Things to Keep While in Transit

Rick Taylor November 1, 2016 Resources, Press Release, News

According to Harvard Medical School, two of the most common causes of forgetfulness are lack of sleep and stress and anxiety.

Unfortunately, both of these factors are often present when you are planning international moves that will take you far from your comfort zone and the support systems of your friends and family.

Some things can be forgotten with nothing more than a minor inconvenience.

But at Taylor International Movers, we know how devastating it can be if certain key things are forgotten. They can derail your move, cause endless delays and make stress unbearable.

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Quality Does Matter

Rick Taylor October 20, 2016 Press Release, News, International Moving

For Immediate Release

Taylor Moving & Storage Ltd. , a Burlington, Ont. based moving service for private and corporate clients, received two prestigious awards for its excellence in service at two recent industry conferences.

At an awards ceremony held as part of the Brookfield Supplier Partner Forum, the Ontario firm received the Platinum Award for service excellence for receiving a cumulative transferee satisfaction rating in 2015 of 100 percent.

They were one of only two Canadian firms to be honored at the event which attracts relocation industry specialists, real estate professionals and service providers from around the world.

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How to select the mover who is best for you

Rick Taylor October 17, 2016 Resources, Press Release, Events

Moving under any circumstances is stressful, but when you are uprooting yourself and your family and heading to another country, that stress is multiplied times 10.

You can ease a lot of that anxiety by ensuring that you select the mover who is best for you.

If your move is to another country, it is particularly important that you select a company such as Taylor International Moving that has experience in shipping goods across global entry points.

The best mover for you will also have established excellent relationships with points of contact along the way.

How will your goods be tracked?

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Conquering the five most common fears about moving

Rick Taylor October 4, 2016 Resources, Press Release, News

Next to the illness and death of a family member or the dissolution of a marriage or long-term partnership, moving is right up there on the stressors that cause most people sleepless nights and daytime attacks of angst.

By knowing that this fear is normal, that it impacts everyone, and that it will pass with coping strategies, you can alleviate it and take further steps to keep it at bay.

Here are five of the most common specific fears associated with moving and strategies to help you deal with them if they threaten your plans:

  1. Anxiety of the unknown – Sooner or later even the freest of human spirits feels the sturdy grasp of the status quo. It is the force that fills our brains with thoughts that what we are doing is ill-conceived, that we will fail, that we are hurting others by pursuing our own dreams, and that we are making a big mistake to move. It pushes us firmly to accept inertia as the compelling force of our lives.

Strategy for coping with anxiety of the unknown – Practice the lost art of self-compassion. Tell yourself you have come this far in life by having the courage to pursue your goals and dreams, and that you cannot stop now. Remind yourself that love and caring has no borders; it is not contained in a box that you move, but will escape and fly back and forth at will and stay alive if you let it. There is no failure, except in missed opportunities in life. The great thing about roads to new places is that while they go forward, they also go backwards, and returning is always an option. You deserve to explore this wide and wonderful world.

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Biggest Mistakes That Will Hinder the Success of Your Move

Rick Taylor September 23, 2016 Resources, Press Release, News

According to the Canadian Census Bureau, about three million Canadians live beyond the borders of their country on any given year.

Many of them are away temporarily, often for work or study reasons, or to volunteer or spend a portion of their retirement years in a new environment.

At some stage of the process, all of them had to ensure that their personal belongings were packed and moved internationally.

If they are students on a short-term program, they will travel by air with one or two suitcases in tow, and the process will be relatively uncomplicated.

But for those who embark on long work terms that may even require indefinite stays, it is common that a condition of accepting the transfer is a budget to cover moving household and personal objects to their new home.

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Tips On Selecting A Competent Household Goods Moving Company

Rick Taylor June 21, 2016 Employee Relocation

TIPS ON SELECTING A COMPETENT AND TRUSTWORTHY HOUSEHOLD GOODS MOVING COMPANY

This is the time of year when many people/families prepare to move for a variety of reasons. They purchase a new home, upsize or downsize, or they are relocating to start a new job in a new location. Relocations for whatever reason can be within home country, cross border or international.

Whatever the reason for your move, please do your homework before selecting and committing to a household goods moving company. There are "Rogue Movers" on the fringes of the household goods moving industry who take advantage of people who are relocating.

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The 5 Most Common Issues In the Moving Industry In The Summer

Rick Taylor June 3, 2016 Resources, Press Release, Events

The moving industry is not a commodity. It is not as simple as just ordering more trucks to fill the 100% increase in business that movers will experience during the months of June, July and August.

I thought I would share the 5 areas where the moving industry as a whole tends to "fall down" during these peak months and the issues that arise beacuse of it.

1)Taking On More Work Than They Can Do:

Many movers will look to do a move that they know they will have trouble handling but do so because it is priced so well. By ignoring their own capacity or the "black out" date of their respected Van Line, they will create an enviroment that is putting all of their clients at significant risk. Extremely long transit times and/or having an inexperienced crew handle the move will create service delivery issues to their clients. In other words, it's short term "greed" knowing that they have little hope of delivering what is promised.

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Summer Capacity In The Moving Business

Rick Taylor May 30, 2016 Resources, Press Release, News

Throughout these summer months the moving industry will witness over a 100% increase in business than our normal fall/winter and spring monthly averages. It is just not possible to hire professional movers for just 3 months to fill the need let alone the equipment needed. As a result, professional movers will experience many days where they simply can't provide service to a client who has booked their move late in the process.

We at Taylor Moving try our very best not to overbook beyond our safe capacity. We do not want to do a move simply to generate revenue knowing that there is a high risk of it not being up to our standards.

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The HST and Moving Expenses

Rick Taylor May 3, 2016 Resources, Press Release, News

When an employee gets transferred within Canada the corporation can either choose to pay the move directly or simply give the employee a cash amount (i.e lump sum payment) and let them make the arrangements themselves.

One thing that should play a role in what to do is the effect of the HST on this choice.

Household goods can be a significant part of the overall relocation expense. It is not uncommon for a full household moving across the country to have an overall bill of $10,000 to $25,000.

Take for example an employee moving from Vancouver, BC to Toronto, Ontario. With cars, storage etc. lets assume a bill of $20,000. As the move is coming to Ontario the HST of 13% would equate to a cost of $2600.00.

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Cross Border Moving Options

Rick Taylor April 14, 2016 Resources, Press Release, News

Cross border moving can be tricky. A Canadian driver is not alowed to inter state in the United States (i.e move household goods within the United States) and an American driver cannot move someone domesticly within Canada. This means that they cannot pick up further customers when they are delivering/loading unless they have a customer that is also moving cross border as well. Since van line tariff's operate under a "full load" basis this means the driver has to wait longer and/or have many empty miles to fill out his truck. This leads to a much longer transit time for the customer in most cases.

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Helping Syrian Refugee's

Rick Taylor February 25, 2016 Resources, News, Local Moving

Appleby Coillege, a private school located in Oakville Ontario, pooled rsources from several firms to help sponsor a Syrian refugee family to Canada. Appleby arranged an apartment and furnishings to the new comers to Canada.

At the last minute they realized they had now way of moving the furniture into the 3 bedroom apartment even though they were scheduled to arrive in 3 days!

I am glad they called us. We sent our crew out to get this done and of course did so at no charge. We felt this is exactly the sort of initiative we want to be part of.

We have found the goodwill it creates with our community and within our staff offers real value to our firm. Even small business' like ours can be active and help in important ways.

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Retirement is Changing

Rick Taylor February 9, 2016 Resources, Press Release, News

Retirement at 65? That may be the way the world worked 30 years ago but in todays world, with people living longer and healthier lifestyles, we believe that this will be the exception and not the rule.

Taylor Moving and Storage actively recruits mature people. From sales, packing and our international services we have found that there lies a large untapped resource that greatly enhances our quality.

Many older workers don't want to work 50 hours a week but do want to continue being busy and to supplement their incomes. By being flexible, we are able to position these employee's to add additional depth to our staff. Their flexible hours allows us to "ramp up" during the busy summer season without sacrificing quality.

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Moving and Your Taxes

Rick Taylor September 22, 2015 Resources, Press Release, News

From The TaxLetter, published by MPL Communications.

Moving Day - Samantha Prasad, LL.B.

I was reading an article not too long ago about how housing prices in Toronto have increased by 9.6 per cent com­pared to a year ago. In fact, the average price for a single-family detached home is hovering around the $1 million mark, catching up to the always expensive Vancouver market. To many observers, Canada's large cities are experiencing a housing bubble; yet it is show­ing no signs of bursting.

Of course, these soaring sticker prices do not include buyers' extra expenses, such as land transfer taxes and moving costs. So it would be an understatement to say that every new owner could use some sort of a financial break. Happily, for those of you who have to move out of town for work, there may be such a break available to you.

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Taylor's New Quality Survey

Rick Taylor July 15, 2015 Press Release, News, Overseas Moving

In 2010, Taylor Moving and Storage did a careful review of our operations and set out an agenda to drive quality improvements throughout our organization.

Our recruiting, hiring and training practices were redesigned with strong involvement from the owners of the firm. We also implemented a company wide technology platform to streamline and improved both our internal and external communications.

We are pleased to announce that we now have also introduced an electronic quality survey tool that was developed in house to assist us in measuring our quality.

48 hours after every move is complete, our system will generate an email to our clients asking them to complete the survey. Once the survey is completed, it is sent directly to Rick Taylor, one of the owners of the firm, for his review.

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Oakville Ontario Real Estate Report

Rick Taylor May 11, 2015 Resources, Press Release, News

April is historicly a busy month for real estate transactions. Coupled with May, it remains the "heart" of the spring real estate market.

April 2015 saw 316 properties sold in Oakville. This compares to 346 properties in 2014. The avearge median price increased from $715,000 in 2014 to $760,000 in 2015.

Various agents suggested it the drop in sales activity was due to a drop in inventory and not demand.

As you can see, Oakville remains a top choice for people to relocate to which has led to real estate fetching premium prices.

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John Alaimo's Retirement

Rick Taylor January 5, 2015 Press Release, News, Local Moving

It is with some sadness that we at Taylor Moving and Storage announce the retirement of John Alaimo.

John came to our company in 1996 after owning his own business. In his role of Moving Consultant, John brought both care and empathy to his clients. Ovet the last 18 years, John has moved many thousands of people both around town and throughout North America.

It was a hard decision for John to leave our company and an industry that he has grown to love. At age 74 however, he and his wife felt it was time to leave the working world.

All of the staff will miss John's energy and love of life. His humour and general likeability will be missed by our staff and customers.

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Oakville's Real Estate Market

Rick Taylor November 11, 2014 Resources, Press Release, News

Oakville remains a popular destination for people relocating into the Greater Toronto area. No where is this more pronounced than in the still solid residental property market.

Year to date 2014, the median Oakville house price increased 13.2% in October 2014 to a record $720,000.

While October saw a slight 2.4% decrease in trasactions from 2013, Oakville still saw a very healthy 683 properties change hands in October.

There are now 1183 properties on the market in Oakville that should moderate price growth in 2015.

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Taylor Continues It's Support of Joseph Brant Hospital

Rick Taylor July 28, 2014 News, Burlington

Joseph Brant hospital is an important part not only of Burlington but for all of southern Ontario. As our community grows,so does the need to expand Joseph Brant's capacity and reach.

Take a few highlights from the year 2013:

*the hospital had 1506 births take place

*there were 46,776 emergency visits

*18,591 surgeries performed backed by 159 physicians

Taylor Moving and Storage has been a long supporter of Joseph Brant and that continues to this day. As a sponsor in the $25,000 to $49,999 category, Taylor remains one of the larger indvidual sponsors year in and year out.

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Taylor Moving Helps Raise $115,000 for WarChild

Rick Taylor June 13, 2014 Press Release, Events, News

Dear John and Taylor Moving,

Thank you for so generously supporting Reclaim Childhood. With your help we are able to support WarChild's programming supporting vulnerable children impacted by the Syrian crisis.

Special thanks to our wonderful hosts and their families, to Chantal Kreviazuk and to all our generous supporters.

We hope that this event will have inspired you to continue support of our work, as it is only through the genorsity of people like you that we are able to reclaim childhood for so many vulnerable children in some of the most volatile areas of the world.

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Taylor Moving Quality Scores 2013 - Allied Van Lines

Rick Taylor May 5, 2014 News, Burlington, Oakville

Allied Van Lines has hired an independent firm, Telesight , to conduct independent surveys of all moves registered into it's network. This would include all Allied agents coast to coast for moves over 250 miles.

Telesight receives approximately a 40% survey return success rate.

Each question is ranked out of 5 (with 5 being the highest). Below is the results for Taylor Moving and Storage in 2013:

  • Overall, how satisfied were you with the salesperson? 4.387
  • Did you have any special requests? If so, how satisfied were you with the arrangements made? 4.73
  • Did we pack your boxes? If so, please rate how satisfied you were with the packing. 4.385
  • How would you rate the arrival time of the driver and crew based on the promises made for loading day? 4.517
  • How would you rate the care and attention shown by the driver for your goods? 4.75
  • How would you rate the care and attention shown by the driver’s crew while loading your goods? 4.655
  • How satisfied were you with the loading overall? 4.586
  • How would you rate the arrival time of the driver and crew based on the promises made for delivery day? 4.647
  • How would you rate the care and attention shown by the driver during the unloading of your goods? 4.824
  • Please rate the level of care and attention shown by the driver’s crew during the unloading of your goods. 4.588
  • How satisfied were you with the unloading process overall? 4.765
  • How satisfied were you with our communications throughout the move? 4.262
  • How likely is it that you would recommend this van line to a friend, colleague or family member? 4.268

The average score for Taylor Moving, based on these 13 questions was 4.567 or a 91.34% satisfaction rate on our Canadian long distance moves booked into the Allied Van Lines network.

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Taylor International-Recent Quality Score

Rick Taylor January 16, 2014 News, Burlington, Oakville

Taylor Moving and Storage was involved with 46 international moves with this leading US Relocation Management company. This firm manages employee relocations that are international in scope on behalf of Fortune 500 companies around the world. They track very closely the quality,as measured from the relocating employee's, of the moving companies they work with to provide service.

In 2013, Taylor International effected service on 27 moves where we acted as the origin agent. The origin agent is responsible for the packing of boxes, the international wrapping of furniture, crating when needed, arranging the sea ship container or air freight and accumulating all of the customs documents. Out of a score of 5, Taylor was rated at 4.71 or 94.2% satisfaction rate. The worldwide average of this firms movers network was 4.41 or 88.2%.

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How We Are Being Rated

Rick Taylor December 12, 2013 Resources, International Moving, Employee Relocation

Taylor is in the business of employee relocation. Approximately 70% of our sales volume is derived through moving employee's household goods when they are transferred into a new city or country.

Most of these transfers occur amongst the largest corporations in the world. In some cases, these corporations may transfer upwards of 1000 employees globally as part of the worldwide human resources strategy.

Fortune 500 companies continue to outsource their employee relocation programs to outside parties in order to reduce their administartion costs to their human resources departments. In 2013, 92% of all employee relocation programs were outsourced to companies that specialize in employee relocation. These firms execute the corporation's policy in areas like travel expense, real estate disposal, work visas, destination services and of course the movement of household goods.

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Dave Wilson's Retirement

Rick Taylor June 10, 2013 Press Release, News, Burlington

It is not too often in today's world when an employee stays with the same firm for 10 years let alone over 40 years, yet Dave Wilson has done just that.

Dave started with Taylor Moving in 1972 as a young man. He quickly rose through the ranks due to his unbridled enthusiasm and professionalism. He became a van foreman for our firm where he continued to rack up driver of the year awards and an extremely low claims record. During this time he moved well over 5000 households around the block and/or across North America.

Dave continued his excellence until he approached his 60th birthday. When Russ and Rick Taylor bought the firm they knew great,dedicated and talented people like Dave are just too hard to replace. After much brain storming they moved Dave into the newly formed position of Quality Control Manager. Over the last 10 years Dave has been responsible for all aspects of training new and existing Taylor staff. His knowledge and passion is going to be very hard to replace.

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Taylor Wins Readers Choice Award-Best Mover

Rick Taylor February 26, 2013 News, Local Moving, Burlington

We are grateful to the local community for their nomination and write in votes for this years Readers Choice Award.

We continue to work on improving quality in all aspects of our business and it is indeed satisfying that our customers took the time and effort to nominate us for this award.

We look forward to building on this momentum and to bring our quality levels to even a higher level in 2013.

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Taylor wins the platinum award!

Rick Taylor October 10, 2012 Press Release, Employee Relocation

October 10th,2012 Burlington,Ontario;Canada:

Taylor Moving and Storage received the coveted platinum award from Cartus Relocation, the largest provider of relocation services.

Cartus Relocation currently relocates over 100,000 families throughout the world. Each service provider in their global supplier network is graded based on a quality survey from the relocating family. These scores are the basis on the volume level that each service provider will receive from Cartus.

Taylor Moving and Storage was thrilled to receive their Platinum level award under domestic moving services, the only Canadian based firm to be honored with this high level recognition.

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Oakville's Olympic Athletes

Rick Taylor September 18, 2012 Resources, Press Release, News

Residents of Oakville showed their pride yesterday, cheering on their hometown Olympians at Centennial Square.
The recognition event kicked off at 2 p.m. with a parade along Lakeshore Road, starting at Reynolds Street and finished with a reception and autograph session at Centennial Square (Lakeshore Road and Navy Street).

The attending Olympians included Adam van Koeverden, Diana Matheson, Mark Oldershaw and Kyle Jones.
Douglas Csima and Tera Van Beilen are unable to attend, but will be represented by their parents.
The athletes signed autographs for the many fans who filled the square.
Oakville’s athletes scored many successes during the London Olympics.
Van Koeverden received a silver medal in the men’s kayak single 1,000m, while Csima received a silver medal in the men’s eight rowing competition.
Matheson scored the winning goal during the bronze medal women’s soccer game against France.
Oldershaw, who trains out of Oakville, won a bronze medal in the men’s canoe singles 1,000m.
Jones’ performance made him the highest finishing Canadian triathlete in the London Olympics and Van Beilen’s near berth in the finals of the 100-metre breaststroke was also something to celebrate.

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We Are Growing to Serve You Better

Rick Taylor June 28, 2012 Press Release, Burlington, Oakville

In 2011, Taylor Moving and Storage invested considerable amount of financial and human captial in improving our IT platform. We are delighted with the significant improvements this has led to our communications throughout our business, both internal and external.

Our next stage is growth.

Taylor is undertaking a major $350,000 investment to add to our North American wide fleet. This will increase our capacity within the Allied Van Lines fleet to 9 registered units serving cross border and intra Canada moves.

When completed by the winter of 2013, this fleet will be one of the largest single hauling fleets in Canada within our network.

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Winner - 2012 Burlington Post Readers Choice Award

Rick Taylor April 30, 2012 Press Release, News, Burlington

April 30th 2012 Burlington, Ontario:

Taylor Moving and Storage is proud to be recognized as the Readers Choice winner in the Platinum division for moving and storage companies.

Each year, the Burlington Post surveys their readership regarding the best service providers in the local community.

As this years winner, we are delighted to see our efforts in continuing improvement are being well received by our valued customers.

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BurlingtonGreen holding a community cleanup day

Rick Taylor April 12, 2012 Press Release, News, Burlington

In association with Earth Day, a local environmental organization is once again hosting a community cleanup.

BurlingtonGreen, with support from the City of Burlington, is holding its annual Community Clean Up Green Up Event on Saturday, April 21.

The 42nd annual Earth Day will be celebrated internationally on April 22.

The BurlingtonGreen event provides an opportunity for residents, schools, groups and businesses to team up to clean up the city.

It will take place along Sheldon Creek in Sherwood Forest Park. Participants are asked to meet at the new bridge, behind the soccer fields, at 11 a.m. Bring gloves, garbage bags and appropriate footwear.

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Business Excellence In Oakville

Rick Taylor March 1, 2012 News, Oakville

The Oakville Awards for Business Excellence (OABE) are dedicated to recognizing exemplary models of excellence and community service by Oakville’s businesses. The Oakville Chamber of Commerce in partnership with The Rotary Club of Oakville West organizes the OABE now in its 17th year.

The OABE culminates in a prestigious Gala Dinner and Award ceremony. This year’s dinner event for the 2011 Awards will be held March 7, 2012 at the Oakville Conference and Banquet Centre (Wyecroft Rd. and Bronte Rd).

The proceeds from the Gala Awards Dinner, including the considerable support from our many Partners, provide funds for the Rotary Club’s numerous youth and academic programs such as the Oakville Awards for Academic Excellence, the Oakville Youth Development Centre, and Camp Enterprise. The funds raised are vital to the Rotary Club of Oakville West’s Vocational program. To date, the OABE galas have raised over $500,000 to support the Rotary Club of Oakville West’s youth programs such as the Oakville Youth Development Centre, Kerr Street Ministries, school breakfast and lunch programs as well as scholarships and bursaries for Oakville’s top students.

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Housing Outlook 2012

Rick Taylor January 4, 2012 Press Release

Canadian residential real estate defied conventional logic and outperformed expectations in 2011, posting another solid year of housing activity virtually across the board. The trend is expected to carry forward into 2012 as Canadians continue to demonstrate their faith in homeownership, despite concerns over the European debt crisis and its impact on the global economy, according to a report released by RE/MAX.

The RE/MAX Housing Market Outlook 2012 examined trends and developments in 26 major markets across the country. Eighty-eight per cent (23/26) anticipated average price increases by year-end 2011—with percentage hikes ranging from one to 16 per cent. The forecast for 2012 shows the upward trend moderating, but still ahead of 2011 figures. Overall home sales are expected to remain on par or ahead of last year’s levels in 85 per cent (22/26) of markets in 2011—including Saskatoon with a year-over-year percentage increase of 13 per cent and an eight per cent uptick in Calgary, Winnipeg, Hamilton-Burlington and Sudbury. Almost half of Canadian markets will match the 2011 performance, while the remainder should post increases ranging from one to five per cent next year.

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CRM: It's about service!

Rick Taylor October 17, 2011 Press Release

Customer Case Study: Google Apps integrated with Solve360 CRM moves people, literally

Here’s a story most business folks can relate to — established in 1959, Taylor Moving starts with 1 truck and a handful of employees. Dad grows the business. Sons take over, expanding to 100 staff and operate a network handling international employee moves.

Fast forward to the present and those sons find themselves asking “How can we stay competitive and keep growing the business?” Son Rick Taylor knew more of the same wasn’t going to cut it. “Our coordinators, our sales team, they were spending far too much time doing internal stuff and not talking to clients.”

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Ontario's Housing Forecast

Rick Taylor September 6, 2011 Press Release

TORONTO, ONTARIO (Marketwire - Aug. 24, 2011) - Ontario housing activity is set to moderate in the next few months and isn't expected to stabilize until the latter part of 2011 according to the 2011 Third Quarter CMHC Housing Market Outlook - Canada Edition released today.

Highlights of the Ontario forecast include:

  • Ontario economy lags activity in rest of Canada during 2011/12 after leading in 2010
  • Current trends suggest existing home sales will slow before growing modestly into 2012
  • Owing to economic uncertainty, Ontario sales will range between 172,000 to 216,000 transactions this year and next
  • After sharp increases early this year, Ontario home prices will ease in the next few months and grow closer to inflation by 2012 as markets move to a more balanced state
  • Ontario home starts will moderate the rest of this year and into 2012 before growing later next year
  • Owing to economic uncertainty, starts will range between 53,000 to 68,000 units this year and next.
  • Demand for apartment ownership and rental accommodation will remain strong.

"Consumer buying patterns, particularly in more expensive southern Ontario markets, will increasingly shift to less expensive housing over the next few years thanks to higher home prices. This bodes well for the apartment ownership and rental sector," said Ted Tsiakopoulos, CMHC's Ontario Regional Economist. "Northern Ontario housing markets are an exception as strong activity in the mining sector and relatively more affordable housing will support growing demand for low density housing," added Tsiakopoulos.

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Ribfest will soon be here!

Rick Taylor July 27, 2011 Press Release, News, Burlington

Canada’s Largest Ribfest, organized by the Rotary Club of Burlington Lakeshore, is ready for its 16th year of bringing you a family-friendly, four-day food extravaganza! As one of the leading annual events in the Greater Toronto Area, Canada’s Largest Ribfest brings together 18 Ribber Teams from across North America, hungry to compete for the Best Ribs Title, and more than 100,000 people hungry to taste their mouth-watering fare! But that’s not all! There are also great musical guests, and activities and games for kids of all ages – all in beautiful Spencer Smith Park in Burlington on the north shore of Lake Ontario. The proceeds from this event go directly to the community – a good cause, good food, good times and the perfect way to bid farewell to summer.

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Moving day - what about the kids?

Rick Taylor June 17, 2011 Press Release, Local Moving, Burlington

The summer is the period of peak demand for moving companies. This is the best time for families to relocate to avoid disrupting their children’s education.

Moving can be a major upheaval for children. They feel anxious about separation fromfriends, schools and neighborhoods. Involving children in planning the move can help to calmtheir fears.

When you arrive in your newcommunity, you may find that organized summer activities are already under way. Itmay be too late for your children to participate. Neighbourhood kids may be away on vacation, making it difficult to make new friends immediately. Theremay be several weeks before newfriends can bemade at school.

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International Assignments

Rick Taylor June 7, 2011 Press Release, Overseas Moving, Burlington

International corporate relocations froze during the recession, but that trend is now thawing.

Canadian firms are assigning employees around the globe in growing numbers, according to a Canadian Employee Relocation Council poll to be published later on Tuesday. Top five destinations are the U.S., the EU, China, Australia and South America.

The recession dramatically slowed the number of relocations as companies hunkered down and cut costs. But more firms seem now willing to pay to move their staff to foreign locations as the economy recovers and companies are under more pressure to go global.

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New Appointment - Arthur Drewry

Rick Taylor May 28, 2011 Press Release, News, Burlington

Arthur Drewry, recently named CMMB Representative for Region 6, was raised as a British expatriate and in 2000 began his career in the household goods relocation industry in the Middle East. Drewry got his first taste of the international moving business while working with Gulf Agency Company, a respected international removals company. There, he played an integral role in handling corporate relocations for Exxon Mobil, Occidental Petroleum, Elf Petroleum, and Chevron Phillips. During that time, Drewry earned his FIDI Diploma, the highest international education designation in the international relocation industry.

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Human Resources

Rick Taylor May 24, 2011 Human Resources

Human Resources & The Moving Industry

Here at Taylor Moving HR is not simply the latest buzz word, it is the basis and backbone of our company.

I remember when I started here seventeen years ago, Mr. Allen Taylor founder and president went through sixty candidates for the sales position which I was applying for. Taylor Moving then and now continue to recruit, train and develop only the best to be part of Taylor Moving & Storage Ltd.

We realize if you have great people, the end result will be excellent service to our customers, resulting in referrals and customer satisfaction.

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Our Federal Election

Rick Taylor May 5, 2011 Press Release

For some of our clients not located in Canada, you may be interested to know that we just completed our national election and Canada has elected a majority government.

Despite looking like a minority days before the election, the Conservative government rode a strong wave of support in the most populous province of Ontario to capture the prize they have been seeking for many years.

After 3 elections in 5 years, this means we Canadians will not go back to the polls for at least 4 years.

It will be interesting to see what this means for Canada and the direction of the country in these uncertain times.

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Summer is approaching

Rick Taylor April 7, 2011 Press Release

Summertime is usually the busiest time of year for household goods movers.

With children getting out of school and holidays, people in great numbers choose June through August to relocate.

Professional movers such as ourselves only have so much capacity to serve our clients throughout this period. We DO NOT over book or send casual people to our clients. We rather not do a move if we cannot do it well.

If you are planning on moving during this period, I would strongly suggest you secure our services as soon as you have firm moving dates in mind. If possible, try not to move during the last week of the month. A mover's rates are always highest during this time period.

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Oakville's Transportation Future

Rick Taylor March 26, 2011 Resources, Oakville

According to Halton Region's Director of Transportation Services, Oakville will have a population of 255,000 people by 2031.

With as many as 120,000 jobs in Oakville the present transportation grid will start to have real issues by 2020 in it's current form.

Existing roadways like Trafalgar, Upper Middle Road, Ninth Line, Speers Road will all have two more lanes added. Many more roads and streets will also be upgraded/expanded.

Public transit will be integrated with the proposed Greater Toronto area Metrolinx project and public a more robust public transportation system.

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Tree Canada

Rick Taylor March 13, 2011 Press Release

Taylor Moving and Storage and Allied Van Lines are please to announce their sponsorship renewal in Tree Canada.

Since 2009, our mutual organizations have worked together to plant over 20,000 trees. It is documented that one tree absorbs 13lbs. of carbon per year. As such, we are able to absorb 260,000 lbs. of CO2 per year while reclaiming many acres of land back to their original state.

We believe that there is nothing more important than our natural enviroment and are excited about our involvement with Tree Canada.

For more information on Tree Canada, we would welcome you to review their web site www.treecanada.ca.

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Entrance Fee for Canadians travelling to the U.S.

Rick Taylor March 3, 2011 News, International Moving

The Obama administration has submitted a draft budget proposal to the Congress, which includes a proposed fee of $5.50 for Canadians traveling to the USA by air and sea. According to the US Department of Homeland Security, the revenues from this charge would generate approximately additional $110 million a year. This amount is intended to financially support activities of US Customs and Border Protection’s inspection, which has intensified its activities recently.

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The New Online World

Rick Taylor February 25, 2011 Resources

It is really amazing to me how much things have changed as a result of technology, even in a mature industry like ours!

It was only 15 years ago that email became widespread and the internet age began. Since then it has been quite a ride.

For instance, in the past Yellow Pages made up 90% of a movers budget for marketting their services to local clients. Today that figure is closer to 30% and is dropping every year. The importance of a strong online presence is key. After all, if you are reading this blog post, you are doing so through our web site!

Our moving crews now use smart phones that allow us to communicate instantly through text, voice or two way radio. Coming soon, these phones will include GPS, automatic log book entries and fuel tax reporting.

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The Spring Market

Rick Taylor February 11, 2011 Press Release

Despite the calls for a major market correction, housing seems to be in a very stable situation, in balance between buyers and sellers.

It is our good fortune to have a number of real estate professionals in Burlington, Oakville, Dundas and Ancaster whom are real friends to our company. Each is saying similiar things, that while not red hot, the housing market is still strong.

So when is a good time to buy a house? Right now!

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Our new IT Initiative

Rick Taylor January 27, 2011 Press Release

One of the challenges we all face, whether the moving industry or any other industry, is how to improve our quality.

According to the American Moving and Storage Association (AMSA) when a customer's move is not satisfactory 52% of the time it was due to poor communication from the moving company both externally and internally.

Each move has many key pieces of information associated with it. If a key detail in the process is missed it can lead to poor performance.

Taylor has recognized this and is about to embark on a large scale investment to streamline our process.

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Southern Ontario in 20 years

Rick Taylor January 17, 2011 Resources

I was born in 1970 in what was then the small little town of Burlington,population 5000. The QEW was just coming into development and the surrounding towns of Oakville,Dundas and Milton were just villages.

Getting to Toronto was considered a big drive let alone any town north of Highway 7.

Today Burlington is approaching 200,000 residents and is truly a city in it's own right. Ditto Oakville and Milton.

According to the master zoning plan set up by the municipalities and the province of Ontario, our region is expected to absorb another million people in the next 20 years! It is exciting to be part of this growth as new business and cultural entities are bound to explode as well.

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Rail: The future of household goods moving?

Rick Taylor January 4, 2011 Press Release

As oil prices continure to escalate the costs for over the road transportation services will inevitably go up. Fuel is a large cost for over the road trucks. Will rail be used as a cost effective solution?

Rail has not been used in a large degree for household goods long distance moving. (moves over 1500 miles)

Past problems have included too many stops,longer transit times and the "jarring" that happens when rail cars stop or are decoupled at origin and destination. After all, household goods are not a commodity but a delicate specialized service that needs skilled people to load, pad, protect, deliver and set up.

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Happy Holidays

Rick Taylor December 16, 2010 Events

In todays uncertain times, the holiday season allows us to take a step back and really evaluate what is important in life.

As a wise man once said, on your death bed one never remembers how much money or material items acquired in life but only the thoughts of family, friends and loved ones.

With this in mind, our entire staff wish all of our customers, suppliers and friends a very happy holiday season and nothing but glad tidings in 2011!

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Is your move tax deductable?

Rick Taylor November 30, 2010 Resources

Certain relocation expenses are tax deductable. Revenue Canada in most cases allows the deduction from total income relocation expenses you incur when going to a different location for the purpose of starting a new job or going to school. See below to see if you qualify:

*Your new home is at least 40 KMS closer to your new work or school location using the "shortest normal route" to calculate distance.

*The move is from one place in Canada to another place in Canada.

Please keep receipts of your travelling expenses (gas,meals etc),your household move costs (from Taylor Moving),your costs of selling your old home (real estate comissions etc),the cost of purchasing/leasing your new home and any other cost that you gather that relates to your relocation you will be able to calculate a total eligble deduction. This will often times be in the thousands of dollars.

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US/Canadian Dollars at Par - What does it mean for the moving industry?

Rick Taylor October 13, 2010 News, International Moving

As I write this, the Candian dollar and US dollar are virtually at the same level. If it stays in this range for some time, how would it effect the moving industry?

Canada and the United States are each others largest trading partners. Not only do we move goods and services across the border but people. Indeed, employee relocation to the United States from Canada and vice versa is a very important part of the moving industry.

Trucking laws prohibit Canadian drivers to interstate (i.e. perform moves within the United States) and for US drivers to do the same in Canada. As such, it is very difficult for moving companies to get effecient full loads on cross border moves. Many drivers have to go a fair distance in between stops (called empty miles) for their next pick up or delivery. This does add significant costs to the van foreman as these "empty miles" are not revenue generating.

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