Ten years ago, PODS (Portable On Demand Storage) introduced a new concept to the moving and storage industry and set a new standard for consumers needing flexible solutions.
Today, brothers Mike and Tim Greene are managing partners of nine PODS franchises, including Orlando, which is celebrating 10 years of service to the community.
The pair first noticed the now familiar white and red PODS containers in Clearwater, Fla., where PODS is headquartered, and saw the opportunity as a natural progression from working with the family’s mini storage business.
“We delivered the PODS container just east of the St. Johns River where it was going to be used as a staging ground for archeologists recovering Indian remains that were discovered while a bridge was being expanded,” Mike Greene says. “Many of our future customers commented they noticed our billboard off Interstate 4, but it was actually our PODS container in the field.”
“What amazes us the most about PODS is the wide range of applications it can be used for, including local or long-distance moves, on-site home renovations, seasonal storage, an additional garage that is warehoused at one of our state of the art facilities, and even as a field storage unit for recovery or research,” adds Tim Greene. “It truly makes some of life’s challenges simpler. When we started in 1999 we were simply an alternative to mini storage and local truck rentals. Now, we can move people virtually anywhere in the continental U.S., Canada, Hawaii and Australia.
PODS Orlando has expanded over the years from its original 10,000-square-foot warehouse in Sanford, Fla., and now operates three separate warehouses in Florida: a 30,000-square-foot facility in Longwood, a 65,000-square-foot facility in Orlando, and 27,000-square-foot facility in Lakeland. Currently the franchise has more than 2,000 containers available for local and long-distance moves and employs an average of 20-25 employees.
“The biggest change over the last 10 years has been the technology we use to help us in our day-to-day work,” Tim says. “Software specifically-developed for PODS gives us real-time data of when and where a PODS container was delivered, who delivered it, and online signatures of customers. In addition, GPS tracking increases overall efficiency.”
The Greene’s have established relationships with a variety of local and national charities, including Habitat for Humanity, Toys for Tots, March of Dimes, Boy Scouts of America, local food banks, numerous churches, and schools throughout the Central Florida area.
Founded in 1998, PODS provides moving and storage services to more than 239 million consumers in 48 U.S. states, Canada, and Australia. The company has completed more than 200,000 long-distance relocations, exceeded one million deliveries and has nearly 140,000 PODS containers in service.