Ecofriendly U-Haul service embraces
efficiency, addresses shipping concerns and needed cost savings for
PHOENIX, Nov. 8, 2022
/PRNewswire/ -- U-Box® Load Share, the latest U-Haul® green
initiative, has been awarded the 2022 Sustainability Service of the
Year by The Business Intelligence Group.
The annual Sustainability Awards recognize organizations
that have made sustainable practices an integral part of their
business and commitment.
U-Box Load Share offers an environmentally friendly moving
solution built on the premise of people helping people. It promotes
affordable and reliable residential moves while reducing customer
costs, fuel use, vehicle miles traveled and freight congestion on
the roadways – thus lowering carbon emissions created during the
transportation of household goods.
Additionally, the program supplements the existing truck driver
shortage which has led to delayed deliveries and pricing
"U-Box Load Share provides a collaborative service
where people already driving a U-Haul truck cross-country, or to
another state, can expedite a fellow customer's access to their
possessions in a safe, ecofriendly way," explained Sam
Shoen, U-Box Director. "This program is consistent with
U-Haul Company's longstanding objective to lower costs for everyone
using our products and services, while giving thoughtful
consideration to our environmental impact."
Arranging for a one-way U-Haul truck customer to tow another
customer's U-Box container during their move eliminates the
need for a 53-foot freight tractor-trailer to transport the U-Box
container to the same location.
This safe, collaborative, and sustainable transport alternative
is closely monitored and managed by centralized U-Haul
International personnel. When this service is performed, the
allocation of cost savings is threefold:
- A discount is provided to the customer renting the one-way
- A lower shipping rate is provided to all U-Box container
- U-Haul can manufacture newer and safer equipment, and retrofit
existing equipment with improved safety and convenience
The Business Intelligence Group award adds to the growing list
of accolades for U-Box Load Share. The program was also honored as
a PR News 2022 Social Impact Awards finalist in the Community
Affairs Organizational Mission category.
"We are proud to reward and recognize U-Haul for their
sustainability efforts," said Maria
Jimenez, Chief Nominations Officer for the Business
Intelligence Group. "It was clear to our judges that their vision
and strategy will continue to deliver results toward a cleaner,
more sustainable world."
Answer to Shipping Delays
U-Box Load Share is an attentive response to today's gig
economy. It was formed after global shipping delays and
interruptions in the supply chain caused slowdowns in customers
receiving products, including U-Box containers. U-Box Load Share
combats interruptions tied to freight shipping and allows customers
to assist one another.
A four-factor vetting process is utilized to
pre-select potential candidates before the option of U-Box Load
Share is presented to any customer. The offer is always contingent
on the customer's comfort and ability to tow a trailer. U-Haul
assumes liability for the customer's belongings in the U-Box
container when this service occurs.
Socio-Economic Benefits to U-Box Load
Cost savings to U-Haul
truck rental customer and U-Box customer
incidents of damage
claims compared to freight deliveries
truck fleet is 11 years
younger than the average freight
delivery to U-Box
customers compared to freight tractors-trailers
Supplements driver shortage that has led to delivery
delays, price increases
"Sustainability is at the core of everything we
do at U-Haul, from the shared use of our trucks and trailers
in the communities we serve, to our repurposing of existing and
underutilized buildings for new moving and self-storage facilities
through our Adaptive Reuse Program," said Dr. Allan Yang, U-Haul Director of Corporate
"U-Box Load Share is the latest innovation in our ongoing
commitment to shared mobility, which enables customers to obtain
short-term access to moving equipment as needed, rather than
requiring ownership. We are pleased that it is being widely
recognized for the many benefits it offers."
Founded in 1945, U-Haul is the No. 1 choice of
do-it-yourself movers, with a network of more than 23,000
locations across all 50 states and 10 Canadian provinces.
U-Haul Truck Share 24/7 offers secure access to U-Haul trucks every
hour of every day through the customer dispatch option on their
smartphones and our proprietary Live Verify technology. Our
customers' patronage has enabled the U-Haul fleet to grow to
approximately 186,000 trucks, 128,000 trailers and 46,000 towing
devices. U-Haul is the third largest self-storage operator in
North America and offers 895,000
rentable storage units and 76.6 million square feet of self-storage
space at owned and managed facilities. U-Haul is the largest
retailer of propane in the U.S., and continues to be the largest
installer of permanent trailer hitches in the automotive
aftermarket industry. U-Haul has been recognized repeatedly as a
leading "Best for Vets" employer and was recently named one of the
15 Healthiest Workplaces in America.
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