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International Moving Company Communication – Selection Tip #5

Communication, both as an “action” and a “thing”, is a very broad term and plays a vital role in the international relocation process.

International Relocation Communication

At Roadrunner International – Communication is part of our DNA

In order for your international shipment to safely navigate the complexities of: various modes of transport, procedural processes, diversity of geography, elements of nature, and societal borders; it is of utmost importance to have effective communication.   Selecting an international mover that has the capabilities to provide effective communication for both you and your precious cargo is extremely important in ensuring a successful international relocation.

Both the actions of timely communication within the supply chain and the “things” (tools) for communication are of mutual priority to achieving a successful relocation.

In order for the critical information elements to pass efficiently through the complex global supply chain, the communication culture or “DNA”, of your international relocation services provider must evidence one of an urgency of success to their clients. We will call this the “action” of communication.

Next, in order to achieve the goal of the active communication for their clients, the relocation provider must have the tools to provide the action.  In order to participate as a valuable global supply chain partner, your international relocation provider must possess tools beyond the traditional telephone, postal, telex, and email and reach across a broad spectrum of complexities, ie: data bases, web tools, social media, ERP’s, etc.

At Roadrunner Moving and Storage an international Moving company in Houston we understand that for our customers to have a smooth and trouble free international relocation experience we must continually enhance both our active communication as well as of our communication infrastructure.  This will help us to ensure communicating with and between: the transferees making the relocation overseas, operations staff that dispatches crews to the transferee’s residence, trucking companies that move shipments to and from ocean and air ports, carriers providing ocean and air services, government agencies that require important documents and agents responsible for services in foreign countries… the highest of priorities.

Failure to actively communicate client critical information to these supply chain partners will cause delays which may lead to potentially increased costs, time, frustrations, penalties, and other unnecessary costs.

When you are searching for an international moving company, make sure and contact  Roadrunner Moving and Storage when you need an estimate for international moving services.

 

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Tip #4 – Selecting an International Moving Company – Global Supply Chain Support

Previously we have shared the importance of selecting licensed international moving companies with experienced and highly skilled office and production staff.

Selecting an international moving company that maintains global supply chain partnerships will increase the likelihood of a successful international relocation. There are many household goods moving companies to choose from throughout the world; however, to have a working knowledge and proven network is a tremendous advantage to be realized.  A provider that invests time and training into these networks can offer that advantage.

Roadrunner Moving and Storage if FIDI Certified

FIDI Global Alliance membership will ensure the highest standards are maintained

The network which screens their membership through an extensive audit process is the FIDI Global Alliance.  With diligent screening FIDI maintains over 600 members in 100 countries worldwide. Each FIDI affiliate company complies with the rigorous FIDI-FAIM quality standard, generally accepted as the supreme professional industry standard worldwide. This ensures the consumers of international moving services will  have the highest quality of network support from beginning to end for their project.

Make certain the international moving company you choose is a FIDI affiliate.

Global International Moving and Storage Standards

FAIM ensures the worldwide standards

Roadrunner Moving & Storage is an International Moving company in Houston Texas and a member in good standing of FIDI.  Be sure to contact Roadrunner Moving & Storage for your International Moving and Storage relocation needs.

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Selection Tip #3 Experience Level of Packing and Moving Teams

Professional international moving team

Professional international moving team

We have previously advised you of the importance of selecting a FMC licensed international households goods moving company and also how important the experience of their coordinating staff are in providing the best international relocation possible. Of equal importance is the experience and skill level of the international packing and moving team that will be packing, unpacking, loading, unloading, securing, or securing  your shipment for overseas transport.

packaging furniture for international move

packaging furniture for international move

The majority of international relocations go by ocean. These voyages are typically at least 3 weeks on the water and can encounter rough conditions at some point. How your belongings are packed, loaded and secured will make a major difference in their condition

when you receive them. Roadrunner provides our international moving

Professional international packing

Professional international packing

customers with moving teams that are specifically trained in packing/unpacking, loading/unloading and securing/unsecuring international household goods shipments. The Roadrunner packing and moving teams have very little turnover and are dedicated international professionals.

Another critical part of the international moving process is the inventory. These inventories are used during the customs clearance process at your destination country. For those of you that will be relocating to

Container loading takes great skill

Container loading takes great skill

countries with the same house current as in the US you will undoubtedly be sending electronic items. The majority of these countries require that the make, model and serial# are listed on the inventory. Failure to do so will create delays and additional expenses. Crews that handle both domestic and international shipments many times fail to put this vital information on the inventory.

Very important finishing touch is the bulkhead.

Very important finishing touch is the bulkhead.

Roadrunner’s team of international moving specialist will protect your valued belongings from beginning to end and prevent these type of errors to make sure you have a smooth and stress free experience during the entire international relocation process.

Contact a Roadrunner Moving Professional to learn more about the importance of their experience for your international move.

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SELECTING THE RIGHT INTERNATIONAL MOVING COMPANY “STAFF AND COMPANY EXPERIENCE” – Tip #2

Previously we discussed the importance of selecting an international moving company that is also an FMC licensed and bonded international forwarder. The next very important component of selecting the right international moving company has to do with the level of staff and company experience. This article will focus on the importance of evaluating “staff experience” as a component of your selection criteria.

Choosing a company with experienced staff will help you to minimize or eliminate the many unforeseen challenges that can stress the process and budgets of a household goods international relocation.  The experienced international moving professional consultant team at Roadrunner Moving & Storage offer over 150 years of combined experience that will help you more effectively: Plan, budget, execute, and deliver a positive international household goods relocation experience for you and the precious cargo of your family.

For an example, your professional international consultant will measure the total cost of international moving realizing it is not limited to the actual moving cost alone.  An intimate working knowledge of the impact of such components as: shipment volume, transit timing, port congestion, export declarations, import procedures, cargo protection, network support partnerships, and the list goes on can dramatically impact your experience.   Your professional international household goods relocation professional should enable you to have the peace of mind to know that the logistics for your inventory have been optimized.

International Moving Company

Professional Moving Company with Experience

For a more in depth understanding of the value of selecting an International Moving Company with experienced international consulting staff, visit with one of the professional international relocation consultants at Roadrunner Moving & Storage.

 

 

 

In our next article we will review the “Experience of the company”.

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Choosing the Right International Moving Company Tip #1

International moving is full of challenges at its best. At its worst it can become one of the most stressful events of your life. That is why selecting the right international moving company is so important.

One of the first things you can do in the selection process is to ask your prospective international mover for their FMC (Federal Maritime Commission) license number and go to the FMC website and check to see if they are listed as active (you will find Roadrunner Moving & Storage there).

International Forwarder

FMC Website Search Results Licensed International Forwarder

FMC license holders are checked out by the FMC for their experience in international ocean transportation and for their financial strength.

International movers with FMC licenses also have to be bonded which protects the exporting individual, if the international moving company does not pay certain service providers that are part of the international moving process. You also have a third party to go to if you feel your licensed international mover has not acted responsibly while managing your international move.

 

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Minimize Operational Downtime during your Office Relocation, Step 4

Another often overlooked factor when exploring ways to minimize downtime during an office relocation is how can a moving support vendor innovate to overcome your move site facility challenges. The professional office relocation team at Roadrunner Moving & Storage in Houston often present alternatives to speed up the moving process, despite obstacles met with client move sites.   Such methods as the safe and effective use of ramps and decking can add speed and efficiency to the physical moving process.

Ramps for Office Move

An innovative ramp and decking system as seen from inside building

Roadrunner Moving & Storage maintains a large fleet of such tools as decking, ramps, and lifts.

When you are faced with the overwhelming task of organizing your company move plan, contact an experienced office moving

Office Move Innovation

Decking and Ramps used to navigate Stairs

professional at Roadrunner Moving and Storage.

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Minimize Operational Downtime during your Office Relocation, Step 3

Continuing with our series of minimizing downtime for your team during the office relocation, step 3 will fuse steps 1 and 2 with safety and environmental stewardship.

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Office Moving Efficiency from Roadrunner Moving & Storage

Step 3 involves implementation of the “EMC” or Eco Moving Containers, available from the Office Moving Professionals at Roadrunner Moving & Storage an award winning Houston Moving Company.

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Eco Moving Container

With the implementation of the Roadrunner Moving & Storage EMC equipment into your moving plan, you will realize Safety, Environmental Stewardship, and Efficiency in a simple “1,2,3” procedure:
1. Stack, 2. Pack, 3. Push.

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Minimize Operational Downtime during your Office Relocation, Step 2

When planning for an office move one of the key goals should be to minimize the downtime for your team. One area to realize this efficiency will be in the packing phase. The professional office moving team at Roadrunner Moving & Storage have innovative supplies which can eliminate costly downtime. One such innovation is the “Lock Bottom Box”
Some obvious advantages gained through the implementation of the “Lock Bottom Box” are: No taping required, box strength, easy assembly/reassembly, and reusable.

Contact a Roadrunner Moving & Storage office moving professional to discover other advantages and how you can minimize your office moving downtime.

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Minimize Operational Downtime during your Office Relocation, Step 1

When planning an office move, it is important to have ample handling equipment to ensure your job timeline is quick and efficient, thus avoiding costly downtime. The professional Roadrunner office move team will scope sufficient handling resources and trained staff to keep your operational downtime to a minimum

When making an office move it is always recommended to consult with a professional office moving representative. Asking a few key questions at the beginning will result in minimal downtime, such as: “what quantity of handling equipment can you guarantee for my move?”

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