Suddath announces new philanthropic partnership with Smiles Foundation

Suddath® is proud to announce a new philanthropic partnership with Smiles Foundation, a non-profit organization which provides free dental care and preventative health education to children in the Dominican Republic. Based out of Canada, the Smiles Foundation was formed over 30 years ago, when founder Elina Katsman traveled to the Dominican Republic and witnessed first-hand the urgent need for dental treatment.

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The changing shape of relocation trends

The US workforce is changing and, with it, so are the ways in which employees are being relocated for companies across the United States, according to a recent survey by Cartus: Relocation Policy and Practices Survey.  The report examines the responses of 141 mobility managers representing more than 10 million employees. While the overall survey explores trends in how companies are supporting home sale for transferring employees, responding to a growing rental population, and developing intern programmes, the primary finding is the identification of a changing pattern in employee relocation, in which an increasing demand for flexibility is translating into different types of work transfers.

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The Asian Tigers Mobility is proud to announce joining forces with the WWF Singapore (World Wide Fund for Nature) to provide financial support for the T2X project.  T2X stands for doubling the number of tigers living in the wild by the year 2022.  That will be the next Year of the Tiger according to the Chinese calendar, and achieving that lofty goal will be significantly aided by ATM.

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Niall Mackay

The death of Niall Mackay has just been announced by his company Gerson Relocation in London.  The statement received is as follows:

Many of you will be aware that Niall Mackay, our Managing Director, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer towards the end of July.

Since then he has been at home awaiting the start of chemotherapy. We know that during this period he contacted many of you to tell you about his situation.

Yesterday we received a call from his wife Jenny. His condition had worsened over a short period of time, and it is with immense sadness we must tell you that Niall, our friend and colleague, passed away on Tuesday morning.

This will be a great shock to all of you, as it has been to us, and of course all our thoughts and prayers go out to Jenny, Callum, and Georgia during the weeks ahead.

We will continue to monitor Niall’s work email for any messages that you may wish to send, and please feel free to use the office postal address for any cards. We will make sure that they are passed on to Jenny and the family.

Strikes and service interruptions in Venezuela

Juerg Degenmann, General Manager of Mudanzas Internacionales Global in Venezuela, has advised of a worsening situation in his country including strikes and service interruptions.

Juerg writes:

As you already know, the situation in Venezuela is getting worse every day. Our country has become a constant scene of atrocities where the government has taken the social and economic balance that was once the best in South America and the Caribbean to the lowest level of poverty and insecurity.

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FIDI switches 2018 conference venue to Puerto Rico

FIDI has announced that its 2018 conference will take place in Puerto Rico, not Rio de Janeiro as previously announced. The conference will be from Sunday 8 to Wednesday 11 April 2018.

FIDI said that it had made the change as a result of concerns raised over security as the ongoing violence and political unrest in Rio de Janeiro showed no sign of resolution. The FIDI Board had carefully monitored the situation and come to its decision supported by an independent Risk Assessment Report and first-hand testimonies from local affiliates.

Aires wins gold at the Stevies

Aires has announced that its SpringBoard, self-service, lump-sum management tool has won the Gold Stevie American Business Award in the ‘New Product or Service of the Year – Software – Cloud Application/Service’ category. Winners were determined by the average scores of more than 190 professionals worldwide in a two-month judging process. Aires’ SpringBoard tool was selected for its advanced functionality, ease of use, and ability to fill gaps in current market offerings.

“When developing the tool, we worked to fully understand the patterns, motives, and decisions of our lump-sum transferees to improve their experience. This approach resulted in the refined and intuitive user experience that Aires’ clients expect,” said Aires’ Vice President of Operations, Joleen Lauffer.

One judge in the process highlighted several key benefits of the tool, stating, “Identifying gaps in competitive solutions is called value-based marketing, which not enough companies appear to do with any due diligence. Bravo for doing so. I also like that you can track actual spend against budget and have tax data available at the end of it all. Excellent. Well done!”

25% of financial institutions to move staff out of UK owing to Brexit

According to the EY Brexit Tracker, more than a quarter of the 222 UK financial services firms monitored have announced that they are moving some staff or part of their operations out of the UK, or that they are reviewing their domicile as a result of Brexit. Whilst firms voicing such intentions remain in the minority, the figures represent an increase  from four months ago when 39 (18%) of companies monitored had publicly voiced their intention to make staff or operational changes.

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Cartus top of the RMCs

The Cartus Corporation has earned the rank of No:1 for overall satisfaction among large relocation management companies in the 2017 International Managers Survey conducted by Trippel Survey & Research, LLC.

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