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

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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*

Movers will find it harder to access military installations»

According to an article in Defense One, Getting on a U.S. Military Base Will Now Include an FBI Background Check, employees of local moving and storage agents and independent household goods van operators and their hired crews will have a more difficult time when they try enter military installations to perform any type of move. Beginning […]

WHAT'S NEW

Moving industry rocked by resignations»

Within just weeks of the each other, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the American Moving and Storage Association (AMSA) both announced that they would have to find a new captain to steer their respective transportation industry ships.   FMCSA is a separate administration within the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).  AMSA is a […]

CAREER CORNER

Movers heading toward the exit door»

That's it. Summer's over! The 2014 peak moving season unofficially ended at or about 5:00 pm EST on July 18th.  At least that's according to comparisons of the number of new visitor inquires to RELO Roundtable's Recruiters in the Moving & Storage, Transportation & Logistics Industry career resource pages in July compared to the same […]

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

Kicking the crumpled DPS can down the moving industry’s deteriorating road»

I don't get it.  Maybe it's because I'm getting old and irascible.  Or perhaps I still care way too much about the management responsibilities moving professionals use to have. Yesterday, Chuck White, the Director of Military & Government Relations for the International Association of Movers (IAM) and @IAMmilitaryguy published a very comprehensive and eye opening […]

THE CHANGING FACE OF RELOCATION

Does method of compensation affect driver safety?»

Today the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a formal notice in the Federal Register that it plans to begin a study evaluating the relationship between commercial motor vehicle drivers compensation methods and incidences of unsafe driving. The agency is accepting public comment for 60 days beginning Aug. 29, 2014.    In particular, the […]

TRENDS IN RELOCATION

Movers finding Facebook filled with fiascoes»

There's an old English idiom that states “You can't judge a book by its cover”.   The expression suggests that reviewers shouldn't prejudge the value or worth of someone or something by an outward appearance alone.  According to the sage-old advice, everyone needs to take a deeper, closer look underneath the exterior facade to understand […]

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

Another nail in the moving industry’s coffin?»

I'm not sure what happened within the full-service household goods moving and storage industry during the long holiday weekend but, judging from this week's pageview Analytics report, it appears to have sent a lot of anxious people rushing toward the exit door. Normally at the end of the peak moving season which unofficially concludes on […]

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 […]