Contributing Editors

The Storage Neighbor Adds to Its Portfolio

by Holly Robinson August 10, 2012 1:20 PM
NitNeil Partners announced that it purchased the .86 acre piece of property that was formerly the A.C. White building on Edgewood Avenue in Atlanta's Inman Park neighborhood. NitNeil Partners and Cartel Properties plan to co-develop it and create a new self storage facility that will operate under The Storage Neighbor brand. [More]

Self Storage Companies Help Themselves By Helping Others

by Kim Kilpatrick August 9, 2012 8:47 PM
When it comes to business companies—self storage and otherwise—aim to do a number of things, but number one on any list of goals has to be turn a profit. Typically this means that most if not all other activities a company gets involved in will in one way or another help the company improve its bottom line. [More]

A-1 Self Storage in California to Build a New Facility

by Winnie Hsiu August 9, 2012 5:30 PM
There’s been a general feeling lately that the economy is improving. Often, the health of small businesses is an indicator of the health of the U.S. economy. Some analysts feel that the buying and selling of these businesses indicate whether the economy is strong or weak. There is some debate on this issue yet the numbers for business sales for 2012 are above the sales figures for 2011.

While A-1 Self Storage in California is not a small business, if you looked at their recent activity, you would see that they are growing and expanding. [More]

Dealing with Difficult Customers

by Tony Gonzalez August 8, 2012 6:15 PM
Demanding customers. Angry customers. Unhappy customers. Customers finagling to get the best deal possible. As owners and managers of self storage facilities, you have probably seen all types of customers. At times, you might feel that you would like to strangle the person who came up with the phrase “the customer is always right.”

Let’s pause for a moment for a little history lesson. From 1879 until 1904, Harry Selfridge worked for Field, Leiter and Company, a retail store in Chicago (which later became Marshal Field and Company which later became Macy’s). [More]

Government Green Efforts Could be Big for UK Self Storage Industry

by Holly Robinson August 8, 2012 6:09 PM
Finding alternate forms of energy has become a popular undertaking in most industrial nations in recent years. The idea that a nation could become less dependent on fossil fuels and help the environment in the process is too good for many to pass up. After the recent announcement that the UK government made concerning its support of green endeavors has many in the self storage industry eager to see how they could benefit. [More]

Mini-Storage Messenger Gets New Website Design

by John Stevens August 7, 2012 7:10 PM
Webpage design has been around for 17 years. You’d think that over the years people would learn a few simple design principles and apply them to their website. Alas, even after all of this time, you can still see horrible sites all over the Internet.

Mini-Storage Messenger recently updated their website. One look at the new design tells you that they knew exactly what they were doing. If this were school, they would get an A. [More]

Self Storage Related Website Opens Up to a New Audience

by John Stevens August 7, 2012 7:04 PM
Self storage auctions are an unfortunate part of doing business in the self storage industry, but an important one nonetheless. Recent years have seen the popularity of them grow exponentially as the economy has turned more and more people to the self storage industry. Auctions have become so popular that whole businesses and even television shows have been based on them. [More]

Self Storage Company Comes Through for Animals Once Again

by Kim Kilpatrick August 6, 2012 9:18 PM
Everyone has had a pet at one time or another and can appreciate the unconditional love that they bring. Sadly, when things go bad for some families the first thing that goes is the family pet. To make matters worse, people don’t always care enough to see that they are taken care of; they just get rid of them. [More]

San Diego Self Storage Sponsors 10 Chidlren to Go To The County Fair

by Winnie Hsiu August 6, 2012 6:00 PM
The county fair. Those words bring up images of cotton candy, popcorn, hot dogs, and lemonade. Of carnival rides, arcade games, of sheep and cows, and blue ribbon winning baked goods and hand-crafted items. There’s always fun for everyone at the county fair.

San Diego Self Storage brought that fun to children from the Solana Beach Boys and Girls Club. They sponsored ten children to attend and enjoy the fair and the educational and inspirational interactive exhibits. [More]

Self Storage Company Goes Silent to Help Food Bank

by Holly Robinson August 3, 2012 10:46 PM
Often times what a charity needs most is exposure. Many people want to get involved or donate to charity; they just don’t know how to find one that they are interested in. That is why it is very helpful whenever a business—self storage or otherwise—gets involved with a charity and helps spread the word. [More]
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