Migration in America, 2015

2015 Moving Migration Trends

Making Sense of the Van Lines’ Numbers

The 2015 National Movers Study numbers are out! Time once again to see where people in the USA have been moving to and from, based on the reports of United, Allied and Atlas Van Lines.

Of course, as Eric Clapton once said, “It’s in the way that you use it.” The van lines all have different numbers to work with, and each works them in different ways to determine just how many people are heading where. In turn, different states will use different study results, making for some conflicting conclusions across the country.

So who was the big move migration winner of 2015, Oregon or Texas? And how did others fare? Let’s hear what our industry associates have to say. Continue reading

 

Moving Industry Startups: The Sharing Economy’s Continued Impact

Sofa Laws

Moving Sofas, Changing Laws

In the Spring of last year we saw the state of Texas come down on Burro, an app-driven pickup-for-hire service. They said the company was using people who were not registered with the state as household goods movers and had to change in order to comply. In this recent Texas Tribune piece we see that other companies with similar smartphone-based business models are coming under the DMV microscope. Continue reading

 

Taking Over Where Their Men Left Off

Three Successful Women in the Moving Industry

Women in the Moving Industry

Like the professional world in general, the moving industry has historically been dominated by males. But over the past several decades the gender landscape of the working world has been changing. So why wouldn’t we see more women taking up leadership positions in our own industry? Continue reading

 

History of the Moving Industry

History of the Moving Industry

To HireAHelper Move Helpers: Paying Tribute to Our Founding Fathers

Crazy Tuesday (the Tuesday after Memorial Day) ushers in the moving industry’s officially crazy season. With that you’ll likely be way too busy taking care of today and tomorrow to think about yesterday and yesteryear and everything that happened to bring us all to this point in moving history.

That’s okay. We’ve got some historical highlights to make us all appreciate how good we have it now. Seriously. Really. We don’t have to scour the land for fuel. We don’t need a protective convoy. In the grand scheme of things, despite all the paperwork and all the headaches and all the sneaky folks running around, we are living in the Golden Age of Moving.

Now that, my friends, is crazy. Continue reading

 

Challenging the Status Quo

Challenging the Status Quo

While Some Write Letters and Others Fight Regulations, HireAHelper Keeps Rolling

One situation involves corporate movers in New York City, the other involves guys in pickups moving furniture in Austin, Texas. One is a product of the traditional stance of the labor unions, the other is a child of the shared-economy and a smartphone app. One issue is political, the other governmental.

In both cases, the entrenched are losing business to the newcomers. Continue reading