May 30, 2013 1:53 PM
Before they started their business in Australia, Ben Cohn and Jeremy Rosen had never driven a truck or a forklift. They were used to working in executive offices wearing suits and ties instead of in working in warehouses wearing Levis and hoodies. They weren't used to managing older staff members and didn't have any experience in the self storage industry. (Rosen was a former investment banker and Cohn had worked in property investment.) [More]
September 19, 2012 7:19 PM
Sometimes managers and owners of self storage facilities feel that they out of new ideas of ways to expand and improve their business. Sometimes looking at what others in the industry do can spark new ideas – especially when they are not local businesses or even national businesses.
For example, look at what is happening in Australia. Gareth Taylor and Adam Gilchrist founded Zippy Shell Mobile Self Storage and Moving in Australia in 2007. It was one of the first mobile storage businesses in the country. In 2010, it came to the United States. Their concept is to deliver a storage container to customers, customers load it at their convenience, and the company picks up the unit and keeps it at their secure facility. [More]