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How Many Boxes of Girl Scout Cookies Can Fit in a Self Storage Unit?

by John Stevens February 29, 2012 6:30 PM
The Girl Scouts of America have been in the news of late thanks to some rather inflammatory remarks made by a Representative Bob Morris of Indiana. While offense, his words were likely glossed over rather quickly by most people. Why? Because they were too busy buying figuring out how many Thin Mints or Tag-a-longs they wanted to order! [More] Call Center Now Open 24/7

by Winnie Hsiu February 29, 2012 3:52 PM
I want to share a little story with you - and I'll show you how it applies to the self storage industry.

I have a friend who owns a vast library of books that she lends to friends and family members. Over three years ago, she lent a book to one of her nieces. A few days ago, the niece finally returned the book. [More]

Self Storage Company Uses Team Work to Make a Difference

by Winnie Hsiu February 28, 2012 8:28 PM
It is entirely possible for individuals to make a difference in society. However, it is also true that when individuals bond over a common cause and work together they are able to accomplish much more than they would have alone. Plus, when you use team work it is a lot easier to get the task at hand done and have fun at the same time. [More]

What the Self Storage Industry Can Learn From a Bike Storage Busniess

by Holly Robinson February 28, 2012 4:04 PM
Caltrain is a commuter train that runs between San Francisco and San Jose and between San Jose and Gilroy. Many commuters ride their bikes to the Caltrain station on Fourth and King in San Francisco. They park their bikes -- for free -- at Warm Planet, a nearby bicycle store.

Warm Planet sells bicycles and bicycle parts and accessories. Because the store is dedicated to serving their cycling customers, they have added a free parking service for commuters who ride bikes to catch the train. Bikers don't have to worry about their bikes getting stolen from parking on the street or battle for a spot on one of the few Caltrain cars that allow bikes on board. [More]

Lessons to Be Learned

by Tony Gonzalez February 27, 2012 3:49 PM
I recently learned about an experience that a fellow had when he reserved a unit at a self storage facility. While I'm not going to mention the name of the facility (because the name isn't the important thing), I think that there are several lessons to be learned from his experience. Here's basically what happened. [More]

Unique Self Storage Facilities Stand Out

by Kim Kilpatrick February 27, 2012 12:30 PM
Ask anyone in the industry and they will tell you that it pays to be in self storage right now. As a rare business that is doing well in spite of the current economic woes that have beset the world, the self storage industry appears to be as close to a safe investment as a person can get. [More]

Storage Post in the Bronx Launches High Impact Sign

by John Stevens February 24, 2012 6:04 PM
What do you get when you cross an innovative self storage business with an innovative audio/video marketing company? You get a brilliantly colored LED digital billboard that promotes a self storage business like no other billboard can. [More]

Need Information on Self Storage Auctions?

by Winnie Hsiu February 24, 2012 4:02 PM
Auctions have been a part of the self storage industry probably since the industry originated back in the 1960s; as long as there has been rent to pay there has been someone who has not been able to pay their bill. In recent years as the industry has grown, so has the number of units that have been put up for auction. [More]

People in UK Taking Self Storage Personally

by Holly Robinson February 23, 2012 9:06 PM
The United States is by far the leader when it comes to the self storage industry. The vast majority practically five of every six self storage facilities in the work lie within the borders of the U.S. While the industry may be focused within the U.S., it is people in the UK that have managed to put a very personal spin on the concept. [More]

Self Storage Website Experienced Tremendous Growth

by Tony Gonzalez February 23, 2012 4:06 PM
A good business person regularly reviews her company’s business model. She looks for ways to improve processes, to reduce unnecessary overhead, and to improve efficiency. She implements changes and keeps an eagle eye on ROI. She anticipates the growth rate for her company and carefully tracks it. is one such company that monitored its growth expectations – and surpassed those high expectations. [More]
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