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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. One self storage...

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...

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. Another common occurrence is the frequency...

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”...

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...

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,...

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,...

Just after hurricane season ended along the Atlantic coast, Colorado State University hurricane experts Bill Gray and Phil Klotzbach issued their predictions for the 2010 hurricane season. The season that just ended was one of the best on record. There were nine tropical storms, three hurricanes, and none of the hurricanes made landfall in the United States.  Unfortunately,...

The National Portable Storage Association (NPSA) has announced that it will be holding two conventions in 2010. The conventions are open both to NPSA members and nonmembers. Nonmembers who are interested in portable self storage are particularly encouraged to attend in order to learn more about the portable storage industry. The NPSA is a national trade association focusing...

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...