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NEW WEBSITE FOR GRAEBEL

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The Greabel companies have launched a new website this week. The new site gives information about the company, its services, leadership, employment opportunities; events and participation at worldwide associations’ conferences, accreditations and awards, along with valuable industry and market intelligence documents. The site was developed by the Graebel IT team led by chief information officer, Ron Dunlap PhD.  “I am extremely proud to unveil the redesigned Graebel.com this week,” he said. “Our objective to develop an easy-to-navigate intuitive site so visitors can effortlessly learn about our services and Graebel per se in an elegant and user-friendly experience in multiple dialects has been achieved.”   You can judge for yourself by visiting: www.graebel.com  

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SEVERE CONGESTION IN LA AND LONG BEACH CAUSING DELAYS

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The twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are experiencing a logistical nightmare as they struggle to ease a bottleneck that is causing what has been described as the worst shipping crisis in a decade.  The problem stems from an increase in import traffic of around 10% for both ports during September. Figures for October are already 7% up on average with a week left to run. Analysts say that carriers and terminals indicate that there will be no relief from the pace as volumes will remain strong into mid-November, with a lull before the late December and early 2015 rush before the Chinese New Year.   The ports are also stressed by the increase in larger vessels that are in some cases three times the size of the ships docking when the terminals were built.   There has also been a shift in recent years towards trailers being supplied by third-party leasing companies which has caused a shortage which, according to Port of Long Beach Chief Executive Jon W. Slangerup, is the “root...

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BEIJING TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS

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Beijing, China has been assigned as the chairmanship of APEC, so the Chinese government has imposed traffic restriction between the period of November 3 to 12, 2014.   The traffic restriction will only allow trucks to be running between 12am to 6am.  In addition, the odd and even number rule applies to trucks running between 3am to 6am.  For example, license plate ends with an odd number is allow to drive on November 3, 5, 7, 9, 11 and license plate ends with an even number is allow to drive on November 4, 6, 8, 10, 12.     Apart from the traffic restrictions, the Chinese government has suggested all schools and government organizations to take leave from November 7 to 12 and to work from November 2 to 6 and November 13 to 15.  Beijing customs have not announced if they will follow the government’s recommendation.    Many compounds in Beijing will not allow loading and delivery between 12am to 6am and delays will be expected for all shipments...

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JEAN MASON DIES AT 89

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Jean Mason, mother of Paul Mason and Grandmother to Simon and Caroline Mason died peacefully last week at the age of 89. Jean was strong and familliar figure in the moving industry, especially at the BAR conferences. The staff and Board of OMNI offer their condolences to the family on behalf of the organisation.    

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GLOBAL INTERNATIONAL BECOMES PORTUGAL’S MARKET LEADER

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Global International Relocation, that has operated for the last 6 years in the worldwide mobility sector, has just reached the Portuguese market leadership in terms of international moving sales volume, according to data recently supplied by IGNIOS (a Portuguese official risk management institution).    “These results were possible due to our capacity to quickly adopt the industry’s best practices and to our strong commitment to conquer the top international certifications,” said Jorge Da Costa, the company CEO. “Global International Relocation was the first Portuguese moving company to achieve the FAIM PLUS and the ISO 9000 & 14001 certifications and continues to be the only one with the LACMA certified packers distinction.”  Jorge Da Costa added: “The permanent investment in our team’s qualification and facilities, in line with the top industry standards (isothermal warehouses with fingerprint control access, acclimatized...

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GRAEBEL, SECOND AT APAC EMMAS

  Graebel has been voted runner up in the category of International Moving Company of the Year at the Forum for Expatriate Management (FEM) APAC regional summit. The Expatriate Management & Mobility Award (EMMA) was presented during the FEM gala awards ceremony that took take place in Singapore at the Orchard Hotel on October 14, 2014.    The FEM organization holds summits in the APAC, EMEA and Americas’ regions, as a forum for human resource and talent management executives to discuss their globally active corporations’ relocation and mobility programs and to review findings from the Annual Survey Report conducted by FEM. The Summits conclude with a black-tie awards event that honours corporate programs and industry leaders. A panel from a diverse array of global industries independently review nominations and select each category’s finalists and ultimately the award winners for each Summit.   Representing the Graebel Singapore centre at the FEM APAC...

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SUDDATH WINS INTERNATIONAL MOVER OF THE YEAR

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  For the second time in three years Suddath has won the EMMA in the International Mover of the Year category for the American region.  The EMMA (Expatriate Management & Mobility Award) is made by The Forum for Expatriate Management.   This is the third year in a row Suddath has received an award in this category as the winner in both 2014 and 2012 and runner-up in 2013. The Forum for Expatriate Management (FEM), a global group comprised of industry mobility professionals, chose Suddath as the recipient out of a total of ten finalists in the category. More than 1,000 nominations were received from around the world in all categories. Peter Bowsher, vice president of global sales, accepted the award on behalf of Suddath during the awards gala at the annual Americas Global Mobility Summit in Orlando, Florida.    This year’s judges, both clients and peers, said that “Suddath presented impressive innovations as well as an updated moving app bringing...

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GRAEBEL ANNUAL RELOCATION ALLIANCE CONFERENCE

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Graebel is hosted its 14th Annual Relocation Alliance Conference on 13/14 October 2014 at the company’s world headquarters in Colorado. 150 Relocation industry executives that include 90 Graebel Alliance Partners from 39 countries attended the leadership meetings and educational sessions for this year’s conference called, ‘Aligned in a Rhythm of Success’.     The event included the Graebel Relocation Alliance awards ceremony at the Denver Art Museum to honour outstanding global relocation and mobility services for the past year. This year’s winners are:   •Consultant Choice Award (Relocation): Dwellworks, LLC •Consultant Choice Award (Removals): hasenkamp •Superior Quality Achievement Award (Relocation): ABODA •Superior Quality Achievement Award (Removals): Grospiron International •D.A.V.E. award  (the Distinguished Alliance Member of Value & Excellence that is in honour of Graebel Companies, Inc.,...

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