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There is No Whining in Self Storage But There is Wine

by Kim Kilpatrick March 7, 2014 11:16 PM
When it comes to the self storage industry there are certain things that come to mind right off the bat in regards to what is normally stored in a unit. Things like furniture, appliances, recreational vehicles, and clothes are all fairly common. Storage units are not limited to those things. In fact, depending on the unit you could say that absolutely anything can be safely stored in a self storage unit—even wine. [More]

Classic Wine Storage & Services Opens New Facility

by Kim Kilpatrick May 1, 2013 8:44 PM
The great majority of items stored in self storage facility include things such as beds, tables, chairs, desks, lamps, washers, dryers, clothes, knick-knacks, and various other odds and ends. However some facilities, such as Classic Wine Storage & Services, specialize in specialty storage such as storing wine. [More]

Self Storage for More than Just Storage

by Winnie Hsiu September 13, 2011 2:38 PM
To the casual observer, the self storage industry is pretty cut and dry. Business owners essentially own buildings full of spaces as small as closet sized to as big (or bigger) than the average garage that people can store their personal treasures in. However, there are many stores that do a lot more than just store things. [More]

Niche Market Provides Income for some Self Storage Facilities

by John Stevens August 16, 2011 4:43 PM
A century ago it was a lot easier to come up with a business idea than it is now simply because there was not as much competition in most markets and just providing a general service and/or product was enough to keep you in business. In modern times, that could not be further from the truth. [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 Business Booming for Extra Space Storage in Singapore

by John Stevens June 8, 2011 7:59 AM
Since Singapore’s Extra Space Storage opened in 2007, it has reflected a phenomenal leap in business of almost 13 times from its $4.8 million value when it first opened self storage facilities on the island nation. In the fiscal year 2010, total company assets were worth $62 million. Extra Space keeps an edge over its competitors because it puts an emphasis on service, offering customers highly personalized treatment. [More]

Self Storage A Growing Industry in the Far East

by Kim Kilpatrick March 9, 2011 5:12 PM
The culture within Asian countries makes them a perfect place for the self storage industry to flourish and thrive. Many of them are known for being among the more populated nations (and definitely among the highest in population per square mile) on the planet which would be reason enough for self storage businesses to succeed. Add in the cultural norm of having multiple generations living under the same roof and you have the perfect environment for the self storage industry to grow and thrive. [More]

Wine Storage Offers New Upscale Services

by Tony Gonzalez January 7, 2011 1:43 PM
High-end wine storage facilities need to treat the contents within their walls like storage royalty in order to retain customers. The basic tenets of quality wine storage are that temperatures and humidity levels need to be set to exact levels. But now wine connoisseurs are excited about a new trend in wine storage where facilities are offering ramped up services, such as helping customers catalog their wine collections and accepting shipments directly from out-of-town wineries. [More]

Wine Storage Competitors Work Together in Shipping Venture

by Tony Gonzalez April 13, 2010 9:12 AM
Two Sonoma County, California wine storage warehouses have announced that they will collaborate this spring on a direct-to-consumer shipping venture. The two entrepreneurs, Chuck Holmes of Adobe Creek Wine & Storage in Petaluma, and Mark Burris, of Redwood Empire Wine Storage and Eagle Transportation in Santa Rosa, are old friends. Adobe Creek Wine & Storage and Redwood Empire Wine Storage, between them, provide storage to more than 150 local wineries. The new collaboration will make it possible for those wineries to save money by taking advantage of the partnership between the two facilities.

Prior to the Adobe Creek/Redwood Empire partnership, wineries shipped their wine by truck from warehouses to fulfillment houses, where it would have to be inventoried and then repacked for shipment to consumers or to commercial customers. Now, Eagle Transportation (the trucking company affiliated with Redwood Empire Wine Storage) will move cases of wine straight from Redwood to Adobe Creek, where it can be repacked into packages with fewer bottles for club shipments and orders. [More]