Atlas Approved

4/17/2015 World map of Atlas International locations

When we set out to broaden and entrench the Atlas brand globally, we engaged our closest suppliers. After more than 60 years of global experience with overseas moving agents, we had selected a core group of vetted network partners who represent our service expectations and value system. 

“Five years ago, Atlas began implementing a vision of an Atlas-certified global moving network,” says Matthew Hagenah, Director of Operations. We established our first overseas service footprint in England with Fox Moving & Storage. Today, Atlas-licensed affiliates provide consistent, Atlas-quality service in 20 countries. We continue to grow the network with a focus on Asia and Latin America. By establishing a trusted network of agents across the continents, our customers gain assurance of Atlas service quality wherever their employees go.” 

As you would expect, there are thousands of moving providers around the globe. So which ones are potential representatives of the Atlas brand?

“Our partners typically have membership in key associations and meet standardized benchmarks,” says Jim Gaw, President & COO, Atlas International. “These associations include BAR (British Association of Removers), IAM (International Association of Movers), FIDI (Fédération Internationale des Déménageurs Internationaux), and LACMA (Latin American & Caribbean Movers Association).” 

Partners possess strong brand recognition in their home country, a low claims ratio, financial stability, and a high standard for ethical practices. “It’s essential for our partners to understand corporate relocation,” says Jim. “Our licensing represents much more than an operating agreement—we’re establishing robust, long-term relationships.”

Towards Harmony: A Common Platform 

As you can guess, “growing global” comes with challenges. Every country has its own laws and unique mix of languages, customs, and cultures. A consistent move experience takes not only the right people in place, but systems to support their cooperation. 

“We’re taking the first steps now to build a technology platform that will enhance communication and customer service,” says Matthew. 

The system will entail a cloud-based sharing of files—inventories, bills of lading, customs documents—documents that are critical to service delivery. 

“We want every provider in the supply chain to see what they need, when they need it, and communicate easily in real time with no data loss,” says Matthew. “Everyone will have the same information—always accurate, always current.”

For now, the team is taking “first things first,” putting the IT plan together so the architecture can be built. With the momentum of Vision 2018, the Atlas World Group strategic plan, they are united in purpose and confident of success. 

Featured

Familiar Themes & Pricing Reset

Ryan McConnell, Vice President, Strategic Planning, and Jeff Schimmel, Vice President, Transportation Services, are key strategists in the effort to optimize sales and profitability for Atlas® Van Lines. In early September, Joe Stackhouse joined the team as the new President & COO.

...read more

Driving Change

Today, the Atlas cooperative is made up of over 400 independently-owned and -operated moving companies throughout North America. Members still commit to one another for the common good. At a time when the industry wrestles with unprecedented challenges, that commitment has never been more vital.

...read more

Agents Lend a Helping Truck

Atlas® Van Lines Agents think ‘the bigger the better’ when it comes to spreading awareness about food insecurity. In partnership with Move For Hunger,™ a nonprofit that encourages donating food instead of moving it, our moving and storage companies are sharing the message from the largest billboards they could find – their moving trucks.

...read more

People

Atlas Awarded for Giving Spirit

Giving back to local communities is a priority that resonates throughout the Atlas network. At headquarters, the Atlas United Way committee looks for engaging ways to keep the charitable spirit alive among the Atlas employees all year long.

...read more

Atlas Agents Help Students Move Out for Hunger

Atlas Agents are taking their trucks and charitable acts to a higher level – of education, that is. Move For Hunger Director, Adam Lowy, and team, coordinated the first ever Move Out for Hunger food drive, in partnership with Doorsteps and Food Recovery Network.

...read more

Moving Up and Moving Forward

John Lance, NMS Moving Systems, Inc. (2015), was handed a huge honor at the 99th Annual California Moving and Storage Association Convention in Rancho Mirage, Calif., physically and figuratively speaking.

...read more

Events

Atlas is a Friend in Corporate Relocation at SHRM

In fact, the overarching message for Atlas at the SHRM show was to ease customers’ minds about the relocation process. To demonstrate how Atlas PVO’s and pack/load team members are friends that customers can trust with their household belongings, two life-size cardboard cutouts of crew members stood in the booth for photo opportunities, while attendees were encouraged to share their selfies with the hashtag #MyFriendsAtAtlas.

...read more

Sharing the Many Ways to go new places at SHRM

A group of representatives from multiple Atlas Agencies and Atlas HQ trekked to Las Vegas in late June to set up shop at the annual Convention and Expo of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM). In total, more than 630 exhibiting companies filled over 30 aisles with human resource solutions at the Las Vegas Convention Center, making it the largest expo SHRM has ever held.

...read more

Alexander's Celebrates a Big Year in Nashville

In 2015, Alexander's Mobility Services (0217) celebrated 20 years of service in the Nashville area, and they did it in a big way. As the largest multi-location agent in the Atlas family, Alexander's moved their Tennessee operations into a new location on the northwest side of the city.

...read more