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9 Jun 2010

King of Self Storage Interviewed by Queen of Networking

This morning, I had the pleasure of chatting with Toronto’s legendary king of self storage, Allan Barkin, president of Jiffy Self Storage. Barkin recently received the Consumer Choice Award for Business Excellence at a televised Global TV presentation at Stage West, in Mississauga, ON. He is only one of small handful of Toronto businesses ever to achieve this honor 14 consecutive times. Donna: Allan, I’m delighted to have the chance to learn more about you and your business. Tell me, how did you first get involved in Self Storage? Allan: I had been watching the self storage industry in Canada for some time and found that self storage service here was lagging years behind the Americans. Being an opportunist and entrepreneur, I felt that launching an upscale high profile facility in Canada would be a great opportunity and even felt small errors in judgment would not affect our ability to fill up space, because the demand for Toronto storage space was…

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1 Jun 2010

For companies in the process of making warehousing and storage decisions, there is a broad spectrum of options that should be considered. For those in need of large-scale complex materials handling, the warehousing function is often better left to a third party specialist. On the other end of the spectrum are unserviced spaces, which offer little more than 3 walls and a loading door (if you’re lucky). Between the extremes lies a unique option which is proving to be highly effective for a growing number of companies. A new breed of self-storage facility has emerged, designed explicitly to meet the needs of businesses. With a range of basic services including internet connectivity, security, climate-controlled warehouses, meeting space, and parcel reception and handling,…

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15 May 2010

As a successful international speaker, Jeff’s travels take him all over the world to various speaking engagements. Jeff has published a number of books related to his expertise. (more…)

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14 Apr 2010

I don’t know a single person that’s in love with moving and storing – but sometimes life shattering events happen that result in radical changes for households and businesses. Persons going through separation, divorce, executors managing estates, sudden illnesses, forced downsizings, persons retiring from businesses – all of these are individuals going through unexpected life disruptions and Jiffy Storage can manage all their problems of moving and downsizing – from supplying boxes and in-home moving packers, arranging for trucks and movers to money saving packing tips that go along way for reducing storage costs. We are more than just another Toronto storage company  –  Jiffy Self Storage has staff with expertise to deal with other peoples’ storage problems so they don’t have to. Many…

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28 Mar 2010

Allan Barkin is sharing his considerable storage knowledge and experience at the Doubletree Hilton Toronto Airport Hotel, where he will speak at the launch of the 2010 Consumers’ Choice Awards for Business Excellence program on March 31st, 2010 http://bit.ly/dp92UC. Unprecedented feat in Toronto Self Storage The research firm Léger Marketing has named Jiffy Self Storage a winner of the Consumer Choice Awards for the 14th consecutive year! According to one very satisfied customer, Jiffy Self Storage is “Absolutely excellent, I wouldn’t go anywhere else.” You can see why when you check out the question below. Question: “Does your Toronto storage facilities have mail boxes for personal or business use?” Answer: “You can rent a personal mail…

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10 Jan 2010

Part 1 on other people’s Toronto storage problems was read by so many persons that we have compiled an updated list of Toronto GTA mini storage requests covering the period from Nov 2009 through Dec 2009. Completed email forms for self storage “help” came from many Toronto neighbourhoods: Mid-Town Toronto, North York, Forest Hill, Downtown Toronto, Markham, Rosedale, Etobicoke, Bloor West, Leaside, Woodbridge, Vaughan, Mississauga. And we are ready to help them all. We have a self storage space ready in our Toronto storage facilities ready for each of their personal storage needs. Jiffy Self Storage in Toronto is equipped to handle virtually every public self storage need. See if you recognize a self storage need here that is similar to yours. I am looking…

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1 Jan 2010

Funny how fast the holidays have come and gone…Even though Toronto mini storage seemed to be the last thing on everyone’s mind during yearend celebrations, the period between Christmas and New Years was extremely busy with the public needing storage. I guess it comes to a point when you just want to veg out and not worry about mini self storage problems anymore, but then the time comes when you finally decide you have to get on with where you left off. Jiffy Self Storage was ready with a self storage solution for each self storage problem during the holidays and now that we are in 2010, this year we want to be there to help you with your every…

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6 Dec 2009

Almost before our eyes the year 2009 is vanishing and we will be starting a brand new year. I know many clients and acquaintances are also asking themselves how the year has gone by so quickly.  This year was a trying year for almost every business but as a self storage business in Toronto we survived quite handily. In spite of continued bad news about the economy last year, in 2009 we initiated many new upgrades to enhance our Toronto self storage services, like new security  systems, additional storage units, new heating and ventilation systems, extra coverage for client inquiries and more smoother and streamlined operations to make GTA mini storage easier to book and we simplified our Jiffy Toronto Self Storage…

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30 Nov 2009

Jiffy Work Spaces are especially adapted for small upstart businesses, upgraded with air conditioning, heating, power, light, phone and of course, Internet access, all at a no frills office price. An entire suite of services can be had for a budget office price…and once the commitment is there for small, inexpensive office/workspace, then personal business cards become the next necessity.  To meet this business card need, Jiffy Self Storage in Toronto GTA has partnered with one of the best known, wholesale “design online” business card firms in North America. Just access the business card design interface and often in less than 5 minutes, a professional custom design can be ready for purchasing. Many of our trades and business persons (including general contractors, independent business…

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9 Nov 2009

Or self storage secrets that OTHER Toronto storage companies keep to themselves.  5. Reduce storage size by reducing total volume of items stored by filling all voids in appliances, washers and dryers, dressers, cabinets, etc. Often by doing this you should be able to reduce down to the next smallest or second next smaller size. 4. Reduce storage room size by stacking high. A little more exerted effort could reduce your storage unit size up to or more than 20%. 3. Leave items that need immediate or frequent access (like tools, personal hygiene, important  papers) that will be moved out first, in a separate compact storage unit — and items that will be moved later, put in another storage room that will be crammed…

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4 Nov 2009

Do you think you have storage problems? Ever wonder what is on other people’s minds when it comes to storing their personal stuff in a self storage facility in Toronto? We have compiled a list of various requests from our online storage request forms from a number of persons requesting storage units in Toronto during October. All names and identifying information have been deleted, but what is most fulfilling for us is that almost all these various Toronto self storage unit requests are routinely satisfied, here in Toronto at Jiffy Self Storage. Whether you live in Downtown Toronto, Mid-Town Toronto, Leaside, Rosedale, North York, Etobicoke, Bloor West, Forest Hill, Markham, Vaughan, Mississauga, Woodbridge or for that matter, anywhere in the the Toronto GTA, we have your space ready in our Toronto storage facilities…

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22 Oct 2009

Many families and businesses are now pre-occupied finalizing personal and business related issues so they can get on with preparations for the Christmas season. And this is the time of year people begin acting like hibernating bears and hoarding pack-rats, getting ready for lackluster frigid days and long cold freezing nights. Right now, mini storage activity at Jiffy Self Storage Toronto is in the midst of the year’s biggest storage rush. If you’re thinking of putting off storage for a while, my advice is not to wait much longer because the correct size that fits your needs best will be gone and you may wind up having to pay more because you’ll have to store either in multiple smaller units or…

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12 Oct 2009

To increase value for its tenants and provide professional services for a host of reputable Toronto moving and storage companies that use Jiffy Self Storage facilities as their base, Jiffy Self Storage has upgraded its VCR security recording device with two (2) brand new state of the art 16 channel digital video recorders (DVR), increasing its recording capacity for up to 32 cameras. The system it replaced was perfectly adequate but did not have the variety of security features and quick access to video recordings that the new system has. The new DVRs eliminate daily changes and exchanges of video tapes by recording high quality video digital files more efficiently onto high capacity hard drives from multiple video streams. For archival purposes or…

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1 Oct 2009

At this time of year, most people are settled in for the year and start thinking about gift giving as the year starts to wind down. Jiffy Self Storage recognizes that there is going to be a slow down in personal storage services; so with the annual seasonal slow down, we are always thinking of ways to give something back to our new renters to encourage off season storage rentals. From now until the end of the year, new renters get 3 month’s storage for the price of 2 month’s storage. So if you are running out of space, or need a small unit for storing Christmas and other seasonal gifts, get yourself a small personal storage unit such as…

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25 Sep 2009

Art of Professional Redesign for achieving the highest resale selling price Home staging is the design process of de-personalizing a private residence prior to putting it up for sale. This is often achieved by undertaking all or some of the following: Decluttering, depersonalizing, updating, painting, rearranging furniture, renting furniture and accessorising. Moving your clutter into a Toronto mini storage facility like Jiffy Self Storage is a small cost relative to the increased benefit of selling your home for a much higher price and you will be getting a head start on packing that will also eliminate some stress down the road. Research has shown that a home stager can cut a home listing’s time by half and can fetch a…

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14 Sep 2009

Top 9 Toronto Self Storage Traffic Tag Tips Having heard our Jiffy Self Storage Toronto Traffic Tags on a number of radio stations, some of our Greater Toronto Customers have asked us for a reprint of the our storage tips list. Check to see if any of these tips have relevence for your specific self storage need. Beware of excessive cold and humidity. Jiffy climate controlled facilities protect furniture and expensive electronics. That’s why smart people store at Jiffy Self Storage. Benefit from experience. Jiffy Self Storage has fulfilled countless storage needs since 1987. Smart moves start at your neighbourhood Jiffy Self Storage. That’s Jiffy Self Storage. True or False? The higher you stack, the more you save. True. Jiffy Self…

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6 Sep 2009

Have you been thinking about having a garage sale? Do you know someone that is planning on having one? Get the Best All Time Tips For Fantastic Garage Sales. Free up valuable storage space for other family uses. Selling your home? Declutter and sell your home sooner for a higher price. Your FREE Garage Sale book will be downloaded to you for you to learn the best and most money making garage sale secrets of the pros. Find out why the author named the garage sale book, “How to Sell the Gorilla.” The answer will surprise you. About garage sales, you’ll find out: What items sell best for most profit How to distinguish tirekickers from the the real buyers How to market…

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6 Sep 2009

Never thought about portable mobile container storage? Known as portable storage containers, mobile storage units and container storage modules, these types of portable mobile storage in Toronto consists of easily maneuvered, rugged portable container modules that are dropped off at your home or your place of business. Ultimate portable mobile storage solution. Homeowners, businesses (both large and small) and many other organizations use portable mobile storage for a variety of reasons; from moving to renovating, from meeting staggered closing dates to records storage and excess inventory storage. Our Portable Container Storage system is dependable, affordable and is delivered where it’s needed, when it’s needed, even to your front door. Time is always on your side when you rent from Jiffy Self…

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30 Aug 2009

Rent a high traffic strip plaza business store, located at Jiffy Self Storage Plaza, North York branch. A low cost, small retail space with a well finished store front, this commercial unit comes complete with four seasons heating and air conditioning. Never miss a retail customer. Your retail/service store is surrounded by lots of immediate parking for your customers and clients. Take advantage of high traffic services and plaza stores of: Jiffy Self-Storage in Toronto, Classic Cocktails Bar & Grill, Discount Tools and Hardware, Donut Delight, plus other business services. This compact retail store is ideal for start up, bookkeeper, income tax service store, computer service repairs, used computer laptop services, locksmith, specialty retail, local branch, IT office, financial, and more services. A low cost…

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