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Self Storage Company Knows How to Have a Good Time

by Winnie Hsiu March 13, 2012 9:25 PM
When most people think of the self storage industry they think about an episode of NCIS where the terrorist hid bombs in a storage unit or the scene from Silence of the Lambs where something rather gruesome was discovered. Thanks to reality television, the casual observer now sees it as the possible needle in a haystack; a figurative diamond in the rough. [More]

Self Storage Industry Shows its Christmas Spirit on Both Sides of the Ocean

by Tony Gonzalez December 22, 2011 9:56 AM
December brings the holiday season to people all over the world. Different lands, of course, have their own way of celebrating this special time of year. For example, in the United States kids look forward to seeing what Santa Claus brings them under the tree. In the UK they don’t look for Santa Claus as much, but look for Father Christmas to leave presents in their stockings. [More]

Self Storage Hits a Hole-in-One

by Tony Gonzalez August 18, 2011 4:39 PM
There are certain things that are common in self storage units. You can probably bet that most will have at least one piece of furniture. A lot will probably have at least one box of high school mementos that the owner can’t bear to throw away. If the owner is a dad with toddlers, his golf clubs are probably in their too. [More]

Google Targets Storage Industry in April Fool’s Day Hoax

by John Stevens April 2, 2010 1:10 PM
Google is famous for its yearly April Foolery. This year, Google targeted the storage industry, issuing a release in its Google Docs blog stating that in addition to its document storage, it would offer physical storage. Google claimed it would store anything. Google would charge $0.10 per kilogram for uploads and downloads. Then, it claimed, users could use “CTRL-F” to find objects around the house such as keys and remote controls. Furthermore, users could share their stored items – just as they can share Google Documents – with other users, anywhere in the world.

“Store your keys, remotes, rail passes, and other objects you commonly lose with Google Docs, and you’ll never have to worry about finding them again,” wrote Peter Harbison, a Google Product Marketing Manager, in the Google Docs Blog for April 1. “Having trouble moving your piano from New York to California? Change your mind and want to share it with your friend in England instead? No problem. With one click you can have your piano delivered to anyone you choose, anywhere in the world.” [More]

Self-Storage Companies Offer E-Waste Recycling

by Tony Gonzalez January 12, 2010 1:03 PM
Several self-storage companies around the country are beginning to offer electronic-waste, or e-waste, recycling centers on site for the convenience of their patrons. The most recent company to do so is A-American Self Storage, a privately-held self-storage company. A-American has more than 100 locations in five states, but it is going to start the e-waste recycling program with drop off sites at its eight Nevada locations, which are all in the Reno area. A-American is offering the e-waste recycling service in conjunction with Greenworks Environmental LLC. Greenworks is a green designer, builder, and land planning firm.

The public can drop end-of-life electronics off at the self-storage sites, where staff members will inventory them and handle them carefully. Most electronics and electronic components can be recycled there. For example, the e-waste recycling centers will accept computers, televisions, cell phones, cables, etc. Hard drives, however, are destroyed rather than recycled, for customer security reasons. A-American does not want to be responsible if a recycled hard drive falls into the wrong hands and provides someone unscrupulous with information that he or she should not have. There is no charge to drop off e-waste. All eight facilities are open seven days a week, and all recycling is done in an environmentally responsible way, so that no hazardous substances, such as mercury or lead, are leached into the ground or the groundwater. [More]

Free 'All Calls' Strategy Webinar to Take Place January 27

by Tony Gonzalez January 6, 2010 11:53 PM
MiniCo Publishing is adding another free webinar to its 2010 Mini-Storage Messenger self-storage webinar series. The webinar, "The 'All Calls' Strategy: Why This Model Makes Business Sense Today," will be held on January 27, at 1:00 pm ET, 12:00 pm CT, 11:00 am MT, and 10:00 am PT. It will be presented by Cynthia Abraham and Larry Rolando, the vice presidents of OpenTech Alliance, Inc., a Phoenix-based company. MiniCo Publishing and Storage Marketing Solutions will sponsor the webinar, which will be moderated by Poppy Behrens of MiniCo Publishing.

The Mini-Storage Messenger Self-Storage Webinar Series is held monthly or bimonthly, and is offered free of charge to owners, operators, developers, and other professionals within the self-storage industry. Webinar participants must register online at the Mini-Storage Messenger website. [More]

Researchers Put Stored Paintings and Sculptures in a "3D Wikipedia of Art"

by Holly Robinson January 4, 2010 3:01 PM
When you visit most art museums, the art that you see on display represents only a fraction of the museum's actual holdings. The percentage of art holdings that are actually on display in museums around the world is dropping, as the recession forces some museums to move to smaller facilities or to close their doors altogether. Researchers at the University of Brighton, in Sussex, England, want to make art that is being held in storage available for people to see in 3D form, over the Internet. If they succeed, stored art could be viewable 24 hours a day, seven days a week, indefinitely. The project is called 3D-COFORM, Tools and Enterprise for 3D Collection Formation.

"What you see at any given time in a museum is only the tip of the iceberg," said Professor David Arnold, the project leader. "There are many more things in storage than on display and all these could be recorded and made available for 3D viewing....Everything a museum holds could be available and accessible at almost any time. Virtual handling of the objects is a different challenge but with this technology you'll be able to see details invisible on a visit to the museum." [More]

Preparing Self-Storage Units for the 2010 Hurricane Season

by Holly Robinson December 14, 2009 4:27 PM
Gray and Klotzbach predict a doozy of a season for 2010, with as many as 16 tropical storms and six to eight hurricanes. It is possible, they say, that five of those hurricanes could be major. A major hurricane is one with sustained winds of more than 111 miles per hour. The likelihood that these hurricanes will make landfall, too, is higher than usual....

Residents of South Florida and the Gulf coast, however, may prefer to follow the maxim that it is better to be safe than sorry, and secure any property that they feel strongly that they could not afford to lose, or stand to lose, in a hurricane. One way to prepare for a hurricane is to put property that is valuable or has sentimental value into self-storage. Self-storage units are well-constructed for withstanding hurricanes, as many of them are made out of reinforced concrete. Many self-storage facilities in hurricane-prone areas make special preparations for tropical storms and hurricanes, including having backup generators on site, hurricane impact windows, and covered loading docks. If you are especially concerned, find out whether the self-storage facility that you are considering has made preparations for hurricanes, and whether or not it has withstood other hurricanes in the past. [More]

National Portable Storage Association Announces 2010 Events

by Tony Gonzalez December 14, 2009 3:38 PM
The National Portable Storage Association (NPSA) has announced that it will be holding two conventions in 2010....The first convention, the Spring Seminar, will take place from April 26-27, 2010, at the Hilton Hotel in Virginia Beach, Virginia. At the Spring Seminar, members traditionally focus on education, networking, and any special issues, opportunities or challenges that are facing the industry. Remembering the 2009 Spring Seminar, NPSA Executive Director John Finnessy commented, "Last year in Santa Barbara, we focused on what happened in the second hand market for shipping containers in key industries....In 2010, we'll continue our tradition of addressing the challenges our industry faces, as well as hosting a venue for strategic networking."

NPSA's second convention of the year will be its signature event, the 8th Annual Conference and Trade Show. This year the show will be held at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Florida. More than 650 people attended last year's trade show, which had 50 exhibitors and was held in October at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. The 2009 event was co-sponsored by the Mobile Self-Storage Association. [More]

Cloud Storage Announced by IBM

by John Stevens October 8, 2009 7:44 AM
As reported October 8 on searchstorage.com (an online storage-specific information resource for IT professionals), IBM has just launched 2 new data storage product packages intended to simplify deployments for customers interested in installing private storage clouds and consolidating data archiving infrastructures. This launch happened at the IBM Information Infrastructure Analyst Summit held yesterday.

During the meeting of industry analysts and press, IBM also laid out a new strategy for packaging stacks of products according to applications and use cases, making them easier to install and manage, according to Barry Rudolph, Vice President - IBM System Storage. As part of the plan to supply turnkey stacks for cloud computing and data archiving, IBM rolled out the IBM Smart Business Storage Cloud and the IBM Information Archive appliance. [More]
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