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The Store Room in England Help's Children's Charity

by Tony Gonzalez May 16, 2014 11:31 PM
The Store Room in England chose the Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity as their ‘charity of the year’ for 2014. Monies collected from their fundraising events this year will go to the Rainbow Trust.

To kick of this year’s fundraising efforts, The Store Room employees are participating in the National Three Peaks Challenge. This challenge involves climbing the three highest peaks in England, Wales, and Scotland within a 24 hour time period. The three peaks are Snowdon, Scafell Pike, and Ben Nevis. [More]

Self Storage Industry Software is For More Than the Facilities

by Winnie Hsiu May 16, 2014 11:18 PM
Technology has made so many things so much easier. The right software can make a big difference in the management of a self storage facility. Receipts to inventory to customer interaction and even acquisition is not nearly as difficult and time consuming as it once was. With the right software efficiency can be greatly increased—not just in self storage facilities! [More]

The Geek Shall Inherent the Earth…and Apparently the New Self Storage Start-Up

by Kim Kilpatrick May 15, 2014 11:38 PM
If you have any computer/tech friends you’ve probably heard the phrase ‘the geek shall inherit the Earth’ or maybe ‘it’s the Age of the Geek baby!’ Basically what they are referencing is the ever increasing presence computers and technology have in society. It seems that the Age of the Geek has even extended in to the self storage industry. [More]

Self Stroage Industry News

by Winnie Hsiu May 15, 2014 9:29 PM
Holy cow! Sometimes there’s news that makes you shake your head. Then there is news that almost makes you quake in your boots. That’s how I felt when I learned about what one man purchased in an auction of a self storage unit.

We’ve reported that there have been some very unique finds in self storage auctions. Once, there was a dead body in the casket. (That was the renter’s grandmother.) And World War II medals have been found in units that were auctioned. But yesterday’s find takes the cake. At least in my humble opinion. [More]

Maybe it’s Time to Get in to the Self Storage Industry…

by Holly Robinson May 14, 2014 11:48 PM
Knowing when to invest has to be the hardest part of doing so next to actually raising the capital. Enter a market too early and you risk losing everything if it never develops or having to wait a long time to turn a profit. Enter too late and you risk having to overpay for something and not seeing much of a return for a large investment. [More]

Investment Group Buys Smart Storage in England

by Kim Kilpatrick May 14, 2014 10:07 PM
Smart Storage, in England, announced that Seneca Partners, a private investment group, recently bought them out. Initially, Bridges Ventures owned Smart Storage. Bridges Ventures is a private investment firm. They strive to achieve good financial returns for investors while at the same time making sure the investments are socially and environmentally responsible. [More]

Why Build Your Own Self Storage Industry When You Can Invest in the United States Instead?

by John Stevens May 13, 2014 11:58 PM
There are close to 60,000 self storage facilities in the world. Most of them (around 50,000) are in the United States leaving roughly 10,000 spread out over the rest of the world leaving room for growth just about everywhere. However, rather than build up the industry in their home country one company is looking to buy in to the industry in the United States. [More]

Storage Wars TV Show Inspired Creation of Thrift Shop

by Tony Gonzalez May 13, 2014 7:54 PM
Everybody knows about the Storage Wars TV show. That show has increased the general public’s awareness of auctions held at self storage facilities. This awareness brings more people to those auctions, which is good for the self storage facility. There are lots more people willing to bid and buy the contents of a unit during an auction allowing self storage owners to recoup some of the unpaid rent. [More]

Self Storage Company Wants to Put Information at Your Fingertips

by Winnie Hsiu May 12, 2014 11:29 PM
Do you need to keep your kids occupied in the waiting room at the doctor’s office? How about organizing your pictures? Or managing your DVR recordings? Paying bills? Keeping up with the latest and greatest news from your community and around the world? Well—there’s an app for that. [More]

The Story of a Successful Startup Self Storage Business

by Holly Robinson May 12, 2014 8:28 PM
To understand today’s article, you need to understand a little bit of the fundamentals about value investing. One teeny aspect of it is that successful investors don’t follow the herd. They don’t buy the most popular stocks of the day –because they are generally over priced. They are willing to invest in companies that aren’t big names. [More]
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