The Intelligent Kiosk Company, a U-Ship Subsidiary, Finalizes Joint Venture With Intuitive Solutions
MINNEAPOLIS (BUSINESS WIRE) - May 3, l999--U-Ship, Inc. (Nasdaq:
USHP), doing business as United Shipping and Technology, announced
today that its subsidiary, the Intelligent Kiosk Company(TM) (IQK),
has completed a joint venture agreement with Intuitive Solutions, St.
Paul, Minnesota, to be the exclusive supplier of internet-based job
After a successful Twin Cities test market effort, Intuitive
Solutions is now rolling out its proprietary job kiosk system. Three
major contracts have already awarded, expected to generate at least
1.5 million dollars each. Contracts have been signed with the "St.
Paul Pioneer Press," the Fort Wayne Newspapers and the "Indianapolis
Star News" newspaper. In Fort Wayne, eighteen kiosks are currently
installed and thirty will be placed in Indianapolis.
According to Robert Bro, President of Intuitive Solutions, growth
will continue to be rapid in l999. "We are planning the deployment of
these intelligent job kiosks by newspaper chains in at least two
additional major markets by the end of the year," he said. "In
September, we will implement a fourteen job kiosk test program for a
national restaurant chain with 15,000 sites."
In late l998, IQK developed an intelligent kiosk for job
placement and recruitment advertising with Intuitive Solutions. Now in
over thirty Twin Cities locations, the "St. Paul Pioneer Press"
JobView(tm) Employment Kiosk Network results in an average of 40,000
active access hits per month and is a cost-effective way of reaching
Intuitive Solution's kiosks are unique internet appliances for
on-line job applications. Unlike a web site, the kiosk is an actual
"appliance," activated by the Internet. It offers a range of
interactive functions that allow job seekers to fill out and submit
job applications, search job data bases and access detailed
information about a specific job. The user-friendly system provides
cardswipes, touch screens, keyboards, speakers and printers. The units
are ADA compliant. Tim Becker, President of the Intelligent Kiosk
Company, said the new job-posting kiosk is just one example of future
intelligent kiosk applications. "The initial acceptance and use of the
Intuitive Solutions kiosks indicates explosive growth in just this
single category. By the year 2000, industry sales of computer-aided
kiosks across all business sectors are expected to grow to three
billion dollars, a forty percent annual growth rate."
IQK builds kiosks for the courier, shipping and non-shipping
industries. The company specializes in the development and production
of highly intelligent, interactive mobile or fixed-place kiosks with a
high degree of durability and designs for special needs. Contact IQK
at 1-800-433-2066, or visit the web site at www.u-ship.com for more
information. The company can also be contacted via e-mail at
Some of the information in this release is forward-looking and
subject to certain risks as described in the company's filings with
the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the company's Form
10-K for fiscal year ended June 30, l998.
Contact: Peter Lytle
Chairman and CEO
United Shipping and Technology,
Intelligent Kiosk Company
Web site: www.u-ship.com
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