One of the nice things about our profession is that we are still on the road sometimes. For example, from March 29 to 31, colleague Leo Young and I attended the AESS conference in Madrid, Spain, as USC representatives. The AESS is the Spanish trade association of self storage operators.
The flexible layout of our Z-Box container is a big plus, we often hear from customers. This is because our self storage containers are available as standard in no less than six different models.
Last month we discussed some tips for getting more out of the managerial role than you may think is in it. This month’s sequel focusing on social media, search engines and marketing yourself more.
Delivery in York, EnglandLast month we had a delivery scheduled at Inner Space Stations . This is a company with multiple locations in and around historic York, England. The delivery of the containers had already been scheduled for February, but unfortunately due to...
The self storage industry is constantly changing. The latest software takes a lot of work off our hands by automatically filling out leases, emailing invoices, sending text messages, and so on. Tenants can now rent units and pay through websites without ever having to talk to a representative of your company.
We don’t beat around the bush, our containers are pricey to buy. There is also little or no second-hand market. This is because almost all of the 200,000 containers sold are still being used for what they were purchased for; the storage of goods. Also, our containers are not a residual product from another market, as is often the case with shipping containers.
We recently completed a container park in the northern French town of Valenciennes. This involved a park for Carrébox, owned by the family business Coisne, a household name within the French storage market. By 2020, we had delivered the first park for Carrébox. This took place during the first period of the European lockdown, the week of March 16, 2020. With a lot of effort from all parties, it was then possible, with remote guidance from us, to build the park as planned.
USC continues to grow. We regularly introduce a new employee to you.This time we turn the spotlight on…
“My name is Danny Schmidt. I have been working for USC since September 2021. But before that, I was already involved in the company. Prior to that, I spent my graduate internship here. And even before that period, for the purpose of a study tour of the University of Twente, I also carried out an assignment here.”
The tenth FEDESSA report again contains a wealth of interesting information for entrepreneurs and investors. The report was produced with the participation of more than 100 entrepreneurs from 18 European countries.
One Friday, our engineer Danny was asked if he could create new container layouts for a French customer. This one preferred to be able to offer storage units with different interior dimensions. This would allow him to meet the rental sizes commonly used in France.
Almost all our containers go from the factory by ship to Rotterdam and then by truck to Deventer. Our logistics partner De Roos takes them out of the ISO container, in which they are transported, and then performs a kind of pre-assembly. On a project, they depart again from Deventer to the location in the Netherlands or elsewhere in Europe where they are expected.
Houses no longer have basementsPre-war houses and houses built in the 50s, 60s and 70s often still have a mature basement floor under the entire surface of the house. When you descended the stairs, you immediately noticed the difference in temperature with the rest of...
Recent delivery: storage park with the most beautiful entranceI think, all our wonderful projects notwithstanding, we can say that we have found the most beautiful entrance to a storage park that we have ever seen. During the week of January 17, we supervised a...
New self storage location? First investigate the feasibility!If you want to set up a new self-storage location, it is wise to first have a good feasibility study carried out. Compared to the planned investment, this is only a relatively small expense. But very useful...
After we had taken care of the construction of a container park in Norway earlier this autumn, it was now the turn of neighbouring Sweden. The plan was that we would build both parks, intended for the dynamic storage company Kontain, before October.