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Secure Self Storage Fixes Up Their Ithaca Facility

by Holly Robinson July 31, 2013 8:31 PM
Remember the zany comedienne Phyllis Diller? Long skinny nose and rather homely? Homely that is until she underwent 15 facelifts and different procedures to change her looks.

At the time, actors and actresses were very hush hush about having a face lift. But not Phyllis. Many of the jokes in her comedy routine focused first around her looks and then her plastic surgeries. She was even known for going to parties with stitches in her face and a pair of glasses taped to her forehead so they wouldn’t put weight on her fragile new nose. [More]

Lock Up Self Storage in Chicago Holds Grand Opening

by Winnie Hsiu July 23, 2013 7:40 PM
Lock Up Self Storage announced the grand opening of its fifth facility in Chicago. The Chicago-Galewood Lock Up is located on 1900 N. Narragansett Avenue. It is conveniently located within the Galewood/Elmwood Park neighborhoods near the border of Chicago and Oak Park. This location is readily accessible to the residents and businesses on the west side of Chicago. [More]

Reality Star to Speak At Annual TSSA Conference

by Kim Kilpatrick July 19, 2013 3:45 PM
The Texas Self Storage Association announced that Bill Rancic will be the opening session speaker at their annual conference on October 27 - 29. While the conference is three months away, you might want to put this event on your calendar and sign up now. Listening to and learning from Rancic will definitely be worth your time and the cost of the conference. [More]

BiG Storage in Chester, England, Sponsors Football Team

by Winnie Hsiu July 11, 2013 9:38 PM
BiG Storage in Chester, England, is extending their sponsorship of the Chester Football club for its fourth year in a row. Andrew Donaldson, partner of BiG Storage said that his company is proud to be one of the founding sponsors of the club and pleased to continue its sponsorship. For BiG Storage, it was a ‘no brainer,’ according to Donaldson. [More]

An Innovative Way to Manage the Front Desk in a Self Storage Facility

by Kim Kilpatrick July 9, 2013 8:30 PM
There are many inventions that have improved the way companies do business. Conveyor belts have significantly decreased the production time of many products. Just-in-time manufacturing reduces the need for keeping large amounts of inventory in warehouses. Self-checkout machines in grocery stores enables customers to quickly make their purchases.

Inventions in the self storage industry have also impacted the way business is done. Xpress Storage (which is owned by Hide-Away Storage LLC) has just opened its second facility that uses a kiosk as the front desk ‘manager.’ The concept of having a kiosk focuses on customer convenience. This means that customers now have the ability to rent a unit 24 hours a day at the Express Storage facilities. [More]

Qualities a Self Storage Owner or Manager Should Have

by Winnie Hsiu July 8, 2013 10:01 PM
Many employers are very concerned about hiring good employees. They want to make sure they ‘get the right people on the bus’ – meaning they want to make sure they hire the right people. Many businesses sink or swim (or float aimlessly in circles) depending on whether or not the employees are a good fit for the business.

On the other hand, it’s good for a business owner or manager to stop and review just what type of leader he is and how effective he is. His leadership ability is just as important as having good employees on board.

Believe it or not, owners and managers of self storage facilities are leaders just as much as a CEO of a Fortune 500. They need to have some of the same skills that those CEOs need. [More]

10 Tips to Keep Your Self Storage Customers Cooled Off

by Holly Robinson July 5, 2013 3:31 PM
Temperatures are soaring across the United States. Death Valley, California, got up to 129 degrees. Yuma, Arizona, registered 118 degrees. While temperatures in Las Vegas soared to 117, over the next couple of days they will drop down to a mere 110.

A recent University of Montana study said that heat stroke causes nearly 1,000 deaths every year. It's important to keep yourself and your family well-hydrated. And, it's really good customer service if you can offer ways to help your customers cool off while they are moving their belongings into or out of your self storage facility. [More]

Compass Self Storage One Step Closer for Approval of New Facility

by Tony Gonzalez July 3, 2013 7:18 PM
Businesses come and businesses go. When businesses go, they often leave behind an empty building. In some cases, owners of those empty buildings still have to pay taxes on their commercial property. Such was the case when the former Blaushild Chevrolet dealership on Chagrin Boulevard in Shaker Heights, Ohio, moved out. Property owner, Debra Pando, still had to pay about $60,000 in property taxes. [More]

SmartStop Self Storage Facebook Contest Gives Away Concert Tickets

by Kim Kilpatrick July 2, 2013 3:52 PM
What are you doing on July 28? Interested in seeing Bruno Mars in concert? If so, participate in the SmartStop Self Storage giveaway Bruno Mars concert ticket contest. [More]

9 Tips to Consider When Thinking About Buying a Storage Facility

by Winnie Hsiu July 1, 2013 7:05 PM
Are you looking to get into the self storage industry? Are you thinking of expanding your portfolio and purchasing another facility or two? Here are 9 tips that you should take into consideration before making that purchase. [More]
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