8 Feb 2012

Malcolm X documents found at self storage facility

A self storage renter recently came across some exciting historic documents after bidding on a unit at a facility in Connecticut. According to the Associated Press, the renter found more than 1,000 documents and items, including papers that outlined the crimes that put civil rights leader Malcolm X behind bars in the 1940s.All of the artifacts and paperwork were found to have belonged to late musician Malcolm "Shorty" Jarvis. The AP reports that Jarvis spent time in jail with Malcolm X and later became one of his dearest friends.After coming across such historic information, the renter decided to contact The Malcolm X Memorial Foundation and the Black History 101 Mobile Museum to see if they were interested in the finds."Once [the buyer] found out that it was of a significant historical nature, he decided then he didn’t want to break the collection up," Khalid el-Hakim, founder of the Mobile Museum told the publication. "He wanted to make sure it went…

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8 Feb 2012

Heading off to college for the first time can be exciting for everyone, however figuring out what essentials are actually necessary can be a struggle. This can be especially true when students get to their room and have next to nothing for storage, USA Today reports.According to the source, many people in the U.S. and in Canada are trying to cut back on spending, but when it comes to sending kids off to school, the sky seems to be the limit.Erin Foster Zsiga, assistant dean at Bates College in Maine, reports that she has seen kids show up in U-Haul trucks full of what they consider college "essentials.""If you have to bring a U-Haul, you're probably bringing too much stuff,"…

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30 Jan 2012

With the self storage industry continuing to thrive, some might be wondering what all these renters are actually using the space for. According to SelfStorageBlog.com, portable storage containers are a valuable commodity for a number of reasons.The source reports that everyone can benefit from de-cluttering their homes. Whether people are getting ready for a move, are looking to stage their home or are simply trying to get rid of unnecessary items, storage facilities offer a safe place to keep belongings.According to International Business Times, when selling a home, it's important to weed out what to keep and what to get rid of. Storing certain pieces of furniture that you aren't sure whether to keep or give up gets the items…

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25 Jan 2012

With hit shows like Storage Wars on A&E and more realtors looking for safe spaces to store people's valuables during house staging, the self storage industry is currently on cloud 9, The Wall Street Journal reports.There may be a recession in the U.S. and Canada but one market that continues to grow due to consumer need is the storage industry.Profits within self storage, "far exceeded where most thought they would come in,"  Michael Knott, an analyst at Green Street Advisors, told the publication. "Almost every situation in life can create demand for self-storage, like moving, divorce and getting married, [that is] irrespective of where the economy may be."Insiders also reported that most people are drawn to newer facilities or ones…

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24 Jan 2012

Most women dream about their wedding day from the time they are young girls, fantasizing about the location, the decor and most importantly the wedding dress. When the time comes for the big event, many brides see some of their visions come to life, however after the event is over, it's back to reality, and the question of storage comes into mind.Although some ladies might display their wedding gown proudly in their home, most opt to store it away for a rainy day. However how they store it is important, the Minnesota Historical Society reports.According to the organization, in order to preserve the gown, certain steps need to be taken. First, it's advisable for women to have the dress cleaned…

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17 Jan 2012

Life can be unpredictable and sometimes, people are left with having to either downsize their home, move for a new job or lose their living space due to an unforeseen disaster. Although these changes can be positive, finding the right place to store valuables can be a challenge, the Cape May County Herald reports.According to the news outlet, the self storage industry continues to grow across cities in America and in Toronto mainly because people always have excess items to store. Although more people understand the convince of keeping their unused items in portable storage containers, some might not fully understand how to find a good facility.Most people tend to jump on the computer to search out storage companies in…

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13 Jan 2012

More students continue to graduate each year, but with the Canadian economy still unstable, many are left jobless, stuck in limbo and living with their parents with most of their belongings secured in self storage units, The Star reports.Emily Kirsch, 22, graduated recently with a degree in communications, but after looking for jobs for several months, has found herself working at a restaurant in Mississauga."At least I have a job, some people don't even have that," Kirsch told the publication.She added that some of her other coworkers have degrees in public relations and respiratory therapy, though all ended up working in the restaurant industry.The Conference Board of Canada reports that unemployment rates between the ages of 15 and 24 are…

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12 Jan 2012

Growth within the self storage industry has risen so much that one mobile technology company has created new a new app for smartphones allowing people to get to their storage units even after hours.PhoneSmart, a leader in the self storage marketing realm, is responsible for making kiosks resembling ATM machines that are installed at storage facilities. The products gave unit renters the ability to pay their bills and get into their spaces during times when the facilities weren't open. Although these worked well, the cost of installing the kiosks and maintaining them were quite pricey – ranging from $10,000 to $50,000.To combat the high costs, the company recently came up with a new app for smartphones, with its website claiming,…

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14 Dec 2011

Real estate is still a hot commodity in Canada, as the rental vacancy rate diminished throughout the country in October, a new report indicates.According to the fall Rental Market Survey released by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, the average rental apartment vacancy rate in Canada dropped to 2.2 percent in October, down from 2.6 percent on a year-over-year basis.Mathieu Laberge, deputy chief economist at CMHC's Market Analysis Center, said the decline largely resulted from higher levels of employment among young adults, which necessarily increasing rental housing demand."Demand for rental condominium apartments remained strong, with the vacancy rate for such units falling in most of Canada’s largest urban centers, including Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver," said Laberge.As previous polls have indicated,…

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8 Dec 2011

Due to financial uncertainty at the global level, consumer confidence in Canada isn't as high as it's been in the past. As a result, professional services firm KPMG says businessowners will have to re-strategize if they want their company to thrive in 2012.Willy Kruh, chairman of consumer markets for KPMG, says this is particularly true for retailers."We're right at the cusp of a mobile-commerce revolution, and retailers who are unprepared risk losing market share," said Kruh. "Retailers who leverage new technology based models like e-commerce and shopping via mobile devices, also known as m-commerce, will come out on top."Recent studies suggest that 20 percent of retailers' mobile traffic comes from tablets such as the iPad, yet less than half of…

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16 Nov 2011

A new study reveals that Canadians tend to have higher expectations than Americans when it comes to advertising and the messages they send.The poll, conducted by Advertising Standards Canada, found that 86 percent of Canadians thought it was very important to have a code of conduct as it relates to advertising, compared to just 64 percent of Americans who said standards should be followed."The research shows a different cultural mindset in Canada, with a more strongly held view that advertising shapes society, as well as a greater belief in the need for standards around such activity," said David Herle of the public opinion research firm The Gandalf Group.The survey also revealed that Canadians tend to be more skeptical of advertisers…

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11 Aug 2011

A new study is detailing the amenities Canadian business owners and travellers prefer when deciding on what hotel to stay in. According to the Canadian Hotel Food and Beverage Consumer Trend Report, having a wide variety of dining and food service options at a hotel is a particular draw for long-distance Canadian commuters. “Darren Tristano, executive vice-president for the company that performed the study, Technomic, said Canadians put a premium on practicality and expedience. “Many consumers are looking for a convenient and relaxing dining experience after a day of travel or before a day of meetings,” said Tristano. “Providing them with a variety of quality food service options on premise drives traffic and enhances the guest experience. The survey also…

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9 Aug 2011

One of the worst things Canadian consumers can do is to buy a product or service without being aware of all it has to offer. And according to a new poll, many Canadians are doing just that when they purchase various insurance plans. According to Allstate Canada, a whopping 71 percent of Canadians admitted to being unclear about what their insurance policies included. For instance, one in four said they weren’t sure if their auto insurance plan covered them should they be involved in a traffic accident. All standard Canadian auto insurance policies include collision coverage. “While we understand insurance policies may not offer the most entertaining read, if people are not fully aware of what their coverage entitles them…

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3 Aug 2011

With the start of the school season weeks away, some Toronto teachers may be walking into their classroom sporting a tan or driving there with a new set of wheels. Office product retailer Staples Canada recently announced its annual Teacher Appreciation Event, wherein educators can get as much as 25 percent off on their in-store purchases. But they may also win something while they’re shopping for pens, pads and pencils, as the company will award a select number of instructors with a Caribbean vacation for four or a 2012 Toyota Prius. “We hope teachers are as excited as we are at Staples Canada about the upcoming Teacher Appreciation campaign,” said Rick Atkinson, vice president of marketing for Staples Canada. “This…

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3 Aug 2011

With the start of the school season weeks away, some Toronto teachers may be walking into their classroom sporting a tan or driving there with a new set of wheels. Office product retailer Staples Canada recently announced its annual Teacher Appreciation Event, wherein educators can get as much as 25 percent off on their in-store purchases. But they may also win something while they’re shopping for pens, pads and pencils, as the company will award a select number of instructors with a Caribbean vacation for four or a 2012 Toyota Prius. “We hope teachers are as excited as we are at Staples Canada about the upcoming Teacher Appreciation campaign,” said Rick Atkinson, vice president of marketing for Staples Canada. “This…

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1 Aug 2011

Frank Sinatra once crooned that he wanted to wake up New York, New York, as it was a city that never slept. But were Ol’ Blue Eyes alive today, he may be crooning about Cairo, Egypt. According to a new study conducted by Badoo, a leading social network website, Cairo is the world’s “most 24-hour” city. The study based its assessment on the online activity of each country’s users, which totaled 122 million and spanned 180 countries. Other “sleepless” cities included Montevideo, Uruguay; Beirut, Lebanon; Malaga, Spain and Zaragoza, also in Spain. In fact, of the leading “24-hour” cities, six of the top 10 were located in that country. How did Toronto fare? The website says it shared 18th place…

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27 Jul 2011

Canadians are pleased with their financial institutions, as a new poll conducted by J.D. Power and Associates reveals satisfaction Canadians have with their banks has increased. Measured on a 1,000-point scale, satisfaction rates averaged around 756, which is a jump of 26 points when compared to 2010. What’s more, contentment rose among the Big Five Banks – TD Canada Trust, RBC, BMO, Scotia Bank and CIBC – as well as midsize financial institutions. Lubo Li, senior director of financial services for J.D. Power and Associates, said most banks have tried to improve the ease with which Canadians perform their financial obligations. “During the past year, all major banks in Canada have invested heavily in upgrading customer-facing systems and processes,” said…

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21 Jul 2011

Toronto is in the midst of a heatwave, and as a result, officials are calling on the city’s residents to conserve their energy use. According to Toronto Hydro, demand for electricity is expected to be elevated over the next several days, primarily resulting from increased air conditioner use. The company is asking residents to keep cooling units set at 25 degrees Celsius – or 77 degrees Farenheit – between peak electricity use periods. Those time intervals are 7 a.m to 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., the source states. While this will put less strain on Toronto’s energy grid, it will also put less of a burden on Torontonians’ wallets. But Toronto Hydro says GTA residents can employ…

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19 Jul 2011

A new poll is showing why Toronto is often looked to as a shining example of success. According to the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and its Metropolitan Economic Activity Index, Toronto has the highest rate of financial success compared to other cities in Canada. “Simply put, the multi-channel nature of Toronto’s economic engine is the secret not only behind its current top ranking, but also behind its ability to maintain a relatively high ranking position over the past two years,” said Benjamin Tal, CIBC deputy chief economist. Tal went on to say the clearest example of this can be seen with Toronto’s labor market, as overall employment outpaced the number of jobs added to the market at a national…

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