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First Affiliate Owned Self Storage REIT Stands as Further Proof of the Industry’s Health

by John Stevens July 11, 2013 12:09 AM
It is fairly easy to find out how the self storage industry is doing. All it takes is a cursory search in Google for “self storage” and countless stories pop up about facilities getting sold for millions, investment trusts sinking hundreds of millions into buying multiple facilities, and articles touting the industry as a solid financial investment. [More]

A Short Film is Based on the Self Storage Industry

by Tony Gonzalez July 10, 2013 10:40 PM
If you evaluate the topics of movies, you’ll notice that there are a lot of common ones. There are super heroes, invading aliens, spies and counterspies, historical events, and love stories. However, it’s a rare thing to find a movie based on the self storage industry.

Boxed In is an independent film that will be showing July 11 through July 14 in the San Francisco Frozen Film Festival – and it is based on the self storage industry. [More]

There is Nothing Like a Little Entertaining Self Storage Video

by Holly Robinson July 9, 2013 10:42 PM
Work is hard. If you are lucky it can be fun too, but typically it is called work for a reason—because it’s not fun. What some people fail to realize is that work doesn’t always have to be as hard as we make it. Now it can be difficult to make some things fun, but sometimes you just have to try a little bit harder. It may require a healthy amount of creativity—much like what some members of the self storage industry have used on YouTube! [More]

An Innovative Way to Manage the Front Desk in a Self Storage Facility

by Kim Kilpatrick July 9, 2013 8:30 PM
There are many inventions that have improved the way companies do business. Conveyor belts have significantly decreased the production time of many products. Just-in-time manufacturing reduces the need for keeping large amounts of inventory in warehouses. Self-checkout machines in grocery stores enables customers to quickly make their purchases.

Inventions in the self storage industry have also impacted the way business is done. Xpress Storage (which is owned by Hide-Away Storage LLC) has just opened its second facility that uses a kiosk as the front desk ‘manager.’ The concept of having a kiosk focuses on customer convenience. This means that customers now have the ability to rent a unit 24 hours a day at the Express Storage facilities. [More]

Qualities a Self Storage Owner or Manager Should Have

by Winnie Hsiu July 8, 2013 10:01 PM
Many employers are very concerned about hiring good employees. They want to make sure they ‘get the right people on the bus’ – meaning they want to make sure they hire the right people. Many businesses sink or swim (or float aimlessly in circles) depending on whether or not the employees are a good fit for the business.

On the other hand, it’s good for a business owner or manager to stop and review just what type of leader he is and how effective he is. His leadership ability is just as important as having good employees on board.

Believe it or not, owners and managers of self storage facilities are leaders just as much as a CEO of a Fortune 500. They need to have some of the same skills that those CEOs need. [More]

A Little Reality (Television) is Good for the Self Storage Industry

by John Stevens July 8, 2013 9:26 PM
It can be addictive. You can start watching it because there is nothing else on, and before you know it you are sucked into the daily lives of people that are just like you—they just so happen to be on television. That’s the allure of reality television for the studios and viewers, and it is something that the self storage industry has embraced. [More]

We Want Our Self Storage and We Want it Now!

by Tony Gonzalez July 5, 2013 11:22 PM
For most people in the United States there is one thing (besides money) that everyone could use more of—space. That need has led to over 50,000 self storage facilities being created across the country with more going up all the time, which is good since when we want something we want it now. [More]

10 Tips to Keep Your Self Storage Customers Cooled Off

by Holly Robinson July 5, 2013 3:31 PM
Temperatures are soaring across the United States. Death Valley, California, got up to 129 degrees. Yuma, Arizona, registered 118 degrees. While temperatures in Las Vegas soared to 117, over the next couple of days they will drop down to a mere 110.

A recent University of Montana study said that heat stroke causes nearly 1,000 deaths every year. It's important to keep yourself and your family well-hydrated. And, it's really good customer service if you can offer ways to help your customers cool off while they are moving their belongings into or out of your self storage facility. [More]

Self Storage Industry Exemplifies the American Spirit

by Kim Kilpatrick July 5, 2013 12:19 AM
On the Fourth of July people across the United States celebrate their right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The same spirit that created thousands of spectacular fireworks displays is applied everyday by people in all walks of life. It’s how Americans live and it’s how the nation stays on the forefront of many things—including the self storage industry. [More]

Apple Self Storage in Kingston, Ontario, Will Host "Meat & Greet" Event

by Winnie Hsiu July 4, 2013 10:52 AM
Like other self storage facilities around the world, Apple Self Storage in Kingston, Ontario, is concerned about their local community. They have a desire to help those in need. The staff came up with a terrific idea of having a “Meat & Greet” event where people can enjoy a free hamburger while learning how to help women and children in crisis. [More]


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