Automation drives self storage sector growth

Adoption of tech and the creation of unmanned sites could open up new locations- Property Week 24th September 2021


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According to Rennie Schafer, chief executive of the Self Storage Association UK, the automation technology that is currently being adopted by self storage operators across the UK is resulting in one of the most significant changes to the industry since its inception in the 1990s. “Where in the past the industry was reliant on customers coming into the stores to complete their contracts, inspect units and meet store staff, technology is now allowing all this to occur from your mobile phone.”

Colin Jeromson, Managing Director Janus Europe, says his company has a large number of Nokē Smart Entry System customers in the UK, and the remote management aspect has been hugely beneficial for them as both businesses and private tenants become increasingly comfortable with digital solutions.

“Remotely managed facilities can be unmanned some or even most of the time.” he says. “This can provide owners with the option to select locations that may not usually be considered for self storage sites as well as potentially adding satellite stores in addition to manned facilities.”

“I firmly believe that automation is the future of self storage, and we are constantly seeing new technological enhancements both in our industry and other property related sectors.”

For further information about the Janus International range of self storage and access control solutions, please get in touch on: or +44 (0) 20 8744 9444.

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