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Auf wiedersehen

By • Jan 27th, 2016 • Category: COMMENTARY

In the next few days, the open door at RELO Roundtable will be closed for good. The “blog” was started in 2009 as a place where relocation service and product providers could hobnob with each other, prospective customers, or any other visitors who might be interested in participating in a mutually supportive but commercially neutral […]

Help needed!

By • Dec 21st, 2015 • Category: COMMENTARY

Several weeks ago an old friend and respected colleague announced he was diagnosed with tongue and neck cancer. Anyone who knows Art Haddow or his company, Premier Van Lines International, will tell you the soft spoken dynamo has been an outspoken, active, and extremely involved member of the domestic and international household goods moving, storage, […]

Dave Dayton 1957 – 2015

By • Aug 20th, 2015 • Category: COMMENTARY, Mayflower Transit LLC

Another part of me died today. Dave Dayton passed away. Brenda Dayton announced that her husband of twenty-nine years took his last breath on August 19, 2015. My good ol' mover buddy had just turned 58. Dave, Brenda, and I worked together for more than ten years at Mayflower's Transit's corporate headquarters in Carmel, Indiana. […]

Smarter advertising revisited

By • Apr 17th, 2015 • Category: Advertising, TECHNOLOGY

Well apparently I'm not completely all washed up.  At least not according to Liz Hish.   Liz works in Sales and Marketing for Enterprise Database Corporation (EDC).  She knows more about how to use technology to master her craft developing software for moving and storage companies then I'll ever hope to know. Over the years Liz […]

Don’t you love farce?

By • Apr 3rd, 2015 • Category: Defense Personal Property Program (DP3), Department of Defense/Military, MOVE MANAGEMENT

Do you think it's a coincidence that I recalled the same exact phrase when I read that the International Association of Movers (IAM) had traveled to Scott Air Force Base, IL “to meet with two key "elements" in the military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC) immediately after seeing that the United States Army announced […]

Smarter advertising

By • Apr 1st, 2015 • Category: Advertising, Mobile Web, TECHNOLOGY

Recently my old buddy Randy Williams included me on the distribution of a picture of “the billboards the Illinois Movers & Warehouse Association is putting up in Illinois to combat bandit movers.” The email from the always involved, roll-up-your-sleeve-and-get-to-work sales guy at CDS Moving Equipment mentioned he was “very impressed” with the effort. So am […]

Alfred E. Newman/Mad Magazine lives at SDDC

By • Mar 26th, 2015 • Category: COMMENTARY, Defense Personal Property Program (DP3), Department of Defense/Military

Joel Summer recently published the following op-ed in his  "Agent Forum" moving and storage industry newsletter.  The article was reprinted with permission of the author, "Voice of Reason", a concerned small business owner.    The article concerns  SDDC – PP Advisory 15 -0051 which was unexpectedly posted online on March 20, 2015  by the Surface […]

Will SDDC destroy 2015 peak moving season?

By • Mar 20th, 2015 • Category: COMMENTARY, Department of Defense/Military, International Association of Movers

Do you know what happens when you poke a sleeping bear? Apparently it's not the same thing that happens when you take a jab at a hibernating industry. Yesterday's article, Force-feeding the moving industry, prompted more than five-hundred visits to RELO Roundtable. This morning's analytic results already show the same level of interest will undoubtedly continue. […]

Force-feeding the moving industry

By • Mar 19th, 2015 • Category: *RELOCATION NEWS UPDATES*, Department of Defense/Military, International Association of Movers

Anyone know what happens when gavage, coercion, and administrative control are used to administer life-sustaining sustenance to stubborn toddlers, unresponsive geriatric patients, or caged fowls? It appears the entire domestic and international household goods moving industry is about to find out in 2015. Gavage 101 Gavage is another name for the practice of force-feeding a […]

DOJ files suit against SDDC approved mover

By • Mar 18th, 2015 • Category: Government Relocation Programs, MOVE MANAGEMENT

The Department of Justice has filed a lawsuit to recover damages from a full-service household goods moving and storage company that allegedly violated the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) when it sold service members’ personal property without obtaining the necessary court orders.  The defendants in this lawsuit are Daniel E. Homan and Horoy Inc., doing […]