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Moving on

By • Nov 26th, 2014 • Category: *RELOCATION NEWS UPDATES*

I started hosting RELO Roundtable in 2008 as a personal experiment in virtual learning.   It was an extremely  inexpensive way to feed my internet addiction after my business plan to launch a unique search vertical for the relocation industry was shelved by the length and depth of the recession.  My start up costs were […]



Mover stores head shop inventory

By • Nov 10th, 2014 • Category: Medical Marijuana, Motor Carrier Compliance and Safety, Specialized Relocation Services, TRENDS IN RELOCATION

It's only been eight months since Moving and storing marijuana was published. Recently, however, the somewhat polarizing piece has been getting a lot of exposure from both inside and outside the moving and storage industry – particularly in those states that have legalized the sale and possession of “Mary Jane” – Colorado and Washington. It […]



SDDC’s Personal Property Forum itch will make you crazy

By • Oct 27th, 2014 • Category: COMMENTARY, Defense Personal Property Program (DP3)

Monday morning started by sipping coffee over “An itch is worse than a slap.”, today's "Thought for the Work Week" posted by Alan Sklover, a New York based employment attorney and career strategist at his popular Sklover Working Wisdom Blog.   As usual, Alan's last sentence left me pondering. “The slap will heal; unless dealt with, […]



DOD schedules 2014 personal property forum

By • Oct 25th, 2014 • Category: Defense Personal Property Program (DP3), MOVE MANAGEMENT

The Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC) has scheduled their FREE fall peak season Defense Personal Property Program (DP3) follow-up forum with interested members of the household goods moving, storage and freight forwarding industries for Tuesday, November 18, 2014 in Fairview Heights, IL. The day-long meeting will be held at the Sheraton Four Points […]



All My Sons acquires Graebel Van Lines

By • Oct 16th, 2014 • Category: *RELOCATION NEWS UPDATES*, The Graebel Companies

In a joint announcment released yesterday, Graebel Companies, Inc. chairman of the board David W. Graebel and William H. Graebel SGMS chief executive officer and president of the global relocation firm based in Colorado, together with Robert and Vasilia Peterson, founders of All My Sons Moving & Storage, a company based in Texas, pubicly acknowledged […]



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 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 […]