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2016 Year-end Global Mobility Trends: A Corporate Perspective

Posted by Janet Turner on Jan 27, 2017 11:03:00 AM
Global mobility is becoming a more common facet of corporate business, and yet, it's anything but perfected. As the year comes to a close, it's important to look at what's driving corporate relocation trends and how companies can effectively maintain a candidate pool that aligns with these trends. BGRS's 2016 Global Mobility Trend Survey offers some insight into the year's emerging trends, especially those practiced by companies at the forefront of successful global mobility. Key areas of mobility management Moving into 2017, more and more companies are moving away from traditional models to improve global mobility management through five key areas of ... Read More

The World's Best Places to Retire Abroad

Posted by Melissa Morr on Jan 20, 2017 11:02:00 AM
Traveling the world is at the top of so many bucket lists that it should come as no surprise that more and more people are choosing to live abroad each year. It's never too late to fulfill the dream of living in a foreign country, and if you're planning your retirement, the expatriate life is an easily attainable reality. All you need is the right freight forwarding service and a destination. If you're looking for the perfect place to spend your retirement, here are some of the best destinations the world has to offer. France If you have your heart set on retiring abroad but you can't afford the luxuries of Paris, France has a number of affordable ... Read More

2016 Year-end Global Mobility Trends: Where Are Expats Going?

Posted by Janet Turner on Dec 19, 2016 4:00:00 PM
As global growth continues to push professional individuals across borders, expatriation becomes more and more common. With the year winding down, we can look at the changing environment for international business. Let's take a look at some of 2016's global mobility trends, focusing on where expats are going and what's driving that move. Top countries maintain their dominance According to BGRS's 21st Annual Global Mobility Trend Survey, the top international assignment destinations, which are listed below, have not changed since 2008. United States China United Kingdom Singapore Germany Emerging expat destinations The new trend in 2016 is the growing ... Read More

Personal Moves: 3 Common Questions about Freight Forwarding Services

Posted by Melissa Morr on Sep 21, 2016 2:00:00 PM
For most people, international or long-distance moves are not common occurrences. The first time that you need to make one of these moves is probably your first exposure to a freight forwarding service. If you're used to packing up all of your own things and throwing them in a truck to move, you may be wondering what to expect when dealing with a freight forwarding service for the first time. Don't worry, though, you're not the only one! To help you prepare for your move, here are some of the most common questions customers ask about freight forwarding services.  Can I Pack My Shipment Myself? Your shippers will need to see inside your packing boxes. ... Read More

The Ultimate Moving Checklist for Employee Relocation Assistance

Posted by Melissa Morr on Sep 12, 2016 12:48:10 PM
Check, check: as you coordinate an international move, are you sure that you have everything covered? If you're in the position of managing a move, you need to make sure that your employees feel as organized as possible so that they can settle in and get to work. A simple checklist can help employees make sure that they have everything they need to make their move run smoothly. Get Documents Ready Documents can take a long time to process, so get organized a few months in advance. What documents do you need to travel? Renew passports, get a visa if required, and find adoption certificates, marriage certificates, and medical records to make sure that ... Read More

2 Common Challenges HR Professionals Face with Corporate Relocations

Posted by Janet Turner on Sep 7, 2016 2:03:23 PM
Handling corporate relocations for your company is a big responsibility. You're tasked with doing what's best for your company while also making sure that the relocating employees -- and often their families as well -- are also happy, so that they can be effective workers. Managing all of that at once can be a delicate balancing act. Take a look at two of the common challenges that HR professional face with corporate locations, and find out what you can do to effectively meet those challenges. Selling Real Estate                           Selling a house isn't always easy, especially if you're in a hurry.  If the relocating employees are currently ... Read More

3 Commonly Asked Questions about Government Shipments

Posted by Alyssa Lopez on Jul 27, 2016 1:00:00 PM
If this is your first time using a freight forwarding service for a government shipment, you may have some questions about how the process works. You're not the only one. Using a freight forwarder can be a little different than using other types of moving and shipping services, but once you're familiar with the process, you'll be pleased with the convenience and efficiency of the service. Following are answers to some commonly asked questions about using a freight forwarding service for government shipments. Should I Pack My Shipment Ahead of Time? Your freight forwarder's packing crew will make sure your items are packed safely for shipping. For ... Read More

2 Items that Require Special Attention for Shipment

Posted by Melissa Morr on Jun 27, 2016 1:30:00 PM
One of the things that makes long-distance moving such a complex chore is the fact that different items that you may need to move have to be handled in different ways. It's not just a question of making sure that your fragile items are all packed correctly - there are restrictions and requirements that affect whether you can ship certain household items to a new state or country and how you have to go about it. The last thing that you want is to find out too late that you can't bring something to your new home because you didn't make the proper preparations for shipping it. The following are two common items you may have around your home that have ... Read More

3 Tips for Paring Down Your Clutter Before an International Move

Posted by Janet Turner on Jun 10, 2016 1:00:00 PM
When you're preparing for a big move, it's always a good idea to take the opportunity to get rid of some of the clutter that you've held onto for too long. This is even more important when you're making an international move. The cost of shipping your possessions overseas can be high, so the more you can lighten the load, the more money you'll be able to save. Plus, it will be a lot easier to unpack and set up your new place if you're not tripping over things that you didn't need to bring in the first place. Following are some tips for reducing your clutter before you make an international move. Break It Down Looking around at an entire house full of ... Read More

3 Ways to Provide Support to an Employee Selling Their Home before a Corporate Relocation

Posted by Janet Turner on May 31, 2016 3:26:27 PM
When your company needs to transfer an employee, it's in your business's best interest to make certain that the transfer goes as smoothly as possible. After all, your employee will be most valuable in their new position and location if they aren't still dealing with the hassle of moving when they begin work. That's one of the reasons why it's important to work with an experienced relocation management company. However, selling your employee's home can remain a troublesome task, especially if the housing market in your area is not good. Take a look at some things your company can do to help support an employee through the home sales process so that ... Read More

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