Contributing Editors

Technology a Boon to the Self Storage Industry

by Kim Kilpatrick February 21, 2013 9:12 PM
In the Six Million Dollar Man they used technology to rebuild Steve Austin into the bionic man. Technology hasn’t quite figured out how to actually do that in the real world, but it has been harnessed to do some wondrous things especially in regards to business and the self storage industry. [More]

Stor-All Storage Beautifies Merritt Island Facility

by Holly Robinson February 21, 2013 9:08 PM
An old adage states, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” Sometimes a book may have a worn out or boring cover but the story is griping and fascinating. The same principle could be applied to a business. Don’t judge a business by its curb appeal. Even if the business’ curb appeal may be boring it could still be a great business.

But why chance it? [More]

Door to Door Partners with Transit Systems, Inc.

by Winnie Hsiu February 20, 2013 8:02 PM
The evolution of the self storage industry has been an interesting one. The industry began simply as a place for people to store personal belongings. The industry then morphed into one that also offered moving services. It changed again when it started offering storage in containers instead of various sized rooms in a facility. [More]

Self Storage Company Announces Heart-Warming Success

by Tony Gonzalez February 20, 2013 7:50 PM
Success is a term that can mean a lot of different things to a lot of people; it all depends on the context in which the events in question are being viewed. For a businessman success may be measured simply in the bottom line, but a humanitarian would likely use something else to indicate success. [More]

VAT Not Hurting UK Self Storage Company

by John Stevens February 20, 2013 12:37 AM
No one wants to pay the government any more in taxes than they have to. They especially do not want to have to start paying an additional amount after having grown accustomed to paying a lower amount. That is what many in the self storage industry in the UK have been faced with since a value added tax has been added to their industry. [More]

Three News Roundup Stories

by Holly Robinson February 19, 2013 6:32 PM
Even though Jim and Nell Sheppard are in their 80s, they still run Sheps Self Storage in Port Neches, in eastern Texas. Just 20 miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico, Port Neches is a small town with a population of slightly more than 13,000 residents. Sheps Self Storage provides rental units for the city’s storage needs. [More]

From an Underdog to a Behemoth

by Winnie Hsiu February 18, 2013 7:05 PM
Remember back to Britain’s Got Talent? Remember in April of 2009 when Susan Boyle, a totally unknown woman, sang on the show and stunned everybody when she sang “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Miserables? By November of that same year, her first album, I Dreamed a Dream, debuted and was the number one best-selling album on music charts around the world. That album remains the best-selling debut album of all time in the UK. She has since released 2 other albums and as of April 2012 has a net worth estimated at $34 million (U.S. dollars). [More]

Self Storage Facilities No Longer the Black Sheep of the Community

by Kim Kilpatrick February 18, 2013 6:52 PM
Everyone knows one if they don’t have one of their own. That person that stands out from the rest for all the wrong reasons, but he or she is allowed to continue coming back due to some sort of relationship with the whole however thin it might be. We jokingly call that person the “black sheep” to signify their status as present, but unwanted. [More]

No Need for the Bat-Signal if Your Self Storage Website is Good

by Tony Gonzalez February 16, 2013 12:41 AM
Do you ever wonder that if Batman had begun now rather than back in the late 1930s if the Bat-Signal would exist? Would they have still gone for it in order to make use of the symbolism or would they have resorted to more technological means, i.e. text message, instant message, Pinterest board, etc.? Would Batman have simply added a forum to his web site with email notification whenever he got a message? [More]

Optivest Properties Announces Upcoming Charity Storage Auction

by Winnie Hsiu February 15, 2013 6:17 PM
In 2009, a year with one of the deepest post-World-War-III recession, over 905 of the average households in the United States donated over $1600 to non-profit and charity organizations. Why, when the economy has tanked and people are struggling financially, do people give to charities? [More]
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