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  Whether it’s across the street or around the globe, the process of 'moving' in today’s topsy-turvy world can be an intensely personal, highly emotional, and psychologically upsetting experience.    Unfortunately most naive buyers searching for useful, pertinent information don’t know what “deliverables” they should be looking for…, or standards they should be using to […]

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*RELOCATION NEWS UPDATES*

Pennsylvania relaxes regulations on household goods movers»

On June 19,2014, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) voted to amend regulations governing Pennsylvania household goods and property carriers in light of increased competition in the industry. The Commission voted 5-0 to adopt the Order. Modifications to regulations include, or result in, the following changes: Eliminating the requirement that an applicant for authority establish […]

WHAT'S NEW

CDS offers HHG drivers new Mover Supply Locator App»

CDS Moving Equipment Inc, a west coast based B2B supplier of professional moving equipment and packing material recently partnered with several other mover supply companies nationwide to introduce a new mobile app to help busy household goods dispatchers and their drivers find affordable material and equipment suppliers while on the road. The free app is […]

CAREER CORNER

How does your lump sum relocation package compare?»

When Paige Holden kindly posted How to manage your lump sum relocation benefit back in 2011, the Director of Communications for Holman Moving Systems, an agent of United Van Lines, probably didn't plan on her helpful “How to” article to remain so popular among anxious transferees for more than three years. And now that the […]

TECHNOLOGY

Going someplace? PackPoint helps build your packing list»

PackPoint is a free new Android travel app that practically packs your bags for you. An iPhone version is scheduled for release in June, 2014. PackPoint helps organize what you need to pack in your briefcase, carry-on bag, luggage, or boxes based on length of travel, itinerary, weather at your destination(s), and any activities planned […]

MOVE MANAGEMENT

SDDC to relocating service members: Expect LOOOONG delays!»

Given the cards they were dealt by the military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC),  professionals in the full-service household goods moving and storage industry expected to see an increase in service problems this summer. That is especially true for corporate clients, government transferees involved in permanent-change-of-station (PCS) duty transfers, and individual customers who – […]

THE CHANGING FACE OF RELOCATION

Have Truck – Will Move You»

Shortly after I posted Move over Uber, three visitors sent me a link to NextMover.co.   Marketing itself as "your friend with a truck", NextMover is a relatively new California-based digital technology company that provides users with an application interface that aims to provide a cheaper alternative hyperlocal transportation service to traditional bricks and mortar moving […]

TRENDS IN RELOCATION

Are companies and corporations movin’ employees again?»

Two day's after Yawn … May is National Moving Month was posted and then made it's way around the moving industry's Twitterverse, the folks at Atlas Van Line's corporate communication firm sent me a PR news release announcing the results of their 47th Annual Corporate Relocation Survey.   I was almost afraid to open the […]

STORAGE SOLUTIONS

U-Haul converts Walmart into self-storage facility»

U-Haul Co. of Arkansas has converted a former Walmart store into a self-storage facility in Pine Bluff, Ark. The 112,895 square feet of property on 10.95 acres has been rebranded as U-Haul Moving and Storage of Pine Bluff. In addition to self-storage, the location just off of Camden Road also offers the following services: After […]

COMMENTARY

Who will they blame?»

When I read Chuck White's SocialCafe post last week about base access issues, my back tensed and stomach soured.   Few can question that the recent deadly shooting incidents at Ft. Hood in Texas and Norfolk Navel Base in Virginia completely justify the heightened security crackdown on civilian access to U.S. military installations and government […]

Consumer Help

ProtectYourMove.gov has new look; old feel»

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has prepared for what promises to be a very challenging year for licensed household goods and personal property carriers and brokers by redesigning their consumer protection website at ProtectYourMove.gov. The new look is cleaner and simpler.   The visually attractive makeover, unfortunately, fails to address several issues that […]