SALT LAKE CITY, Sept. 24, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- This past May, Unishippers Global Logistics, LLC – the first and one of the largest small package and freight shipping resellers in the U.S. – launched a Veterans Franchise Giveaway contest in collaboration with USA Cares to award a deserving, qualified military veteran a free National Franchise. The contest concluded on September 3, 2013 with over 50 entries. Through careful consideration, the Unishippers team has narrowed it down to the top five semifinalists.
To enter, veterans had to submit an entry explaining why they were interested in owning a Unishippers franchise and how their military experience will help them be a successful Unishippers franchisee. Now that the five semifinalists have been selected, the Unishippers corporate office will be flying them out to Salt Lake City for a special Discovery Day event where they will meet Unishippers executives, department leaders and the panel of judges. The final winner will be announced on Veterans Day, November 11, 2013.
"After several months of reviewing submissions, interviewing candidates and having candidates talk to our franchisees we're excited to have narrowed it down to the top five semifinalists, who are all more than deserving and qualified in their own, individual ways," said Kevin Lathrop, President of Unishippers. "It is an honor to be able to reward a military veteran for their service and dedication to our country, and we look forward to seeing the winner apply the leadership traits he or she developed in the military as a Unishippers franchisee."
The top five semifinalists are as follows:
Founded in 1987, Unishippers has grown to the largest reseller of shipping services in the nation with more than 290 franchise locations. Headquartered in Salt Lake City, UT, the Unishippers concept is simple – work with major carriers including UPS®, Saia®, Estes®, YRC Freight™ and UPS Freight® to handle the pickup, transport and delivery of customers' shipments. All the while, franchisees work to provide customers with service and support. By leveraging the combined shipping volume of all its customers, Unishippers gets deeply discounted rates from its carriers, resulting in lower shipping costs. Unishippers serves more than 50,000 small to mid-sized businesses, and has been recognized as a top freight broker by Transport Topics and a top franchise by Entrepreneur, Franchise Times and the Inc. 5000. For information on Unishippers, including information on franchising opportunities and price quotes, visit www.unishippers.com.
About USA Cares
USA Cares is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that helps post-9/11 veterans, active military service members and their families with basic needs such as food, shelter and utilities. USA Cares operates four core programs, Combat Injured, Jobs Assistance, Emergency Assistance and Housing. USA Cares has received over 40,000 requests for help and responded with more than $10 Million in grants. Learn more at http://usacares.org/">http://usacares.org/.
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