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New Jersey Self Storage Facilities get Really Involved in their Communities

by John Stevens November 17, 2011 5:01 PM
Often times when it comes to giving back to the community, individuals will stand out from the rest, whether they are individual people from all walks of life or individual businesses. Rarely can you find an industry that makes community involvement as common a practice as the self storage industry does in New Jersey. [More]

Harrington Moving & Storage Participates in Philanthropic Projects

by Winnie Hsiu October 24, 2011 8:37 AM
Harrington Moving & Storage in Maplewood, New Jersey, participates in a wide variety of philanthropic projects. Not only is it a leader in the moving and storage business, it also initiates regular service projects that benefit the community. [More]

Storage Businesses Suport Local Charities

by Tony Gonzalez August 23, 2011 8:40 AM
Owners of self storage businesses are very community minded. They donate to cancer research projects, library books to local elementary schools, and car washes for high school clubs and sports teams. They seek ways to support and improve their community. Recently, a self storage company committed to support a scholarship program that allows inner city children to attend a local parochial school. [More]

Lock Up Self Storage Joining Ranks of Solar Panel Use

by John Stevens July 6, 2011 7:38 AM
The Lock Up Self Storage has jumped onto the renewable energy bandwagon, to continue its commitment to help protect the environment and contain electricity costs. The Chicago-based self storage company with more than 30 climate controlled storage facilities nationwide, has taken the eco-friendly step of installing solar panels in its Livingston and Westood New Jersey facilities. [More]

NJ Self Storage Facility Partners Up to Offer E-recycling

by John Stevens June 22, 2011 9:00 AM
Offering an e-recycling facility is a great way for a self storage facility to join the green movement. It not only is one step in the right direction for the environment but it is an easy way to generate publicity for your business. Properly disposing of e-waste – computers, TVs, keyboards, cellphones, and more – is a daunting task for many people. But self storage facilities are natural receptacles for such items and many have stepped up to offer assistance. [More]

Collection of Works by Famous Poet Langston Hughes Now on Display After Being Discovered in Storage Unit

by John Stevens April 25, 2011 9:51 AM
Sometimes items of tremendous significance and worth can go undiscovered or missing for many years, locked away in a self storage unit. It is satisfying news when those items wind up in the right hands. Opening this week is a 90-day exhibit of a massive collection of original poems, first-edition books, signed pages and other unique pieces by the famous African American poet, Langston Hughes. All of the works were discovered in a Millville, NJ, storage unit. [More]

NJ Moving Companies Fined for Operating Without a License

by Tony Gonzalez October 28, 2010 6:19 AM
The New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs has begun cracking down on unlicensed movers -- hard. Earlier this month, the division sent investigators out to do a two-day sting operation in order to catch movers who were operating without a state license. While the initial sting uncovered 18 unlicensed vehicles, closer scrutiny showed that more than 30 moving companies were operating without licenses. [More]

Can the New GPS III Satellite Find You and Your Nearest Self Storage Facility?

by Holly Robinson August 25, 2010 4:03 PM
In a word, yes. Or at least, it will be able to, once it is built and launched. GPS technology can do that now, anytime that your cell phone with GPS or other GPS tracking device is within range of a satellite. Then it can give you turn by turn directions explaining how you can get there. But when the new GPS III satellites are launched in 2014, GPS will become even more accurate, providing more precise information and giving directions that are even more carefully synchronized with the movements of your phone or car. Working with new applications such as Facebook Places, or Twitter’s new location option, new and old GPS satellites will be able to beam your precise GPS location, including the coordinates of any self storage facility that you may use, to your friends (and other interested parties) all over the world. The technology is useful -- but does it compromise your locational privacy? [More]

More Americans Moving Again

by Kim Kilpatrick July 23, 2010 9:16 PM
The American Moving and Storage Association reported today that Americans were shipping 4.2 percent more household goods during the first five months of this year than during the same period in 2009. (AMSA is a storage and moving trade association, and puts consumers in touch with professional movers through its Mover Referral Service.) When AMSA looked only at items shipped by consumers, the shipments were up by 11.2 percent. During 2008 and 2009, shipping dropped dramatically, by 21.5 percent in 2009 and 18.2 percent in 2008.

The statistics suggest that more Americans are moving from one home to another again, which means that the housing market may start to pick up. Relocation tends to stimulate consumer spending in general, because people who are moving spend more money on take-out food, renovations, and household items for the new home. [More]

Families Turn to Self Storage After Falling Prey to Loan Modification Scams

by Tony Gonzalez July 7, 2010 3:21 PM
The nation is slowly coming out of the recession, and unemployment rates are starting to drop. But many people, even after getting a new job, are struggling to catch up on their debts -- especially back mortgage payments. Bankruptcy rates are slowly rising. All too many families, seeking bankruptcy protection or trying to avoid foreclosures, have fallen prey to financial scams. One common scam occurs when a company takes money from a family, agrees to make arrangements for a mortgage loan modification with the bank or lender, and then does nothing, letting the property go into foreclosure. Ironically, some people have gone into foreclosure or bankruptcy right after becoming employed again. Many such families have turned to self storage facilities at the last minute, storing their possessions while looking for a place to live. [More]
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