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It’s All About Location, Location, Location in the Self Storage Industry

by Holly Robinson June 10, 2014 11:55 PM
There are around 50,000 self storage facilities in the United States. According to estimates there is 21 square feet of self storage space for every American household and 7.3 square feet for every man, woman, and child. So from the sound of it there can’t possibly be any problems finding a self storage facility near you right? [More]

The Proof is in the Pudding for Self Storage Academy

by Tony Gonzalez February 13, 2014 10:06 PM
As kids we look forward to getting our allowance so we can go play video games or buy a toy or some candy. It’s all about living in the moment. As adults our needs are different. Yes, we still want those immediate needs and desires met, but we have to look to the big picture as well (bills, financial security, etc.). [More]

American Self Storage Implements Self Storage Manager Software

by Winnie Hsiu January 22, 2014 7:00 PM
It’s a rare job in today’s world that doesn’t in some way or another require the use of a computer and access to the Internet. American Self Storage is among those businesses that use computers and online software. Recently, they implemented Self Storage Mobile Website (SSM) and Customer Portal modules at 13 of their storage facilities. [More]

The Right Software Can Really Benefit Your Self Storage Facility

by John Stevens October 8, 2013 1:00 AM
There are things that can make our lives a lot easier if we use them. Instead of using a traditional push lawnmower for your grass you can use a self-propelling one (or a riding mower). Rather type a report on a typewriter we can use word processing programs on computers. The same concept can apply to the business world, self storage and otherwise. [More]

Lots Going on in the World of Self Storage

by Kim Kilpatrick April 26, 2013 1:33 PM
Springtime is a time of new growth in the natural world. Trees and shrubs are starting to leaf out. Tulips and daffodils are blooming. Many animals give birth to their young. It’s a time of coming out of hibernation and the doldrums of winter. The world of self storage seems to be coming out of hibernation, too. Additions are being added to facilities while other facilities are finding buyers. [More]

American Self Storage Converts to a New Management Software

by Winnie Hsiu March 15, 2013 5:38 PM
Businesses face many challenges when they convert from their existing software system to a completely different one. When the business has different facilities in different cities, the challenge becomes even greater.

American Self Storage recently faced – and overcame – those challenges. They have converted their legacy management software to the Self Storage Manager. That software system is now live in all of their facilities, which are located in California, Nevada, and Arizona. [More]

American Self Storage Redding Protects Mother KillDeer and Her Eggs

by Holly Robinson June 7, 2010 5:55 PM
If you’ve ever seen a mother killdeer nesting on the ground, you know that they are hard to see. Killdeer blend into their surroundings so well that you might not see a nesting killdeer until you were about to step on her -- or drive over her. Killdeer are famous for nesting in people’s driveways and near roads.

This year, a mother killdeer decided to nest on the grounds of American Self Storage Redding, of Redding, California. She found a rocky area of ground not far from a stretch of pavement. Killdeer usually only sit on their eggs for 22 to 28 days, so the manager of American Self Storage Redding, Brett Rohde, decided it would be no bother to protect the nest. American Self Storage tenant John Mort, of John’s Machine & Welding, donated two orange cones to alert drivers not to come too close to the mother killdeer. [More]

Texas Self-Storage Facility Caught in the Middle of Development Dispute

by John Stevens January 19, 2010 2:09 AM
The managers of American Self Storage, in Harlingen, Texas, are worried about the drainage ditch that adjoins their property. The ditch runs north and south off Tyler, the same street that American is located on. The problem is that the ditch is full of grass and may not drain properly in the event of a flood. (Harlingen is located next to the Rio Grande.)

Experts agree with American Self Storage's managers that the ditch needs to be cleaned. They just can't agree on who should do it: the city or the irrigation district. While the issue of a dirty ditch may seem minor, it illustrates the turf wars that can occur between local government departments when previously rural land becomes more developed and is used in different ways than it was when originally zoned. [More]