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Door to Door Partners with Transit Systems, Inc.

by Winnie Hsiu February 20, 2013 8:02 PM
The evolution of the self storage industry has been an interesting one. The industry began simply as a place for people to store personal belongings. The industry then morphed into one that also offered moving services. It changed again when it started offering storage in containers instead of various sized rooms in a facility. [More]

Washington Wine Storage Facility Offers New Service to Help Customers Move Their Collections

by John Stevens June 29, 2011 7:13 AM
The signs of summer are upon us: swimming, lemonade, fireworks, barbecue and of course sun, lots of it. And along with that sun, comes rising temperatures that could affect your wine collection. Knowing when it’s the right time to move a wine collection into a safe, secure, climate-controlled self storage unit can be daunting for some. But the proper storage of wine is essential to the longevity of any collection. Finding the time to pack, organize and move the wine collection to a proper storage facility can be difficult as well. [More]

Self Storage: Bicycling’s Best Kept Secret

by John Stevens September 15, 2010 9:04 PM
When the weather is warm enough, many people like to walk or bike to work or school every day, either to reduce carbon emissions from a car and reduce air pollution, or simply because they enjoy the exercise. A few adventurous souls travel by bike on vacation, bicycling across the United States, Europe, or Asia. The challenge is where to put your bike when you are not using it. Not all destinations have convenient bike racks. In a few cities, though, bicyclists are turning to self storage units to hold their bikes temporarily -- while they are at work or school, or while they spend the night in a hotel. Not only are self storage units more readily available than bike racks in some areas, but shoppers or travelers can leave parcels or luggage with the bikes in storage and know that their belongings will remain secure. Best of all, a bike can be contained in a very small storage unit. [More]

College Students Offer Advice on Back to School Storage

by Winnie Hsiu September 8, 2010 8:01 AM
It’s that time of the year -- the time when college students (finally!) vacate their parents’ homes and go back to school, schlepping a mountain of gear along with them. What are college students taking with them to campus this year, and where will they store it? Journalists around the country have been interviewing college-bound students to find out their back to school storage solutions. [More]

Seattle Blogger Posts Satirical Essay Making Fun of Treasure Hunters

by Winnie Hsiu September 1, 2010 8:41 AM
Poking fun at treasure hunters who go to garage sales, yard sales, and self storage sales looking for rare antiques, Seattle blogger Stephen Gertz mocked the literary establishment with a post at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer earlier this month. Gertz’ August 24 post claims that Baltimore bookstore clerk Kelvin Johnson, while hunting for treasure at a self storage sale, discovered a cache of rare cookbooks by authors not known for their culinary skills, such as Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, Edgar Allen Poe, James Joyce, Leo Tolstoy, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. [More]

Seattle Engineer Takes Downsizing to a New Extreme

by Holly Robinson August 31, 2010 5:46 PM
These days, many people are downsizing their homes to reduce expenses. A small house or home may not only cost less in terms of rent or a mortgage payment, but also costs less to heat and cool, and uses less electricity. The first part of downsizing is decluttering -- giving away, reusing, recycling, or throwing out whatever an individual or a family can live without. Part of the decluttering process, for many people, is storing items that are not needed year round in a self storage unit. The second part is making a small house plan: exactly how much space do you truly need to live in? Some people even draw up their own small house plans. For many, the downsizing process, especially when it is supported by good storage options, leads straight to tiny houses and the tiny house movement -- a movement for people who are determined to live in the smallest possible space. [More]

Getting Faster, Fresher Search Results from a Google Search? Caffeine is the Culprit

by Tony Gonzalez June 10, 2010 12:11 PM
Google announced this afternoon that its new web indexing system, Caffeine, has been live for several days now, and should be providing at least 50 percent fresher web search results than its old indexing system. Previously, there was sometimes a fairly long delay between posting a website update and having it appear in search results on Google. For self storage companies and other small businesses, this means that updates to websites or to blog entries should appear in Google search results much more quickly than they did before.

For self storage companies and their prospective tenants, this could be important news. According to Michael Schulman of StorageClicks.com, who presented at the Massachusetts Self Storage Association’s Northeast 2010 Trade Show, there are 823,000 web searches for “self storage” every month. According to an article by Chuck Gordon, the CEO and cofounder of online self storage marketplace SpareFoot.com, in last November’s Inside Self-Storage, some self storage companies say that they get as many as 50 percent of their new tenants online. [More]

Where Will HP’s Laid-Off Employees Relocate (If Necessary)?

by John Stevens June 1, 2010 9:34 PM
In September of 2008, Hewlett-Packard (HP) took over information technology (IT) provider Electronic Data Systems, and then proceeded to cut 24,600 jobs. Today HP announced that it will be cutting about 9,000 more. Lately, technology firms in Silicon Valley have starting recruiting more aggressively again. But will there be enough technology jobs in the Valley for the 9,000 Hewlett-Packard employees that will be laid off over the next several years?

HP says that it will also be adding a total of 6,000 jobs to its sales and delivery teams, but the 9,000 laid-off employees will be from IT. The IT jobs will disappear as HP automates more of the services that it provides to clients. Some technology companies in the area, such as Google, Intel, and Cisco are adding jobs. But analysts say that many technology jobs are starting to migrate to other cities -- and laid-off technology workers are beginning to follow. [More]
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