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.


  • Reducing Lighting Costs
    LIGHTING CAN ADD CURB APPEAL, SECURITY AND AFTER-HOURS CONVENIENCE TO ANY SELF-STORAGE SITE. In the last 10 years, there have been several amazing and dramatic advances in lighting. These new technologies produce natural light with far less energy. Let's start with some ...More
    February 1, 2003 Doug Carner Posted in Articles, Technology
  • QuikStor
    SINCE 1987, QUIKSTOR HAS PROVIDED DEPENDABLE SECURITY AND SOFTWARE SOLUTIONS TO THE SELF-STORAGE INDUSTRY. The company offers a complete system that integrates security, management and marketing. Its proven lines of affordable, forward-looking products give businesses a ...More
    February 1, 2003 Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Construction Corner
    Construction Corner is a Q&A column committed to answering reader-submitted questions regarding construction and development. Inquiries may be sent to construction@ministorage.com. I own a carwash and would like to get into the storage business. What is the best way for ...More
    February 1, 2003 Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Rewarding Your Tenants
    YOU ALREADY OFFER GREAT STORAGE AT COMPETITIVE PRICES. SO WHY IS YOUR NET REVENUE SO LOW? In prior columns, I have detailed several capital expenses that increase your closing ratios. In this issue, I talk about giveaways--memorable "tech" gadgets that convert your tenants ...More
    January 1, 2003 Doug Carner Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Package Deals
    Everyone loves package deals because they provide extraordinary value and a feeling people are getting a better deal than everyone else. A storage facility can purchase a package that includes an entry-access keypad, exit keypad, management software, real-time integration, ...More
    December 1, 2002 Doug Carner Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Online Marketing Secrets
    THE WORLD WIDE WEB CAN BE A TREMENDOUS TOOL for self- storage owners. The problem is, there are a lot of misconceptions regarding how to use the Internet to market a storage facility. Here are some good ways to make the web work for you and your site. In the storage ...More
    December 1, 2002 Fred Gleeck Posted in Articles, Technology
  • The New Age of Access Control
    Do tenants have unrestricted access to any building once they enter your facility? Can thieves do the same if they follow a car through your entrance gate? Site security begins at your perimeter. High walls are cost-effective deterrents, but they draw attention to your ...More
    November 1, 2002 Doug Carner Posted in Articles, Technology
  • 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
  • Getting Connected
    EVEN THOUGH THE TITLE OF THIS ARTICLE SEEMS STRAIGHTFORWARD, there is more than enough information under the topic of communication technology to fill a university-level computer-science course. My guess would be few of us have the time or inclination to sit through a ...More
    October 1, 2002 Bill Hoban 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