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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 changes, but by and large the product has remained relatively consistent. However, if a recent influx of cash has its desired impact, the innovators behind a couple of valet self storage companies will change that. Two...

Searching for the right self storage facility became much easier when aggregator websites like USSelfStorage.com were created. People finally had a one-stop destination for finding a self storage facility near them, and in most cases they could even make a reservation. With a recent addition to the site, USSelfStorage.com has now made the process even easier. For...

One of the big challenges that self storage owners and managers face is handling human resource issues. Payroll, benefits, taxes, and insurance are some of the concerns that they deal with on a regular basis. At times, keeping up with all of the governmental rules and regulations that affect HR can be difficult. In response to this need, the Storage Business Owners Alliance (SBOA) and AlphaStaff recently launched a new human resource group focused specifically on the self storage industry. SBOA was created specifically for owners and operators...

A new type of self storage has been slowly expanding across the United States: valet self storage. It appears that the concept has now taken root in Hong Kong thanks to StuffGenie. The concept behind valet self storage companies is pretty simple. One of the biggest hassles people have with self storage facilities is the time it takes to travel to and from their unit...

An earthquake measuring 6.0 on the Richter scale hit Napa, California, in the early morning hours of August 24. It was the largest quake in the San Francisco Bay Area since the one that struck Loma Prieta in 1989. The earthquake seriously damaged the Napa Self Storage facility.  However, shoring up the building may be just days away, which would allow tenants to...

Christmas is less than two weeks away, and that means pretty soon Santa Claus will be delivering millions of toys to children around the world. How does he do it? If you believe some of the rumors flying around the internet, the trick may not be magic, but the self storage industry. A popular theory is that Santa’s sack is bottomless, allowing him to carry toys...

Self storage owners and operators are often eco-minded. Many companies across the United States have installed solar panels to increase their efficiency in electricity consumption. OpenTech Alliance, Inc., announced their new initiative to become more “green.” They have integrated their software system with Storage Door Curtains so they can assess daily...

Getting into the self storage industry is not as easy as you might think. Neither is trying to sell your self storage facility if you’re looking to move on. That’s where something like the Argus Self Storage Network (Argus) comes in handy. The purpose of Argus is pretty straightforward. It acts as a middle man of sorts; someone who can connect interested investors with self storage facilities looking to sell. Members of the network were recently successful in completing a pair of transactions. Larry Goldman, a member of Argus,...

When people think of a winter scene on a holiday card, many of them picture snow falling gently on majestic pine trees with deer and other forest animals nearby. This scene helps them feel the holiday spirit. So what do residents in San Diego do to get in the holiday spirit when they can’t experience a similar winter scene? Many participate in the Toys for Tots program hosted by San Diego Self Storage (SDSS). This is the 16th annual SDSS Toys for Tots holiday toy drive held jointly with Rubio’s Fresh Mexican Grill restaurants. SDSS...

Self storage companies have a long history of giving back to their communities throughout the year, but many make a point to do so around this time of year. Not just because it is the holiday season and they want to help make it a merry Christmas for someone less fortunate, but because it is cold outside. Along with food and toy drives, many self storage facilities will get involved with blanket and coat drives in order to help those in need stay warm during the cold winter months ahead. A-1 Self Storage, a San Diego-based self storage...