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John Stevens

John Stevens from Extraspace.com reports on the thriving self storage industry in the Pacific Rim and around the world with information from sources such as AsiaOne Business magazine, Inside Self Storage and operator websites. John is an avid blogger and outdoor enthusiast.

Self storage has been around in some way, shape or form for hundreds of years, but as a business primarily since the 1960s. In that time, there have been...

In just about any business, one factor is universally important: location, location, location. The location of a century-old paint factory in Louisville has encouraged a developer to make his first foray into the self storage industry. Aaron Willis, president of Column Group Real Estate, typically works with apartment buildings, but after seeing a historic warehouse get...

There are two things that will almost always generate media coverage for a self storage facility: One, environmentally friendly activities, and two, awards....

Many self storage companies will provide people with “elf storage” this holiday season in order to make sure presents are still a surprise...

Like many self storage facilities, Westy Self Storage likes to do what it can to make the holiday season a little better for those less fortunate. This season, they’re joining up with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves and the Toys for Tots Program. The company recently announced that it will be participating in the Toys for Tots drive by acting as a designated drop-off...

For many who are thinking about renting a storage unit from their local self storage facility, one of the biggest concerns is security. While they want to find a facility with reasonable rates, most people will gladly pay more for better security. Deciding on how much security they want to invest in is always a difficult decision for facility owners, but one company discovered...

First impressions mean a lot in the business world, self storage and otherwise. If a person doesn’t like what they see, chances are they’re not going to stick around. Online businesses have it especially tough. If people don’t like the name or look of a site, it might have a hard time staying in business. A popular self storage aggregator, USSelfStorageLocator.com,...

It’s that time of year again. Time to find the pants with the elastic waistband for Thanksgiving and time to hit the malls for the best deals on Christmas presents. It is also that time of year when many members of the self storage industry lend a helping hand to those in need. Around this time of year it is common for many in the self storage industry to engage in toy,...

Over the years as I have written about the self storage industry, one thing has become very evident. Self storage owners and managers are very community minded — especially during the holidays and especially when it comes to providing Christmas gifts to needy children. Access Self Storage in the UK is one such self storage company. They recently announced their support...

It’s getting to be that time of year when self storage facilities step up to the need of providing Christmas presents for less fortunate children. In Stamford, Connecticut, Westy Self Storage announced they will once again support Operation Santa Donation Drive. The kickoff reception will be held on November 17 at 7 p.m. in the Westy’s lobby located at 80 Brownhouse...