Global Briefing: Mar. 25, 2002

May I Ship Your Bags for You?

When Richard Altomare travels in the U.S., he carries only his briefcase. The CEO of UNIVERSAL EXPRESS, a cargo shipper based in New York City and Miami, Altomare uses Virtual Bellhop, a service his company offers, to have his bags picked up and delivered to his hotel before he arrives. Universal Express, Skycap International and other luggage-shipping services have seen a post-Sept. 11 boost in business from harried travelers looking to save time at security checks. SKYCAP INTERNATIONAL, based in Anchorage, says that it's shipping more bags containing equipment like hunting knives and fishing...

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