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There is Safety and Effectiveness in Numbers in the Self Storage Industry

by Tony Gonzalez January 31, 2013 9:20 PM
Whenever you leave the library late at night or a late class the general rule of thumb is to walk to your vehicle or next destination with someone even if your path is well lit. The reason for it is pretty simple—there is safety in numbers. Heck, should an assailant strike fighting him off is much more effective when there are multiple people fighting the attacker off. [More]

AC Self Storage Solutions LLC is Expanding

by Winnie Hsiu January 31, 2013 2:21 PM
The Southern California firm, AC Self Storage is expanding with a well-controlled plan. They have several criteria that they use as a standard for purchasing facilities. The property should have between 60,000 to 120,000 net rentable square feet. They should be primarily in the Sun Belt markets and have a strong demographic. The occupancy rate should be 80% or greater and they should be in top physical condition. [More]

Self Storage Company's Reach Has Worldwide Influence

by Tony Gonzalez January 30, 2013 9:13 PM
There is a moment in the movie Jerry Maguire when Bob Sugar thinks he is talking to Frank Cushman (the No. 1 pick in the draft) when it is actually Jerry Maguire when he tells him that he is swimming with the big boys; that he’s gone global—worldwide. While it is entirely possible for a professional athlete to have that kind of influence quickly, it is a little bit harder for a business. [More]

Record Number of Toys Collected by San Diego Self Storage

by Kim Kilpatrick January 30, 2013 1:18 PM
The hustle and bustle of the holidays is over. The Christmas decorations are put away and the tree is taken down. People have returned to their normal day-to-day activities. But the feeling of good will lingers on - especially for San Diego Self Storage. [More]

A Year in Review for One Self Storage Company

by John Stevens January 29, 2013 9:07 PM
The New Year is well underway now and folks have either broken their resolutions or will likely follow through with them if they haven’t broken them by now. Even though 2012 is almost a month in the past there is no reason not to reflect on the many successes—like all the community work--that a company may or may not have done in the last year. [More]

Greenbox is Downtown Denver's First Green Self Storage Facility

by Winnie Hsiu January 29, 2013 2:03 PM
Denver is getting greener. No, they aren't improving their landscaping and planting more trees and shrubs. Instead, more and more solar panels are popping up on buildings and homes around the town. Greenbox Self Storage is one of the newest businesses sporting solar panels. The facility recently opened in downtown Denver and is the first sustainable self storage facility in the downtown area. It is the first LEED-certified self storage building in Denver and the first newly constructed storage building built downtown in over a decade. [More]

There is Nothing Wrong with Getting a Little Help in the Self Storage Industry

by Holly Robinson January 28, 2013 8:41 PM
When you open a business be it self storage or otherwise that business becomes your baby. You spend an incredible amount of time just getting the doors open not to mention working through the tough times as your business grows and begins to gather a reputation and clientele. However, when it comes down to it you just want to make money, right? [More]

Apple-Atcan Self Storage Opens New Facility in Eastern Ontario, Canada

by Kim Kilpatrick January 28, 2013 6:11 PM
Before a self storage owner builds a new facility, he needs to take several things into consideration. He looks at the market feasibility. Are there other self storage facilities in the area? What is the makeup of the housing market (single family homes, apartments) and the population density? Do typical homes in the area have basements or garages? Is there a need for businesses to have storage units or flexible office space? Is there a military base in the area, or a university or resort? Knowing the answers to these types of questions helps the owner to know which areas would be good to build in. [More]

No Child Left Behind in the Self Storage Industry

by John Stevens January 25, 2013 9:31 PM
During his presidency George W. Bush passed a well-intentioned piece of legislation with the purpose of trying to make sure that children in the United States received the education they need to be a success when they get older. While the government may shoot for all children, others—like various members of the self storage industry-- try to do what they can for those in their community. [More]

Self Storage Asia Expo to be Held in March 2013 in Hong Kong

by Winnie Hsiu January 25, 2013 1:34 PM
More and more of Asia's four billion inhabitants are entering the middle-income class. This means they purchase more items which then impact the small living spaces that are typical in Asia. And all of those possessions create a growing need for self storage.

In 1999, Steel Storage established the first self storage industry tradeshow in the United Kingdom. Now, they are launching the first tradeshow in the Asian markets. It will be held March 20-21, 2013 in the Langham Hotel in Hong Kong. [More]
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