EVANSVILLE, (Ind.) - Three hundred and twelve million pounds of household goods. That's the total volume that Atlas Van Lines agents loaded during this year's peak moving season between June 1 and August 31. It's the Atlas all time volume record. And it reflects the company's 11-year trend as the fastest-growing van line in the moving industry.
So how many household moves does it take to transport a total of 312 million pounds of goods? Atlas' total shipment count for this summer season was 34,559.
Since 1997, total loaded volume per year for Atlas' U.S. Relocation Services group has increased almost 34 percent. There was a big jump in '97 when Atlantic Relocation Systems, an 11-office operation, became an Atlas agent. Since then, total loaded volume has continued to increase each summer.
The Atlas Relocation Services operations department also reports that the numbers are showing a shift in what were traditionally the busiest moving months of the year. For many years, June through August were the busiest months for household goods movers, senior vice president Dennie Lynn reports. But for the last two years, late-May has emerged as a very heavy moving time.
"We've seen a shift to late-May through mid-August as the busiest time for household goods moves - and we've seen volume begin to drop off toward the end of August," Lynn notes. "I believe the shift has a lot to do with the change in the school year calendar. Many schools are ending the year earlier in the spring, and starting back in mid-August, so families are scheduling their moves earlier in the season."
At the heels of its busiest peak season ever, Atlas recently held its annual stockholder meeting in Evansville where company officials announced that projected revenues for Atlas World Group (AWG), the holding company for Atlas Van Lines, will exceed $520 million by year-end 1999. AWG broke all records in 1998 when revenues exceeded $500 million for the first time in the company's 51-year history. According to Mike Shaffer, AWG chairman and CEO, Atlas' U.S. Relocation Services and Specialized Transportation groups are largely responsible for another strong showing this year.
With its world headquarters in Evansville, Ind., Atlas Van Lines is a major transporter of household goods and special products through some 600 agents across the U.S. and Canada, and nearly 800 worldwide. Atlas is the nation's fourth-largest van line, and ranks as the third-largest carrier of household goods.