January 1

U-Haul ranks Vermont and Michigan as top 2010 growth states

first_imgJanuary – December 2010 U-Haul International, Inc, today released the results of the annual U-Haul National Migration Trend Report, reflecting the nation’s top growth states for families who moved during 2010. The report, titled “2010 Top 10 U.S. Growth States,” indicates that for states with more than 20,000 families moving, Michigan had the highest percentage of growth, with 3.14 percent more families moving into the state than out, moving Kentucky to sixth place from last year. For states with 5,000 – 20,000 families moving, Vermont had the highest percentage, with a growth rate of 19.46 percent in 2010. 9.NORTH CAROLINA0.93% With More Than 20,000 Families Moving 2.MAINE13.41% 6.IOWA2.28% 3.DELAWARE8.23% 7.OHIO1.25% 10.CALIFORNIA0.75% 5.NORTH DAKOTA3.61% RANKSTATE%GROWTH January – December 2010 “The average American moves 11 times in a lifetime,” explained U-Haul President of Phoenix Operations John “J.T.” Taylor. “Our customers rely on us to provide affordable services, and we are proud to be able to offer families who need moving services the increased convenience of our locations, which makes for a shorter distance to travel when moving. This not only makes their move easier but also has the positive effect of reducing the amount of carbon emissions released into the atmosphere and saves our customers money.”The report, reflective of growth patterns of the United States during 2010, was compiled based on nationwide trends in states with more than 5,000 families moving in or out of the area. Growth was then determined by calculating the percentage of inbound moves vs. outbound moves for each state.The 2010 Top 10 U.S. Growth States Report was compiled from more than 1.4 million U-Haul one-way truck transactions occurring during a recent 12-month period.About U-HaulSince 1945, U-Haul has been the choice for the do-it-yourself mover, with a network of more than 16,300 locations in all 50 States and 10 Canadian provinces. U-Haul customers’ patronage has enabled the Company to maintain the largest rental fleet in the do-it-yourself moving industry with approximately 104,000 trucks, 80,000 trailers and 36,000 towing devices. U-Haul offers more than 406,000 rooms and 36 million square feet of storage space at nearly 1,100 owned and managed facilities throughout North America. U-Haul is the consumer’s number one choice as the largest installer of permanent trailer hitches in the automotive aftermarket industry. The Company supplies alternative-fuel for vehicles and backyard barbecues as one of the nation’s largest retailers of propane.U-Haul was founded by a Navy veteran who grew up during the Great Depression. Tires and gas were still rationed or in short supply during the late 1940s when U-Haul began serving U.S. customers. Today, that background is central to the U-Haul Sustainability Program: “Serving the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” Our commitment to reduce, reuse and recycle includes fuel-efficient moving vans, neighborhood proximity, moving box reuse, moving pads made from discarded material and packing peanuts that are 100% biodegradable. Learn more about these facts and others at uhaul.com/sustainability. PHOENIX, Feb. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — U-Haul International, Inc 4.WASHINGTON1.53% U-Haul Top 10 U.S. Growth States 1.VERMONT19.46%center_img 9.WYOMING1.46% 1.MICHIGAN3.14% RANKSTATE%GROWTH 7.DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA1.98% U-Haul Top 10 U.S. Growth States 2.TEXAS1.67% 10.WEST VIRGINIA0.52% 8.UTAH1.88% 4.OREGON6.01% 6.KENTUCKY1.30% With 5,000 – 20,000 Families Moving 5.COLORADO1.38% 3.MARYLAND1.61% 8.NEW YORK1.21%last_img read more

September 17

Event tackles changing business models in tech

first_imgNotable speakers for the events included Andrew Stalbow, North American general manager of “Angry Birds” creator Rovio, as well as Evan and Gregg Spiridellis, co-founders of JibJab.com, who also unveiled their new company StoryBots at the event.Evan and Greg Spiridellis focused on topics ranging from the changing dynamics of content production to changing business models to their new venture StoryBots.com.The Spiridellis brothers made the point that barriers to entry for the entertainment industry have been removed.“The cost of producing entertainment has plummeted,” the Spiridellis brothers said. “Capital is no longer a barrier to producing entertainment, it’s all about talent.”They also discussed the need to recognize failing business models and to move to more successful ones as a result.The brothers called JibJab’s former business model, which focused on producing political parodies, “a crappy business model.”They discussed how their company moved from their first business model, to one that focused on ecards.“You make great content around life events,” said the Spiridellis brothers, “and that’s what we do now.”Their address culminated with the introduction of their new venture, StoryBots.com, a website aimed at teaching toddlers basic education.The Spiridellis brothers said the reason for creating StoryBots came down to a question: “If Sesame Street were created today, what [would] it be like?”Stalbow’s address focused on topics ranging from the changing dynamics in the interaction of content delivery and production to the company’s business philosophy.Stalbow discussed the increasing difficulty of finding a  business model for entertainment.“It’s hard to build a business model around scarcity,” Stalbow said. “That’s what [Hollywood] fights so hard to protect.”Speaking on content delivery and production, Stalbow pointed out the two views a business can take on app production.“An app is just a piece of software, so it can be anything we want it to be,” Stalbow said. “We treat our apps as a service rather than a product, so we are constantly updating.”Another issue Stalbow said he deals with in his business is the pricing of apps.“Our goal on pricing is to make it a no-brainer for people,” Stalbow said. “We’ve always put our brand and our fans first.”The event drew positive reviews from those in attendance; Sergio Pedroza, a senior majoring in architecture and business administration, said he saw the event as a great opportunity for networking and learning.“This event has created incredible networking opportunities for entrepreneurs. It allows one to get a good perspective on technology, business models and public relations,” Pedroza said.Silicon Beach at USC was hosted by the Institute for Communication Technology Management in partnership with USC’s Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. Executives from Sony, JibJab and Rovio were on hand for the Silicon Beach event this week, which started with a venture competition Wednesday and capped off with addresses from various leaders in the industry Thursday.Angry birds · Andrew Stalbow, general manager of Rovio, and Lucy Hood, executive director of USC’s Institute for Communication Technology Management, discuss production of applications like “Angry Birds.” – Zhaoyu Zhou | Daily Trojanlast_img read more