Atlas Van Lines' Accel program honored with a CQIA gold Innovation Prize.

Winning relocation firm uses Atlas household goods shipment option

September 25, 2007

Media Contacts:
Sara DeWitt, Atlas Van Lines, 800.638.9797, ext. 2951
Kristen Fuhs Wells, Hetrick Communications

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Accel, Atlas Van Lines' premium household goods shipment option, has helped a third-party relocation firm earn the prestigious gold CQIA Innovation Prize from the Connecticut Quality Improvement Award Partnership (CQIA). Cartus was recognized for its "Small Shipment Containerized Program" — a program that uses Atlas' Accel.

Created to expedite small- to medium-size shipments of less than 5,000 pounds, Accel uses a specially designed shipping container with a 270-cubic-foot capacity. Each molded polymer container can handle approximately 1,400 pounds and is sized to accommodate most household furnishings. Using the Accel program, delivery time from Los Angeles to New York City is slashed by as much as 12 days. Containers used for the Accel program also include GPS tracking.

"We're very excited that Cartus was honored for using the Accel system," said Greg Hoover, senior vice president and chief marketing officer for Atlas World Group. "But we're more excited that Accel can provide Cartus customers with a better, faster, safer and more efficient alternative to the traditional household goods transportation pipeline."

Atlas introduced Accel in late 2006 and offers the expedited shipping method in 58 cities across the U.S. Cartus has offered the service since 2007.

"It's clear that applying innovative thinking can support efficiency and improve customer satisfaction," said Pat DeDonato, vice president of supply chain management for Cartus Corporation. "By partnering with Atlas on our small shipment containerized program, we've been able to do just that."

Atlas Van Lines is the largest subsidiary of Atlas World Group, an Evansville, Ind.-based company that posted record revenues of $986 million in 2006. Atlas World Group companies employ more than 700 people throughout North America. More than 500 Atlas agents in the United States and Canada specialize in corporate employee relocation and in the transportation of high-value items such as electronics, fine art and new fixtures and furniture. Visit for more information on the company and Atlas agents.