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Raising the Standards of the Trucking Industry


Household Goods Movers – The Other Side of Trucking


Generally, the month of May is the time when household goods movers and moving companies begin to gear up for the relocation process.   As school lets out for the Summer, the furniture movers get ready to roll.  Allied Van Lines, Bekins, Mayflower, United Van Lines, Graebel . . . we should start seeing them more and more as mid-May approaches.

With slow home sales, fewer job transfers and higher diesel fuel prices, I would expect the moving industry is feeling the pinch of the economic woes as well as their trucking freight hauling counterparts.  In fact, According to statistics from the Census Bureau’s Geographical Mobility tables, 3.5 million fewer people moved in 2008, compared to 2007 – making it the smallest number of residents to relocate within a year, since 1962.

It was also observed that only 11.9% of Americans changed residences between 2007 and 2008, coming in as the lowest numbers since 1959-60, at a time when the population of the United States was 41% smaller than it is presently.  The bottom line:  millions of people appear that they are “staying put.”

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How the 2009 moving season will play out . . . we will just have to wait and see.

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By: Allen Smith

Allen Smith is a 37 year veteran who started at an early age in a household goods family moving business. He began driving straight trucks in 1977 and moved to the big rigs in 1982. His experience within the industry includes; owner operator, company driver, operations manager, and owner of a long distance HHG moving business, taking many of the long haul moves himself when needed. Allen Smith, a truck driver advocate who is driven by the desire to help others succeed within an industry where injustice, unrewarded sacrifice, and lack of respect and recognition exists. Allen and his wife Donna are hosts of Truth About Trucking ”Live” on Blog Talk Radio. Other websites include AskTheTrucker, TruckingSocialMedia, NorthAmericanTruckingALerts, TruthAboutTrucking, and many Social Media websites. In 2011 Allen and Donna hosted the first Truck Driver Social Media Convention, designed to create unity and solutions for the trucking industry. This is now being extended through the North American Trucking Alerts network as those within the industry join forces for the betterment of the industry. Allen strongly supports other industry advocates who are also stepping up to the plate to help those who share honesty, guidance and direction. He believes that all those involved in trucking need to be accountable for their part within the industry, including drivers, carriers, brokers, shippers, receivers, etc… The list of supporters and likeminded people grow daily, networking together and sharing thoughts and ideas for the betterment of trucking. He has coined the popular phrase "Raising the standards of the trucking industry"

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