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It’s Summertime in the Relocation Industry!

The time period between Memorial and Labor Day is typically the busiest time of year in the relocation industry.  The main reasons for the increase in relocations are children and the housing market in general.  Families with school-age children prefer not to move during the school year and attempt to manage their relocation around the school year timeframe.  Additionally, the housing market is typically more active in the summer which can translate into a higher realized sales price for a transferring employee’s home.

Household goods shipments have become more challenging the past few years due to a shortage of drivers and shipping capacity.   Prior to booking shipping dates, a pre-move survey of the items you plan to take will need to be accomplished.  The best advice we can give anyone looking to make a move in the summer is to plan early and make sure the pre-move survey is completed well in advance of your anticipated shipping date.  Fortunately for our clients, Relocation America International maintains preferred direct billing relationships with many of the industry’s top ranked shipping companies which make booking a move in summer months more cost effective and streamlined.  A previous blog post concerning the challenges the household goods moving industry is having as it struggles to meet demand in a recovering economy is well worth a review.  The post can be viewed by clicking here:

Household Goods Moving Industry Struggles to Meet Demand

The corporate temporary housing market can also be a cause for concern during the busy summer relocation season.  According to a recent CHPA report, relocation continues to be the main reason people utilize corporate temporary housing.  As a result, the demand for affordable, comfortable, and convenient options to provide to a relocation employee and family is at a premium.  As relocation volumes spike, the demand for corporate temporary housing often translates into fewer available options for lodging along with a measurable increase in rates and very little, if any, time to review available options.  Often times mobility consultants are told “we need an answer in the next couple of hours if we’re to secure this option”.  With a strong national and local network of corporate housing providers, Relocation America International provides the greatest selection of furnished corporate housing options to meet the demands of our mobile workforce.  Careful planning and sufficient notice can produce a stress free relocation during the busy moving season.    We at Relocation America International are here to help!  Please review the benefits of using Relocation America International for your relocation needs at: www.RAInternational.com.

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.