United Shipping and Technology Wins Contract
(Business Wire; 11/19/98)
MINNEAPOLIS (Nov. 19) BUSINESS WIRE -Nov. 19, 1998--U-Ship, Inc. (Nasdaq
USHP), now doing business as United Shipping and Technology, announced that its
technology division, the Intelligent Kiosk Company (IQK) has won an RFP
contract from one of the world's largest shippers.
This is the first time the customer has tested an automated self- service
shipping system, and during the initial months, IQK will continue to custom
develop the units' software and hardware according to the customer's
The highly intelligent, fully automated kiosk systems, the Performance ET 400
series, will be tested in a regional hub for up to six months. The interactive
system is compact, about the size of a standard copier. It has a touch screen,
can speak three languages and can accept credit cards, cash or account numbers.
The consumer transaction takes a mere three minutes, and is more accurate than
a typical shipping counter.
Advancements in the hardware and software industry have provided for a greater
level of intelligence management, leading the way for the ET 400 series to
replace IQK's l996 technology, the 1400 series. United Shipping and Technology
has spent approximately 13 million dollars in the development and testing of
this technology and owns nine patents supporting automated shipping kiosks.
Tim Becker, President of the Intelligent Kiosk Company is optimistic that a
successful test will lead to expanded sales to this customer. "The company has
developed an outstanding shipping system, the world's only self-service,
automated shipping kiosk," he said. "The design is user-friendly, similar in
operation to an ATM touch screen, so it is ultimately convenient."
CONTACT: Tim Becker President, The Intelligent Kiosk Company
612 941-4080 x144 or
Peter Lytle Chairman and CEO, United Shipping and Technology
612 941-4080 x113 or
Joan Knight Knight Public Relations