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I’m in debt. Can you help me?

By • Sep 19th, 2014 • Category: COMMENTARY

My dilemma began on a sunny afternoon in the fall of 1962.    I was passing time in the family room watching the Redskins getting their feathers ruffled when I heard a commotion in the garage.   The next thing I remember was my father standing outside yelling my mother’s name.  When I stood up to […]



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

By • Sep 12th, 2014 • Category: American Moving and Storage Association (AMSA), Defense Personal Property Procurement Program (DP3), Department of Defense/Military, International Association of Movers, MOVE MANAGEMENT

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 […]



Another nail in the moving industry’s coffin?

By • Sep 5th, 2014 • Category: COMMENTARY

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 […]



Does method of compensation affect driver safety?

By • Aug 29th, 2014 • Category: FMCSA, Motor Carrier Compliance and Safety, THE CHANGING FACE OF RELOCATION

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration wants to know. 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 […]



Moving industry rocked by resignations

By • Aug 11th, 2014 • Category: American Moving and Storage Association (AMSA), FMCSA, WHAT'S NEW

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 […]



Movers finding Facebook filled with fiascoes

By • Aug 7th, 2014 • Category: Social Media Marketing, TRENDS IN RELOCATION

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 […]



Movers will find it harder to access military installations

By • Aug 6th, 2014 • Category: *RELOCATION NEWS UPDATES*, Department of Defense/Military, Military Moves

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 […]



Movers heading toward the exit door

By • Aug 4th, 2014 • Category: CAREER CORNER, Careers, Social Media Marketing

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 […]



DPS for Dummies

By • Jul 22nd, 2014 • Category: Defense Personal Property Procurement Program (DP3), MOVE MANAGEMENT

Recently a colleague whom I respect immensely privately suggested I stop bashing DPS, the Department of Defense's (DOD) problem plagued procurement program which the United States Transportation Command (TRANSCOM) began using in 2008 to relocate military and government service members undergoing a permanent change of station (PCS) transfer worldwide.   TRANSCOM is one of DOD's […]



Have Truck – Will Move You

By • Jul 14th, 2014 • Category: Internet/Info Technology, THE CHANGING FACE OF RELOCATION

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 […]