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July 2009

Tips and Tricks: Invest in good boxes

You could scavenge for boxes from your local supermarket but you’ll end up with a mixture of boxes in different shapes and sizes. Some of those could also end up costing you money in the end as well because they won’t hold up well during the move or being stored for an extended period of time. Additionally, if you use boxes that have transported food, you may find your belongings infested with unwanted pests. By using boxes for your self storage that are the same size and shape, you’ll be able to pack more into a smaller space because every inch can be used.

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Did you know: Bicycle Self Storage

Did you know that in Japan, storage units look after your bicycles for you while you work or shop? Just outside of Tokyo’s Kasai Station sits a robotic monster of an automated parking facility, large enough to hold 9400 bikes. Customers ride up to the station, place their bike onto a small platform and the system will move it into an underground parking unit. When they return, the machine only takes 23 seconds to retrieve it again. The parking system costs 100 yen for a single use (about 60p), or 1,800 yen (£12.00) for a monthly pass. Similar facilities exist for cars and can be found in major cities around Japan, but this slick garage takes the cake. Self-storage can be a great solution for bicycles, motorcycles or other forms of bulky transport you just don’t have the room for. […]

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Self Storage tips and tricks: preparation

Before you pack anything, visit the self storage facility you’ll be using with a list of all of the items you need to store. This will allow the manager to help you determine the correct size unit for your self storage needs. Make sure you are aware of company policies on moving out, paying the rent and other important information (you can find all of this on the contract), then make a list of all the packing supplies you’ll need, including boxes, tape, bubble wrap, marking pens and rope.

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CSR and Big Yellow Self Storage

CSR and Big Yellow Self Storage

Recently, CSR has moved to centre stage for many a business. Falling in line with our development and expansion programme, Big Yellow has taken full advantage of the opportunity to balance social and environmental responsibilities with commercial objectives. We as a company have refined an already comprehensive programme, believing that our self-storage business really can tick all three boxes. Big Yellow believes that in the long term, CSR activities will create a more sustainable business, happier customers and ultimately, increase shareholder value. Short term payback comes from energy efficiency modifications, which in turn improve the economic bottom line of the company by reducing spend on electricity and heating. On top of this, on-site renewable energy installations contribute towards the same goal but just have longer term effects. On the operational side, a focus on managing carbon emissions and improving recycling […]

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  • 23rd July 2009
  • News

Big Yellow Shortlisted For Award

Many of you know about our charity partner READ International who we are presently supporting with free self storage. We have received great news! READ International and Big Yellow Group PLC have been shortlisted to win a Charity Times Award in the Corporate National Partnership of the year category. The winners will be announced on Tuesday 9th September 2009 at the Awards Gala Dinner, which will be hosted this year by the comedian Chris Barrie. To see the complete shortlist, please visit The Charity Times and to find out more about Read International please visit Read International

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Self Storage facts: Did you know

… that a group of Canadian directors are in the middle of creating a full length feature film called ‘Self Storage Stories’? It’s positioned to be a collaborative tale of seven short stories that have been unified by one common location: a self-storage facility. Each young director has created a self-contained story with its own cast, beginning, middle and end, which ties into the main theme but lasts no longer than 15 minutes. This quirky film includes domestic drama, mob hits, vampires and a love story set behind the dust and confusion of a home renovation. Create your own theatrical inspiration and call Big Yellow Self Storage to hire your own unit today.

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  • 20th July 2009
  • News

Launch: The Big Yellow Self Storage blog

Launch: The Big Yellow Self Storage blog

Today we are launching our Self Storage blog, bringing you news, tips and tricks and interesting facts about the world of self-storage. Our blog will bring you news from within Big Yellow stores as well as feature articles about our country-wide and local initiatives. Every week we will bring you ‘Did you know’ facts about self storage, and we hope that we will be a useful resource for you. We look forward to you letting us know what you think, so please do leave a comment or get in touch!

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