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Modern Technology Can Be Great for the Self Storage Industry But on One Condition

by Holly Robinson November 14, 2013 11:43 PM
Do you know someone that still uses a flip phone? Do they claim they have no need to switch and that they are able to do what they need from it? More often than not the only reason they say that is because they don’t have a clue how to use newer phones. That is understandable; new phones are more like mini-computers than phones. Using them can be difficult if you don’t know how to do so. [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]

Upcoming State Self Storage Association Trade Shows for 2012

by Winnie Hsiu January 30, 2012 10:42 AM
In the next few months, several self storage state associations will hold conferences and trade shows. Here is some information on ones held in Connecticut, Florida, Arizona, and Canada. [More]

Self Storage Conferences are Great Opportunities for Furthering Education

by John Stevens July 7, 2011 7:46 PM
People go to college with the hopes of getting the education they need to survive in the real, every day
working world. While that piece of paper they get four to five years and thousands of dollars later will
help them get their foot in the door, it does not mean they know everything that they need to know. [More]

Self Storage Conferences are Great Opportunities for Furthering Education

by Kim Kilpatrick July 7, 2011 5:42 PM
People go to college with the hopes of getting the education they need to survive in the real, every day working world. While that piece of paper they get four to five years and thousands of dollars later will help them get their foot in the door, it does not mean they know everything that they need to know. [More]

Self Storage Conferences are Great Opportunities for Furthering Education

by Kim Kilpatrick July 7, 2011 5:42 PM
People go to college with the hopes of getting the education they need to survive in the real, every day working world. While that piece of paper they get four to five years and thousands of dollars later will help them get their foot in the door, it does not mean they know everything that they need to know. [More]

UK Storage Facility Opens Zoo and Is Recognized at Berlin SSA Conference

by Kim Kilpatrick June 24, 2010 2:18 PM
A UK storage facility, BiG Storage, has received two industry awards at the annual conference of the European self storage industry. The conference, which included representatives from the U.S. Self Storage Association, the U.K. Self Storage Association, and the Federation of European Self Storage Associations (FEDESSA), took place from June 16 to 17 in Berlin. BiG Storage received the Support to the Community 2010 and the UK Facility of the Year awards. [More]

CA SSA Hosts Gen BuY Author at Marketing Symposium

by John Stevens March 23, 2010 4:04 PM
The California Self Storage Association (CSSA) has announced that Kim Yarrow, the author of Gen BuY: How Tweens, Teens, and Twenty-Somethings Are Revolutionizing Retail, will be the keynote speaker for its upcoming marketing symposium, the 4th Annual Northern California Self Storage Owners’ Symposium. The symposium will take place on April 29th, from noon to 6 p.m., at the Lesher Theater in Walnut Creek, California. [More]

FSSA Opens Registration for 2010 Conference & Expo

by Holly Robinson February 19, 2010 10:30 AM
The Florida Self Storage Association announced yesterday that it has opened registration for its 2010 "New Horizons" Conference and Expo. Vendor exhibit applications are still being accepted as well. The conference will be held from May 5 to 7, at Disney's Contemporary Hotel, in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Although the FSSA conference is held annually, this year several new events have been added to the schedule, including several pre-conference activities. This year's conference is being sponsored by U.S. Door & Building Components, MiniCo Publishing, Noah's Ark Development, Bader Company, Inside Self-Storage, and Phone Smart Sales Solutions.

One of the featured events at the FSSA conference will be panel discussion, called "The Storage Summit." Panelists will include Anne Ballard, from Universal Management Co.; Michael Haugh, from Absolute Management; Brenda Scarborough, from Accountable Management; Marc Smith, from Personal Mini Storage; Steve Wilson, from Hide-Away Storage; and Paul Martin, the keynote speaker. [More]

Mortgage Bankers Express Optimism About Self-Storage Industry

by John Stevens February 9, 2010 2:59 PM
Over 1,800 mortgage bankers and lenders attended the Mortgage Bankers Association CREF Convention and Expo this week in Las Vegas. While discussion at the conference focused mostly on financing of multifamily dwellings, lenders also discussed the business climate for other types of commercial lending. Most commercial lenders were looking for stable, fully-leased properties from strong businesses. Lenders were most interested in office, industrial, and self-storage properties -- about which they were cautiously optimistic -- and had little interest in retail and hospitality businesses.

Economists at the conference said that the recession had ended in August 2009. They noted that single family homes had troughed in value during the first quarter of 2009. Now home values have risen 10 percent from that low point. Commercial real estate values, though, peaked in 2007. Commercial real estate values are still 31 percent lower than they were at their 2007 peak. Economists further predicted that commercial real estate values will continue to drop at least another four percent. Retail leasing, in particular, is expected to trough in 2010. But a retail rebound is expected to occur as well, at some point during the year. [More]
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