Online self-storage directory SpareFoot has partnered with online transport marketplace uShip to create uShip Self Storage, a new Web portal that will help consumers find and compare available self-storage units. This free service, powered by SpareFoot, is tightly incorporated into uShip’s online listing process, appearing where users naturally require self-storage units as part of their move.
uShip members can now browse through thousands of online local storage facilities, comparing real-time pricing, unit sizes and availability, as well as location, photos and customer reviews. Once a customer locates the ideal unit, he simply books it through uShip Self Storage for free.
“Moving and storage are so closely tied together across many of our categories―household goods, antiques, boats, cars, and even business moves―so offering an easy way to access self-storage is a natural addition to uShip’s existing services,” said Matt Chasen, founder and CEO of uShip.
“Integrating our platform into uShip’s marketplace will make it much easier for shipping customers to find the storage they need, and it will give our network of storage facilities access to more new tenants,” said SpareFoot founder and CEO Chuck Gordon.
With real-time pricing and inventory for more than 5,000 self-storage facilities nationwide, SpareFoot helps consumers compare storage locations in their area and find the storage unit they need. Established in 2008 and based in Austin, Texas, SpareFoot powers storage offerings across a network of sites including SpareFoot.com, SelfStorage.com, uShip Self Storage, Apartments.com, and others. The company helps storage operators find new tenants and increase occupancy through a pay-for-performance model.
The first and largest online transport marketplace, uShip connects people and businesses with feedback-rated transporters. Carriers place competitive bids to win business, often filling extra space in their trucks and saving customers an average of 50 percent. The uShip marketplace has attracted $150 million in business transactions, one million listings and 170,000 service providers. Launched in 2004, uShip operates globally with localized functionality in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, France, European Union, and Australia.