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What if NASCAR’S Jeff Gordon raced the PODS® truck?

I am a huge NASCAR fan. HUGE! And, to the chagrin of many fellow fans, I also am a Jeff Gordon fan (stop boo-ing me!).

Remember that advertising campaign with Dale Jarrett and UPS? For several years, UPS persuaded Dale to race the UPS truck instead of his 800-hp stockcar. Dale didn’t want to, but at the end of the season, he drove that delivery truck around Daytona. In light of this, I would like to see Jeff Gordon race the PODS® truck (stop laughing).

Just picture it… hot flames and a big No. 24 on the door panels of the PODS truck racing down the checkered flag in the Sprint Cup. Take the high line Jimmie Johnson. No bump and runs Kyle Busch. Don’t even try to draft this PODZILLA® Juan Pablo Montoya. This race win is for Jeff. Go PODS! Go 24!

To see more, visit PODS.com or NASCAR.com.

March 1, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

What Consumers Want Most in a Moving and Storage Company

PODS Enterprises, Inc. launches updated branding and new web site based on customer insights

(CLEARWATER, FLA.) – PODS Enterprises, Inc., a leader in moving and storage, recently completed comprehensive market research to better understand what customers value the most when moving or storing their valuables.

Using feedback from consumer focus groups, customer interviews and quantitative analysis, the company reveals that flexibility and convenience are top factors influencing customer satisfaction in the moving and storage experience.

“Forty percent of our customers report that greater flexibility is the number one advantage to using PODS,” said George Spowart, vice president of marketing for PODS. “By allowing customers to pack and load a PODS® container at their own pace, our company is substantially more flexible than traditional moving or rental truck companies.”Moving is cited as one of the top five stressors in a person’s life1. Many times, the stress from a change in residence is compounded by another life event such as job change, divorce or a family death.

Taking customer feedback to heart, PODS developed a more user-friendly web site, updated branding and messaging, and launched a new TV advertising campaign. (http://www.youtube.com/PODScompany)

The new web site, http://www.pods.com/, developed from the research and extensive user testing, is designed to allow residential, business and government customers to take more control of their move, whether they need to store their property on-site, move it to a secure PODS® Storage Center or move it across town or across the country. To help alleviate stress, the web site also provides access to a wide variety of informational topics ranging from first-time home buyer tax credits to safely storing your valuables and more.

Despite the housing market slowdown and a decrease in volume for traditional moving and rental truck companies, PODS saw long-distance moving services increase by double digit percentage points in fiscal 2009 over the previous year.

“PODS revolutionized the portable moving and storage industry over 10 years ago and we are still the best moving and storage idea ever,” Spowart said.

1 Prather, Jilly. “Psychological Causes of Stress.” EHow.com. March 29, 2010. http://www.ehow.com/about_5101213_psychological-causes-stress.html

September 15, 2010 Posted by | Moving | , , , , , | Leave a comment

PODS Moving and Storage Continues U.S. Expansion, Announces Sale of Asheville, N.C. Franchise

CLEARWATER, FLA)- With successful franchise locations operating throughout the U.S., Australia and Canada, PODS Enterprises, Inc. (Portable Moving and Storage), today announced the sale of  franchising rights for the Asheville, N.C. market.

“We are excited about opening the Asheville location. It was the last large market in the Continental U.S. where PODS did not have either company-owned or franchise operations. While we previously serviced Asheville from another location, servicing directly from Asheville, N.C. allows us to provide more flexible service at a better price,” said Ann Lehman, senior VP franchise operations. “The owner/operators have operated a franchise in central Fla. since 2006, which will allow them to hit the ground running when they open in August.”

“I am excited to start this new venture with PODS, servicing the local Asheville, Hendersonville and Waynesville communities,” said Kelly Moore, manager of the Asheville franchise. Moore is a long-standing member of the local business community, having owned Carolina-based Carolina Crane in Franklin, N.C. for over 20 years.

Operations in Asheville, N.C. are tentatively scheduled to begin August 1, 2010.

About PODS Enterprises, Inc.

Founded in 1998, PODS currently provides moving and storage services to a population of more than 240 million consumers, in 48 U.S. states, Canada, Australia, and soon the UK through its company-owned and independent franchise network. To date, the PODS network has completed more than 250,000 long-distance relocations, exceeded one million deliveries and has over 140,000 PODS® containers in service.

PODS® 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. The 12-foot and 16-foot containers have been tested to withstand winds of more than 110-mph when partially loaded. For more information or to schedule service, visit PODS.com or call 800-776-7637.

September 8, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

PODS offers 6 tips for an organized garage

 

As life progresses, we tend to acquire items of all shapes and sizes. Often, when items have outlasted their usefulness, they are placed in the garage. The garage can be an amazing resource for the home, but a messy garage can cause frustration and can even be dangerous.

The idea of cleaning out the garage may be unpleasant, but now is the perfect time to clear out the clutter in preparation of warmer weather and summer fun—a time when surfboards, swim gear and camping equipment are put to use!

Throughout the year, it is easy to allow items to accumulate in the garage. Organizing a garage can be done in stages. Consider these helpful hints:

1. Make a plan to reduce the number of items stored in the garage. Divide the garage into zones: Storage Zone, Charity Zone, Garage Sale Zone and Trash Zone. Relocate zoned items to a PODS storage unit while the garage declutter is in progress.

2. Never store gasoline-powered equipment, petroleum products, flammable gasses, paint, fertilizer, pesticides or cleaning chemicals in the home.

3. Work at your own pace. The garage did not become cluttered in one day; do not expect reorganization to take place in one day, either.

4. Consider using garage organization systems to organize tools, sporting equipment, lawn and gardening tools. Everything should have a place.

5. Once the garage is organized, maintaining it should be a family affair. Set some ground rules, such as keeping the parking area free from clutter and putting tools and sporting equipment back in its place.

6. A garage that is free from clutter offers a setting for weekend or school projects with the kids and an opportunity to bond with family and friends.

For more information, visit www.pods.com

August 31, 2010 Posted by | Tips | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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