Contributing Editors



The More Things Change the More They Stay the Same in the Self Storage Industry

by Holly Robinson January 17, 2014 11:25 PM
For things to get better we are often told they have to change. At the same time we often here that we just need to stay the course; that if we just continue doing as we always have things will be alright. The only constant in both scenarios of course is that whether something changes or not it still exists. [More]

College Point Self Storage Wins Award

by Winnie Hsiu January 17, 2014 2:31 PM
The Mini Storage Messenger Magazine announced that College Point Storage Self Storage in Lacey, Washington, as the best New Storage facility in 2013. The design, functionality, esthetically appealing structure, and attractive landscaping were factors that were considered for this award. The facility also received high praise from city officials and the director of the city’s building department for its beautiful design. [More]

Online Marketing the Wave of the Future for the Self Storage Industry

by Tony Gonzalez January 16, 2014 11:15 PM
It has been a couple decades since Madonna sang the classic tune Material Girl, and it is safe to say that the song still rings true today for many. However, should she want to redo it and update it to be more fitting modern times she would need to switch the title from Material Girl to Virtual Girl. [More]

SpareFoot Launches Battle of the Storage Bands Contest

by Holly Robinson January 16, 2014 9:08 PM
Do you know which city in the United States has the official motto as the “live Music Capital of the World?” Is it Boston with its Boston Pops orchestra, the Boston symphony, and the Boston Musicians’ Association that has over 1,600 professional musicians?

What about Philadelphia, which is home to the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Wanamaker Grand Organ, a jazz festival, Bach festival, and folk festival – and is the birthplace to early vocalists who were prominent in the early ears of rock and roll such as Chubby Checker, Frankie Avalon, and Bobby Rydell? [More]

Overseas Expansion Might Be Where It’s At In The Self Storage Industry

by John Stevens January 15, 2014 11:28 PM
Everyone wants to come up with the next big product. If they do they can practically guarantee themselves a financial windfall as the world buys only their product while others figure out how to copy it. The problem is that in this day and age it is becoming harder and harder to come up with the next big thing. So what’s an investor to do? [More]

Mobile Mini Seeks to Rent Property to Store Their Containers

by Kim Kilpatrick January 15, 2014 6:48 PM
Mike Cox owns 4 acres in Commack, New York. He wants to rent his property to Mobile Mini. Mobile Mini wants to use the property to store some of their empty mobile storage boxes. That sounds straightforward and shouldn’t be any problem. Right?

Not really. [More]

The William Warren Group Hires Their First Chief Strategy Officer

by Holly Robinson January 14, 2014 8:17 PM
Yesterday, the William Warren Group announced that they have hired their first Chief Strategy Officer (CSO). Gary Sugarman was hired to fill this position. [More]

Big Money Being Spent on Self Storage at Home and Abroad—and For a Reason!

by Tony Gonzalez January 14, 2014 7:15 PM
For gambler it is all about the thrill. Yes, they want to win a ton of money as well, but part of that is the thrill that goes with either making or breaking the bank. Some view investing in a similar light. It can cost you a ton of money to have a stake in the game, and you can lose it fast or it can explode into a small fortune. [More]

Developer Want to Take Self Storage Where Self Storage Has Not Gone Before

by Winnie Hsiu January 14, 2014 12:48 AM
Kids, if you ask Mom and Dad (or maybe Grandma and Grandpa) about the theme song to the Jefferson’s they will probably start humming something about moving on up/ to the top/ to a deluxe apartment in the sky. The concept was pretty simple—take something that is not normally found on the rich side of town and put it there. [More]

Self Storage Association Conference for Arizona Announced

by Holly Robinson January 13, 2014 9:25 PM
Conferences are a great source of professional development. You can learn about new technology, trends, and the latest news about what is happening in the industry. It’s a great time to network, to meet new people and connect with long-time associates that you haven’t seen for a while. Check to see what’s on your calendar in May. That’s when the Arizona Self Storage Association will be holding their 2014 conference and trade show. [More]
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