Zippy Shell Zooms into Aggressive Franchise Expansion Phase
Breakthrough Brand Disrupting Dual Industries Advances Cutting Edge Moving and Storage Concept
April 17, 2017 // Franchising.com // WASHINGTON D.C. - Built for the long haul (and the short haul too), Zippy Shell is making a move that further solidifies its undisputable presence as the most prominent and disruptive force in both the moving and storage industries.
The brand announced today that it has initiated a coast-to-coast expansion plan to double its U.S. presence in the next three years, expanding its innovative service offerings into key markets. Momentum has shifted into high gear with four first quarter 2017 openings – Atlanta, Cleveland, Tampa and Denver. Plus, projections call for up to 12 additional franchise units this year…with the second quarter forecasting to be equally as strong as the start of the year.
“We’ve cracked the code on a pair of antiquated sectors,” said Rick Del Sontro, president of Zippy Shell. “No other concept can do what Zippy Shell can to disrupt both the moving and storage industries. The business model has been designed to achieve maximum efficiencies on all sides of the business, which gives our franchisees and their customers the ultimate value proposition.”
There are several factors driving Zippy Shell’s dynamic growth. First, the brand has begun to tip the scale towards market dominance through its strategic franchising initiative. It is cementing its brand recognition now with more than 50 locations across the United States covering more than 120 territories from Florida to the Pacific Northwest. Because of the surging brand awareness, demand is growing and additional franchise territories are available to meet the needs of both consumer and business clients.
Additionally, Zippy Shell is advancing its position in the moving and storage industries with the introduction of a new all-weather storage container. The newly created container is better equipped to withstand all weather environments and can stay outside for longer periods of time than the original wire mesh unit.
Another indication of the climb Zippy Shell is making to the top of the moving and storage industries is the first quarter performance of its relocation services. Up 350 percent compared to the same timeframe last year, this portion of the company’s offerings serve as a significant sales opportunity for locations across the country to meet the corporate demand for more cost-effective and safer solutions.
“Our entire organization is motivated by the direction the company is headed,” Del Sontro said. “Between the new openings, the development of our new advanced container and record breaking relocation sales numbers last quarter, we’re on the brink of sailing past our competition. With the way things are going, there are so many reasons our corporate office team and our franchisees should feel energized.”
Zippy Shell bridges the gap between moving and storage in a cost effective way for both franchisees and their customers. Efficiencies are achieved on several levels, including Zippy Shell’s open-air, lightweight containers that are uniquely designed to be shipped inside a traditional dry van or freight truck and then can be collapsed and easily shipped back at freight rates that are much less costly than other containers. Further, customer convenience and security are prioritized through Zippy Shell storage services in nearby warehouses until ready for hauling or unloading.
Franchisees benefit from Zippy Shell’s competitive advantages. The model requires less capital and less equipment costs, which differentiates it from all other moving and storage companies. In turn, Zippy Shell is able to pass savings on to its consumer and business customers. Moreover, the Zippy Shell loading and delivery system is much more mobile and can access more locations than traditional services, and drivers do not need special training.
Offering entrepreneurs interested in investing in the franchise a full suite of support services ranging from initial and ongoing training to sales and marketing programs, Zippy Shell also provides a central call center that works to connect local offices with customers in their areas. Ideal franchise candidates are those who can consider the semi-absentee business model, are interested in opening multiple units and can invest a significant amount of capital at the onset in order to see the business develop into an empire over time. Franchise partners could be individuals, small teams and/or multi-unit owners of franchises.
For information on franchising opportunities, visit www.zippyshell.com/franchise.
About Zippy Shell
Founded in Australia in 2007 and brought to the United States in 2010, Zippy Shell brilliantly streamlines two industries – practical, personal storage and safe, secure moving – into one simple and easy model. Through a network of franchise locations and licensed partners, Zippy Shell provides a complete suite of services to the customer ranging from self-pack storage through full service moving. The brand’s rapid franchise expansion into new markets across the country creates opportunities for seasoned entrepreneurs looking to build and expand their portfolios. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., Zippy Shell currently has 51 independently operated, corporately operated and jointly operated facilities serving more than 120 markets. For more information, visit www.zippyshell.com.
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