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.


  • When the Alarm Sounds
    WHO WILL ARRIVE TO RESCUE YOUR SITE WHEN THIEVES BEGIN TO BREAK INTO STORAGE UNITS? What evidence can your security system provide for police detectives and insurance investigators? Can your security system defend your site and stop the criminal? A classic cliché states a ...More
    October 1, 2002 Doug Carner Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Imaging and the Myth of the Paperless Office
    The future of paper-based records management and storage seems safe indeed for the near and midterm future. This article discusses the need for paper, imaging applications for commercial records- management companies and new insights into the "myth of the paperless office." ...More
    September 1, 2002 Cary F. McGovern Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Collecting Your Receivables
    Your tenant stopped paying rent two months ago. He won't return your calls, and his debt now exceeds $200. You cut his lock and discover the contents of his unit are nearly worthless. It's time to consider your remedy options. An auction will cost more than $100 to ...More
    September 1, 2002 Doug Carner Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Centershift Inc.
    One doesn't need to look far to find some New Age pundit extolling the virtues of the Internet and e-commerce. The problem is it takes large sums of capital to secure the hardware infrastructure and technical staff necessary to develop and maintain leading-edge ...More
    September 1, 2002 Bill Hoban Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Increase Productivity Through Computer Networks
    What if your staff could simultaneously answer questions, process payments and perform tenant move-ins? What if you could manage your payment specials, change rental rates and modify company policies from one centralized location? The vast majority of self-storage ...More
    July 1, 2002 Doug Carner Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Remote Management
    You're across town having lunch with a business partner. You open your briefcase and, within seconds, you are both reading an up-to-the-minute analysis of the occupancies and delinquencies at your storage facility. You run a few revenue reports, review the profitability of ...More
    June 1, 2002 Doug Carner Posted in Articles, Technology
  • DOS to Windows
    Thousands of self-storage facilities have yet to make the change from DOS to Windows management software. Every one of them knows that, sooner or later, they will make this jump; but for one reason or another, they are not yet ready to do so. The most common reason, I ...More
    May 1, 2002 Michael Richards Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Must-Have Management Software
    Chart of Software Suppliers Adobe Acrobt Reader Required,available here Management software isn't just for bookkeeping, and it's no longer optional for self-storage facilities wanting to stay atop the industry curve. Software allows a facility owner and manager to ...More
    May 1, 2002 Matt Morgan Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Records-Storage Software
    Chart of Software Suppliers When selecting a records-management program for your business, there are several things to consider. First and foremost, you must select a program designed to fulfill the needs of your record center today and into the future. Too many new users ...More
    May 1, 2002 Anne Sommi Edmonson Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Automatic Rent Collection
    Modern management software can collect your rental revenue automatically, without any action by your employees. The benefits are profound: reduced overhead, accurate auditing, reduced customer costs, increased occupancies and increased rental rates. Once you learn a few ...More
    May 1, 2002 Douglas Carner Posted in Articles, Finance, Technology