Contributing Editors

uShip and SpareFoot Join to Form Web Portal to Improve Consumer Searches for Facilities

by John Stevens November 16, 2010 11:36 AM
Finding and choosing a local storage facility just became easier for those in the market to find a safe and secure home for their excess belongings. A new, all-inclusive, online, ready at your fingertips web portal has been compiled and is ready to use for customers wanting to compare pricing, unit sizes, location, photos, customer reviews and more about self storage facilities in their area. [More]

New Jersey Self Storage Operator Fights the Good Fight and Wins

by Tony Gonzalez November 16, 2010 11:20 AM
Opening, running, and maintaining a small business, be it a self storage facility or any other kind of business, can be a challenging and daunting task. Having to pay thousands of dollars to local officials in fees that do not apply to your business sure does not help much either. For years that was the case for Mitch Danzis of the Storage Station in Bernardsville, New Jersey. [More]

Self Storage Association Inducts New Honorees into its Hall of Fame

by Holly Robinson September 30, 2010 8:43 PM
This week the eyes of many members of the self storage industry have been on the Inside Self-Storage World Expo in New Orleans. Earlier this month, though, another important self storage conclave took place -- the fall conference of the national Self Storage Association. At the Self Storage Association conference, the Self Storage Association Foundation (SSAF) met as well. The SSAF Board, among its other responsibilities, also nominates persons to be inducted into the Self Storage Association Hall of Fame. This year, the SSAF inducted two new members into its Hall of Fame: Steve Wilson of Hide-Away Storage in Sarasota, Florida, and Bill Kenney of All American Self Storage in San Mateo, California. [More]

Will the Small Business Jobs Act Help Self Storage Businesses?

by Tony Gonzalez September 17, 2010 4:53 PM
The U.S. Senate passed legislation yesterday designed to make it easier for small businesses to create new jobs. The bill is called the Small Business Jobs Act. It was passed in the Senate by a vote of 61 to 38 and is expected to be passed by the House of Representatives, and signed by President Obama, next week as well.

According to the national Self Storage Association, about 90 percent of self storage companies are owned by individual entrepreneurs who each operate just one self storage facility. In the United States today, there are around 27,650 self storage owner/operators who own and operate one facility each. Will the Small Business Jobs Act help these self storage business owners? [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]

Are Women Equal in the Self Storage Industry?

by Holly Robinson July 5, 2010 2:11 PM
According to a survey conducted this spring by the Pew Research Center, people worldwide say that women and men should have equal rights. But, researchers discovered, the same people who make this claim also believe that women are far from having achieved equality. Women living in the United States and Europe are especially discouraged by the lack of progress toward equality and women’s rights, the study showed....

How does the self storage industry stack up against other industries when it comes to equal rights between men and women? Are women members of the club? Women in the industry walk a careful line when they are asked about this issue. Many women in self storage, like Pam Alton of Mini-Management Services, and Nancy Gunning of Chesapeake Resources, feel strongly that they have not experienced any barriers to success as a result of being female. [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]

Self Storage Rentals Were Up in March as SSDS Founder Calls for "Game Change"

by Kim Kilpatrick May 3, 2010 3:40 PM
According to data collected by Self Storage Data Services Inc. (SSDS), rentals of self storage units in March 2010 were up 20 percent over February 2010 rentals. Rentals were up one percent compared to the same time period in 2009.

The SSDS releases a rental activity report every month. So far in 2010, the trend has been toward a gradual increase in the demand for self storage. In February 2010, self storage demand was up compared to January of this year, but was still down slightly compared to the year before. In February the rise in demand came mostly from a decline in the numbers of tenants moving out of self storage units -- more tenants were staying put than in January. Likewise, in January the move-in rate remained flat compared to the previous year, but tenants were more likely to keep their units, so total rental activity was up 10 percent compared to January of 2009. [More]

Japan's New SSA Becomes Affiliate of U.S. Self Storage Association

by Tony Gonzalez April 6, 2010 4:14 PM
The Asian self storage industry is slowly growing, although self storage has not taken off there as quickly as it has in the United States and Europe. Japan formed its own self storage association a little over a year ago, and held its first meeting last January in Tokyo. Now the Japan Self Storage Association (JSSA) has become affiliated with the national Self Storage Association of the United States. The documents affiliating the two organizations were signed last month when JSSA Managing Director Tatsuya Saji visited the SSA headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. Michael Scanlon Jr., the SSA's president and CEO, also signed the document.

Members of affiliated self storage associations can attend each other's conferences, meetings, and trade shows. As an additional benefit, JSSA members will receive SSA publications, such as its newsletters and magazines. The JSSA will translate SSA publications into Japanese for JSSA members. [More]

Michigan Reconsiders Taxing Self Storage

by Tony Gonzalez April 1, 2010 4:25 PM
Michigan self storage facilities barely avoiding being subjected to a sales tax in December 2007, when Michigan’s legislature passed a six percent service sales tax and then repealed the tax only a few hours after it went into effect. Instead Michigan legislators decided to add a 21.99 percent surcharge to the state’s new business tax.

But now Michigan’s self storage industry faces the likelihood that the legislature will pass the service sales tax again. Michigan is projecting that in its upcoming fiscal year, starting in October, the state will have a $1.7 billion budget deficit. Governor Jennifer Granholm wants to reinstate the service sales tax to help make up the difference. She told the Michigan Public Radio Network this week that legislators, most of whom are up for reelection in November, would be better off agreeing to a service sales tax now than taking the risk of having to shut down the government for lack of money, a month before the general election. In October 2007, Michigan’s government had to partially shut down for four hours. [More]
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