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OMNI 2016 CONFERENCE IN FLORENCE

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    The 2016 OMNI conference 15-18 April in Florence enjoyed a high turnout with attendance over 40% up on previous years.  Delegates were no doubt attracted by the location and venue, the Westin Excelsior in the centre of the city on the banks of the Arno river, and by the opportunity to spend quality time with the industry’s leading players.   The OMNI conference is a mixture of business and relaxation designed to provide the ideal environment to form and maintain friendships while getting things done too.  The business sessions were fully attended on each of the three days and included a presentation from Eric Nicholson, a professional actor and professor of theatre history who helped to bring Florence to life with his unique mix of performance and seemingly limitless local knowledge; and Michael McDaniel from law firm Countryman and McDaniel who was asked back to OMNI following his informative and enjoyable performance in Bali two years ago.  Michael...

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SUDDATH ANNOUNCES CHARLOTTE LOCATION WINS 2015 BRANCH OF THE YEAR AWARD

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  Suddath, the largest agent of UniGroup, Inc., is pleased to announce that its Charlotte location has earned the coveted title of ‘Branch of the Year’ for 2015. This annual award is determined by specific key performance indicators for excellence in customer service, safety, quality and financial performance.   Charlotte posted a year-over-year revenue growth of 43 per cent, the second-best net income percentage in network operations. They also finished the year with a 4.7 UniGroup quality ranking on a scale of 1-to-5 and produced a one hundred percent ‘willingness to recommend rating’ from their United Van Lines customers. Prior to this award, in 2015, Charlotte also earned the prestigious UniGroup Fleet Safety Award for their mileage category as well as the Suddath CEO Annual Safety Award for the under 500,000-mile category.    “It is clearly evident that the Charlotte team exemplifies Suddath’s commitment to customer service...

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PORT STRIKE IN PORTUGAL

  Portugal will be held in the grip of a port strike from 20 April until 12 May 2016.  This is an on-going dispute and Global International Relocation, the OMNI agent in Portugal, has offered to provide further information as the situation develops.  

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FIDI ACADEMY AWARDS GOLD TO GRAEBEL

  Graebel Movers International, Inc. was awarded the 'FIDI Academy Commitment to Excellence Gold Award' at the FIDI Annual Conference in Geneva, Switzerland. Bill Graebel, Chief Executive Officer and Dale Collins Chief Innovation Officer and President of Global Transportation of Graebel Companies, Inc. attended the international conference. Bill Graebel accepted the award on the company’s behalf.   FIDI, a global network of international removals companies, independently audits compliance to its quality standard (FAIM) that sets and measures standards for the industry every two years. FIDI represents over 600 independent companies in more than 100 countries. Graebel has been a FIDI member for over 30 years.   The FIDI Academy has developed a career points system that recognises individuals and companies that promote industry knowledge. Graebel received the highest total number of continuing education award points among the 18 mobility companies that received the Gold...

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METROPOLITAN TRANSPORTS APPOINTS FABRICIO BERTOLDO AS DEPUTY CEO

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  Metropolitan Transportes in Brazil has announced the appointment of Fabricio Bertoldo as the company’s deputy CEO.  He has been in the moving industry for over 20 years and will now be the head of the company’s international and relocation sales division.   “Fabricio’s energy and drive makes him the perfect fit to lead and further enhance Metropolitan’s sales strategy,” said Metropolitan’s CEO Pedro Mello.  “As Metropolitan continues to gain market share we find ourselves with many challenges and changes that will enable us to provide the services and solutions that our clients’ need.”   Fabricio commented: “Metropolitan has a rich history and tremendous record as a domestic and international leader in Brazil.  I look forward to contributing my sales experience to grow this strategic business line.”   Metropolitan Transports celebrates 47 years in business this year and operates...

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POLLUTION EMERGENCY IN MEXICO CITY AND SURROUNDING AREAS

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    Trafimar Relocation Services in Mexico City has advised that due to absence of rain and wind, the greater Mexico City area is experiencing an abnormal situation of pollution which has forced city and state authorities to enforce extraordinary measures to combat the situation.   The usual rule of forbidding car circulation one day a week to older cars or non-emission free cars, has been extended to all cars, including new cars.  The rule also now applies two days a week, including weekends, and including all trucks, big or small. This rule is subject to a day-by-day confirmation for the following day, which is made known by the authorities not earlier than 6 p.m. of the previous day.    This second rule is severely disrupting all transport activities in and around Mexico City.  At this moment, lines of over 10 miles are advised for all entrances to the greater Mexico City Area, especially from Veracruz, Manzanillo, Laredo, etc.  This situation...

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TRAFIMAR GROUP DENIES ANY ASSOCIATION WITH THELSA

Alejandra Arellano Silva from Trafimar Group in Mexico wishes to make it clear that his company is not in any way associated with Thelsa Mobility Solutions.     “It has been reported to us that employees of Thelsa, or people related to such company, have indicated that it is associated with Trafimar Relocation Services or companies of the Trafimar Group in Mexico, previous and during the recent LACMA convention in Bogotá," he said. "We wish to make our colleagues in the relocation community well aware of the fact that Thelsa has no association whatsoever with TRAFIMAR, in any location, neither in Mexico nor abroad.”  

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SUDDATH HIRES LARRY GOLDMAN AS VICE PRESIDENT GLOBAL RESIDENTIAL SALES

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  The Suddath Companies has announced the appointment of Larry Goldman to its Global Moving Services business unit as vice president of residential sales.   Larry has been in the business for over 20 years.  Prior to joining Suddath, he held senior sales leadership positions in large, consumer-centric organizations such as Spectrum Brands, Comcast and ADT. In his new role, he will be responsible for all domestic and international residential relocation sales for the newly restructured business unit.   “Larry brings a wealth of experience in leading business-to-consumer sales teams on a global scale,” said Michael Brannigan, President and CEO of The Suddath Companies. “His leadership will be integral in delivering residential moving services at an unparalleled level.”   “Suddath has a rich history and impressive record as a transportation and relocation leader,” said Larry.  “I look forward to leveraging my sales...

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