OMNI COVID-19 BULLETIN – THE NETHERLANDS

Robert Voerman talks about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected his business what the future possibly holds

We first realised we had a problem in mid-March.  The government put a lockdown in place on Sunday night and we had to quickly work out how to get everyone working from home. Of course, home working works better for some than others, so we had to work out what was best for each individual, As we have experience with working from home in our offices in Eastern Europe & Africa we were able to switch quickly to this new way of working in The Netherlands. Key has been the technology of RedSky which enables us to all work from home.

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OMNI COVID-19 BULLETIN – BRAZIL

Laura Ganon from Fink in Brazil looks at the ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic has affected her business and lessons for the future.

COVID-19 has been tough for Brazil; workers here have little choice but to use public transport and people in general aren’t too concerned about the whole community.  It’s a difficult culture. This makes it hard to impose any kind of quarantine measures. Our government can’t control crime, health and the safety of the general population, so how can we control a situation like this?

In Brazil transport is an essential service so we were always allowed to operate legally. And we had a contingency plan, but I never expected it to include something like this.

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OMNI COVID-19 BULLETIN – MEXICO

Wake-up Call

Travelling back from Asuncion after LACMA convention was cancelled halfway was indeed a wake-up call for the global threat and seriousness of COVID-19 pandemic.

Monday 16th of March first thing in the office we moved quickly to purchase and equip our teams with face masks, gloves, and antibacterial gel. Meanwhile our government and president were minimizing the threat. The lack of leadership from the government was making global headlines. It forced the private sector to mobilize quickly and independently. Trafimar did not hesitate. While logistics and moving services were considered essential and could continue to operate, we always regarded the safety of our staff as a priority.

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OMNI COVID-19 BULLETIN – Seoul, South Korea

Gus Sunwoo looks at the ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic has affected Asian Tigers South Korea and lessons for the future.

It really started to kick off here on February 26th. The numbers just kept increasing every day and by March 1st we had over 1000 cases a day. It turned out that was the peak, but we didn’t know that at the time.

I was terrified because I had to travel to the LACMA conference in Paraguay and Korea was the number one country (except China) for COVID-19 infections. I had to travel through several different countries to get to Paraguay and the looks I got at the airport was something else. By the time the conference was finished, on March 9th, I couldn’t wait to get back home because everywhere else was being infected. South Korea by then was back to the lowest point: it went up very fast and came down very fast.

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Team ARC Wins Coveted $7.2B Global Household Goods Contract

Suddath today announced that the company, together with a consortium of strategic suppliers, was awarded a multiyear contract by the U.S. Transportation Command (TRANSCOM), valued at $7.2B for the transition period and three-year base period. The consortium, known as Team ARC, is led by American Roll-On Roll-Off Carrier Group (ARC) and comprises industry leaders in the moving, logistics, and technology industries with a focus on delivering high-quality service to service members, their families and DoD civilians under the Global Household Goods Contract (GHC). In addition to Suddath, the major partners in Team ARC include ARC, UniGroup, Atlas World Group, The Pasha Group and Deloitte.

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COVID-19 BULLETIN – USA

Bill Graebel looks at the ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic has affected his business and lessons for the future… 

It was in early February that we realised that a hurricane was imminent: Singapore and Shanghai had shown us the way. At the time only half our staff had laptops, so we had to rectify that and give them training on how to work from home and use technologies such as Zoom. We even had a few dry runs to imagine what it would be like if we didn’t have an office. But never did we anticipate a business continuity plan that prepared us for COVID-19. 

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Aires Achieves ANAB-accredited ISO 27701 Certification

Aires is pleased to announce that the company has become one of the first organizations certified in the United States to the ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB)-accredited ISO 27701 standard for Privacy Information Management Systems. Audits were successfully completed by A-LIGN, a leading security, privacy, and compliance provider specializing in mitigating cybersecurity risks by assessing organizations with multiple compliance standards.

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COVID-19 and Its Impact on the Relocation Industry

Industry Experts Weigh in on the Tough Questions 

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – On Wednesday, a panel of leading relocation experts discussed how global companies are handling the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic across a range of industries. Panelists shared insights on how the crisis has impacted every part of the relocation process, including real estate, transferee welfare, household goods moving, immigration and visa process and expatriated workers. The virtual roundtable, which featured global experts from Marriott International, Snowflake and UnitedHealthcare, was hosted by Sterling Lexicon, a leading provider of global relocation services.

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Australian Conronavirus Update

All foreign travellers* will be banned from entering Australia from Friday night 20 March 2020 at 9pm AEDT.

Key points:

• All non-residents will be banned from arriving in Australia from 9:00pm AEDT on Friday

• It replaces earlier travel bans on foreigners coming from China, Iran, Italy and South Korea

• Australians who return from overseas will still need to isolate themselves for a fortnight

Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced the enhanced border measures in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

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New Ownership for Irish Relocation Services Ltd.

Former IrishRelo owners acquire the corporate and intra-Europe moving services businesses as Dwellworks focuses on delivering destination and corporate housing services in Ireland.

Dwellworks LLC, the leading provider of global destination and housing support services for workforce mobility has announced the sale of its Dublin-based global removals business, Irish Relocation Services Ltd., to William Tighe and Paul Coy.

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Gerson Relocation promotes Nikki Browne to Supply Chain & Agent Partner Relationships Manager

Gerson Relocation are delighted to announce the promotion of Nikki Browne to Supply Chain & Agent Partner Relationships Manager. With immediate effect she will be responsible for managing agent relationships for international moving and relocation services.

Nikki’s role focuses on nurturing relationships with our agent partners, managing performance and costs, and ensuring service continuity worldwide.

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Because it’s there

Ian Waters from OMNI argues that, for the mobility industry to continue to thrive, change needs to be more than embraced, it must be driven.

When George Leigh Mallory, a British mountaineer, was asked 1923 why he wanted to be the first to climb Mount Everest he answered: ‘because it’s there’. It was that drive, that ambition that made him extraordinary. Perhaps it’s time the moving industry had a little more of the Mallory spirit. Let me explain.

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Vehicle imports to Peru

The Peruvian Government has approved on February 3rd 2020, the Decree 005-2020-MTC that regulates the importation of used vehicles to Peru. It states that  new or used vehicles can only be imported if:
1. It is no more than 2 (two) years old. Only models 2019 or 2020 will be accepted.
2. It must not have more than 32,000 Kms.
3. Vehicle with Diesel Motors are not allowed.
NOTE.- It has not been clarified yet how this Decree will affect Peruvian Diplomats returning from Official Missions.