Phoenix, Ariz.-based OpenTech Alliance Inc., a leading technology provider in the self storage industry, announced they have acquired a majority stake in Storage Treasures LLC, the largest onsite and online self-storage auction platform in North America. As a part of the investment, OpenTech has signed a long-term management agreement to operate the related websites, hire all employees and expand the brand into new markets. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
The Storage Treasures website currently supports over 900,000 registered bidders and services more than 6,000 self-storage facilities managed by industry leading operators such as Extra Space Storage, A-1 Self Storage, Central Self Storage, Great Value Storage, Compass Self Storage, and US Storage Centers. Storage Treasures also owns several associated websites including; StorageBattles.com, StorageTreasures.com, LegalNoticeLocator.com, SpacePicker.com and is a founding technology partner of Charity Storage, Inc., the Official Charity of the Self Storage Association (SSA). Storage Treasures, LLC is the result of a consolidation of Storage Battles LLC and Storage Treasures Inc. in late 2013.
“We have observed the rapid adoption of online auctions in our space and felt we could leverage our technology expertise, customer service capabilities and IT infrastructure to help scale the Storage Treasures platform,” said Robert A. Chiti, OpenTech President and CEO. “Over the past two years the team at Storage Treasures, led by Jim Grant, has knocked the cover off the ball. They have significantly ramped up every metric of the business including self-storage facilities using the service, active bidders, number of auctions and most importantly, the debt recovery percentage for their storage owners.”
“Our plan is to build upon the vision of the founders of the respective sites Jim Grant (Storage Battles) and Lance Watkins (Storage Treasures), so we are very happy Jim has decided to stay on with OpenTech and continue what he started,” Chiti said.
“Everybody within the Storage Treasures organization is very excited about joining OpenTech,” said Grant. “Robert has been a member of our Board of Advisors and investor for over a year, so he is up to speed on our short- and long-term road map. We already are the largest onsite and online self-storage auction platform and with OpenTech we plan to gain additional momentum while taking our customer service and technology innovation to a whole new level.”
OpenTech already offers self-storage managers services that fit into the late to lien process. Their XpressCollect service automatically notifies tenants in a convenient channel (text, email or manual call) that their rent is due. The service also gives the tenants an effortless and secure way to make their payments, saving managers lots of time and reducing the costs for self-storage owners.
Storage Treasures already is using OpenTech’s Open API service to automate the auction posting process by keeping the Storage Treasures site updated with information from an operator’s property management software. This integration significantly reduces the chance of human error in the process and reduces an owner’s risk.
Following OpenTech’s philosophy of developing open solutions, the company plans to invest heavily in launching new related sites, while adding new features to the Storage Treasures site to promote the use of the service by partners such as traditional auctioneers, affiliated auction sites in other markets and resale outlets.
“The resale trend is exploding and we want to put Storage Treasures in the center of it,” said Chiti.
About StorageTreasures.com: Storage Treasures is a free, social site to find live onsite storage auctions or post online auctions at any self-storage facility across the United States and Canada. Members also can bid on storage units online from participating facilities. Storage Treasures has revolutionized the way in which the contents of self-storage units are marketed and publicly auctioned after the lessee has failed to pay rent. The site fills the gap between the operational systems that the industry currently utilizes and the public buyer who may be interested in the contents of a unit that is going to auction. The tools Storage Treasures provides allow the storage industry not only to comply with, but also to exceed the intent of state laws governing the self-storage industry, protecting tenants and bidders alike. For more information please visitwww.storagetreasures.com.
About OpenTech: Every day, OpenTech Alliance connects thousands of tenants with storage companies around the world. With over 4,000 daily transactions, the company’s automated products and services helped Storage Managers move-in over 100,000 tenants in 2015, 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.
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