PODS and UniGroup Create Alliance to Better Serve Customers

Tue Aug 4, 2009 1:20pm EDT

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  ST. LOUIS, MO and CLEARWATER, FL, Aug 04 (MARKET WIRE)
-- 
PODS (Portable on Demand Storage) and UniGroup, Inc., the parent company
of United Van Lines and Mayflower Transit, have agreed to a marketing
alliance that provides for the exchange of services between leaders in
portable container moving and storage and full-service moving.

    The agreement provides UniGroup access to PODS' fleet of 138,000 moving
and storage containers serviced by 166 franchise and corporate locations.
In exchange, PODS gains access to professional packing and loading
services through the network of United Van Lines and Mayflower Transit
agents with nearly 750 locations across the country.

    "UniGroup is pleased to enter a marketing alliance with PODS, the largest
portable container moving and storage services provider," said Rich
McClure, president of UniGroup, a leader in the full-service moving
industry. "This alliance will enable UniGroup and its family of United and
Mayflower agents to offer residential and corporate customers a complete
range of moving and storage services -- from full-service professional
moving to do-it-yourself container services."

    Tom Ryan, CEO of PODS, said, "PODS has experienced tremendous growth in
the moving and storage industries due to the flexibility and convenience
of our services. Traditionally, we've appealed to the do-it-yourself
moving and storage customer, but our agreement with UniGroup will enable
PODS's customers to access packing and loading services that many of our
customers want from the most trusted names in the business -- United Van
Lines and Mayflower Transit."

    The alliance with PODS will expand the capacity and efficiency of
Mayflower and United agents within the portable container marketplace and
ensure the van lines' customers have access to a range of moving options
to fit their needs. UniGroup entered the portable container moving and
storage market in 2006 with its brand SAM - Store and Move. The SAM
network of 92 dealers in 65 cities in the United States will continue to
provide portable containers under the new agreement.

    About UniGroup, Inc.

    UniGroup, Inc., a $2 billion privately held transportation and relocation
services company, has service providers in all 50 U.S. states and more
than 180 countries around the world. In addition to household goods
carriers United Van Lines and Mayflower Transit, UniGroup owns several
other subsidiaries that provide goods and services to professional movers
and customers, including Vanliner Insurance Company, Trans Advantage,
Inc., and UniGroup Worldwide UTS.

    About PODS

    Founded in 1998, PODS provides moving and storage services to more than
238 million consumers in 48 U.S. states, Canada, and Australia. To date,
the company has completed more than 200,000 long-distance relocations,
exceeded one million deliveries and has nearly 138,000 PODS(R) containers
in service. PODS(R) secure containers are constructed of a steel frame
and are available in three sizes: approximately 8-by-7-by-7 feet,
8-by-8-by-12 feet and 8-by-8-by-16 feet and have been tested to withstand
winds of more than 110-mph when partially loaded.

    

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