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Self Storage Industry Gets Along Well With Santa Claus

by Tony Gonzalez December 13, 2013 11:45 PM
There are certain industries that each of the holidays could easily be aligned with.The Easter Bunny must love Hershey for all the chocolate eggs (among other things) the candy company makes year in and year out. Halloween ghouls and goblins must appreciate Hershey as well. Santa Claus could go with Hershey as well, but there is another industry that should hold a place in his heart instead—the self storage industry. [More]

Software Helps Make Self Storage Sharp

by Tony Gonzalez August 20, 2012 8:52 PM
The saying is as old as can be, worn out, and totally overused but it still rings entirely true whether you are a college student trying to work on a paper, a parent looking for a gluten-free macaroni and cheese recipe, or a self storage facility operator looking to improve security and operational efficiency. [More]

Tax Deductions Can Help Make Self Storage Facilities Profitable

by John Stevens October 12, 2011 6:28 PM
There is an old saying that goes something like this: the tax man giveth, and he taketh away. Ask most people and they’ll tell you how he takes from them in the form of higher taxes. When it comes to the self storage industry and different initiatives that many within it are undertaking, the tax man does an awful lot of giving. [More]

OpenTech Enhances Its INSOMNIAC Kiosks For Self Storage Operators

by John Stevens July 8, 2011 10:41 AM
Customers are always interested in a convenient and easy transaction. And in this fast-paced, tech-savvy world, self-storage kiosks are the answer to many customer needs, including online reservations and rentals. Phoenix-based OpenTech Alliance Inc., developer of the INSOMNIAC line of self-storage kiosks, has just released the latest version of its kiosk software (v1.5.215), which includes two enhancements: reservation completion and coupon acceptance. [More]

SpareFoot Grows in Power and Partners Up With INSOMNIAC

by John Stevens May 27, 2011 7:29 AM, an online marketplace of more than 5,000 self storage facilities nationwide, has built up its company’s offerings recently, making it the largest network industry in the country. The company announced yesterday that it has joined INSOMNIAC Self Storage Network (ISSN) as well as incorporated and, other leading self storage web properties, into its network. [More]

Online Self Storage Portal Joins Together With Online Reservation Processing Giant

by John Stevens December 9, 2010 12:02 PM
In this fast-paced, tech-savvy world, speed and convenience of transaction have a lot to do with whether a customer chooses to rent out a unit. Many storage businesses use the INSOMNIAC Self Storage Network (ISSN) which allows customers to book reservations for rentals online. UPick Storage LLC, a provider of an online facility-comparison shopping tool for self storage customers, just this week joined OpenTech Alliance Inc.’s ISSN. [More]

Reliable and Cheap Assistant Managers Available for Self Storage through Automation

by Tony Gonzalez December 3, 2010 2:15 PM
It is a big decision to decide to open your own business, but in a poor economy many have been faced with doing that in order to make a living. Luckily the self storage industry has remained fairly stable and profitable with approximately $6 billion in revenue last year. However, the success of a self storage facility can often be dictated on how well its individual expenses are managed. [More]