Industry News

Is using a self-storage unit as straight forward as it seems? Storage Made EZ in Watertown, New York wants to ensure that its customers have all of their questions and concerns addressed, no matter how complicated or simple the query. In an effort to do this, they have begun to produce a series of instructional videos that they post to their YouTube channel. The...

A recent Washington Post article that mentioned New York-based MakeSpace may have inadvertently caused harm to the valet storage company. The article called into question the security of people’s personal belongings when managed by a third party. MakeSpace markets itself as a convenient alternative to traditional storage. Its goal is to provide the benefits of...

Safestore, a self-storage facility in Merton, England is having a difficult time outfoxing a fox. The animal—known as “Cyril”—has grown attached to the storage facility and has made it his home for some time. Though the animal isn’t causing trouble, and in fact seems rather friendly and harmless, the company is anxious for him to go away—customers generally...

StorageMart has facilities across the United States and Canada. With 11.5 million square feet of storage space, it is the largest privately owned storage company. The company recently acquired the Store More America facility in Watsonville, California. This added 110,000 square feet to their total and raised the number of facilities in their portfolio to 171. “StorageMart...

Stashbee is a London, England-based storage company. The company’s model is far from traditional—they want to be the Airbnb of the storage world. No, they don’t plan to house travelers in storage units. The company provides a platform where people who need storage space are put in touch with people who have an excess of space in their home and who want to earn...

The new Tri-Village Self Storage in Columbus, Ohio has a unique offering for its customers: a temperature-controlled wine storage area—kept precisely at 55 degrees and 70-percent humidity—and a wine tasting room. While the facility’s 300 traditional storage units are accessible from 6am to midnight, wine-storage renters have 24-hour access to the lounge and...

Many self-storage companies make community service an important part of doing business—Firehouse Self Storage in Loveland, Colorado has made service the center of its business model. Several years ago, when Barbi and Christopher Burton learned that the Larimer County Search and Rescue (LCSR)—a not-for-profit search-and-rescue organization—was in need of funds,...

David Wolfe’s aging dog had arthritis. When he tried to find a dog bed that was soft enough to help alleviate the dog’s pain, he came up empty-handed. Not willing to leave it at that, he decided to design his own dog bed for his trusty companion. Wolfe believed there were other dog owners out there who had had the same difficulty finding a proper bed, and...

Michael Schwartz, chairman and CEO of SmartStop Asset Management, Inc., was recently named the winner of a Silver Stevie for Executive of the Year in the real estate category of this year’s American Business Awards. Last year, Schwartz oversaw the $1.4 billion sale of SmartStop Self Storage’s 170 properties. The transaction marked the largest in a decade and...

When Boxbee was formed in 2012, it was one of the first valet self-storage companies in the country. The valet concept continues to revolutionize the self-storage industry: deliver boxes to customers for packing; pick the boxes up when packed; catalog and store them; and return a box when it is requested. Valet is self-storage at its most convenient. But in an effort...