Inside Self-Storage

JAN 2019

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NEWS Operators in the Spotlight Storage Deluxe unveiled a mural at its new facility in Hoboken, N.J., that celebrates three important women from the community. The 150-foot-by-35-foot artwork was created by Jersey City artist Distort and features Dorothea Lange, Dorothy McNeil and Maria Pepe. Following several years of debates, the Fresno County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved zoning for the Fresno Humane Animal Services animal-adoption center, which was supported by Derrel's Mini Storage Inc. Derrel Ridenour, whose family operates the storage brand, donated land and money to the project, which faced opposition from community members. The Jenkins Organization held a fundraiser beneˆ ting the Galveston Police Department. The event at Stewart & 89th Self Storage in Galveston, Texas, included the sale of barbeque food and raf' e tickets. Nearly $2,000 was raised for the purchase of bullet-proof vests for two of the department's four police dogs. Manhattan Mini Storage launched a new marketing campaign to celebrate its 40th anniversary. The company partnered with advertising agency Concept Farm LLC on the creation of "Mini storage. Maximum you," which features a series of short ˆ lms based on actual tenant experiences and interpreted by a cast of New York performers. Planet Storage of Toronto has transformed part of its facility into "Holding Patterns," a temporary art exhibit procured by Art Spin, a local organization that specializes in using decommissioned venues and unusual public spaces to produce large-scale group displays. It features the work of 20 artists who adapted storage units of various sizes into creative installations. Australian operator Hills Self Storage received the Feefo Gold Trusted Service Award, a sovereign seal of merit based on veriˆ ed customer ratings. Hill received an average service rating of ˆ ve gold stars between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2017. England-based Storage King is sponsoring the Gloucester- Hartpury Women's Rugby Football Club for its 2018/2019 season. The company will provide administrative and ˆ nancial support as well as activities for fans on game days. Government Pennsylvania established a provision for self-storage limited-lines insurance when Gov. Tom Wolf signed House Bill 504 (HB 504) into law. Under the measure, facility owners as well as their employees and other company representatives can get a limited license authorizing them to sell tenant insurance. The law goes into effect on Dec. 24. Milford, Conn., ofˆ cials are considering whether to impose a moratorium on self-storage development. The planning and zoning board recently voted to schedule a public hearing on the matter. The report doesn't specify if the ban would be permanent, temporary or isolated to speciˆ c areas of the municipality. The Rock Hill, S.C., City Council is taking steps to enact a six-month moratorium on new self-storage development and limit where these projects could be built. The measure will give city planners time to examine zoning rules and districts, and consider changes to ensure possible storage development sites are "compatible with existing businesses," according to city ofˆ cials. VendorWorks Easy Storage Solutions has been named to the 2018 "Utah 100," an annual list of the fastest-growing companies in the state, published by networking organization MountainWest Capital Network. The company ranked No. 36. Those that made the list were chosen by their percentage of revenue increase between 2013 and 2017. PTI Security Systems has acquired Web-design and marketing-services ˆ rm Automatit Inc. PTI pursued the deal to enhance its CORE IoT (Internet of Things) cloud platform and accelerate its delivery of end-to-end solutions designed to help storage operators improve the customer experience and operational efficiency. Janus International Group LLC has updated its SecurGuard Smart Entry System with several new features, including the ability to customize access hours for individual tenants. Storage operators can also create speciˆ c access zones within their facilities and grant admission to individuals including maintenance workers or staff members. Biproxi, an online platform for self-storage and other commercial real estate, has launched with more than 40,000 listings nationwide. The platform offers free listings, marketing tools and a channel to buy, sell and lease property. StoreLocal has partnered with Empower Software Technologies Inc. to offer Storage Commander property-management software to facility operators in Australia and New Zealand. Through the partnership, Empower users will have access to StoreLocal's Web technology and local search engine optimization services. Co-op members will be able to access Storage Commander's accounting, reporting and customer-management features. 8 ISS I January 2019

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