As you may know, the transportation industry has been hampered with a driver shortage over the past few years. This has created a significant challenge for the household goods moving industry, especially during peak moving season (May – September). However, these challenges have also led to new opportunities to serve our clients with a new model for small shipments called “container move program”! The container move program is a concept that allows moving providers to transport smaller shipments via containers instead of loading direct on the moving van, and is creating a better experience for the employee relocating.
EXPERIENCE: The container moving service caters to the small move, but is a full service moving experience. Shipments are packed/ loaded/delivered by professional movers, while protecting furniture with disposable pads during transit.
PLANNING: Day certain load and unload. For a standard van line move, families will receive delivery spreads based on weight and miles. The smaller the shipment, the longer the delivery spread. However, the container move will guarantee one day pick up and one day delivery which is a significant benefit for the employee planning the delivery at destination.
STORAGE: Up to 3 weeks use of the containers that include storage. When moves are registered, the container move includes storage at destination. This is critical when the employee is looking for a place to live. Cost for storage beyond 3 week time frame is minimal if needed.
The container move has many advantages for the employee living in a small apartment. There are also some restrictions to be aware of including size of furniture, volume, and destination. Are you aware of this concept? If not, now is the time to reach out and review how it can add value for your employees.
Call to Action: Talk to your relocation partner about container move options to see if it makes sense for your next employee relocation. It might add value when moving your next entry level hire or key talent on assignment with minimal furniture.
“The customer experience will never exceed the employee experience.” (Tony Bridwell)
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Relocating employees and families come in all shapes and sizes. Some employees and families have a large amount of household goods items to move that can take up the entire moving truck, while other employees are just beginning their career and have very few household items to transport to a new city. While each employee’s move may be important, they may have very different needs. One size does not fit all in a household goods relocation and it’s important to have a partner that can give your team options when needed. Let me illustrate…
I recently received a call from a customer that was looking to move from a one bedroom apartment in Texas to Colorado. Her biggest concern was Timing. She couldn’t have a long delivery window due to time restrictions with her job at destination which can be typical for a van line when moving a small shipment with a long distance. I advised there is now a way to actually schedule a preferred one day delivery for her small shipment to meet her needs through a small move container concept as long as she fit the requirements. Needless to say, she was excited to hear about this concept which eased the stress of the move for her.
Here are 3 things you need to know about a container move for your employees this summer:
Container moves include a one day preferred delivery versus the van line time of 1-3 weeks. You can set up delivery when you reserve the loading date.
Container moves include up to 3 weeks of storage for no additional cost to give you time to travel and take possession on new apartment or home at destination.
There are a few restrictions on the “container moves” which includes VOLUME (less than a 2 bedroom apartment / 5000 lbs.) and SIZE (items can’t be over 87″ in length.
Helping someone with different needs reminds me of the story about a young boy on the beach picking up starfishes and throwing them back in the water after being washed up to shore. A man walked up and mentioned there are miles of beaches and he couldn’t possibly help all of them. The boy then picked up another starfish and threw it in the water and said, I made a difference for that one!
Call to action: Reach out to your relocation partner this week to discuss container move concepts for your employees with small moving needs. Let me know if you need a resource and make a difference for your team needing small move support this summer.
Last week I attended the 2016 WorldwideERC Americas Mobility Conference in Houston, Texas. This is always a great opportunity to learn about hot topics and trends in employee relocation along with the opportunity to network with some of the best talent in mobility. One of the buzzwords I heard this year was “disrupters”.
So what is a disrupter? Dictionary.com defines it as “to cause disorder, or turmoil”. When we talk about disrupters in mobility, we talk about ideas and strategies to “disrupt” the normal way of doing things, and consider strategic ways to execute action in a different way.
The small move container program is a great example of a “disrupter” in the household goods transportation industry. Small shipments such as a one bedroom apartment move has always been a challenge when it comes to move planning for the employee moving. It’s also challenging for the moving company as they need to compliment the small shipment with other small shipments or a large shipment to maximize trailer and make it a profitable move for the driver. Another challenge the small shipment brings is a long delivery schedule of 3-21 days depending on location. It can be frustrating for the customer not knowing delivery date until after loading has been completed and many times well into the delivery spread.
A “disrupter” in this situation would be setting household goods move up as a container move instead of the traditional move service! The container move allows small shipments to be loaded on container(s), shipped to destination warehouse within a week, and schedules as a one day delivery service for the customer. Another advantage of the container move includes short term storage, which is included at no additional cost for two weeks during the move in case it arrives at destination before the employee. This “disrupter” has CHANGED the traditional way of moving a small shipments and elevated the experience for the employee and family moving as well as the HR person responsible for managing the move for the company.
Future disrupters will soon include: Face-time surveys for remote areas with a smart devise and even self-driving moving trucks to leverage the driver shortage… No driver? Yikes! …more to come on this subject.
Call to action: Reach out to your relocation partner to discuss “trends” and “disrupters” in relocation to help elevate your program. If you don’t have a partner, invest the time to find a great partner to assist you when needed. Your employees relocating will appreciate it and you will too!
This has been “a Relocation Minute update” on “Disrupters” with Bruce Waller, for more information on relocation resources, call 972-389-5673, or email email@example.com. Follow me on Twitter too!
As you may know, the transportation industry has been hampered with a driver shortage over the past few years. This has created a significant challenge for the household goods moving industry, especially during peak moving season (May – August). However, challenges also lead to opportunities! The container move program is a new concept that allows moving providers to move small shipments via containers instead of loading direct on the moving van, and can actually create a better experience for the employee relocating.
The container moving service caters to the small move, but replicates a full service moving experience. Shipments are picked up/delivered by professional movers, while protecting furniture during transit.
Day certain load and unload. Families will receive delivery spreads based on weight and miles. The smaller the shipment, the longer the delivery spread. However, the container move will guarantee one day pick up and one day delivery which is a significant benefit for planning the delivery at destination.
Up to 3 weeks use of the containers that include storage. When moves are registered, the container move includes storage at destination. This is critical when the employee is looking for a place to live. Cost for storage beyond 3 week time frame is minimal.
The container move has many advantages for the employee living in a small apartment. However, this service is limited to SIZE of furniture, VOLUME requirements, and selected MARKETS.
Talk to your relocation provider about container options to see if it makes sense for some of your employee relocations. It just might be the answer for moving your next college students or executive relocating for a short term assignment.
This has been a “Relocation Minute” update on Container Programs with Bruce Waller, For more information, call 972-389-5673, or email firstname.lastname@example.org or check out our my social media facebook and twitter page.