TSX-V Trading Symbol: FSN
RIDGELAND, MS, Dec. 23, 2013 /CNW/ - FRANCHISE SERVICES OF NORTH AMERICA INC. ("FSNA" or the "Company") (FSN.V) announces that Advantage Rent A Car has been named a top performer for their travel website per a recent analysis conducted by Compuware Benchmarks. USA TODAY requested the analysis, which ranked the performances of travel websites the first 10 months of 2013.
Today's article in USA TODAY stated, "Compuware measured their performances by conducting hundreds of thousands of tests from tens of thousands of desktop computers in the USA, as well as mobile tests at the company's test centers. Websites were ranked based on three criteria: home-page response (or loading) time, availability and consistency." Advantage's website was named a best performer for desktop use. "Among car-rental companies, Advantage — probably the least-known brand among those monitored by Compuware — had the best average response time at 5.261 seconds."
We have made our investment in the digital space a priority. The Advantage website was designed without content overload, providing the users quick and easy navigation through the site while placing their reservations. It is our top priority that the Advantage site is viewer-friendly with clear and concise messaging. The key to the success of the site is due to a strong collaboration between our IT and marketing departments.
USA TODAY also reported that "Advantage's mobile site had the fastest response time — 4.712 seconds — of any other mobile travel website and is ranked No. 1 in performance among auto-rental companies."
FSNA is a publicly traded company listed on the TSX Venture Exchange. The Company and its subsidiaries own the following brands: Advantage Rent A Car, U-Save Car & Truck Rental® ("U-Save"), U-Save Car Sales, Rent-A-Wreck of Canada, PractiCar, Auto Rental Resource Center ("ARRC"), Xpress Rent A Car and Peakstone Financial Services.
The Company operates the Advantage car rental brand at 72 corporate locations in 33 states including airport locations servicing 60 of the top 70 airports across the United States. Advantage is the fourth largest independent rental car company in the United States.
U-Save, together with its subsidiary ARRC, has over 900 locations throughout the United States and is one of North America's largest franchise car rental companies. U-Save currently services 19 airport markets in 13 different states. Although primarily based in the United States, U-Save has 18 international locations in Mexico, Greece, the Middle East, Latin America, and the Caribbean.
Practicar Systems Inc. owns the rights to the Rent-A-Wreck® and the PractiCar® trademarks for all of Canada. The Rent-A-Wreck® system operates a network of 61 franchise locations from coast-to-coast in Canada, providing a range of vehicle rental, leasing and sales options to its customers. The Rent-A-Wreck® system has been in continuous operation in Canada since 1976.
Certain statements made in this news release are forward-looking in nature, including statements concerning the ability of Simply Wheelz to complete its sale transaction with Catalyst and the time at which such sale might be completed. The words "may", "could", "should", "would", "expect", "intend", "estimate", "anticipate", "believe", or "outlook" and similar expressions often identify forward-looking information. By their nature, forward-looking statements require FSNA to make assumptions and are subject to inherent risks and uncertainties. The forward-looking statements contained in this news release are based on certain key expectations and assumptions made by FSNA, including with respect to its ability to complete a sale transaction with Catalyst and the time at which such sale might be completed. Although FSNA believes that the expectations and assumptions on which the forward-looking statements are based are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on the forward-looking statements because FSNA can give no assurance that they will prove to be correct. These forward-looking statements also involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of FSNA to differ materially from the anticipated results, performance or achievements or developments expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such factors include risks discussed in the section entitled "Risk Factors" in FSNA's management information circular dated March 28, 2013 filed with Canadian securities regulators. If any such risks actually occur, they could materially and adversely affect FSNA's business, financial condition or results of operations. FSNA's forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by these cautionary statements. In addition, the forward-looking statements are made only as of the date of this news release, and except as required by applicable securities law, FSNA undertakes no obligation to publicly update these forward-looking statements to reflect new information, subsequent events or otherwise.
Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.
SOURCE: Franchise Services of North America Inc.
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Thomas P. McDonnell, III
Franchise Services of North America Inc.