SpareFoot, an online marketplace for self-storage consumers, has partnered with the Automated Housing Referral Network (AHRN), an online military-housing resource, to assist current and former military personnel in finding storage space. AHRN is working with various service providers to expand its scope of services related to permanent change of station (PCS) orders, relocation and career transitions for its members.
AHRN will work with MilitaryStorage.com, a website powered by SpareFoot that enables members of the armed forces to locate self-storage facilities that offer military discounts. SpareFoot operates the website in partnership with the National Military Family Association (NMFA). The company launched the site earlier this year, and for every reservation made through the website that results in a move-in, SpareFoot donates $1 to the NMFA.
AHRN has also partnered with the military-networking website RallyPoint.com and uShip.com, an online marketplace for moving and shipping resources serving the military-relocation, freight, household-goods and vehicle-shipping markets. Together, uShip and MilitaryStorage.com enable military members to select a moving company or self-storage facility based on user reviews, pricing, location and timing, AHRN officials said in a press release.
“We are excited to partner with organizations that share the same dedication to serving the military community and providing quality services to military members and their families,” said Paul Giese, product manager for AHRN.com. “These complimentary services provide AHRN.com members with access to resources beneficial during a PCS/relocation and/or career transition, in addition to housing information provided through AHRN.com since 2004. These organizations are committed to assisting military families throughout their military career, from initial entry to exiting the service, including all the moves in between, which aligns with the AHRN.com mission.”
The RallyPoint website is used by military personnel during PCS relocations and career transitions and shares the same audience with AHRN.com, officials said. The partnership will “enable members of both websites to obtain access to trusted resources for success in three key areas of military life: career, housing and connections,” according to the release.
"We're excited to work with AHRN.com because our organizations both strive to serve the military community,” said Yinon Weiss, RallyPoint CEO. “RallyPoint’s reach mixed with the PCS resources offered by AHRN.com should help service members enjoy more fluid transitions. We look forward to working with AHRN.com to improve a piece of military life that has left so many unsatisfied in the past.”
Founded in 2004, AHRN.com connects the military community with available housing at more than 500 military installations. The website has assisted more than 1.4 million military members across all service branches find housing, company officials said.
Founded in 2008, SpareFoot helps consumers find and reserve self-storage units, with comparison shopping tools that show real-time availability and exclusive deals. With a network of more than 7,000 storage facilities ranging from mom-and-pop operations to real estate investment trusts, the company reaches prospective storage renters though partnerships with brands including SelfStorage.com, Apartments.com and Penske Truck Rental.