Posts Tagged ‘Global Relocation Companies’

Global Relocation Logisitics

Monday, June 27th, 2011

The logistics of relocation are rarely easy for the employees being relocated, or for the HR managers organizing the relocation process. Your choice in a relocation management company—along with the service providers that company selects to assist with the relocation makes a tremendous difference.

When shopping for relocation service providers, you want a company whose relocation services make the move as stress-free as possible. A successful relocation process should:

* Aid in your company’s recruiting and retention initiatives.
* Make the relocation process low-stress for your company and the transferees
* Get transferees fully engaged, and focused on their new job, sooner.
* Help maintain productivity of the HR employees and other staff involved in the relocation process.
* Keep relocation costs down.
* Be consistent across your company, while offering flexibility to keep transferees satisfied.

The Expert Relocater

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Is the prospect of international relocation something that fills you with excitement and intrigue or do you find yourself becoming bogged down by the anxieties that naturally come with the prospect of moving yourself, your family, and your possessions to a foreign country?

Quality matters…

If you are moving abroad then you need to be able to entrust your international relocation to a caring and responsible international moving company whom you can rely upon for providing you with cutting edge moving and relocation services that are an essential part of the smooth transition from A to B.

No half measures…

When caught up in the stresses which are traditionally associated with international relocation one can be easily taken in by moving companies offering gimmicks or cheap rates when the true key to stress-free international relocation is a quality and personalised service with an effective and uncompromising delivery. A worthy moving company will have perfected the fine balance between experience and adaptability, which will demonstrate itself in the tailor-made services they provide to you. Prioritising your needs as an individual is essential and allows you to exert a comfortable level of control and trusted dependency over your international relocation.

Three Questions to Ask When You Shop For Company Relocation Services

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

When you select a company to manage your relocation process, consider these important questions:

1. Will the relocation process be fully integrated and aligned with your company’s strategic approach?

2. Will that process also be customizable to meet transferees’ unique needs and situations and therefore ensure satisfaction at every level?

3. Is your company relocation services firm keeping your best interests—not just profit motives—in mind?

Building Relationships

Sunday, June 12th, 2011

The International Relocation Company that you choose will be a vital resource in the transition to your new home and should therefore regard you as importantly as you regard them. They should be determined to build a close relationship with you. An essential part of this close and trusted relationship is the provision of an experienced, friendly, and trusted move coordinator (or equivalent) by the company in question. The move coordinator is your main point of contact for any questions, comments, or concerns regarding your move throughout the relocation process. The Move coordinator should do all they can to provide you with the best possible services in all aspects of the move at both origin, destination and all in-between!

First class service, business class delivery…

A quality International relocation goes far beyond providing the heavy lifting service provided by all international moving companies. If you trust your move to a company like Unipack Global Relocation you can expect to choose from a whole range of services from handyman and maid services to finding a new Tennis Club! Support is a priority and Unipack offer a range of online guides, FAQ’s and tips to help plan your move.

Some Hidden Costs of Global Relocation

Friday, June 10th, 2011

How exactly do we define a “hidden cost” of relocation? It’s not a non-disclosed cost buried in the supply chain—although those can be hidden and lead to surprise last-minute expenses if you don’t have a relocation services company looking out for your company’s best interests.

But the real hidden costs of global relocation lie in stressed-out transferees, lost productivity and even transferred employees who leave the company shortly after a relocation.

If you eliminate loss-on-sale benefits for transferred employees who own their own homes, how much stress are you creating for your employees? If you don’t offer spousal support, what will that do for the morale of your transferred employee? Stress leads to sick days, personal days and dissatisfied employees—all resulting in lost productivity and lost dollars for your company.

When you limit or eliminate moving expenses as part of a relocation package, how many more days will your employees need to line up moving companies, find the best prices or move themselves? How many days of productivity will this cost your organization?

Studies show a direct correlation between poor retention and changes in corporate global relocation policies. It costs much more (in real dollars, employee time and productivity) to hire and train a new employee than it does to retain a quality worker.

In today’s workplace, we know that every dollar counts. But before cutting costs by reducing benefits on employee relocation packages, make sure to measure the hidden costs of relocation.

A Relocating Check-list! Make One!

Friday, April 15th, 2011

After you have decided to relocate to a new country for whatever reason the first thing you need to do is get a checklist ready of the things to do starting with the most important thing first. This will make your moving out a lit bit smooth and less stressful. As it is not less than a challenge to start your life in a hitherto unfamiliar surroundings amongst unknown people you cannot afford to be reckless.

The foremost thing to add to the list of what you will have to do for moving overseas is that write the things you will need daily in your new location like your clothes and personal belongings without which you cannot carry out your daily chores. Of course in the future you will have to buy them in the new country you have decided to make your home presently.

The list should include the things to pack from the furniture and other things in your house which you may be attached emotionally. And you can proceed with their packing or take the services of an expert to do it for you so that they do not get damaged on their way to the new destination. The list of things done you can proceed to add the things you need to do.

Primarily you have to inform your near and dear ones who will not be accompanying you about your relocation. They might be helpful in many ways like lending a hand with your packing or looking after your precious belongings which you cannot take but would want to have once you return. You may own some property then in your absence it would need taking care. Who other than these would do this better for you and have a trust on.

Another point under consideration is to know about the country and the place you are relocating to. A lot of research done on it will enable you to know about it to some extent and this is going to be pretty much useful in the starting days when you may not be familiar with the local language, habits, etc.

The last and the most important task is to get all your documents updated and do not forget to carry them with you. The documents may include your tickets, passport, etc. and other personal ones like the certificates, and so on.  Thus when this checklist is ready you can proceed with the practical task and make your moving overseas less complicated.

Leaving the Grandparents Behind

Saturday, April 9th, 2011

As the world becomes smaller more and more people and families are choosing to relocate. Whether that relocation to a new city, state or even moving overseas; it raises issues for families: particularly grandparents and their grand kids.

There are two usual situations: either the parents relocate their children away from grandparents, or alternatively the grandparents may decide to move to a retirement location: usually somewhere warmer than home.

So how to manage the separation for both parties? One thing I think is to remember that in the end individuals have to make the decisions are best for them. For older adults it may be better to pursue a better quality of life that they an get in a location with a better climate and lower cost of living even if that means moving overseas to retire.

Also for many families it is important to move to pursue job opportunities overseas or interstate or other lifestyle options which means that the family can have a more secure financial future.

Grandparents may feel betrayed by their own children if a global relocation will separate them from grandchildren they have a close relationship with – but this really is a selfish view point. And also a short-sighted one. Its perfectly possible to keep a loving and close relationship with your grandchildren unless you cause a rift with their parents of course.

The modern world has made it a lot easier to stay in contact if distance separates you from loved ones. You don’t even have to pay long-distance call charges, instead video calls on Skye and social networking like sites Facebook and MySpace make staying in contact for all ages easy and cheap.

Also airfares have become a lot cheaper: if grandparents are retired they have the option to travel at off-peak time for even better airfares. So the family moving overseas can be an opportunity for overseas travel that you would never have previously had.

Whatever the reason for the family’s physical dislocation, the important thing is to keep the lines of communication open. Make sure both sides keep on talking to each other. The children should never become pawns between the adults, and neither should they be bargaining chips. Use modern technology to keep the family together even if they are separated by many hundreds of miles.

Safely Preparing Your Household Goods

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Are you shipping household goods overseas in shipping containers? If you are moving overseas, you are probably going to want to ship a range of personal items to your new location. When you hire a dependable overseas mover, you can typically have the overseas moving company arrange packing services for you, but if you prefer to save money, or if you prefer to pack your own things, you can also opt to the packing yourself.

If you are packing your household goods for overseas moving, it is important to follow some simple cargo packing advice to organize and safely secure your items for sea shipping. Consider these 7 tips before you get started packing your boxes for international shipping.

1. Don’t over pack boxes. Remember that one person should be able to pick up, carry and load each box. Typically 50 lbs. is a good maximum weight.

2. Nest items. In order to save space, and to secure packing for minimal breakage, ship items inside one another whenever possible.

3. Pack tightly. One of the keys to great packing is tight packing. If your cargo moves around a lot during international shipping, damage is more likely.

4. Cushion breakables generously. Get creative and use crumpled paper, towels, foam, and other materials to pad the bottom, top, and sides of boxes carrying fragile items.

5. Pack by weight. Heavy Items should be placed on the bottom of boxes. Lighter, and more fragile items, should be placed closer to the top.

6. Pack similar items together. Once you get to your final overseas destination, it’ll be much easier to organize and unpack your boxes when you pack items that belong together (i.e., kitchen items, or children’s toys) in the same box.

7. Label boxes. Use labels to specify item type, and whether fragile items are in the box. If a carton belongs in a certain position, use a permanent marker to draw arrows on each side of the box noting which end is upright.

What You Need to Move Overseas

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Moving Overseas often means facing a lot of difficult decisions. Little details that seemed insignificant before grow exponentially when you are moving overseas. Because of this, people often cannot face these decisions alone. Some people need to delegate their tasks and often hire various overseas moving businesses. Many people think that the term “overseas moving business” refers solely to the guys who take all your stuff and ship them to your destination. However, there are a lot more different types of overseas moving businesses than you know about.

1) Global Relocation services – Some overseas moving businesses are there to help you with relocation. They help you find your new home. They do this by asking you some questions regarding your preference of home and then finding matches to your query. These overseas moving businesses mostly concern themselves with real estate.

If any available real estate matches your preferences, this overseas moving business can negotiate for you. This means that you will have no problem regarding where to stay. Thus, you can concentrate your efforts elsewhere. Another matter that this type of overseas moving company can handle for you would be the disposal of your property. Most people, when moving, do not really consider what to do with the homes they will be leaving behind. Because of this, most homes fall into uselessness once a family relocates overseas.

This type of overseas moving business can offer you various options as to what to do with your old house. These options could be selling the property or leasing it. By choosing these options, you will be able to get profit from a piece of property that would otherwise just sit, waiting for time to tear it down.