Luggage Forward Completes Acquisition of Sports Express

Dépèche transmise le 5 août 2009 par Business Wire

BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Luggage Forward, the leading provider of doorstep to destination luggage delivery worldwide, today announced the acquisition of Colorado-based Sports Express® and related brands. Founded in 1999 with a focus on door-to-door sports equipment delivery, Sports Express was a pioneer of today’s luggage forwarding model and built a strong reputation with a loyal customer base. The strengths of the Sports Express’ business will provide a meaningful complement to Luggage Forward’s expertise and market presence.

Luggage Forward has recently acquired a number of businesses in the luggage delivery space, including Baggage Quest, Luggage Advance, Luggage Express, Sports Express and Virtual Bellhop. With each brand occupying a different market niche, these five brands represent decades of collective luggage forwarding experience and tens of thousands of satisfied clients. Under the Luggage Forward umbrella, these clients will now receive improved pricing, better online functionality and more service options.

“As the luggage forwarding market matures, we anticipated consolidation occurring and are pleased to be on the leading edge of this trend,” said Aaron Kirley, co-founder of Luggage Forward. “We have been able to acquire several very strong brands with impeccable reputations, which will allow us to further accelerate our growth.”

These acquisitions have expanded Luggage Forward’s roster of strategic partnerships within the travel industry to include Abercrombie & Kent, American Express Vacations, Exclusive Resorts, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Holland America Line, Hyatt Vacation Club, Merrill Lynch, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, US Airways and more. These partners and affiliates have access to a suite of online and offline resources that enhance the experience of the discerning traveler through convenience, service and reliability. This suite of forwarding solutions has a distinct emphasis on simplicity of use and quality of service powered by leading edge technology – the hallmark of the Luggage Forward brand.

Today’s announcement demonstrates the continued commitment by Luggage Forward to maintain a leadership position in this rapidly evolving travel industry vertical through both organic growth and strategic acquisitions.

About Luggage Forward

For travelers seeking the utmost in convenience, reliability and predictability, Luggage Forward guarantees delivery of baggage from doorstep to destination. Luggage Forward leverages a worldwide network of shipping partners, innovative technology and honest, unparalleled customer care to give seasoned travelers the peace of mind they deserve. The smart alternative to checking and carrying bags, Luggage Forward is transforming today's travel experience.

Founded in 2004, Luggage Forward has set the standard in door-to-door delivery of luggage and sports equipment for travelers. The company is the exclusive luggage delivery provider for many of the world's leading travel brands including Abercrombie & Kent, American Express Vacations, Exclusive Resorts, Holland America Line and Starwood Hotels & Resorts. For more information, visit www.luggageforward.com or call 866-416-7447.

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