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.


  • 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
  • Creating Your Own Website
    You operate a great self-storage facility. Your site security and customer service are top-notch. You purchased advertising space in both the local newspaper and the Yellow Pages. You want to entice people from the local area, not around the globe, so a web page never ...More
    May 1, 2002 Doug Carner Posted in Articles, Technology
  • technohostage
    THE WORD ON VOCATION STREET THESE DAYS IS "Technologize or die." If you don't join in the automation nation, your competition will kick you in the dirt and laugh at your folly. Computerize, or run the risk of becoming an anathema of the business world. I hate to say it, but ...More
    May 1, 2002 Teri L. Lanza Posted in Articles, Technology
  • O'Neil Software Inc.
    O'NEIL SOFTWARE INC., IN ITS 20 YEARS providing records-storage solutions, has worked with hundreds of people in different aspects of the records-storage, self-storage and moving and storage industries. Clients range from the industry veteran with many years of experience ...More
    May 1, 2002 Posted in Articles, Development, 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
  • Self-Storage Over the Web
    Joe Twentysomething suddenly wakes during the night with the realization he's five days late with his storage payment. His battered but beloved Tama drum kit, precious collection of long-play albums, family photos and Auntie Agatha's antique roll-top desk are among his many ...More
    May 1, 2002 Elaine Beall Posted in Articles, Technology