...gone are the days of consumers calling or driving from storage facility to storage facility to find the storage unit they need.
Wichita, KS (PRWEB) October 26, 2011
StorageUnit.com has launched a new website allowing consumers to shop for and reserve storage units throughout the United States. Like many other shop and compare websites in other industries, StorageUnit.com provides a brand new, easy to use interface that allows shoppers to easily find all available self storage units in more than 2,000 US cities.
Randy Yoder, Director of Operations for StorageUnit.com, shared, “StorageUnit.com was designed to operate in a manner that online consumers are already familiar with. Most of us have used the internet to reserve a hotel room, rent a car, buy an airline ticket or make a dinner reservation so why shouldn't you be able to do the same for storage units? We wanted to give consumers a place to easily find real time information on what storage units are available from multiple self storage facilities at once. Like many other industries, gone are the days of calling or driving from storage facility to storage facility to find the self storage unit consumers need.”
StorageUnit.com works with almost 4,000 self storage facilities across the United States. Each of these storage facilities provides StorageUnit.com with real time information about what self storage units they have available for rent, the monthly rental rates and all the amenities associated with the particular storage unit. In addition StorageUnit.com has worked to secure special offers, discounts and coupons that can only be found on StorageUnit.com.
Consumers can find the exact storage unit they need by using StorageUnit.com’s search technology, which allows shoppers to search for a storage unit by city, state, zip code or by using an intersection or address. All storage facilities that have available storage units are returned in the search results based on the distance from the search point.
Yoder said, “Simplicity and transparency were two very important factors for us in the design of the website. We wanted to ensure that consumers know exactly what they are getting and provide them with an assurance that the unit they need will be available when they show up to the storage facility.”
Yoder added, “By using StorageUnit.com consumers will know they have the storage unit they need without making an extra trip or two to the facility before they start moving in. In addition, moving is very stressful under any circumstance so having one more moving item checked off makes the entire ordeal a little less stressful - it also doesn’t hurt to save a little money in the process too!”
Yoder & his associates envisioned the current design of StorageUnit.com in 2007, however it took some time to build the processes & relationships necessary to provide consumers with real time information not only on all the different storage facilities but down to the storage unit level. Yoder concedes, "Our site isn’t the first site in the storage industry to do something similar to what we have, however we feel we have raised the bar. In particular we are providing an assurance to our consumers that they are actually reserving the storage unit they need in advance of their move-in. For self storage facilities and storage operators we are providing a way to market their facilities on the “storage unit” level. For example if a storage owner has an abundance of 10 x 10 storage units available, that owner can now offer an even better special on just those units to get the storage units filled.”
In addition to self storage units, StorageUnit.com also has Mobile Storage Solutions for consumers. Mobile Storage is storage that is delivered to the consumer’s home or business for the consumer to fill at their own speed and convenience. When the consumer is finished filling the portable storage unit, the operator picks up the mobile storage unit and returns it to a secure self storage facility until the consumer needs access to it again. With more than 3,000 mobile store locations, which have an average service area of 45 miles, most cities across the US are provided with one or more storage solutions on StorageUnit.com.
In 2008 StorageUnit.com was launched as an informational website. In 2010 StorageUnit.com underwent a redesign that still provided consumers with storage information and also displayed self storage facility listings for the first time. In 2011 StorageUnit.com partnered with several self storage marketing leaders who helped to open the door to allow the current website. The new and redesigned StorageUnit.com was launched in September of 2011 and Yoder shared, "The new site’s traffic and usage has exceeded all expectations thus-far and we hope that we continue to see the same trends moving forward.”
Founded in 2007, StorageUnit.com is an online marketplace bringing self storage tenants and self storage operators together. StorageUnit.com allows consumers to search for available self storage units, compare different local storage facilities and reserve the storage unit they want online. With nearly 4,000 self storage facilities and 3,000 mobile storage locations, StorageUnit.com provides storage solutions for more than 70% of the continental United States.