By: Ann Knapp | CRP, GMS, CMC

October 19, 2021

Why Relocation Service Providers Use Third-Party Moving Companies

Relocating for a new job can be a great opportunity for an individual or family. It can lead to new job opportunities, new friends, and new beginnings. Most people who have moved to a new area know that along with the excitement comes stress. Companies that provide their relocating employees with mobility benefits through a relocation management company (RMC) can help reduce the stress of the move. 

The RMC assists the company in providing all the services that one might need to move for their new job. Shipping one’s household goods from their current home to their new place is usually a key benefit that is included for those who are taking advantage of their company’s relocation policies. 

If you are an employee that is about to go through the relocation process, you might have already noticed that the RMC you are working with uses a third-party moving company to handle the shipping of all household goods. But why are third-party transportation companies used and what does the typical move process look like? 

What Role Does the Third-Party Moving Company Play?

Typically, the RMC will reach out to the relocating employee to gather information on the employee’s household goods that need to be shipped to their location. The RMC will use that information to set the employee up with a trusted, high-quality moving company from an already vetted network of providers. In some cases, some RMCs will get multiple quotes before choosing third-party services for a relocating employee. This is also the stage where the mover can note if they have any items that need special attention before being moved, like being taken apart or packed in a specific manner. These items usually consist of artwork, glass items, TVs, pianos, and other higher valued items. 

From there, the moving company will coordinate with the transferring employee to set up packing days, loading, transit, and delivery days. To assure the household goods can arrive on time for the employee, RMCs will often assign a relocation specialist or coach to aid the employee in coordinating the various moving parts of their relocation, including the shipment of their household goods. The employee’s Relocation Coach will help coordinate with the moving company and ensure that the employee is maximizing their benefits and that they are being used properly. This point of contact will also typically provide check-ins with the employee during the pack and load process, tracking updates, and shipment status information.

Third-party Specialty Services Might Have to Be Used

Another advantage that the RMC’s third-party service provider network can help with is if custom crating and specialty moving services are needed to move the employee’s household goods. Many fragile and high-valued items will require specialized crating due to the unique nature of each individual item. Crating provides the highest level of damage protection during the moving process. These specialty services are used for items such as pianos, billiard tables, televisions, and more. Many local moving companies may not be qualified to manage the movement of these types of items. 

These specialty services can support the move process by disassembling furniture to safe shipment and the reduction of space needed on the moving truck or shipping container. Unmounting/mounting wall-mounted televisions, the removal and packaging of chandeliers, and the movement of bulky or heavy items (such as exercise equipment or safes) can also fall under the purview of a moving specialist. The use of these specialists helps to add an extra layer of protection to the employee’s household goods, ensuring that their belongings will be moved properly with little to no damage or loss.

GMS Ensures Quality with Third-Party Household Goods Shipping

Global Mobility Solutions has a vast network of reputable moving, storage, and specialty companies that we work with when helping employees move. It is our goal at GMS to only work with 3rd-party service providers who deliver guaranteed customer service and competitive market rates. On top of that, GMS emphasizes the overall customer experience and constantly monitors feedback through our surveys to identify what is working and what may need improvement.

Relocation can seem like a long process, but in working with an RMC like GMS, we can help streamline your program, help develop competitive workforce mobility policies and manage a worldwide network of mobility professionals on your behalf. If you have any questions about corporate relocation or are looking to update your company’s relocation policies, reach out to us today. 

Director, Transportation Services Ann has over 20 years of leadership experience in the moving and relocation industries. She is a council member for the International Association of Movers (IAM) Leadership Alliance. As a 2nd generation mover, Ann has worked in all areas of the industry from survey scheduling to claims settlement which has provided her with a well-rounded understanding of the ins & outs of moving. Ann is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Transportation Team, the GMS Transportation Network, managing contracts, policy advisement, and monitoring quality.

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