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For folks who have stuff to move and the professionals who can help them



  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 […]



Whistleblower suit against military mover allowed to proceed»

On Tuesday, Judge Joseph F. Anderson, Jr. of the U.S. District Court of South Carolina ordered a federal whistleblower lawsuit to proceed against Covan World-wide Moving, a military approved domestic and international transportation service provider. Originally filed in 2012, the lawsuit alleges that both Covan and its affiliate, Coleman American Moving Services, Inc, committed civil fraud […]


A new moving industry trade association?»

On Friday 28th March 2014, the British Association of Removers announced in their newsletter that a new Trade Association, called the Federation of Removers (FOR), is being considered for smaller, single location removers. The formation of the new association is dependent upon the outcome of a BAR member vote at the next BAR AGM in […]


Casualty of sequester? Semper Fi!»

Household goods carriers and independent movers worried about this summer's looming capacity shortage should pull a page from a former Marine's small business playbook. Nick Baucom d/b/a Two Marines and a Truck d/b/a Two Marines Moving, is a licensed motor property contract carrier and small business start-up established by an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran. In […]


Call Arpin … “So you can focus”»

Arpin Van Lines is holding their “Moving With Arpin (MWA)” YouTube video contest again this year.   Originally, the user-generated promotion and monetary prize packages were only available to undergraduate students attending a college or university in the state of Rhode Island.  That's where the family-owned national van line is headquartered. Last year they opened their […]


Dear SDDC: I’m so confused!»

The title of a Translog article about the Spring 2014 Personal Property Forum held earlier this month near the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command's (SDDC) headquarters in Scott AFB, IL was Personal Property Forum (PPF) attracts more than 220 military, industry partners.   “Partners” according the undated piece published by SDDC's internal Public Affairs […]


Shuttling into and out of California»

Several weeks ago, I stumbled upon a Facebook post where a household goods van operator for a major national van line bragged his company was planning to arrange “CARB compliant” shuttle tractors at several locations on the California border.  He claimed drivers with older equipment were going to be able to use them to deliver […]


The Rise of the Household Goods Overflow»

According to Wheaton Van Line's well-stocked Glossary of frequently used moving words, an “Overflow” occurs “when articles to be shipped are left behind due to insufficient space on the primary van. An additional van(s) is then utilized for transportation and delivery. Also referred to as a leave over.” No one plans one.  They're a pain for […]


Benefits of Aggregators for the Self-Storage Industry»

There has been much debate recently, on whether or not business lead aggregators have a place in the self-storage industry. Being a historically outdated industry, most people don’t see the benefit of signing up for these types of services, stating that they destroy property value, dilute your brand, and in the end only have value […]


Who were you moving 30 years ago?»

This picture is part of the "Colt's Collection" of memorabilia of William (Bill) Hudnut who served as the mayor of Indianapolis, Indiana from 1976 to 1992. The negative is dated 1984-03-30.  The shot shows Mayor Hudnet speaking to the lead driver of the long procession of Mayflower moving vans used to relocate the Colts football […]

Consumer Help

Does your moving company do California?»

About a month or so ago I responded to a thread at in which the OP asked for references of movers to handle her family's upcoming job related transfer from New England to California.     As usual, the budget conscious mom was looking for the 'most affordable' option since her husband's new employer had […]