DENVER and LIVERMORE, Calif., Dec. 11 -- Bekins A-1 Movers, Inc., headquartered in Pennsylvania, with 20 branch locations throughout the United States, and Smart Move, Inc., a Denver, CO based logistics company today announced a strategic alliance to help Bekins A-1 Movers, Inc.'s new Chronos division deliver an exciting new service for its customers. In a unique partnership with Smart Move Inc., (AMEX:MVE), Bekins A-1 Movers, Inc. is making an innovative alternative method available to its customers for transporting household and commercial goods securely and quickly through containerized shipping. Utilizing Smart Move's proprietary GPS-enabled shipping container, the SmartVault(TM), this containerized shipping model increases the strength and flexibility of the already robust service offerings of the Bekins A-1 Movers, Inc. companies. Smart Move uses its proprietary logistics software and the strengths of its primary transportation providers to deliver the vaults on a guaranteed time basis.
Bekins A-1 Movers, Inc. in conjunction with Bekins Moving Solutions, Inc., has created a new division to manage and facilitate all aspects of this containerized shipping program. The newly created division, Chronos, was designed to enhance the revenue stream of each of the branch locations and provide a new consumer service product. Chronos is based out of the San Francisco Bay Area, managed by Scott Harvey, Vice President of Business Solutions, who stated:
"Chronos was designed to help customers move faster... from Point A... to Point Done. Utilizing SmartVault(TM) technology, we will help our customers with the fastest, most secure, and most economical method possible for moving their personal effects. In our fast-paced society, time is money. The quicker and more secure we can get their personal effects moved across the country, the more they save throughout their relocation process. Chronos is built around the customers' schedules, not ours."
Chris Sapyta, CEO of Smart Move, Inc., added:
"Smart Move's alliance with Bekins A-1 Movers, Inc. has resulted in an innovative product offering using the SmartVault(TM) and Smart Move's logistics model and expertise. The new Chronos division being launched by Bekins A-1 Movers, Inc. is further evidence of how important industry partners are to Smart Move's business vision. By leveraging their areas of expertise, assets and infrastructure, Smart Move and Bekins A-1 Movers, Inc. have developed a cost effective solution where customers win."
The Chronos model of business offers specific competitive advantages over other methods of long distance transportation. Security, scheduling flexibility, expedited service, and ease of use are the backbone of the program. This service is unlike anything else in the industry.
o SmartVault(TM) technology, GPS-enabled
o Flexibility to move on any schedule: coast-to-coast in 7 days
o $10,000 worth of Insurance per SmartVault(TM)
o Eliminate loss and theft
o Expert Bekins A-1/BMS loading teams
o Up to 28 days of free storage
o Self-move option
o Easy-to-understand pricing based on number of vaults shipped
o Customer locks the unit and keeps the key
Each Bekins A-1 Movers, Inc. /Bekins Moving Solutions branch location will be introducing Chronos and the roll out should be completed in January of 2008.
About Smart Move:
Smart Move is an innovative logistics company providing services through deployment of a fleet of Company-owned, GPS equipped SmartVault(TM) shipping containers to execute the movement of goods. Smart Move utilizes its proprietary and licensed technologies to efficiently manage its fleet of assets, providing superior security, scheduling flexibility and expedited service on behalf of its customers and alliance partners. Smart Move sells its services direct to moving consumers as well as providing moving capacity and guaranteed logistic services to van lines and agents nation wide.
About Bekins A-1:
Bekins A-1 started in 1936 in Wilkes Barre, PA. It has grown to become Bekins Van Lines' largest agency family with 19 full-service locations around the country. Bekins A-1 Agency Family of Movers has developed a proven commitment to service excellence for their customers. With offices strategically located around the country, their well trained professional team of some 500 employees can service many moves beginning to end.
Bekins A-1 Branches Include: Ace Moving & Storage (Harrisburg and Wilkes Barre), BekinsA1 Movers (Washington), BekinsA1 Movers of Atlanta, Bekins Moving Solutions (Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, and San Diego), Gates Moving Systems (Sarasota), Legacy Worldwide Moving & Storage (Palm Springs), National Moving & Storage (Las Vegas), Pinnacle Worldwide Relocation (Chicago), Tri-Valley Worldwide Moving & Storage (San Francisco).
Source: Smart Move, Inc.
CONTACT: Scott Harvey of CHRONOS, Bekins A-1 Movers, Inc.,
+1-925-373-0512, email@example.com; or Pete Bloomquist of Smart
Inc., +1-303-339-9558, firstname.lastname@example.org
Web site: http://www.gosmartmove.com/