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Hooked on hoops: Facility manager mixes sports coverage and self-storage

Hooked on hoops: Facility manager mixes sports coverage and self-storage

Jay MacDonald July 15, 2014 0

What does a sports writer with a fondness for basketball bring to the court that is self-storage? More than you might think, according to Lee Kunkel. Following graduation in 2013 from Robert Morris University

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How to survive and thrive in a family-owned business

How to survive and thrive in a family-owned business

Jay MacDonald July 15, 2014 0

Brothers Mike and Cris Burnam helped their father, Gordon, build Columbia, MO-based StorageMart from two facilities in 1987 into a family-owned powerhouse with nearly 150 storage facilities in the U.S. and Canada. What’s the

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10 tips for boosting occupancy at your facility

10 tips for boosting occupancy at your facility

Jay MacDonald July 7, 2014 0

What’s the best way to boost the occupancy at your self-storage facility? We put this question to three industry veterans: Anne Ballard, president of marketing, training and developmental services at Universal Storage Group, a storage operator; Jim Chiswell,

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Coupon quandary: Are Groupon and LivingSocial right for your facility?

Coupon quandary: Are Groupon and LivingSocial right for your facility?

Jay MacDonald July 3, 2014 0

Social media couponing sites like Groupon and LivingSocial are best known for daily deals on local restaurants, health clubs, day spas, psychic readings and vacation getaways. But how does self-storage fit into the mix?

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Consultant Mark Beck: Self-storage rental rates to become ‘more aggressive’

Consultant Mark Beck: Self-storage rental rates to become ‘more aggressive’

Jay MacDonald July 1, 2014 0

If you want a clear picture of what’s ahead in the self-storage industry, Mark Beck might be your guy. A veteran storage consultant who unwinds by pursuing his passion for photography, Beck has seen

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Architecture students draw conclusions about ‘hybrid’ opportunities for storage facilities

Architecture students draw conclusions about ‘hybrid’ opportunities for storage facilities

Jay MacDonald June 25, 2014 0

Despite what “Star Trek” may have led you to believe, space is not the final frontier—at least not for forward-thinking storage operators. In fact, space, and the selling of it, is only the beginning

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Superb ideas for sprucing up your facility’s landscaping

Superb ideas for sprucing up your facility’s landscaping

Jay MacDonald May 15, 2014 0

Collectively, the roadside frontage of self-storage facilities coast to coast ranks as the Rodney Dangerfield of American landscaping: It gets no respect. That’s understandable, taking into consideration the often less-than-pastoral locales and inadequate setback requirements, and

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Are Storage Door Curtains a good investment?

Are Storage Door Curtains a good investment?

Jay MacDonald May 12, 2014 3

Are those airtight, climate-control Storage Door Curtains you’ve seen demonstrated at industry trade shows a good investment? Daffodil Storage thinks so. Without the door curtains, the Seattle company’s planned 500-unit storage facility near Graham,

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The complete guide to self-storage software

The complete guide to self-storage software

Jay MacDonald April 21, 2014 1

Not so long ago, only the bravest independent operators risked their sanity by installing self-storage management software to run their facilities. Today? You’d be crazy not to. While there are still plenty of ways

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