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July 2014 Your crew is fantastic. I have moved 5 times prior to this and never had walls wrapped on stairwells and banisters protected. Extremely organized and made me feel like this is their property they are taking care of.
10 Oct 2014 // from

Moving can get tiresome; packing, carrying and loading/unloading boxes, and then having to unpack it. The good news is you will probably be burning more calories while moving than you would on a typical day at the gym. We’ve put together an infographic of some of the most common physical activities that take place during a move, and roughly an idea of the calories burned while moving.

You will want to go to myfitnesspal.com, or download the mobile app, and enter things like height, weight, and amount of time you spent on each activity for the most accurate calculations.

 

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7 Oct 2014 // from

How JK Takes Precautions to Ensure Your Safety and the Safety of Our Drivers

Recent accidents involving tractor-trailers have brought fresh scrutiny over driver safety practices; this comes as the industry tries to alter the Department of Transportation’s current regulations on the allowable time a driver is allowed to be behind the wheel without rest.

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, federal rules permit drivers to work up to 14 hours a day with a maximum of 11 of those hours behind the wheel.

New Jersey Senator, Cory Booker, has been leading the Senate debate regarding new regulations that make it mandatory for drivers to get more rest after long work weeks.

According to an article in The Record, the focal point of the new rule that took effect July 2013, makes it illegal for drivers who drive 60 hours over a seven day period or 70 hours over an eight day period to drive again until he or she takes 34 hours off, including two consecutive periods of rest between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m.

The new regulations also mandated truck drivers to take a 30-minute break during the first eight hours of a shift.

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How JK Manages Driver Safety

While driver fatigue is one safety issue, things like speeding and overall driving competency also play a big role in ensuring the safety of both truck drivers and everyday commuters on the road.

According to Jeffery Parker, JK Moving Services’ Director of Safety and Compliance, JK uses on-board computers to electronically monitor and help manage its drivers and their schedules.

“A lot of companies are still using paper log books that the drivers have to fill out detailing their work and hours on the job. The companies then collect those books and verify them manually,” said Parker.

“When you have a large number of drivers and you have to monitor all of their compliance with paper logs, it can be a difficult task.”

The electronic system JK uses keeps track of not only of the drivers’ schedules and total driving time, but also monitors the speed at which the trucks are moving.

“If a driver is going above the speed limit, the system notifies us. You could be on any road and it will know the speed limit for that road and the exact speed the truck is traveling on it,” said Parker.

Along with electronic log systems, JK’s drivers complete annual safety driving courses.

“Our team understands the role that safety plays for both our own drivers and for everyone else on the road,” said Parker.

If a driver is too tired to drive due to lack of sleep, JK then arranges for someone else to manage the job.

“We have a motto; we always tell our drivers and crew that we want you to return home to your family the same way you came in this morning.”

Click the link to find out more about the quality of the people that work on your move hands on and behind the scenes.

25 Sep 2014 // from

Each quarter, JK Moving Services picks one of our commercial clients to be awarded the “Commercial Move of the Quarter.”

This honor recognizes and showcases outstanding commercial relocation projects. The award criteria are based on the scope and nature of the move, with an emphasis on projects that have unique components or that helped the client solve a challenge. The award is given to one commercial client each quarter.

JK is pleased to announce its Q2 2014 Commercial Move of the Quarter to ASIWorks/ PSI Family Services.

 

Bradley Van Kleeck presenting the Commercial Move of the Quarter award to Kathy Logan, Procurement Officer of ASIWorks/PSI Family Services

JK’s Brad Van Kleeck presents the Commercial Move of the Quarter award to Kathy Logan, Procurement Officer, of ASIWorks/PSI Family Services

 

“In the thousands of successful moves we’ve completed since establishing JK’s Commercial Division in 1996, the scope of our projects has expanded beyond moving file cabinets and office equipment,” said Charles Kuhn, Founder, President and CEO, JK Moving Services. “Although traditional office moving is still a staple of our work, it has been exciting to partner with our clients to solve unusual relocation challenges. With this award, we recognize and thank ASIWorks/PSI Family Services for their confidence in us.”

The second quarter award recipient provides financial and administrative services and back office support to health and human services and catering services companies. JK provided multi-level relocation services to ASIWorks/ PSI Family Services, including office and storage consolidation, space planning, electronic recycling, and document destruction. And when construction was delayed on ASIWorks/PSI Family Services’ new space, JK compressed the multi-layered move into one weekend instead of the scheduled two.

“JK was flexible to our changing needs. With so many details and logistics to manage, I was concerned when we had to complete our move over one weekend instead of two,” said Kathy Logan, Procurement Officer, ASIWorks/PSI Family Services. “JK moved quickly to re-develop the logistics plan, and coordinate with our general contractor and building management. Our offices and critical systems were moved efficiently, with minimal disruption to our business. They ensured that on Monday morning, we were fully operational in our new space.”

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18 Sep 2014 // from

We’ve all had times where we are shopping or sitting in our car and an old song comes on the radio that triggers memories from our past. Those songs can bring out intense, old feelings of happiness or sadness we once felt during that time of our life.

Much like music, our physical belongings can also serve as emotional memory anchors.

Moving on and moving out is never an easy task during a divorce. Moving can be stressful enough without having to divide your belongings and having every item you pack be a reminder of the good and bad times you once had in the home.

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Packing under these conditions often requires careful and deliberate steps to make the process a little easier.

For some, getting rid of the constant reminders and starting fresh is the best way to move on. For others, these life changes can cause excess emotional trauma. It is important to do what you feel is best for you emotionally.

Dividing and Conquering. If you are moving out, make sure you pack only the items that are yours and yours alone. Those items which are shared equally need to be discussed and agreed upon. If possible, make a list of the items you want to take with you that were once shared and have your spouse or partner agree to the list.

You should also consider putting items you are unsure you want to keep or even disputed items in storage until things have settled.

Related: Storage Solutions

Asking for Help. Having friends around you during a separation or divorce can make it easier. Not only will they give you support, but they can help you sort through your belongings. For families going through tough times, hiring movers to pack and load their items can make the moving out process a lot easier and less traumatizing for all parties involved.

Friends and family will be important even after the move. Keep in touch with your support system so that you don’t drift or feel lonely. Check out your new surroundings, find new places to go out to eat and hang out, and join a local gym to keep you feeling good both inside and out.

Both divorce and moving are stressful life events, together, they are even harder. Taking things step-by-step can help you through it with more ease.

5 Sep 2014 // from

As we all know, moving can be an overwhelming task.  And if you get a new neighbor, it’s nice to reach out and make them feel welcome (check out our article on easy ways to meet your new neighbors).  Introducing yourself to a new neighbor can seem daunting and awkward to some, and perhaps even more so if the new neighbor is a single person you’d like to get to know better.

Welcoming them to the neighborhood with a gift is often seen as proper “neighborly” etiquette.  Here are our favorite 10 unique housewarming gift ideas from thisiswhyimbroke.com, which you can use to break the ice with the new bachelor or bachelorette next door:

  1. Cereal Killer Spoon

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  1. The Magic Wand TV Remote

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  1. The Neighbors Have Better Stuff Door Mat

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  1. USB Wall Outlet

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  1. Smart Phone App Magnets

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  1. Karate Lettuce Chopper

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  1. One Handed Party Plate

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  1. Facebook Like Button Oven Mitts

 

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  1. Floating Coffee Mug

 

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  1. Never Soggy Cereal Bowl

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28 Aug 2014 // from

When you think about a moving company, you probably think about the folks who actually conduct your move, like the packers, drivers, and warehouse staff.  But there are so many other employees “behind the scenes.” I recently sat down with Lisa Jewell, JK Moving Services’ Archives Administrative Manager, to better get to know her and her role at JK. Here is a little of what she shared:

Tell me about your background; who is Lisa Jewell?

Well, I was born on the Air Force base in Colorado Springs and grew up in the area. I attended Colorado State University where I studied both business and nursing. I’ve worked a lot in skilled nursing facilities; hiring and training nurses and nursing aides.

I had a myriad of other duties in skilled nursing facilities as well, including being a safety officer, managing workers’ compensation, and scheduling. I eventually moved to Virginia to be closer to family and enjoy time with my nieces and nephew.

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What are some of your interests? What do you do in your spare time?

Some of my favorite pastimes include hiking, running, rafting, swimming, and skiing ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­– basically any “mountain related” activities. Traveling is a passion of mine; I love exploring new areas.

Reading non-fiction books is my way of relaxing. I also do organic cosmetic formulation as a hobby and a way of expanding health knowledge in others.

What is your role at JK and what got you interested in this line of work?

My title is “Archives Administration Manager.” I am part of the Archives team in our Commercial Division. My role entails monitoring customer service, overseeing inventory control and information, billing management, helping maintain system functionality, educating staff and customers, and constantly improving and streamlining processes for efficiency.

I became interested based off of my previous management experience. I was very interested in working in and learning a new industry; learning new skills and challenging myself is a passion of mine.

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21 Aug 2014 // from

JK Moving Services’ Andrea Bunch Receives 2014 FinFit Hero Award

FinFit is a comprehensive Financial Wellness Program that empowers employees with financial assessment tools, resources, guidance, and education to implement and maintain financial fitness and peace of mind. FinFit assists hundreds of companies and employees with providing affordable credit options and sound financial guidance.

We are proud to announce that JK Moving Services’ very own Human Resources Vice President, Andrea Bunch, received the 2014 FinFit Hero Award.

The Hero Award demonstrates an employer’s commitment to the financial wellness and education of its employees. Congratulations, Andrea!

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Robert Bain (Left), FinFit’s Regional Director of Business Development, presenting the 2014 FitFit Hero Award to JK Moving Services’ Human Resources Vice President, Andrea Bunch (Right)

I recently sat down with JK’s Human Resources Benefits Administrator, Scott O’Con, to discuss JK’s partnership with FinFit and why an employee may choose to take advantage of their services:

What service does FinFit provide JK Moving Services’ employees?

FinFit delivers services that companies use to provide their employees with options when it comes to modeling loans, creating household budgets, consolidating spend, or applying for small loans, among other things. Many times, an employee may need an advance on their paycheck and getting a low cost loan from FinFit is not only an easy process, it reduces the need for that employee to borrow money from their 401(k) or become subject to lengthy credit checks.

The FinFit website offers great financial calculators that employees can use for budgeting monthly and yearly expenses.

What options does JK provide employees who need a loan or advance on their paycheck?

Well, first we would ask specific questions and give them three options:

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