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KAREN KAUKOL JOINS GRAEBEL AS CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER

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Marketing executive Karen Kaukol has joined Graebel Companies as chief marketing officer. In this role, she will lead the firm’s global marketing efforts, including branding, market research, digital marketing, customer acquisition and retention programs, public relations, event marketing, and new product commercialisation. She will be based at the corporate headquarters in Denver, reporting to George Bates, senior vice president of sales and marketing.     “Karen is truly an innovative and dynamic marketing leader with a relevant global mindset and clear understanding of Graebel’s vision, culture, technology and value proposition, which uniquely and effectively support our clients’ global talent deployment needs.” said Bill Graebel, CEO of Graebel Companies. “Karen and her team will take the lead in telling this story – and helping us continue to put the customer first – as we build our business and brand worldwide.”     Karen...

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GRAEBEL TAKES SECOND PLACE AT EMMAS

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  Graebel Relocation was recognised by the Forum for Expatriate Management (FEM) as the first runner-up Relocation Management Company of the Year in the Americas region recently. George Bates GMS senior vice president for Graebel Companies, Inc., accepted the Expatriate Management and Mobility Award (EMMA) during a black-tie Gala that took place on May 5 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA.    Held during the FEM annual Americas’ regional two-day Summit, the award ceremony celebrated excellence in global mobility by recognising industry leaders, business successes and standout-individuals in 26 categories. A judging committee of 15 FEM members from various global industries independently reviewed nominations and selected each category’s award winners.   Graebel Relocation has received eight EMMAs in the Americas’ region since 2012, including this year’s award:   •First runner-up, Relocation Management Company of the Year, 2016 •First...

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ALFA QUALITY MOVING WINS COURT CASE

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Alfa Quality Moving AB welcomes the positive verdict in the hearing at the Stockholm District Court. "It's a great relief, the Authority's lawsuit against us has been going on for over three years and required an enormous amount of energy of both management and staff" says MD, Kenneth Egelrud. "The verdict shows that Swedish and EU laws regarding how long the competition clauses can be agreed upon when a company makes acquisitions are unclear, and that the Swedish Competition Authority (KKV) has interpreted the rules incorrectly. This despite the extensive work that the authority has put on us to review our business since they carried out an unannounced so called “dawn raid” with us in Jönköping in February, 2013." "Today is an emotional day," says MD, Kenneth Egelrud. "We have been confident the whole time that we were right, but it has been extremely tough to defend ourselves towards a government authority." According to Kenneth Egelrud the verdict today is a clarification...

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SUDDATH RECOGNISED AS INTERNATIONAL MOVER OF THE YEAR AT EMMAS

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    Suddath® is has won its third Expatriate Management & Mobility Award (EMMAs) in the ‘International Mover of the Year’ category showing continued excellence in the global arena of household goods relocation.   This is the fifth year in a row Suddath has received an award in this category as the winner in 2016, 2014 and 2012 and runner-up in both 2015 and 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 five finalists in the category. The EMMAs awards are held annually to recognise excellence in a particular category of service delivery or program within companies or organizations who relocate employees internationally.    Steve Crooks, senior vice president of international agent development, and Peter Bowsher, vice president of global sales, accepted the award on behalf of Suddath during the awards gala at the annual Americas...

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GLOBAL INTERNATIONAL IN PORTUGAL BECOMES A GUARANTOR OF OMNI

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  Global International Relocation from Portugal was accepted as a Guarantor of OMNI (Overseas Moving Network International) on Monday 18 April 2016 after successfully serving a two-year probationary period. Global was confirmed as a Guarantor at the OMNI Annual General Meeting held in Florence, Italy.   Jorge Da Costa and his son Jorge Gomes were both at the meeting and were delighted to be accepted into the OMNI global network.  “OMNI is important to us,” said Jorge Da Costa.  “We always saw OMNI as the premier league of the moving industry. It was our goal to become an OMNI agent. OMNI represents the top quality agents in the world and we are delighted to be part of the organisation.”   Jorge started Global in 2008 with the mission to provide a high quality service built around fast accurate communications with agents and customers alike.  The company is now recognised as the revenue market leader in Portugal.  

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VOERMAN UPGRADE FACILITIES IN RUSSIA

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  Voerman Russia is moving to a new location that provides larger offices, approximately eight-times the storage space of the company’s previous premises and seven loading bays.  The company has been in its old location for six years however the growing business needed more space and better facilities.     Alexandra Golovina, Head of Marketing & Public Relations for Voerman Russia commented: “At Voerman we always strive to be the best in what we are doing, trying to be the leaders in our industry. This way of doing business has led to the fact that our current warehouse has reached its maximum capacity. Our new premises will include a state of the art office and a class ‘A’ warehouse, which we strongly believe will make the difference compared to competitors in the moving industry. This is an advantage, which we must use directly, having learned from the past that most of our competitors are followers.”   Voerman has been in Russia...

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VENEZUELA UPDATE

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  The political, economic and trading environment in Venezuela has continued to deteriorate.  According to OMNI agent Global Mudanzas Internacionales in Caracas is becoming worse by the day.   Juerg Degenmann, the company’s general manager said that there are still issues with airlines as well as containerised cargo that cause delays. The Venezuela - Colombia border continues to be closed and it is anybody’s guess if and when it will be reopened to free traffic again.    Juerg explained that there has recently been an announcement by President Maduro that schools will be closed on Fridays and public servants will only work Mondays and Tuesdays in order to try and conserve energy. This means that all activities at customs, the ports and airports, warehouses and related services will slow down with increase delays. “However we will remain working full time and have guaranteed clients that the scheduled pack dates will be met,” said Juerg....

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GRAEBEL HONOURS SUPPLIERS AND INDIVIDUALS FOR SUPERIOR CUSTOMER SERVICE

Move Management, Inc., the global mobility administrative arm of Graebel Relocation, held its 4th Annual Move Management Partner Summit at the company’s world headquarters in Colorado. 70 Executives from the global relocation industry attended the two-day educational and networking event. An awards ceremony honoured 13 of the Graebel Move Management suppliers and individuals for their exemplary dedication to superior customer service.   Customer Choice Awards: •Household Goods: Graebel Van Lines   •Auto: Montway Auto Transport   Excellence in Customer Service Award: •Samantha Rosania, MSS, Inc.   Driver of the Year Award: •Omar Abraham, Graebel Van Lines   Quality Partner Auto Award: •Montway Auto Transport   Quality Partner Household Goods Award: •1st place: Berger, agent of Allied Van Lines •2nd place: Paxton Van Lines, agent of Atlas Van Lines •3rd place: NOR-CAL Moving Services, agent of Allied...

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