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Self Storage Company’s Whales May Soon Go into Hiding

by Holly Robinson August 17, 2012 8:24 PM
One of the many things a business—self storage or otherwise—needs to do in order to succeed is make sure that there is something about it that people will remember. Of course the obvious answer is to provide a superior product; everyone wants that. That will get customers, or in the case of the self storage industry tenants, talking about the business, but what about everyone else? [More]

Pogoda Companies in Michigan Completes Two Transactions

by Kim Kilpatrick August 17, 2012 2:43 PM
Pogoda Companies, in Michigan, manages and brokers self storage facilities. Over the years, they have added facilities to their portfolio and have become very successful. Recently, they sold a property and acquired a new one. [More]

Self Storage Industry Knows it Helps to Have Friends

by Winnie Hsiu August 16, 2012 8:09 PM
There are plenty of people that like to think they can do it—whatever ‘it’ may be—alone; that they don’t need any help or assistance from anyone. While they might be successful on occasion, the road is much tougher when it is travelled on solo. However, when you let your friends give you a helping hand along the way success can be achieved much, much easier. [More]

The Making of a Legacy

by Tony Gonzalez August 16, 2012 6:29 PM
The Great Depression. Unemployment was out-of-control. Banks failed. Businesses failed. Drought and huge dust storms hammered the agricultural belt. People lost their homes and were forced to live in makeshift shantytowns called Hoovervilles. People scavenged in garbage cans for food. Life was bleak. Life was hard.

That was the backdrop for the growing-up years of a man, Derrel Ridenour, who built his personal empire in the self storage business. [More]

Self Storage Company Knows What its Customers Want

by John Stevens August 15, 2012 8:41 PM
A good business will do what it can to make sure that it provides the best product possible for its customers. In the self storage industry that would mean providing a secure, clean, safe facility that is easy to access buy tenants and doesn’t cost too much. However, a great business will go the extra mile and figure out not just what a customer needs but wants. [More]

Florida Self Storage Association Hosts Executive Retreat

by Holly Robinson August 15, 2012 6:02 PM
I have worked for companies that held annual retreats. Usually, one or two of the activities during the retreats were good but many of them weren’t. I remember one retreat in particular. Everyone had to attend a session where the folks from the purchasing department talked about purchasing protocol. My whole department never made purchases so the content didn’t apply to us. Most of us fought sleep during the presentation. [More]

Big is Good but Not Always Better in the Self Storage Industry

by Kim Kilpatrick August 14, 2012 8:54 PM
People want to get into business in order to make money. For a business like the self storage industry the amount of money is dependent on the size of the facility (and the capacity to which it’s filled). With that in mind, it would seem that the larger a company can be the better, right? [More]

Guardian Storage Solutions in Pittsburgh Offers Free and Safe Recycling

by Winnie Hsiu August 14, 2012 6:15 PM
Go green. Recycle. Reuse. Those are critical issues facing our world today. Recycling conserves our natural resources, reduces space in our landfills, reduces pollution, and conserves energy and water.

Using recycled aluminum requires 96% less energy than manufacturing new aluminum from bauxite. Recycling plastic bottles uses 76% less energy than making new plastic for bottles. Recycled glass uses 21% less energy. [More]

Self Storage Company Works With City to Improve Access

by Tony Gonzalez August 13, 2012 1:49 PM
In the hit movie Field of Dreams the voices told Kevin Costner’s character that if he built it they would come. One thing that they left out was how they’d get there. The players just materialized out of the corn field, but what about the fans that came later (at the end of the movie). All they had was single lane access and a dirt road at that—not good. [More]

Why Storage Wars is so Popular

by John Stevens August 10, 2012 5:49 PM
Years ago when reality television first hit the airwaves there were many that thought it was just a fad; that eventually the public was going to get tired of it. After all, for the most part every reality show focused on people being people just in different settings and situations. Instead of fading away reality television has become stronger than ever making it clear that sometimes we just like to watch regular folks. [More]
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