By: John Fernandez | CRP, GMS, SSB

September 21, 2021

GMS Always Fields Multiple Bids from Suppliers on Key Services

No one wants to pay more than they need to, this is especially true when it comes to the outsourcing of employee relocation services to a Relocation Management Company (RMC). Cost is generally the #1 driver of any procurement process, and it is wise to ensure you’re getting the most for your money before you sign on the dotted line. While saving money is a no-brainer, have you considered what steps your RMC is taking to ensure they deliver on cost savings for your relocation program?  

Many relocation companies have their own supplier base. These suppliers may consist of critical (and expensive) services, such as household goods transportation companies and temporary housing agencies. It is important to understand how your relocation company is leveraging these suppliers to reduce the impact of these services.

GMS Process to Keep Relocation Costs Down

Global Mobility Solutions, like most relocation companies, has its own, trusted network of suppliers. However, our network model is different due to our Multiple-Bid Process on key services. This process creates ongoing competition between our suppliers which ultimately results in lower prices and major relocation cost savings for our clients’ overall mobility spend. 

So how does it work? GMS analyzes each relocating employee’s unique needs, develops a service delivery plan, and then reaches out to at least two different suppliers for bids on key services. The suppliers’ estimates are audited for accuracy and submitted to you for final selection and approval based on the criteria most important to your organization. It should be noted that these are not just random or first-time suppliers who place bids with GMS. Each supplier is trusted and vetted by our network management team to ensure great service and competitive pricing. The process also allows us to develop creative service strategies to address every unique relocation need from each transferee. 

What makes GMS different is our independence and transparency in our supplier selection process. As we are not affiliated with any of our suppliers (van lines, corporate housing, real estate, destination services, immigration, or otherwise) we can subjectively vet our supplier base, ensuring the best possible quality for the best possible price across all of our key services. Some RMCs own or are owned by the suppliers they utilize which prevents the ability for true competition amongst the sub-suppliers servicing your account.

Additionally, GMS benchmarks and reviews our supplier pricing and negotiated rates on a quarterly to annual basis to ensure competitiveness by service in your specific relocating markets. These two features provide GMS clients with an umbrella of cost savings coverage while enhancing the quality of each relocation.

Let GMS Provide Relocation Services for Your Company

Operating a workforce relocation program can be expensive, but in many cases, it’s the best way to ensure your organization remains competitive in the acquisitions of talent to fuel your ongoing success. To have a better shot at cutting down relocation costs during the process, it is important to ensure your RMC utilizes a competitive bid process between suppliers on key services, such as household goods transportation, corporate housing, and more. Competition is always good for the consumer, driving down prices and increasing quality. GMS ensures the best price possible 100% of the time. For more information on corporate relocation services and program management from GMS, reach out today to schedule a call with one of our qualified team members.

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Executive Vice President John oversees global operations, marketing, business development as well as reporting and analytics. John’s 23 years of mobility experience include excellence in varied positions such as Relocation Counselor, International Assignment Manager, Manager of Latin American Operations, Director of International Operations, Global Account Executive, Vice President of Sales and Vice President of Global Services. The depth of John’s mobility experience also includes multiple assignments and domestic relocations of his own. He has lived and conducted business around the globe and speaks multiple languages.

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