Shelly Bishop Appointed to the Worldwide ERC Ambassador Committee!

We are pleased to announce that Shelly Bishop, Director of Global Business Development for Relocation  America International, has been selected by the Worldwide Employee Relocation Council to be part of the Ambassador Committee for the Americas Mobility Conference being held May 17-19 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

The purpose and scope of the Ambassador Committee is to positively represent Worldwide ERC® – its vision, mission and initiatives – at industry events and to others who could benefit from our industry information. The Committee provides support to the value proposition of membership with Worldwide ERC® and encourages participation from existing and future members.

In addition, Shelly is also a featured speaker at the conference.  We look forward to networking with industry colleagues and gaining new insights into employee global mobility.  For a complete list of speakers please click on the link below:

http://www.worldwideerc.org/amc17/events/Pages/AMC17-Speakers.aspx

See everyone next month!

About Relocation America International

Relocation America International is a full service relocation management company headquartered in Southfield, Michigan dedicated to providing innovative relocation services, value added support, and superior service to clients relocating families domestically and internationally.

Visit http://www.rainternational.com for more information about our services or contact us at mobility@rainternational.com.

Breaking News: Atlas Vanlines Releases 2017 Corporate Relocation Survey Results

Having just returned from attending the 2017 Atlas Corporate Forum on Moving and Relocation we’re pleased to be able to release the results of this year’s Atlas Corporate Relocation Survey.

Invited via email, 471 relocation decision-makers completed the Atlas Vanlines relocation survey between January 13 and February 23 of this year. Each respondent invited has responsibility for relocation and is employed by a company that has either relocated employees during the past two years or plans to relocate employees this year.  Below are some keys findings from the survey along with a link to the complete survey results.

2017 Corporate Relocation Survey Fast Facts:

  • In 2016, half of companies across company size saw
    increases in volume, mid-size firms (51%) more so than others.
    Roughly half of firms relocating people internationally, regardless of
    size, saw volumes increase as well. Few firms saw volume decreases
    overall; however, 18% of large firms noted a decline.
  • The top three factors affecting relocation last year were: lack of local
    talent (44%); expansion efforts (43%); and company growth (41%).
  • Housing/mortgage concerns as a reason for declining relocation has
    fallen the last four years. It is now within pre-recession levels for the
    second time since 2007—and for the first time across company size.
  • Nearly two-thirds of firms saw employees decline relocation last
    year, which is not unexpected, but at the high end historically. While
    increased employee reluctance (20%) remains slightly below the
    peaks of 2008 (28%), 2009 (29%), and 2014 (28%), it remains above
    typical post-recession levels (11%-18%) of recent years. This suggests
    firms trying to motivate employees to relocate are feeling continued
    pressure from such factors as family issues/ties and spousal/partner
    employment.

For a complete copy of all the survey results click here: Atlas 2017 Relocation Survey

About Relocation America International

Relocation America International is a full service relocation management company headquartered in Southfield, Michigan dedicated to providing innovative relocation services, value added support, and superior service to clients relocating families domestically and internationally.

Visit http://www.rainternational.com for more information about our services or contact us at mobility@rainternational.com.

Are You Underinsured?

“What is carrier valuation?” Carrier valuation is a declaration by the transferring employee (person being moved) of the maximum amount of the carrier’s liability in the event of a transit-related loss or damage of their household goods.

Valuation is not insurance. In other words, valuation provides a certain level of protection for loss or damage caused by a carrier while the shipment is in the care, custody, and control of the carrier. The amount of coverage is predetermined prior to the move and may not be sufficient in the event of a loss.

WHAT DOES IT COVER?

When you move, your personal property is loaded onto a moving truck. While most moves go smoothly, accidents do happen and some items may be lost or damaged during shipment.  Prior to the move a carrier representative will discuss with the transferring employee the amount of liability the carrier is responsible for in the event of loss or damage. At the time of the move a descriptive inventory list will be developed by the carrier and the transferring client. This list includes the count and condition of the shipped items when they come into the care, custody, and control of the carrier. At times the client may have certain items that carry a higher value than normal such as artwork, jewelry, collectibles etc….

It is our recommendation that items of high value such as jewelry, coins, and collectables be moved personally by the transferring employee.  If they are is unable or unwilling to do this, then these items must be recorded and reported on a special form called the high value inventory form.   The determination of the value of the transferring employee’s entire shipment is a very important part of the moving process and is pre-determined by the transferring employee prior to the move.

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