OpenTech and storelocal Partner to Develop Industry’s First Global Distribution System

PHOENIX, Arizona – July19th, 2015 – OpenTech Alliance, one of the self-storage industry’s most innovative companies, and storelocal, the storage industry’s first national cooperative, announced today that they have partnered to develop and deliver an advanced technology platform for the independent operator.  The two companies plan to jointly develop the industry’s first global distribution system (GDS) to deliver real-time self storage inventory in a standard, scalable and secure method to consumers and third parties on a variety of platforms much like the Saber system used by the airlines.  The GDS will lessen self storage operator’s dependency on Google and open their doors to many other less expensive sources of renters.  Consumers will be able to rent, reserve and pay through the GDS from any device.

OpenTech’s mission is to make using storage effortless so more consumers will use it.  Today, almost 9% of American use self storage, OpenTech’s goal is to reach 12%. The partnership with storelocal will create a GDS platform that will work with all participating facility management software providers and provide potential renters and other companies such as movers, truck rental companies, apartment management firms, and even bigger players like Yelp, Amazon and Angie’s List with effective ways to drive more consumers to self storage facilities using a fluid, intuitive digital rental experience. By leveraging modern user interface principles in tandem with OpenTech’s award-winning connectivity technology, the two companies plan to create the best self storage user experience on the market.

“OpenTech’s commitment to the independent operator, dedication to innovative technology, and their alignment with storelocal’s mission made them a perfect partner. They have solved a difficult and ongoing connectivity challenge for their kiosks, call center and other applications and now we’re working together to solve the problem for other companies looking to help self storage operators rent more units.  The platform we’re developing will expose self storage to more people as well as change the way they experience it,” said storelocal CEO Lance Watkins.

“We totally enjoy working with innovative minds that are not afraid to think big.  storelocal is a group of self storage operators that are looking to make self storage easier to use and that concept aligns well with our mission.  We are excited to be part of something that will help the entire industry grow,” stated OpenTech’s President and CEO, Robert A. Chiti.

About storelocal: storelocal is a cooperative of self-storage owners and operators coming together to increase their competitive advantage in the marketplace. Together our members leverage new and existing resources to lower their operational costs and increase their profit. We provide access to best-in-class products and services through in-house development and vendor partnerships. Collectively leveraging value and commitment, storelocal increases members’ competitive advantage in the marketplace. We believe providing access to the best business tools will reduce your operational cost and increase your profit. To learn more about the storelocal co-op, visit the storelocal website, www.storelocal.com or call Natalie Bragg, Director of Public Relations, at 949-629-4142.

Why We Do What We Do: Every day, OpenTech Alliance connects thousands of tenants with storage companies around the world. With over 4,000 daily transactions, the companies automated products and services helped store managers move-in over 100,000 tenants in 2014, generating over 100 million dollars in new sales revenue alone. OpenTech, Making Self-Storage Easier, So More People will Use It. For additional information, please click:OpenTechAlliance.com or call an OpenTech Business Development Manager at (602) 749-9370.

Press Contact: Mike Sawyer, Director of Marketing
OpenTech Alliance, Inc.
602.324.8655
msawyer@opentechalliance.com

NOTE TO EDITORS: OpenTech Alliance, the OpenTech logo and INSOMNIAC are trademarks of OpenTech Alliance, Inc. Other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners. INSOMNIAC kiosks are protected by U.S. patent number 5,946,660.

INSOMNIAC Kiosk Honored as Freedom Fighter

PHOENIX, Arizona – July 4th, 2015 – OpenTech announced today that the “Freedom Act” passed by Freedom Self Storage 24-7 last year has been a great success.  In August 2014, self storage owners James & Darcey Widmann installed the INSOMNIAC Kiosk at their storage business in the greater Des Moines area of Carlisle Iowa to ensure their customers had the Freedom to do business when it was most convenient for them. Less than a year later, the kiosk has already accounted for completing over 30% of all new move-ins and payments at the 133 unit facility.

James said, “The kiosk fits our Freedom brand 100% and demonstrates our commitment to freedom.  Guests who want and expect service in person can always use our front desk and those who prefer self-serve can use the kiosk 24-7.  A place where freedom of choice meets self storage is what we’re about.”

The property represents a 15 year dream for the Widmann’s. Before purchasing their first property, they researched what people liked and didn’t like when doing business in Carlisle. They discovered many residents preferred the freedom that self-service systems provide.  The Widmann’s felt the kiosk would help to meet those desires when it came to the business schedule of their corporate tenants and new generation renters.

“We had to find a way to adjust to their schedule and negotiate a plan for our freedoms also.  The most practical way to accomplish that was by purchasing the kiosk,” added James.  The husband and wife team has plans to open three more properties for their children & families with a kiosk at each location.

Darcey said, “The kiosk has been our best hire ever, a true Freedom Fighter.  And many of our customers choose to come here, over another property because of the freedom our kiosk provides.  Liberty is the right to choose, and Freedom Storage is the result of that choice. Happy Birthday America!”

Why We Do What We Do: Every day, OpenTech Alliance connects thousands of tenants with storage companies around the world. With over 4,000 daily transactions, the companies automated products and services helped store managers move-in over 100,000 tenants in 2014, generating over 100 million dollars in new sales revenue alone. OpenTech, Making Self-Storage Easier, So More People will Use It. For additional information, please click:OpenTechAlliance.com or call an OpenTech Business Development Manager at (602) 749-9370.

Press Contact: Mike Sawyer, Director of Marketing
OpenTech Alliance, Inc.
602.324.8655
msawyer@opentechalliance.com

NOTE TO EDITORS: OpenTech Alliance, the OpenTech logo and INSOMNIAC are trademarks of OpenTech Alliance, Inc. Other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners. INSOMNIAC kiosks are protected by U.S. patent number 5,946,660.