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STRIKE AT SAN ANTONIO PORT, CHILE

Strike of Employees in Chile OMNI would like to thank Ward Van Lines for informing us that ..."members of the Union, who demand better job benefits, have today called for a strike in San Antonio Port in Chile.Shipments arriving and departing from this Port, will have to be transferred to other local Ports.However this means, delay in the logistical operations." NB: Advised 7th September '16.    09/09/16 - UPDATE The strike is ongoing. Unfortunately at this date no further information is available. As soon as we are made of any updates we will share them with you.   22/09/16 - UPDATE The strike is now over and operations are expected to gradually return to normal.

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VOERMAN INTERNATIONAL WINNER IN INTERNATIONAL RELOCATIONS & MOBILITY CATEGORY

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  The National Business Success Award Institute has declared Voerman International BV as 2016 winner in the category of International Relocations & Mobility. According to the Nomination Committee, it has developed into a leading organization with a very strong position. “Voerman International combines its extensive expertise with an innovative approach, which makes it score very high on customer satisfaction. A stunning, highly innovative and socially involved company.”   Innovative, reliable, environmentally friendly and cost effective. Guided by Servant Leadership, both towards its employees, as well as its suppliers and customers. These are the words used to describe Voerman International and the way it takes care of all activities surrounding international removals. The Nomination Committee of the National Business Success Award Institute sees Voerman International as a progressive organisation that is going to enjoy even more success in the future.   Outstanding...

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SUDDATH HIRES MARK BURCHELL

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  The Suddath Companies has announced the appointment of Mark Burchell as president of its Global Moving Services business unit.   Mark has been in the industry for over 30 years including ten years with Suddath (1997-2007).  Prior to re-joining Suddath®, Mark served as chief commercial officer for Santa Fe Relocation Services in London. In his new role, Mark will be responsible for leading the global household goods sales, corporate and residential, account management and customer service functions, as well as international operations and agency development for the recently formed business unit.    “Mark brings a wealth of experience in leading teams on a global scale having previously held senior roles in both the US and Europe,” said Michael Brannigan, president and chief executive officer of The Suddath Companies. “He will help lead and strengthen our global moving services organisation as we look to accelerate the global growth of these...

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SUDDATH LAUNCHES REDESIGNED WEBSITE

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    The Suddath Companies has launched its new website, www.suddath.com. The redesign, which merged a total of 36 individual sites into one, was commissioned as part of an overall digital strategy following an extensive internal and external audit of the Suddath brands. The primary objectives of the site redevelopment were to give a good first impression and provide new content to better reflect the vision of the 97-year old organization and to enhance the customer experience.  This includes:   •Consolidated service offerings: Moving & Relocation, Workplace Solutions and Global Logistics •Vibrant design and a clean layout to take visitors on a journey through the organisation •Responsive technology that allows customers to move seamlessly across mobile, tablet and desktop devices •Information center that includes industry updates, best practices, current events and key tips to educate customers •Interactive locations map that shows...

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EUROPEAN COMMISSION FINES TRUCK MANUFACTURERS FOR BREAKING ANTITRUST RULES

  The European Commission has found that MAN, Volvo/Renault, Daimler, Iveco, and DAF broke EU antitrust rules. These truck makers colluded for 14 years on truck pricing and on passing on the costs of compliance with stricter emission rules. The Commission has imposed a record fine of €2,926,499,000 (€2.9 billion).   MAN was not fined as it revealed the existence of the cartel to the Commission. All companies acknowledged their involvement and agreed to settle the case.   Commissioner for competition, Margrethe Vestager, said: “We have today put down a marker by imposing record fines for a serious infringement. In all, there are over 30 million trucks on European roads, which account for around three quarters of inland transport of goods in Europe and play a vital role for the European economy. It is not acceptable that MAN, Volvo/Renault, Daimler, Iveco and DAF, which together account for around 9 out of every 10 medium and heavy trucks produced in Europe,...

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EUROPEAN COMMISSION BANS GRIS

    The Freight Transport Association (FTA) in the UK says the European Commission’s adoption of new pricing rules for shipping lines will modernise the industry and bring it into the 21st Century.   The new legislation follows a three-year EU investigation into price signalling – the announcement of general rate increases - which was highlighted by FTA. Members of the Association’s British Shippers’ Council first raised concerns about the uncompetitive behaviour in 2010 and a dossier was submitted to the Council to support the claims.   The shipping lines involved agreed to significantly change their pricing behaviour, which is reflected in the Commission’s decision under Article 9(1) of Regulation 1/2003 declaring the binding commitments offered by the lines - most notably that they will cease to publish General Rate Increase (GRI) announcements.   FTA’s Director of European and Global Policy, Chis Welsh, said: “FTA...

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JOHN MASON ADOPTS SURVEYBOT TECHNOLOGY

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    John Mason has recently adopted the use of SurveyBot: a new technology that allows customers to record video inventories and receive quotes via their own smart devices.    “We are among the first in the UK to use this pioneering software with our clients - and it’s completely re-shaping and enhancing our offering here,” said John Mason International’s Simon Hood. “People connect with us on a recorded video chat, show the items they want to move, and they get a quote. It really is that simple and convenient. Having the ability to take video and turn it into an accurate inventory list is a game changer. It allows our customers to interact with us in their own way, right from their mobile phones.   Simon said that SurveyBot makes his service more efficient and affordable and offers customers convenience and flexibility, as well as ensuring information security. All videos are recorded, avoiding any risk of discrepancies. “We’ve...

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LARS TAKES AN APPOINTMENT WITH GRAEBEL

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  Graebel Companies has appointed Lars Lykke Iversen to its board of directors. Lars recently retired from the Santa Fe Group, where he served as CEO for 27 years and built the firm into a major global mobility services provider.    “Lars brings such a unique skillset and perspective to Graebel’s board,” said Bill Graebel, CEO of Graebel Companies. “He’s lived and worked all over the world, understands the challenges and dynamics of delivering best in class relocation services across these markets, and is also uniquely attuned to the opportunities that lie ahead of us. He will be a key strategic partner as we think about the growth and evolution of our company on a global basis.”    Lars’ career spans more than 40 years in the relocation and transportation industries. Prior to his tenure at Santa Fe Group, he served in a number of executive finance roles at East Asiatic Company (EAC) as well as at Johnson Walton Steamships....

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