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It Helps to Have a Hook in the Self Storage Industry

by John Stevens June 21, 2013 9:15 PM
If a hot dog vendor just sells plain hot dogs chances are he is not going to make very much money. People typically like to have relish, cheese, chili, catsup, mustard—something else to go with the basic product. There needs to be something that makes one vendors hot dog stand out from the rest; something different—a hook. The same can be said for the self storage industry. [More]

Unique Find in Abandoned Self Storage Unit

by Tony Gonzalez June 21, 2013 8:03 PM
You can find many interesting things in abandoned self storage units. Of course you find the usual things – washers, dryers, furniture, knick-knacks, old comic books. Sometimes, things of value are found: antique toys, pocket watches, handmade quilts, antique hand mirrors and brushes, silverware, and china.

Two years ago, a full dress uniform of a grand master of the Independent order of Odd Fellows (with an embroidered sash and an elaborate plumed hat) was found. There was also a large collection of ribbons, badges, and medals from the Grand Army of the Republic, which was a fraternal organization of Union vets of the Civil war. [More]

Safestore Self Storage Holds Dash to Donate Challenge

by John Stevens June 20, 2013 9:05 PM
Everyone knows how managers and owners of self storage facilities like to support local humanitarian efforts. They hold fundraisers and donate the proceeds to schools, cancer research, and victims of hurricanes and tornadoes. They participate in Toys for Tots at Christmas time, hold drives to collect and distribute winter wear, and gather food to help needy families – especially during the holidays.

This desire to help those in need is not confined to just self storage facilities in the United States. Safestore Self Storage based in the UK also participates in charitable activities. [More]

Self Storage on the Rise in South Africa

by Kim Kilpatrick June 20, 2013 5:33 PM
The United States will forever be the world leader in self storage with over 50,000 self storage facilities across the country and growing. The next largest is Canada with about 3,000 and Australia with around a thousand. So whenever the industry in other nations is compared to the world leaders it will always be on the rise—and that is something that members of the South African Self Storage Industry are likely more than happy with. [More]

Recycling is More Than Just Going Green in the Self Storage Industry

by Winnie Hsiu June 20, 2013 10:28 AM
When it comes to being environmentally friendly the concept of recycling and ‘going green’ has become quite popular in the self storage industry. Many facilities across the country have gotten involved in various recycling efforts helping the world become a better place by taking something old and turning it back into something usable again. [More]

Clovis Self Storage Successfully Incorporates Office Suites

by Holly Robinson June 19, 2013 9:14 PM
There is a new business model that self storage businesses across the nation are embracing. That model is offering a business center for small businesses and entrepreneurs. Clovis Self Storage & Office Suites in Clover, California, is one such self storage facility that successfully incorporated that new model into their business plan. [More]

Self Storage Industry Establishing Strong Presence on Television

by Tony Gonzalez June 19, 2013 7:46 AM
The self storage industry has been on television for years, but usually in a minor supporting role. Typically a self storage unit has been the place where something has been hidden or the location of some sort of crime, but in recent years the industry has stepped out and started to take a leading role in some programs. [More]

Humtown Self Storage Puts on Benefit

by Kim Kilpatrick June 18, 2013 4:55 PM
In recent weeks, Oklahoma has been ravished by tornadoes and floods. However, time has moved on and the effects of the tornadoes no longer fill all of the news broadcasts. Many people not affected by the tornadoes are going about their daily routines without any further thought given to the victims. But not David Kissinger. [More]

Extra Space Storage Acquiring Some Extra Space

by John Stevens June 17, 2013 10:36 PM
People have a variety of reason that causes them to feel the need to rent a self storage unit. It may be because they are downsizing, starting an at-home business, de-cluttering the home, and a whole host of other things. However, the same thing is true about each and every reason—they just need a little extra space. [More]

SmartStop Self Storage to Sponsor Utah Mountaineer

by Tony Gonzalez June 17, 2013 9:23 PM
Almost everybody knows someone who has had a knee replacement. That person is probably pretty grateful because they no longer suffer from severe pain when they walk. They are also glad to return to their normal activities. However, how many people do you think there are in the world who have had both knees replaced who plan on summiting the highest mountain in the world? Not too many, I dare say. In fact, you could probably count them all on one finger.

Greg Paul, a veteran adventurer and mountain climber from Alpine, Utah, is that one person. [More]
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