TEMPE, Ariz., March 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- DUFL, the premium travel service that's changing the rules of business travel, today announced that the company continues to experience rapid growth, including a 200%+ increase in the number of trips taken year-over-year. The growth continues to accelerate with an increase in trips per month of 50%+ from December '16 to January '17. Since its 2015 debut, DUFL has significantly expanded operations and added customers and partners. This year, DUFL opened new storage facilities in New Jersey and Japan and has announced additional partnerships.
"DUFL launched its first service, DUFL e-closets, as a way for frequent business travelers to offload the hassles of laundering, packing and lugging their road trip wardrobes around," said DUFL Founder, Chairman and CEO Bill Rinehart. "In the past year and a half, we've expanded our services into areas that offer new conveniences, such as DUFL Sports, DUFL Business and the recent launch of the DUFL Store. We've also formed partnerships with multiple companies in the travel industry so that they can provide DUFL to their travelers, and expanded our area of operations to include New Jersey as well as Japan. As DUFL evolves, it is becoming clear that the underlying components of all these services form a powerful data, logistics and e-commerce platform. When we started the company, it was easy to label us as a travel valet type company, when in truth we are much broader and deeper and our customers are already using us across the growing spectrum of services we provide. Our remote, intelligent storage of people's essentials when they travel are able to simply 'meet them there' by using the award-winning DUFL app."
DUFL rapidly gained traction after its initial launch, attracting widespread media attention, adding customers and winning awards for its innovative e-closet service, which allows customers to store clothing and toiletries in DUFL's secure facilities and use an app to virtually pack bags for a trip. DUFL then delivers users' suitcases to their hotel destination. Once the trip is completed, users leave their suitcase at the front desk, and DUFL picks it up and ships it to a DUFL warehouse, where the contents are inventoried, laundered and pressed so that everything is ready for the next trip.
Originally launched as a groundbreaking virtual valet service for business travelers, DUFL has since launched new divisions, including DUFL Business to handle tradeshow gear, product samples, etc., and DUFL Sports to manage equipment like skis, fishing gear and golf bags. The company recently announced a partnership with Golf Digest Online (GDO) Japan, an organization that offers services to more than three million golfers, to roll out DUFL Golf in Japan with a secure local storage facility.
In addition to GDO Japan, DUFL announced partnerships with BridgeStreet Global Hospitality, teaming up with that organization to drive innovation in the extended-stay travel sector. DUFL also partnered with Ovation Corporate Travel, a corporate travel organization, through its Ovation Reserve program, which provides bespoke, white-glove VIP travel services for top executives.
DUFL's services are powered by a sophisticated, patented technology platform that handles logistics, data, e-commerce and more. These capabilities enabled DUFL to launch its DUFL Store as a convenience for travelers, allowing users to add toiletries and other travel items to their DUFL closet for upcoming trips, with items charged to the user's account and available immediately.
DUFL's technology layer also serves as an innovation platform, offering significant opportunities for brands, investors and potential partners to reach a unique and highly desirable audience. To sustain its marketplace momentum and reach new customers, the company plans more innovations for the months ahead. DUFL completed its Series A financing in 2016 and plans to begin marketing its Series B in mid 2017. Any inquiries regarding DUFL investments should be directed to email@example.com.
DUFL is changing the rules of travel – rules like getting to the airport an hour early, paying extra to check a bag, having to wait at the baggage claim carousel, or having to worry about a bag at all. The DUFL app gives frequent travelers the freedom to travel hands-free, shipping items such as clothing, sports gear and business equipment from their DUFL app. DUFL services are powered by a sophisticated data, logistics and e-commerce platform and are designed to eliminate stress and add significant convenience to travel. Get started by downloading the free DUFL app and creating an account or learn more at www.dufl.com.