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It's all about image

How many times have you heard that nobody grows up wanting to be a mover? Some people long to drive trains, be a doctor, go into space, or take to the stage but few hanker to lift pianos upstairs.  Is the image of the industry stopping you recruiting the best people? Is that helping to keep prices low?

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The editor discusses some of this month's top stories.

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The White and Co Mystery Mover

Congratulations to John Inkpen from Sandersteads in the UK who spotted Greg Wildman of Basil Fry & Co playing golf last month.  This time many golfers will recognise world-famous caddy Steve Williams, but who is receiving instruction? Answers please to editor@themover.co.uk for a chance at winning the White & Company Red and Black watch.



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MISCELLANEOUS

VIDEO GALLERY

McGimpsey Removals breaks the male succession tradition


It is something of a tradition in family-run removals businesses for sons to take over from their fathers as retirement approaches. For daughters however, that succession is far less common in what is often still seen as a male dominated profession. Deputy Editor David Jordan spoke to one company which is bucking the trend.

The trials of shipping into Lagos


Steve Jordan talks to Kehinde Arowoselu from Koeman Nigeria Ltd about the difficulties of shipping into Lagos and the alternatives that should be considered.

Making friends at FIDI


A report from the 2019 FIDI conference in Amsterdam, by Steve Jordan

Tackling the lump sum market in Thailand


An interview with Kris Snidvongs of Thai Movers in Bangkok, by Steve Jordan

The rise of the lump sum mover, someone who is being assigned to a new role overseas by their company but receives a lump sum to cover expenses rather than their company handling everything for them, has spawned a new breed of moving company in recent years. One such company is Thai Movers in Bangkok, a small company serving the specific needs of the private and lump sum corporate market.

Time for change


Steve Jordan asks, with prices in the industry more depressed than ever before, is it time movers refused to play the game anymore?  

In my 45+ years in this industry I don’t believe there has ever been a time when prices have been under such pressure.  There seems to be a ‘perfect storm’ with pressure coming from the corporations and the RMCs, from the rise of the lump-sum culture, the reduction in average shipment sizes, and the ubiquitous Internet that has allowed private customers to compare prices at the click of a button, with very little regard for service quality, and ride the market in a race to the bottom.  So, what can be done about it?

Ebru becomes FIDI president


Ebru Demirel, from Asya International Movers in Turkey has been elected President of FIDI following her appointment to the FIDI Board in 2013.

Darwish Logistics: the next chapter


Steve Jordan talks to Samer Darwish from Darwish Logistics in Syria. If you think business is tough in your country – read this.

New company offers exclusive moving services for professional footballers


London-based Premier Relocation has announced the launch of a new company dedicated to the moving and relocation of professional footballers and their families.  The new company, Premier Football Relocation, is the brainchild of Premier Location’s Managing Director Andy Wells and is supported by Chelsea and England Legend John Terry and Jan Beck Anderson, owner of Brondby Football Club in Denmark.

Focussing on family: An interview with Alain Taieb, Chairman of Mobilitas Group, by Steve Jordan.

The Mobilitas Group (Mobilitas is Mobility in Latin) came into being 20 years ago when AGS embarked on a process of growth through acquisition and needed a separate holding company. Today the Group employs 4500 people and includes the iconic names of Pelichet, Stuttaford, Pickfords (South Africa), Magna Thomson, Froesch, Unigroup (Asia), Four Winds and others as well as, of course, AGS from which the flower bloomed.

Hamiltons Removals of Norfolk, UK has recently launched a new promotional video entitled ‘A Perfectly Orchestrated Move’.

The Panama Canal passed its two year anniversary since its expansion, the largest enhancement project in the waterway's 103-year history. The Canal has, to date, transited 3,745 Neopanamax vessels, traffic that confirms the route's efficiency and the maritime industry's confidence in the expanded canal.

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy tells you ten things you need to know about your back.

Volvo Cars & Volvo Trucks Share Live Vehicle Data To Improve Traffic Safety.

Van Excellence Video 1: One Fateful Day - Introduction and causes of crash

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Intro To Van Excellence Accreditation 

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Leave It Out - Iain Lee's top tips on what to take when moving down under

Hamiltons Removals - 'The Perfectly Orchestrated Move' 

Moving the Manor ... The House That Rocked

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Volvo Trucks - Automation – The big change

We will be one billion more people on earth by 2030 – trade and transports need to keep up. As cities grow, congestion, pollution and strains on the traffic system will increase. The transport and logistic industry will play a major role in tackling global challenges, and automation will be a key factor – including the use of autonomous vehicles. For Volvo Trucks, these developments are firmly human-centric. 

Volvo Trucks - Automation – Driving into the future

Automation will revolutionize the transport industry – it will improve productivity, lower fuel consumption, and optimize traffic management and route planning among other things. For drivers it will increase safety, improve working conditions and in many cases introduce new ways of working. Automation is not about killing jobs – there will still be a need for skilled drivers in the future.

GDPR: Steps to GDPR compliance





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London HGVs hit with Toxin Tax

The RHA is warning that the London economy risks being damaged by the new toxin tax and the planned Ultra Low Emission Zone being imposed by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan. All older diesel vehicles registered in 2006 or earlier which enter the central Congestion Charge zone face paying an additional £10 toxin tax on top of the Congestion and Low Emission Zone charges.

Portrix Logistic Software - VGM Portal 

The new SOLAS requirements implemented in July 2016 makes it a legal requirement to have all containers weighed prior to shipping. In case of a delay in this process, cargo may be rolled or if the weight is provided incorrectly significant fines may be levied against the shipper. PLS has designed the VGM PORTAL to help our customers experience the least amount of hassle with this process and ensure that they always comply.

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