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Laura Matrisciano

Can Big Data Bring Relocation into the Future?

Who out there went to the recent Worlwide ERC Global Workforce Symposium in Chicago? I think it’s one of the best relocation conferences and events every year. We had a great time in the “Windy” city, which has a lot of history, skyscrapers and great places to eat. Fun fact: did you know that the Hilton Chicago (where the conference was held) is a famous landmark that overlooks Grant Park, Lake Michigan, and the Museum Campus? It is also the third-largest hotel in Chicago and has the largest total meeting and event space of any Chicago hotel. The hotel has housed every president of the United States since its opening in 1927!

HR Interview: The Future of Relocation

Last year, at a CMARC conference, I had the pleasure of meeting Maggie Huffman and Jason Beane, both of whom support relocation programs for Time Warner Cable. Maggie was a panelist speaking about global mobility and Jason was there to provide support and additional insights based on his experiences. Later, when I was asked to author this blog, I immediately thought of Maggie and Jason because they are both so engaging and they make it a point to stay on top of domestic and global relocation issues and trends.

Next Gen Interview: Where is the Relocation Industry Headed?

Several years ago at an annual Worldwide ERC Conference I met Aurora Hughes. She is such an interesting young woman who has been in and around the relocation industry her entire life. She is filled with enthusiasm about relocation, so  she was one of the first people who came to my mind when I thought about writing a post about what the up and coming generation of leaders think about the future.

What are SAS 70 and SSAE 16?

In the relocation industry we use a lot of jargon and abbreviations. HHG means household goods, SIT stands for storage in transit, and transferee refers to your relocating employee. But perhaps the most confusing, yet among the most important are SAS70 and SSAE16.

Supplier Diversity is Not a Function of HR

I know, I know. So, why am I bothering to tell you about it? Well, we’ve been covering a lot of supplier diversity topics lately and I think this is an important point to make. Supplier diversity is not a function of HR BUT that does not mean that HR can’t embrace supplier diversity as an option when looking to outsource projects. What is does mean, however, is that there is a fine line between selecting a  supplier because they are diverse and  selecting a supplier because they are the best and happen to be a diverse supplier.

What’s the Difference Between a Tier I and a Tier II Supplier Diversity Spend?

As many know, XONEX Relocation is proud to be certified by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council as a Women’s Business Enterprise. I’m lucky enough to get to go to all the conferences. It’s a great group of people and we learn a lot from each other about supplier diversity and its impact on organizations. As such, I get asked a lot of questions about Tier I and Tier II supplier diversity spending in organizations. So much so that I recently wrote a whitepaper on supplier diversity trends. We received a lot of good feedback and it dawned on me that a blog post on Tier I and Tier II spending would be of interest to our blog readers. 

HR Interview: The Relationship between HR and Procurement

HR Interview

Andrew Ikall, UCB Pharmaceuticals

Anyone involved in the relocation industry knows that there is a new seat at the relocation table: procurement.  This has been quite a shift for relocation professionals and human resources managers alike because, historically, relocation has been strictly a function of HR.  In recent years, however, cost-cutting measures have caused more companies to charge procurement with sourcing the relocation vendor, which has changed the nature of the business and the relationship between key relocation players (third parties, HR, transferees, finance and so on).  This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Most companies remain focused on implementing strategic HR practices that will benefit transferees and the company as a whole. We all need to work together to build the best relocation team and subsequent program.

Talent Shortage? Relocation Can Help Bridge the Gap

Manpower Group’s  7th annual Talent Shortage Survey through me for a loop. I’m surprised that even at a time when unemployment is at an all-time high, we still have a talent shortage in the U.S. Apparently, a talent shortage is different from unemployed. I am certainly not insinuating that the unemployed are not a talented group of people but, according to this survey, the U.S. ranks among the top five countries experiencing a talent drought. 

Relocation Volumes Peak and More Fun Facts from the Worlwide ERC

Each year in the Fall I look forward to reading the Worldwide ERC Transfer Volume and Cost Survey.  After reading this year’s survey, I wanted to write about some of the highlights that I think are important, mostly because they can be a good tell for the future of relocation. Even though this survey collects data that is almost a year old – this year’s data is from 2011 – I think it’s still relevant and interesting.

HR Interview: Top 5 Things Every HR Professional Should Know about Relocation

Top 5 Things Every HR Professional Should Know about Relocation We spend a lot of time here writing about relocation issues that we believe are impacting human resources departments on a regular basis. My hope is that we provide helpful advice to our clients, prospects and peers. But, it also dawned on me that we could use more posts from actual HR managers on the issues THEY believe are pertinent. So, when my colleague challenged me to write a blog post on the top five things that every HR professional should know about relocation, I had an aha moment. Why make assumptions when we can just ask our friends?


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