January 26, 2014 Ann B.
I know first hand how difficult it is to find and keep employees who not only do their job competently but are also polite, friendly and have a good work ethic. To a man and woman the people who worked on my move had these attributes and each of them, in their own way, helped tremendously to keep me sane during a very stressful time. And for those reasons I couldn't have asked for a better move experience. Thank you."
9 Apr 2014 // from

There are a myriad of details and logistics involved in making an office move go smoothly. One element we’d like to discuss is the shuttle in an office move. In a commercial relocation, movers will rely on a shuttle with two sets of crews. One crew is positioned at the old office and a different crew at the new office, with commercial trucks traveling between the two locations.

What makes for a successful relocation?

At JK Moving, we rely on what we call the “Bucket Brigade.” The Bucket Brigade is a way to ensure the optimal number of crew members are on each relocation and it is the most effective way to move commercial goods. At JK, we understand that furniture moves at one speed, so we strive to minimize the number of trips that it takes to move everything for better efficiency. Continue reading …

2 Apr 2014 // from

At JK, we know that we’re only as good as the people who work here. One of the keys to our success is investing in our employees. And recently, our own Doug Hatch, Local Dispatch Manager of our Maryland division, successfully completed the American Moving & Storage Association (AMSA) Leaders Program.  This intense, five-month course offers the latest practical techniques and tools to help unlock leadership potential.

We recently sat down with Doug to learn more about his experience, what he learned, and how he will apply his new knowledge at JK.

2014 AMSA Leaders Program

AMSA Leaders Program Graduating Class
Doug Hatch: middle row, 3rd from the left

How is someone chosen for this leadership program?

AMSA’s Research & Education Committee chooses applicant from the 4,000 member companies. Candidates must submit a detailed application, a letter of support from the company’s CEO, and their resume. Only 25 people are chosen each year, so it’s pretty competitive. This year, we had 17 graduates of the program.

 

 

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31 Mar 2014 // from

You’ve received your three in-home estimates. You’ve donated your unwanted goods. You’ve made an informed decision and chosen the right mover for you. You’ve verified your move dates. You’re ready for your move. Is there anything more that you need to do?

These 7 tips will help ensure that you are prepared for a great move.

Valuation

Are you going to go with the Carrier Standard? Or are you going to choose Full Value Protection? (You can learn more about Valuation here.) And if you choose Full Value Protection, which deductible are you going to choose? You’ll want to make an informed decision, so choose before the movers arrive. And if you have questions, call your moving company for clarification. Your original move consultant, sales representative, or move coordinator can help.

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26 Mar 2014 // from

JK Moving at workFor our U.S. service members, moving within the military is complex, with different rules, regulations, and offices to work with. JK has proudly moved thousands of service members over the years, so today, we share some of the acronyms and rules for a successful military move. This will only be a snapshot of the terms to know; if you have additional questions, please leave them in the comments below or visit here.

Permanent Change of Station – PCS

This is the term used when you are going from one assignment to the next.

Personal Property Shipping Office – PPSO

This is the local branch that helps military members with the move process. The Personal Property Officer (PPO) is a valuable resource during the process. Continue reading …

19 Mar 2014 // from
Training at the Long Distance Drivers Workshop

Training at the Long Distance Drivers Workshop

This past weekend we were pleased to welcome a selection of our long distance drivers for the first in a series of Drivers Workshops. This workshop, and the following subsequent workshops, allows us to accomplish several objectives before the start of the “busy season” with all of our Long Distance drivers.

What Occurs at the Long Distance Drivers Workshops?

Continued Education.

All of the drivers are completing PACE training, and these workshops are the perfect opportunity for our long distance (LD) drivers. The first day of PACE training is the classroom training and the second day of training is on the road in their vehicles. We want them to practice in the exact trucks they drive cross-country.

There is also role-playing with different members of the team. This helps break the ice with all the drivers, while teaching them how to respond to a variety of potential situations. From inclement weather to a traffic delay, practicing helps prepare the drivers. Continue reading …

11 Mar 2014 // from

ABC’s 20/20 recently aired a segment titled, “Can You Trust Your Moving Company?” Because of my experience with moving when I was younger, I created JK Moving Services to help give people a worry-free moving experience. I would like to share some key takeaways from the video and how you can find a trustworthy moving company.

ABC Entertainment News | ABC Business News

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7 Mar 2014 // from
MoveChat, where moving stories, tips, and advice are shared

MoveChat – Tips for a Successful Apartment Move

Movers from across North America participate in a discussion on Twitter, called MoveChat, where stories, tips, and advice are shared. Every chat, we discuss a specific part of the moving process. This week the topic was, “Protecting Customers From Moving Day Surprises During the Busy Season” and what follows is an edited transcript of the discussion. We invite you to join us for the next chat to get great advice and tips from the pros. Simply log into Twitter and follow the hashtag #movechat.

Q1. I’m just moving from my studio apt to another apt, how important is my estimate?

HAuston  Very important, especially if moving on a budget.

JKMoving Incredibly important. Movers need to see all that’s moving, plus loading dock and elevator.

HAuston Scheduling is important. Make sure you understand the building rules for moving.

JKMoving To expand, some buildings only allow people to move in and out on certain days. Might not be on your ideal move date Continue reading …