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CONGESTION AT WEST COAST PORTS CAUSING SERIOUS DELAYS

Congestion at the US West Coast ports, caused by a work slow down by ILWU workers in an effort to negotiate improved wages and benefits with the PMA, is severely disrupting container movements and causing significant delays.  Bob Bowen from Crown Worldwide Moving & Storage has told OMNI that truckers who would normally move four containers a day are now limited to moving just one. This has caused serious delays, a lack of equipment and additional costs to customers.      The following statement was made by officials of the Port of Oakland:   Targeted work slowdowns by the ILWU are not new to the West Coast, but they are new to Oakland during the union’s contract negotiations with the Pacific Maritime Association, which remain unresolved after eight months of negotiations that began back in May. The PMA said the union’s slowdown tactics, which are designed to gain leverage in the negotiations, began in late October in the Pacific Northwest and in Los Angeles-Long...

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SECURITY IN PERU APPOINTS NEW BUSINESS MANAGER

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  Security International Moving in Lima, Peru, has appointed Hernan Velarde as its new business manager for moving and relocation services. Hernan is Peruvian, graduated from Universidad de Lima in Business Administration and has a Master Degree in Management from Universidad de Piura. He worked for almost 15 years in Nextel in charge of designing and implementing sales strategies as well as developing new business units. Hernan will replace Manuel Alcantara who has been with the company thoughout its development but has relocated to Brazil for personal reasons. Hernan’s e-mail is: hvelarde@simoving.com.pe Photo:  Hernan Velarde

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9TH GRAEBEL RELOCATION POLICY SUMMIT ANNOUNCED

  Graebel University has announced that the ninth annual Global Relocation Policy Summit will take place on February 24 - 26 at the company's world headquarters in Colorado. The leading industry event attracts over 100 global mobility, talent management and human resource executives annually. In addition to hands-on workshops, keynote speakers and peer networking, breakout sessions that will cover best practices in U.S. and global relocation programs will be conducted throughout the three-day event.  This marks the ninth year that Graebel University will host the Global Relocation Policy Summit in the Americas. Participants will be eligible to earn re-certification credits for Worldwide ERC® credentials including the Certified Relocation Professional® (CRP) and Global Mobility Specialist® (GMS) designations. Last year, Graebel Relocation earned the first-place Americas EMMA award for the 2014 Global Relocation Policy Summit research report. The document summarised...

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SIRVA ANNOUNCES NEW COST CALCULATOR

SIRVA has recently launched its new Global Cost Calculator and Global Expense Management Tool.  The system allows users to generate a detailed estimate of the expenses associated with relocating an employee from one destination to another before incurring any costs. SIRVA's Global Expense Management Tool enables relocating customers to manage travel expenses on their computers, mobile phones and tablets.   More information here  

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GRAEBEL COMES TOP IN COLORADO

Graebel Relocation has been awarded first-place in the annual Top 50 Family-Owned Companies ranked by the ColoradoBiz magazine. This marks the second consecutive year that Graebel has topped the Rocky Mountain Regional list.    The Magazine published the 2015 leading family-owned companies in its January/February issue. Colorado-based firms were ranked according to the number of years that their respective businesses have been family-owned, the total full-time employees, and more.    Bill Graebel, CEO, commented: “It is an honour to receive this recognition for the second straight year. Worldwide, you will find Graebel business centres staffed with industry experienced Graebel employees who expertly administer assignee and office relocation services for leading firms in the Global 100 and Fortune 500 on six continents. More than their vast experience, our people genuinely care about making a real difference in the lives of our clients and their employees. It is with...

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GLOBAL HIRES RELO SPECIALIST

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Global International Relocation, OMNI member in Portugal has announced the appointment of Luísa Piló as its new Global Relocation & Immigration Manager.  Luísa a top Portuguese immigration and relocation expert and her mission is to power the company’s international growth.   “It is an honour to join the Portuguese market leader in the mobility business and one of the most respected and certified companies operating in Portugal,” she said. “My own life experience, as an expatriate in cultures as different as Mozambique, South Africa, England, Portugal, Brazil, Germany and USA, has made me very aware of expats needs and concerns. Therefore, the quality of my teams’ service delivery is one of my main targets.”   “We were very pleased when Luísa accepted our challenge,” said Jorge Da Costa, President and CEO.  “We have worked with her for many years, she is one of the best in the industry...

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NEW BRANCH FOR GLOBAL IN LISBON

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  Global International Relocation from Portugal announced the opening of a new branch in Lisbon.  The branch office is located in the Amoreiras Towers - the main business centre in Lisbon - with the purpose of being closer to their corporate customers headquartered in the capital.  The move comes as a result of the company strengthening its national and international operation in 2014.   “The strategy that we will follow in 2015 is to continue to focus on the excellence of our service and competitiveness, after having achieved in 2014 the leadership of the sector in Portugal, expanded the business, grown and entered in new markets, invested in technology, in new packaging and facilities, generated more employment and reinforced the team's training,” said Jorge da Costa, President and CEO.   In 2014 Global became the most certified company operating in the International Mobility sector: it holds the ISO 9001 and 14001 certifications, is a member...

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100,000 TEU OF NEW SHIPPING CAPACITY FOR 2014 HAS SLIPPED INTO 2015

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Drewry, the maritime information organisation has advised that some 100,000 TEU of new containerships scheduled for delivery in 2014 has slipped into 2015. While this helped to narrow the gap between supply-demand last year it will only add to the supply pressure this year.  This includes to commissioning of the 19,000-teu CSCL Globe, the latest largest container ship in the world, which is unlikely to retain its top spot for long as new, even larger vessels make the short journey down the slipway.   The move towards ever larger vessels makes sense for individual carriers as it lowers their slot costs, but it does present the wider industry with a problem of how to absorb the extra capacity. In the last 15 years the capacity of the world container fleet has ballooned from around 5 million TEU in 2000 to approaching 20 million today.   The appetite for new ULCVs (Ultra Large Container Vessels) is making it much harder for carriers to match supply with demand as they diverged...

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