UNITS National Storage Franchise Rolls Out New Robotic Advantage for Franchisees

Groundbreaking "ROBO-UNIT" Offers Access to New Markets Never Before Open to Portable Storage

October 01, 2010 // Franchising.com // Charleston, SC - UNITS Portable Storage, a growing leader in the national portable storage industry, is introducing a new piece of technology designed to give franchisees from coast to coast a unique advantage in an increasingly competitive industry. The company has debuted a new remote controlled robot called the ROBO-UNIT, capable of lifting, moving and placing a portable storage container anywhere a full-sized vehicle can fit.

Before this, portable storage was not an option for people living in locations tight on space such as apartment communities and busy urban locations due to the space demands of traditional container loading and unloading procedures. However, the advent of the ROBO-UNIT now opens these markets to UNITS franchisees across the nation because of the robot's size, precision and maneuverability.

"The ROBO- UNIT delivery system is completely changing the dynamics of the portable storage industry because it's an entirely new technology," said John Steeves, UNITS Portable Storage COO. "We now have the ability to reach out to a whole new customer base and offer a better product for our consumers. It's a huge advantage, it makes life much easier on our franchisees and it's incredibly entertaining to watch."

The ROBO-UNIT delivery system can lift up to 7,000 lbs. and maneuver a filled container weighing as much as 10,000 lbs. into a space the size of a parking spot without shifting or damaging belongings inside. The new robotic delivery system cuts down on the amount of manual labor involved in pick-ups and deliveries, and is incredibly simple to operate and control.

"Our franchise model is one of the strongest in the industry, and being the first company to bring this technology to market demonstrates our commitment to being the leader in this industry," Steeves said. "We are always on the lookout for ways to improve our service and our business, and technology like this helps to set us apart from every other competitor in the market."

Franchisees have also noticed that the new delivery system comes with an additional on-site benefit -the ability to draw a crowd.

"Everyone loves watching it in action," says Paul Cardosi, owner of UNITS Portable Storage in Phoenix. "When that sky blue robot comes out, there is a wow factor that draws the attention of the neighborhood. There really is nothing out there like it, and it gives us a leg up on everyone else in the storage industry."

The ROBO-UNIT offers several improvements over traditional delivery systems, including:

  • A unique leveling system to stabilize the container and protect items inside while loading and unloading from the truck.
  • Increased maneuverability for more flexible container placement options.
  • Less wear and tear on driveways, residential property and lawns than bigger, heavier flatbed delivery trucks.
  • An improved safety system to further secure containers during transport - the ROBO-UNIT locks to the back of the truck providing enhanced support and stability.

For more information on UNITS Portable Storage or the new ROBO-UNIT delivery system, visit www.unitsstorage.com.

About UNITS Portable Storage

Founded in 2003 by Michael McAlhany, UNITS Portable Storage, a technology-leading, affordable and convenient portable storage company, provides a hassle-free solution to the moving process by offering door-to-door portable storage - saving customers both time and money. UNITS has raised the bar in portable storage quality, customer care and innovation while offering specifically designed containers that are water, mold and UV resistant. The company continues to grow aggressively and now has more than 40 locations operating throughout the nation. For more information, please visit www.unitsstorage.com.

Jon Weiner



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