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December 19, 2014

Moving Industry Predictions for 2015

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As 2014 draws to a close, it’s natural to start thinking ahead to what the new year will bring. For 1-800-PACK-RAT, that means thinking about the future of the moving and storage landscape. Will there be a new way for people to get their household goods from Point A to Point B? And more importantly, will there be a better way?

We asked our own experts and some colleagues from across the moving and relocation industries what they see coming down the road in 2015. Here is what they had to say:

Jaime Lindsay, Director of Business Development, UrbanBound:
In the coming new year, I anticipate tech startups making relocation a larger priority. I foresee them putting policies into place as part of a more attractive benefits package. There is a war for top talent. Well-funded startups will be ready to offer competitive relocation benefits in order to bring in stronger candidates!

James Burati, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, 1-800-PACK-RAT:
I have four main predictions for 2015:

  • The van line industry will continue to consolidate – smaller operations will be bought by larger organizations
  • The military will have an intrastate open season but not an interstate one
  • FedEx or UPS will enter the household goods business
  • Relocation management companies will scope their vendor base similar to what the military has been discussing for years, so fewer vendors will manage their shipments.

Kevin Barbour, Senior Vice President of Operations, 1-800-PACK-RAT:
The economy will drive the volume of residential moves into 2015. With the stock market reaching all-time highs, there is likely to be a correction in the market. This, in addition to increasing interest rates, will likely slow consumer spending and will likely slow home sales, which could lead to lower residential move volumes. However corporate moves and commercial business are likely to continue to increase as companies have recognized significant growth since the low mark in 2008. There will need to be an increased focus on securing commercial business in the moving sector to offset any downturn that is realized at the residential consumer level.

Ben Cross, Director of Corporate Relocation, Forward Relocation:
The 2015 moving and storage landscape will continue to build on its bullish recent history. People are moving and jobs are being created; however, people are not buying homes as much as in the past and I expect that trend to continue. Renters will be strong and continue to impact the corporate relocation and residential segments. Accordingly, you will see more traditional players looking for small shipment solutions and ways to crack into the COD market, as more corporate relocation are given lump sums and are not choosing full-service van line moves. Fewer overall traditional van movers and more alternatives, such as LTL carriers and container companies, will be used.

Margaret Southern, Marketing Communications Manager, 1-800-PACK-RAT:
Moving companies will continue to target the 25- to 34-year-old market through changes in digital marketing strategies. Companies will be creating more useful, consumer-focused content than ever, and they will focus on disseminating that content through a larger mix of channels, including social, mobile-focused and owned platforms.

Chris Smart, Sales Agent, Pulte Homes
I believe the home industry will be very good in 2015, with many more opportunities and rates to stay somewhat level but will increase over the year. It's always a great time to buy a home

Dixon Baxter, Sales Manager, MCH-Kenworth:
“Original equipment manufacturers are projecting sales growth in the medium-duty truck segment for 2015. There will be a steady demand throughout 2015. Class 5-6 trucks will enjoy demand approximately 10 percent higher than 2013 levels. We anticipate that, in 2015, business investment and real GDP will see their largest increases since 2010.” This was quoted out of TruckingInfo.com by one of their editors. Speaking from personal experience, we definitely saw an increase in 2014 and all indications are now that the 2015 will be as good, if not better.

Andy Hansinger, Relocation Counselor, Plus Relocation Services:
I predict that companies will be investing more in talent management and global mobility. This means we can expect to see a higher number of transferees and assignees in 2015.  We’ll also see the need for paperwork and processes to be “on the go,” and available via smart phones. Using electronic signature websites instead of asking them to print, sign and return a document is one way to assist with this.

Tell Us: What do you expect to be the big changes or trends in the moving industry in 2015?


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December 15, 2014

Pack It Up! Toy Drive a Huge Success

Toys for Tots donation collage

The Pack It Up! Toy Drive, a collaboration between 1-800-PACK-RAT and Buffalo Brothers Pizza and Wings, collected a whopping 500 pounds of toys for Toys for Tots. This holiday season will be a little brighter for many children in North Carolina this year, thanks to the generosity of 1-800-PACK-RAT and Buffalo Brothers’ customers and fans.

By collecting toys in a 1-800-PACK-RAT moving container, we were able to take some of the burden off of the Toys for Tots volunteers. The container was loaded onto a PACK-RAT truck with our patented no-tilt lift system, and the 500 pounds of toys were delivered directly to the Toys for Tots distribution center in downtown Raleigh.

1-800-PACK-RAT and Buffalo Brothers employees were also instrumental in the success of the program by encouraging Raleigh residents to participate and bringing toys to donate themselves.

Toys for Tots staff donations 

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Pack It Up! Toy Drive and helping us to fill a PACK-RAT container full of toys this holiday season!

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December 11, 2014

1-800-PACK-RAT Makes Green Moving Easier 

green moving eco car
 

Just as moving can take a toll on you, it also takes a toll on the environment. Every time you drive your car or hop on a plane, you are adding to your personal carbon footprint. Now imagine all of your belongings having to take a trip across the country – that can really add up!

If you are like most environmentally conscious movers, you will probably be looking for ways to conduct a “green” move. There are lots of green moving tips out there for packing and upcycling, but is there anything you can do about how your personal belongings get transported?

As part of the transportation industry, 1-800-PACK-RAT has the unique opportunity to create as much of an eco-friendly move for its customers as possible. That’s why 1-800-PACK-RAT has joined the SmartWay® Transport Partnership, an innovative collaboration between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and industry that provides a framework to assess the environmental and energy efficiency of goods movement supply chains.

1-800-PACK-RAT will contribute to the Partnership’s savings of 120.7 million barrels of oil, $16.8 billion in fuel costs, 51.6 MMT of carbon dioxide (CO2), 738,000 tons of nitrogen oxides and 37,000 tons of articulate matter. This equals taking 10 million cars of the road!  Partners rely on SmartWay tools and approaches to track and reduce emissions and fuel use from goods movement.

Joining the SmartWay Transport Partnership is just one way that 1-800-PACK-RAT demonstrates its strong environmental leadership and corporate responsibility toward green moving. 1-800-PACK-RAT recently upgraded much of its truck fleet in order to maximize efficiencies and reduce the gasoline miles per gallon used in its vehicles. It also consistently works to reduce emissions by lowering idle times through driver education.

There are lots of easy ways to reduce the environmental impact of your move: using clothes and towels to protect fragile items, finding gently used boxes and donating as much as you can. But if you are looking for a green moving company, be sure to look for the SmartWay Transport Partnership.

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