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.


  • Convert to Remote Management With Kiosks
    A new type of self-storage conversion has appeared upon the horizon of possibilities. Forget modifying an office building into self-storage, or converting an older facility to climate control. Instead of reshaping steel and concrete, today’s conversions can mean remote ...More
    April 2, 2007 Curtis Sojka Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Facility Spotlight: Cornville Country Storage
    When Isaac Asimov wrote I Robot in 1959, he portrayed a future where artificial intelligence relieved humans of the day-to-day drudgery of life. Although not quite a robot, a talking self-serve kiosk is driving the success of two newcomers to the storage industry. Michelle ...More
    April 2, 2007 Elaine Foxwell Posted in Articles, Technology
  • AT THE CAR WASH
    Is it possible to run your business remotely? expansion, multiple locations and absentee management are tempting scenarios as we grow and change our facilities. It’s said in the car wash business that “owning just one isn’t enough”—and many self-storage facility owners feel ...More
    April 2, 2007 Fred Grauer Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Table of Contents - April 2007
    Management Companies:Who, What and Why Understand your options—and if you can make more money. By Mel Holsinger 10 Reasons to Hire Management Experts Avoid costly mistakes by using experienced fee management from the beginning. By Linnea Appleby Escape the Day-to-Day ...More
    April 2, 2007 Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Maintaining Sanity While Shopping for DVRs
    "If we couldn't laugh, we would all go insane."~Jimmy Buffet In the world of digital video recording of surveillance cameras, Jimmy Buffet’s lyrics couldn’t ring truer. Gone are yesteryear’s multiplexers, VCRs and composite monitors. Today, we are more concerned with ...More
    March 1, 2007 Jon Mitchell Posted in Articles, Technology
  • 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