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Conducting Global Industry Research - U-Haul edition
This week you will be looking at U-Haul, an American moving equipment and and storage rental company based in Phoenix, AZ, that has been in operation since 1945. The company was founded by Leonard Shoen in Ridgefield, Washington, who began it in the garage owned by his wife's family, and expanded it through franchising with gas stations.
U-Haul is owned by Amerco, a holding company which also operates Amerco Real Estate, Republic Western Insurance, and Oxford Life Insurance. The Shoen family currently owns about 55% of the publicly traded stock corporation. The company rents trucks, trailers, and other pieces of equipment, but many U-Haul centers and dealerships also provide self storage units, LPG (propane) refueling, hitch and trailer wiring installation, and carpet cleaners, among other services
In order to complete this assignment, you will need to conduct some in-depth research about this company, the industry that it is involved in, and the country in which it is considering expanding. This guide includes resources recommended by the business librarians to complete this type of research.
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