TS Eliot famously referred to April as “the cruelest month.” But any corporate relocation manager who’s struggled to get mobile employees’ household goods shipped in the summer season will tell you that June, July and August are worse.
Yes, we’ve arrived at the moving industry’s busy season. But this summer, the typical onslaught of relocating families looking to get settled before the new school year starts won’t be the only formidable challenge; in fact, the issues arising from seasonal demand will be compounded by lingering supply chain slowdowns, the rising cost of fuel and much, much more.
In other words, expect the mean season to be even meaner for moving employees in 2022.
If you want to beat the heat (of disenchanted talent) and keep your mobile employees’ stuff moving this summer, we have a few suggestions:
Time has never been more of the essence than it will be this summer. As soon as humanly possible, you should be placing your initiations with your RMC and instructing your mobile employees to connect with their assigned RMC move coordinator to begin the process (scheduling surveys, assessing needs, scheduling dates, etc.). We recommend mid-month moves as opposed to the first or last weeks of a particular month, which tend to be busier.
Look, it’s just a fact that despite the best intentions of your company, your RMC, your van line and your packing crew, household goods shipments are going to take longer. Driver shortages, container shortages, reduced capacity on freighters, and fewer air freight options are all contributing to expanded transit times. As your RMC partner, our goal will always be to review transit times with your mobile employees and set proper expectations.
Between employees selling their homes but unable to locate new residences, and international assignees having to be out of their current homes but unable to secure a container or steamship to move their stuff, storage space will be at a premium this summer. Plan for the costs of HHG storage to be higher. You may want to consider extending temporary living allowances to account for longer transit times and an increase in storage requirements.
As always, if you have questions or concerns regarding your summer moves, don’t hesitate to contact your Weichert account manager. And stay tuned for more insight to the latest household goods and shipping challenges.