StoreLocal, a cooperative created by independent self-storage operators to offer member benefits with economies of scale, has partnered with Empower Software Technologies Inc. to offer Storage Commander property-management software to facility operators in Australia and New Zealand. Through the partnership, Empower users will have access to Storelocal’s Web technology and local search engine optimization services. Co-op members will be able to access Storage Commander’s accounting, reporting and customer-management features, according to a press release.
Additional program highlights include account management; online reservations and payments; built-in debit card, credit card and electronic-check (ACH) processing; customized billing; a reporting suite; and an open application programming interface (API) that integrates with third-party vendors. Storage Commander comes in desktop and cloud-based versions.
StoreLocal has added add Storage Commander to its Tenant suite of technology products and services, which allows self-storage renters to perform search for facilities, explore their amenities, complete a rental agreement, select and purchase products and services, and move into their unit, the release stated.
“Our successful partnership in the U.S., which combines Storelocal’s end-to-end customer service experience with the functionality and business capabilities of Storage Commander, has gained even more traction by entering the Asia-Pacific region,” said Bruce Heverly, chief marketing officer for StoreLocal. “We look forward to continued growth and expansion across the international marketplace.”
“Adding Storelocal’s advanced technology, which provides customers around the world a seamless, fully automated self-storage experience, delivers a comprehensive, gold-standard solution to today’s self-storage needs,” added Steve De Mamiel, who leads Storage Commander in Australia and New Zealand.
StoreLocal leverages the combined strength of its membership for services such as customer acquisition, financing, marketing and technology. The coop also owns online self-storage directories StorageFront.com and SelfStorageHounds.com. Its total membership includes more than 1,100 self-storage facilities through 130 owner-member companies.
Based in Murrieta, Calif., Empower has provided management-software solutions to the self-storage industry for 20 years.