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Study Shows Four Key Factors for Self Storage Facilities to Increase Sales

by John Stevens March 31, 2014 11:50 PM
People love reliability. It isn’t always sexy and it doesn’t mean you are going to be a superstar, but if you take the reliable road the chances are whatever you are trying to do will work. Of course, the trick is figuring out what that reliable road is. A recent study thinks it has succeeded in figuring out what that is for the self storage industry. [More]

Self Storage Operators Remember 9/11 by Defending Our Liberties

by Holly Robinson September 14, 2010 12:58 PM
“As a self-storage operator, you have a critical, ongoing role to play in the fight against terrorism,” Teri Lanza wrote in an editorial at Inside Self-Storage last week. But what exactly is the role of self storage operators in preserving our freedoms? [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]

Is Physical Storage Safer than Digital?

by Kim Kilpatrick June 1, 2010 9:43 AM
When it comes to information and images, it almost goes without saying, for most people, that digital storage must be safer than relying on a physical copy. After all, digital copies can be backed up almost instantly, with several copies stored in different locations. If you are worried about losing information, having several digital copies of it seems like the safest thing to do.

What if, however, you are not worried about losing information, but are instead worried about keeping private information private?

It’s starting to become clear that hard paper copies, although they are vulnerable to destruction or to getting accidentally lost or thrown away, are more secure when it comes to guarding private information such as physical home addresses, financial information and identification numbers, and medical records. Putting archived hard copies of medical records and other private information in secure physical facilities, such as self storage units, where they can be kept safe behind fences and gates that can only be accessed in front of security cameras and using biometric technology, may be the only way to keep private information safe. [More]

Developers Come Up with Tools to Make Facebook Even Less Private

by Winnie Hsiu May 18, 2010 12:42 PM
In case you were wondering why tenants choose to rent self storage units, look no further. Facebook will tell you. Three San Francisco developers have come up with a free web application, called Openbook, that lets you search Facebook status messages. Luckily, there are tools you can use to make sure that your status messages are not among the ones that come up when people search Openbook. [More]

Local Governments Regulate Use of Portable Self Storage Units

by Winnie Hsiu April 30, 2010 11:16 AM
In several communities across the country, local governments are regulating the use of portable self storage containers in front yards, driveways, and on local streets. During the month of April, at least three cities have passed or are considering ordinances regulating the use of portable containers: Wausau, Wisconsin; Springfield, Missouri; and Baltimore, Maryland. [More]
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