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

by Kim Kilpatrick August 1, 2013 11:14 PM
George Bernard Shaw wrote in the Revolutionist’s Handbook over a century ago that the more things change, the more they stay the same as a way of illustrating that no matter how turbulent the times may get , the more that things appear to change, the reality of it is that things are essentially still the same. On a less existential level the same could be said for the self storage industry. [More]

Things Are Looking Up Down Under for TaxiBox Mobile Self Storage

by Holly Robinson May 30, 2013 1:53 PM
Before they started their business in Australia, Ben Cohn and Jeremy Rosen had never driven a truck or a forklift. They were used to working in executive offices wearing suits and ties instead of in working in warehouses wearing Levis and hoodies. They weren't used to managing older staff members and didn't have any experience in the self storage industry. (Rosen was a former investment banker and Cohn had worked in property investment.) [More]

Self Storage Asia Expo to be Held in March 2013 in Hong Kong

by Winnie Hsiu January 25, 2013 1:34 PM
More and more of Asia's four billion inhabitants are entering the middle-income class. This means they purchase more items which then impact the small living spaces that are typical in Asia. And all of those possessions create a growing need for self storage.

In 1999, Steel Storage established the first self storage industry tradeshow in the United Kingdom. Now, they are launching the first tradeshow in the Asian markets. It will be held March 20-21, 2013 in the Langham Hotel in Hong Kong. [More]

Self Storage Company Gets Innovative Down Under

by Winnie Hsiu December 3, 2012 9:01 PM
For the self storage industry in the United State it is pretty hard for a facility to come up with something that is truly unique. There are simply too many facilities across the nation (right around 50,000); multiple other facilities are bound to have thought of it—whatever it is—as well. However, the same can’t be said for other countries. [More]

Ideas from Self Storage Businesses in Australia

by John Stevens September 19, 2012 7:19 PM
Sometimes managers and owners of self storage facilities feel that they out of new ideas of ways to expand and improve their business. Sometimes looking at what others in the industry do can spark new ideas – especially when they are not local businesses or even national businesses.

For example, look at what is happening in Australia. Gareth Taylor and Adam Gilchrist founded Zippy Shell Mobile Self Storage and Moving in Australia in 2007. It was one of the first mobile storage businesses in the country. In 2010, it came to the United States. Their concept is to deliver a storage container to customers, customers load it at their convenience, and the company picks up the unit and keeps it at their secure facility. [More]

Smartbox Storage Opens a New Facility in Australia

by Winnie Hsiu May 9, 2012 9:47 AM
Smartbox storage recently opened a new 2,000 square-meter secure storage facility in Braeside, Australia, which is a suburb of Melbourne. Smartbox, a locally owned company which also has a facility in Sydney, expanded their services to Braeside because of the growing demand for their mobile storage units. [More]

New Online Rapid Booking System Offered by Centreforce Technology

by John Stevens July 1, 2011 9:04 AM
In these high-tech times, people looking to rent a self storage unit want instantaneous information and action. A new, online booking system released by RapidStor specifically for the self storage industry offers customers real-time prices for units and gives them the option of an immediate move-in. [More]

Self Storage Considered a Good Investment in Europe

by John Stevens October 6, 2010 10:27 AM
In Europe as in the United States, real estate analysts are recommending self storage as an investment worth considering, compared to other areas of the real estate market (such as residential and retail properties), which are foundering. [More]

Australian Investors Looking for Self Storage Opportunities

by John Stevens September 22, 2010 10:47 PM
About a year ago, two pioneers of the Australian self storage industry, Dallas Dogger and Sam Kennard, reported in Inside Self-Storage that the Australian self storage market was starting to decline. New inquiries about self storage in Australia had, as of last November, dropped about 10 to 20 percent from their peak in 2007 and 2008, possibly in response to the global recession. Earlier today, though, several investors reported in The Australian that the Australian self storage market is beginning to heat back up. [More]

Wheat Storage Shortage Poses Challenges Worldwide

by Holly Robinson April 23, 2010 8:47 AM
World wheat supplies are at record highs this year, and projected to grow even higher -- and the surplus of wheat has led to a worldwide wheat storage shortage. The world currently has so much wheat that some analysts say the United States would have plenty of wheat even if not a single American farmer were to plant wheat this year. In fact, American growers are starting to sow less wheat, as Australian and Russian farmers have increased their wheat production so dramatically that Asian countries are finding it more economical to import their wheat from Australia and Russia than from the United States. The United States is still the world's largest exporter of wheat, but its share of the world wheat market has dropped to 19 percent this year, down from 29 percent in 2008, because so much wheat is already available elsewhere. [More]
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