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The Challenge: Weather-Resistant, Secure Retail Units
After a survey of Tampa residents and workers found retail offerings Downtown falling short of expectations, Tampa Downtown Partnership decided to recreate an European-style winter market at Curtis Hixon Park as one way of addressing the problem. The park is situated in the heart of Downtown along the Hillsborough River. The problem was finding retail solutions that could withstand outdoor weather conditions for the nearly two-month duration of the market. Security was also top priority so that retailers could leave wares overnight without risk of theft.
The Solution: PODS as Functional Stores
PODS donated the seasonal use of 10 containers to Tampa Downtown Partnership to set up the now-annual Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Park. The organization clustered the PODS containers around an outdoor skating rink along the Tampa Riverwalk, hung store signs, and strung lights to create a cohesive market feel. As part of the sponsorship agreement with PODS, Winter Village retailers and Tampa Downtown Partnership can decorate containers as they see fit as long as they don't obstruct the PODS logo or the interior of the containers.
The Results: A Successful and Secure Winter Village
The PODS containers allowed the retailers to set up and customize shops easily, and lock their units securely. The partnership with PODS continues to deliver rich dividends, and the 2018 Winter Village social media pages garnered 1.2 organic million impressions the first four weeks. Given that impressions are a social media metric which measures how often pages are displayed, this suggests far-ranging brand outreach and recognition for Winter Village, and Tampa’s Downtown.
Business Moving & Storage Case Studies
SEASONAL SWITCH-OUTS AND STORAGE FOR THE CONTAINER STORE
It's only logical that The Container Store® , the nation's leading retailer of storage and organization products, would trust PODS for solutions to help organize and streamline seasonal on-site commercial container storage for their stores.
STORAGE & LOGISTICS AT THE BANK OF AMERICA CHICAGO MARATHON
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Flexible Schedules and Savings for Gilman Electrical Supply
Helping Gilman Electrical Supply transport fragile lighting fixtures outside of their physical territory for a major client's renovation posed no problem for PODS. As a result, Gilman continues to expand their business into new geographic areas thanks to PODS.
Equipment Management for HoganLAX
HoganLax, a leading lacrosse sports events organizer, looked to PODS for coordinated shipping and delivery of sports equipment and merchandise to lacrosse tournaments throughout PA, MD, and VA. PODS' solutions met tight schedules and ensured tournament success.
Flexible Solutions for Lend Lease
Streamlined deliveries and secure on-site storage with PODS portable containers solved scheduling headaches and maximized worker productivity for Lend Lease, an international property management company. Throughout the construction of 192 high-end condominiums, PODS managed all moving and storage logistics.
Precision General Commercial Contractor
Specializing in the renovation of multi-family real estate, when it was time for Precision General Commercial Contractor to relocate their own offices into a renovated building, they turned to PODS for help. The Business Solutions Team at PODS ensured the move went smoothly.
On-Site Storage Restaurant Solutions for Steven Wilson and Associates
Steve Wilson and Associates turned to PODS when they needed on-site storage solutions during short-notice renovations of currently operating Whataburger franchises. The challenge? Do it without disrupting restaurant customers. PODS kept the remodels on-schedule.