Zippy Shell Zooms into Pittsburgh


PITTSBURGH – Built for the long haul (and the short haul too), Zippy Shell is making a move into Pittsburgh.

The fastest-growing business in both the moving and storage industries has more than 51 locations across the country and has plans to carry out a strategy that brings efficient and reliable moving and storage solutions to Pittsburgh residents.

“Moving can be a stressful experience, but it doesn’t have to be,” said Rick Del Sontro, president of Zippy Shell. “Easing the anxiety people feel around packing and moving is our number one priority. We’re looking forward to helping Pittsburgh residents and businesses during some of life’s biggest moments.”

The brand has established a strong reputation in markets across the country, and its growth strategy to expand throughout the region reflects the current demand for moving and storage solutions in Pittsburgh and surrounding areas like Penn Hills and Mt Lebanon. Plus, Zippy Shell has resources in place to support each franchisee, ensuring every location meets the brand’s high standards.

With its growth phase in full swing, Zippy Shell is now accepting and reviewing franchisee inquiries from individuals who can consider the semi-absentee business model, are interested in opening multiple units in Pittsburgh and can invest a significant amount of capital at the onset in order to see the business develop into an empire over time. Franchise partners could be individuals, small teams and/or multi-unit owners of franchises.

“The leadership team and I are so incredibly energized by Zippy’s expansion,” Del Sontro said. “With our growing list of new openings plus the debut of our new onsite storage container to complement our in-facility container, we’re on pace to have a record breaking year, while helping communities across the nation have a stress-free move.”

Zippy Shell provides disruptive services for the moving and storage markets that allow our franchisees and their customers both cost effective and convenient solutions.

Efficiencies are achieved on several levels, including Zippy Shell’s open-air, lightweight containers that are uniquely designed to be shipped inside a traditional dry van or freight truck and then can be collapsed and easily shipped back at freight rates that are much less costly than other containers. Further, customer convenience and security are prioritized through Zippy Shell storage services in nearby warehouses until ready for hauling or unloading.

Franchisees benefit from Zippy Shell’s competitive advantages. The model requires less capital and less equipment costs, which differentiates it from other moving and storage companies in Pittsburgh. In turn, Zippy Shell is able to pass savings on to its consumer and business customers. Moreover, the Zippy Shell loading and delivery system is much more mobile and can access more locations than traditional services, and drivers do not need special training.

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About Zippy Shell: 

Founded in Australia in 2007 and brought to the United States in 2010, Zippy Shell brilliantly streamlines two industries – practical, personal storage and safe, secure moving – into one simple and easy model. Through a network of franchise locations and licensed partners, Zippy Shell provides a complete suite of services to the customer ranging from self-pack storage through full service moving. The brand’s rapid franchise expansion into new markets across the country creates opportunities for seasoned entrepreneurs looking to build and expand their portfolios. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., Zippy Shell currently has 51 independently operated, corporately operated and jointly operated facilities serving more than 140 markets. For more information, visit

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