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America's Self Storage Partners with Firefighters in Coat Drive

by Winnie Hsiu December 14, 2011 2:27 PM
America's Self Storage in Vancouver, Washington, is partnering with the Vancouver Fire Department in its eight annual coat drive. This year is the first time that America's Self Storage will participate for the full length of the drive. (Last year, the storage facility participated only for part of the drive.) [More]

Registration Discount for ISS Self Storage World Expo Offered to Early Birds

by John Stevens August 1, 2011 9:26 AM
Organizers are gearing up for October’s Inside Self-Storage World Expo that will feature 38 seminars, four workshops, two days of product and service exhibits and multiple networking events. An early-bird registration discount is being offered where attendees can save up to $300 if they sign up by Aug. 5. The Oct. 4-6 event at the Greater Tacoma, Wash., Convention & Trade Center is the industry’s leading conference, tradeshow and education event for self storage facility owners, managers, developers, investors and suppliers. [More]

Self Storage Conferences are Great Opportunities for Furthering Education

by John Stevens July 7, 2011 7:46 PM
People go to college with the hopes of getting the education they need to survive in the real, every day
working world. While that piece of paper they get four to five years and thousands of dollars later will
help them get their foot in the door, it does not mean they know everything that they need to know. [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]

Conferences Help Keep Self Storage Community Up to Date and Connected

by Holly Robinson April 20, 2011 10:28 AM
It may seem sort of strange to say in this day and age, but connecting with people can be difficult. Yes, communicating with them can be done in more ways than people thought imaginable 25 years ago. Cell phones have become commonplace, the internet now allows us to video conference with people, and there are always the old, reliable ways like email and snail mail. [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]

Burien, WA Art Museum Receives Grant for Storage of Threatened Collections

by Tony Gonzalez September 7, 2010 10:52 AM
The curator for the exhibits at Highline Historical Society, in Burien, Washington, has been worried about some of the collections. More than 100,000 documents, photos, negatives, and films were in danger of deteriorating if they were not stored properly. Fortunately, the museum has now received a $3000 grant from 4Culture to provide materials to protect the archived historical items. Museums face the same problem that individuals storing documents and photos do -- if historical items are not protected by acid-free storage materials, they can become stained and prematurely aged by the acid in wood products such as paper and cardboard. [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]

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]

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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