Is Oregon Still a Trendy Moving Destination?

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[Synopsis: Portland’s average home now tops $400,000. Is Oregon’s boom about to bust?]

In our industry, it’s no secret that Oregon has become a top destination for interstate moves. Whether you look at United’s inbound/outbound percentages or Atlas’s inbound move totals, Oregon has in the last few years shown itself to be economically strong. Not surprisingly, Portland is leading the charge.

But there are more than two ways to skin a cat. (This industry really is an animal!) And this month we are going to look at the situation in Portland from a few new angles, to see if Oregon really is the horse to bet on as Destination King.

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Where and Why Are Companies Moving?

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Why Are Companies Moving?

Behind a Company’s Move – Is the bottom line the only factor?

Thanks to this smartphone video of one company’s announcement of their moving operations to Mexico, coupled with a certain presidential candidate’s ongoing tirade against US businesses moving out of the US, there seems a growing element of discontent across the country with the priorities of businesses in general – priorities that place the bottom line ahead of the people whose work, ironically, allows there to be a bottom line.

Rather than join in the ruckus we decided to take a look at a handful of high-profile businesses that are presently on the move and see just what is behind their decisions to relocate. Why are companies moving? Turns out it’s not always a simple matter of increasing profits. (more…)

Tell Uncle Sam You’re Moving

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Relocating Can Be Tax-Deductible

Our customers turn to us because we know a few things – like how to load a truck without breaking anything, or having anything break while that truck is rambling on down the highway.

But tax advice? Who would expect us to offer any of that? (more…)

China’s Moving Regulations

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The Party’s Version of ‘Non-Allowables’

As movers, we often have to advise our customers about things they shouldn’t be taking with them on the truck. Flammables, explosives and pressurized containers are just some of the things the DOT doesn’t like to see being moved.

In China, the authorities have their concerns too. But the things they are concerned about – and their reasons – are very, very different.

After ten years in China Ruth Kirchner was moving back to Germany. During the pack one of her movers started tossing out questions about her globe and some maps, asking where China’s boundaries lie and what color Taiwan was. Not that the movers were ultimately concerned, but they knew the Party would be.

It seems that for China’s ruling elites, knowledge and perception are the most dangerous exports.

Professor of Chinese history Tim Brooks opens his book ‘Mr. Selden’s Map of China’ with a story of Chinese authorities confiscating a map printed and sold in China that showed what the Chinese government wanted everyone – including themselves? – to believe where their borders of control lie. The map was freely available in China. They just didn’t want anyone outside of China to see it.

In her Los Angeles Times article Julie Makinen lays it out this way:

China does not publish lists of banned books, films, songs or maps. Instead, regulations state that no one may bring in or export materials that “harm national unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity; endanger national security or harm national honor and interests; attack the Communist Party of China; undermine national unity; promote cults and superstition; disrupt social order or undermine social stability. Also banned is the removal of state secrets and “anything else national authorities decide violates the exit ban.”

In other words, they can do anything they want. No word on how they feel about explosives being taken to other countries.

Japan’s Well-Oiled Moving Machine

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When Technology & Heavy Things Collide

“Japanese Robot Could Replace Your Moving Company” reads the headline touting the latest droids to come out of the University of Tokyo’s JSK Laboratory.

Wow. Have we finally met our moving industry match? Are we going to have to start calling ourselves HireAHumanoid? A little research tells us…no. (more…)

Why One Swedish Town Is Telling Everyone to Pack Up

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Kiruna - Moving an Entire Town

When it comes to big moving jobs it looks like Sweden has just taken the cake. While other towns move libraries or schools, whole houses and even whole lighthouses, the mining town of Kiruna, round about a hundred miles inside the Arctic Circle, is simply moving itself.

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Wacky Moving Strategies From Around the Globe (VIDEO)

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Redneck Couch Moving

World-Class Movers – Or Not

We’re taking advantage of some late-autumn down time to head across the Pacific. That’s right! We’re making our way to Japan to see how things are done over there in the moving business. Not surprisingly, they’ve got it down to an impeccable science. We’ll also make a stop in South Korea for a peek into a truly uplifting high-rise move-in experience, then pass through Russia for a quick tutorial on how not to move stuff into a third-floor apartment. Finally, back stateside, we’ll take a look at some of our own home-grown moving ingenuity.

Feel free to put your seats in their reclining positions, and please enjoy the flight! (more…)

The Overseas Pet – How Do I Move My Pet Internationally?

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International Pet Moving Tips

The What, When and How on Moving Your Pet Internationally

First, why move your pet? Seems like a dumb question, doesn’t it? But there was a time not so long ago that an international move meant finding a new home for Rover. Not any more. Airlines across the board have improved pet travel over the years, making even a long distance move smooth for the whole family, particularly the four-legged members.

Since the enactment of the Safe Air Travel for Animals Act of 2000, airlines in the US have upped their game, making it safer than ever to put your pet on a plane. Still, moving a pet with you to another country is a decision you’ll have to make. Do your research and be sure a move is practical or even possible for your pet.

With all that’s entailed in an international move – and we know you’ve got a long list of things to do – it’s important to know and follow all the steps necessary to take your pet along with you on this adventure. (more…)

Real People: Corporate Relocation Overseas With Allied

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Here is another adventure story in our Real People series. We’re simply re-blogging the intro below, but you should definitely go read Ingrid’s full story by following the link at the end. It has the pros and cons of using a full service corporate relocation company. Ingrid talks about the bureaucracy involved in allocating funds for certain parts of your move. She also includes some funny anecdotes as to why you should keep a close eye on your toiletries, and one very good reason to keep Ikea furniture.
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Corporate Relocation

This move is the first time that either of us worked with a corporate relocation company. Our experience has been interesting. In general, it’s been great having almost everything taken care of for us, but at the same time there are definitely also some challenges and interesting things that comes with a corporate relocation.

Read the rest of Ingrid’s story here…

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