Read all about PODS UK below. How we started in Manchester, where we come from and how we work!

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Everything you need to know about us!

PODS UK is based in Manchester and operates out of a 30,000 sq ft warehouse five minutes outside the City Centre, which is where all of our PODS storage units and containers are kept. Our warehouse has a 24 hour security guard with a full CCTV system operating 24 hours a day 365 days a year. From our Manchester depot we deliver our storage containers all over the UK with our furthest trip so far being the Shetland Islands. Saying that, most of our business is in Manchester, South Manchester and Cheshire.

As well as our unique storage services, we also offer moving services with a difference. We deliver, you or we load and we can move or store. PODS works for you. All our teams are fully uniformed and trained to an industry high standard so whatever method you choose to move – whether it be with our PODS containers or with our packing, loading or unloading services you can be sure you are in good hands.

Why Choose PODS?

Convenience and Flexibilty

Simply order your PODS Container and we deliver an empty container to you whenever and wherever you need it.  We do all the driving keeping it super convenient.

At PODS we work around your schedule, allowing you to pack at your own pace and use your container for as long as you want. Perfect for overcoming the unexpected.

Container on driveway

Security & Safety

You lock it and keep the only key. You won’t have to risk damage by moving your belongings multiple times. You only load and unload once with PODS and don’t need to keep travelling to and from a storage centre.

Our lift system is designed to keep your container level. Load at ground level, no ramps!

PODS Locking your container

Affordable and Trustworthy

PODS is the same affordable price for 1 day or up to 28 days and there are no hidden fees. Also, you get the convenience and flexibility of using a PODS container to move or store at no extra charge!

Our fully uniformed teams and drivers will complete your service and are all trained in house to BAR standards. We are the World leader in the moving and storage industry and have made over 5 million deliveries across the UK, USA, Canada and Australia to date.

Truck and Container

PODS History via Wikipedia

PODS was founded in 1998 by Peter Warhurst who was looking to expand his family’s storage business. He invented PODS containers, as well as a hydraulic lift system that enables operators to easily deliver and transport the units, which he named PODZILLA.[4]

In 2003, PODS received an equity investment of $15M from the Hunt Private Equity Group, along with a $25M senior credit facility from Congress Financial Corp.[5]

In 2005, PODS grossed over $200 million in revenue, and was still privately owned.[2] By then, the company was franchised in 45 states, and logged 2,500 pickups and deliveries a day.[2]

Between 2005 and August 2009, PODS service expanded to include 48 states, as well as Australia and Canada.[6]

PODS Wikipedia

A POD being lifted for placement on the back of a flatbed truck

In February 2007, PODS was acquired by Bahrain-based investment firm Arcapita for $451.4 million.[7]

In August 2009, PODS and moving services holding company UniGroup reached an agreement to share services. Under the agreement, PODS would have access to the packing and loading services of UniGroup’s United Van Lines and Mayflower Transit businesses, while UniGroup could access 138,000 PODS moving and storage containers.[6]

In June 2010, PODS announced the sale of the first franchise in the United Kingdom.[8]

In 2012, PODS sued fellow transportation carrier U-Haul International in U.S. District Court for trademark infringement, claiming that U-Haul “improperly and unlawfully” used the word “pods” to describe its U-Box product. On September 25, 2014, a jury ruled that U-Haul had infringed on PODS’ trademarks, causing confusion and damaging business for PODS. The jury found that U-Haul unjustly profited from mentioning the term on its marketing and advertising materials and started using the word only after PODS became famous as a brand name in the moving and storage industry. The jury awarded PODS $62 million in damages.[9]

As of 2014, PODS provided residential and commercial moving services in 46 states as well as Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom.[10]

In February 2015, Arcapita finalized the sale of PODS for more than $1B to the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan.[11]

In 2018, PODS opened a West Coast sales and service center in Reno, Nevada to help keep pace with their continued growth.[12]

In August 2020, PODS was featured on an episode of Military Makeover, hosted by Montel Williams, when they provided storage containers and services to support a home makeover honoring a Marine Corps veteran. [13]

PODS has been a national sponsor of the Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation since 2010.[14] During the yearly toy drives, PODS containers are used to store donated toys at Toys for Tots collection points across the U.S. and PODS then provides transportation of the donated toys to local Toys for Tots distribution centers.[15]

The Business model

PODS operates by delivering a storage container to its customers’ location, which the customer packs themselves. The units can then be stored at a warehouse or delivered to another location.[2] PODS containers are available in three sizes and are steel-framed, weather-resistant, and they come equipped with tie-down hooks and steel-locking latches.[16] The units and warehouse are owned by local franchisees.[17] As of 2007, PODS was working with telecommunications carrier Sprint Nextel to use wireless GPS to track trucks in the fleet and to give directions for deliveries.[18]

If you would like to know more about our UK PODS, the services we offer or how we work for businesses please feel to send us an email to info@ukpods.co.uk