operators recognize we live in a world filled with automation and consumers who want what they want when they want it. These operators are experimenting with unmanned sites, including self-storage kiosks and automated self-storage retrieval systems. Self-storage security is no longer restricted to keypad access and security gates. Today’s facilities have sophisticated video-surveillance systems with digital video recorders, individual door alarms, online remote monitoring, unit overlocks and network video recorders.


  • U-Store-It Appoints New VP, CIO
    U-Store-It Trust, a real estate investement trust focused on self-storage ownership, operation, acquisition and development, hired Ajai Nair as its new vice president and chief information officer. ...More
    February 6, 2007 Posted in News, Technology
  • Electronic Message Signs
    Shopping for the correct electronic sign is like walking through a cow pasture. Proceed with caution or you could step into trouble! Over the last few years more suppliers of electronic signs have attended tradeshows, exhibiting beautiful, color, low-cost signs attractive ...More
    January 2, 2007 Perry Powell Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Secure Marketing
    You’ve probably heard of DVRs, and maybe people tell you to get one, but what are they and how can they improve your self-storage operations? These devices have a strong security application and add a marketing dimension for storage facilities. Tenants appreciate feeling ...More
    January 2, 2007 Steve Weinstein Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Weave a Web-Promotion Plan
    The Internet can promote your self-storage facility to people you never had access to before—and at a price that may surprise you. Currently, 207 million Americans use the Internet—69 percent of the U.S. population. Recent data reveals 86 percent of the web-savvy population ...More
    December 20, 2006 Tredd Barton Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Centershift Completes Successful SAS 70 Audit
    Centershift, a provider of web-based management software for the self-storage industry, successfully completed an SAS 70 audit, which examined the company and its STORE application. ...More
    December 1, 2006 Posted in News, Technology
  • The Modern Storage Employee
    Technological advancements have changed the employment scene in the self-storage industry. The tools we use to conduct business are constantly evolving, requiring us to hire individuals with varied skill sets. When was the last time you had to hire someone to run your ...More
    December 1, 2006 Ray McRae Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Extra Space and Zippi Networks Test Consignment Kiosks
    Extra Space Storage, one of the country's largest self-storage operators, and Zippi Networks, an eBay service provider, will test consignment kiosks in 10 of the storage company's facilities. ...More
    November 30, 2006 Posted in News, Technology
  • News
    To submit a news release, e-mail storagenews@vpico.com. DSI Expands New Divisions San Clemente, Calif.-based Development Services Inc. (DSI) expanded two new divisions, enabling the company to provide services nationwide. Jay Graham will serve as vice president of the new ...More
    November 7, 2006 Posted in Articles, Real Estate, Technology
  • Total Cost of Ownership
    It was 5:30 p.m. and the day was winding down, leaving me to concentrate on the piles of paper on my desk until the phone rang. It was the local sales representative supplying my records center’s handhelds. He launched into a well-rehearsed speech about the latest ...More
    November 7, 2006 Ian Thomas Posted in Articles, Technology
  • What Will Your Computer System REALLY Cost?
    Today’s technology craze makes computer-purchasing decisions difficult and confusing. Before stepping into a showroom, buyers must consider budget constraints. Nevertheless, a tight budget shouldn’t steer you toward trouble disguised as a cheap computer. Every business ...More
    November 7, 2006 Tredd Barton Posted in Articles, Technology