GLOBAL JOINS FIDI FAIM

What is FIDI FAIM Global Alliance?

The FIDI-FAIM certification programme requires that international movers have a periodic independent assessment of their inter-continental moving activities through an independent auditwhich is performed every three years.

This ensures that FIDI companies work to a worldwide common standard for managing and performing international moving services in a uniformed, quality-minded and effective way. It also provides a transparent mechanism that ensures that the standards remain high.

From an end customer’s point of view, a FAIM certified company gives the person who moves and the HR department who is organising his move, confidence that the company knows the business and has the resources and know-how to do the job properly.

FAIM is administered by the FAIM Coordination Centre (FCC) based at the FIDI office in Brussels.

The on-site assessment is independently performed by international assessors Ernst & Young.

Storage in Spain.

Self-storage

Self-storage offers a pre contracted unit which the client must decide on ahead of time, and depending on the rates charged often the units are on a high levels accessible via lift and depending on their availability you may have a bit of a walk to reach your unit.
Given the unit is for your sole use only, this can give the sense that your goods are in a more secure and private area, however you are also responsible for the whole process of transporting the goods to the facility, ensuring that the goods are correctly packed and protected from humidity or dust, unloading / loading, insurance and securing them in the unit.

Access:

One of the key advantages of self-storage is that your goods are more readily accessible and facilities are often open 7 days a week. Facilities are staffed and managed, and some may offer extras such as temperature-controlled units and the ability to access your things 24/7.

Cost – Self storage:

Self-storage is normally the most expensive option. Although the storage facility may feel big, given the format of the units more often than not the facility is only able to use around 70% of the warehouse space meaning that meter for meter the storage charges are generally more expensive on a monthly basis.
When you take into account the initial outlay costs these companies have had to pay for the construction and elevated running costs as well as the lost space in corridors lifts etc… the general study is that over a prolonged period of time you can end up paying more than double the amount of money you could have paid to a removal company to store your goods!
Another thing to watch out for is that self-storage companies often offer a discount for an introductory period, after which the price can rise significantly.

Container storage / warehouse storage.

Containerized storage offers storage for your possessions in individual containers, which are usually stacked and placed in a warehouse inside a secure industrial estate or compound.

Cost – container storage:

Unlike with self-storage, there are none of the additional overheads to factor in. Warehouses can also be used to fuller capacity, with some utilising around 90% of the available space for actual storage. This all helps to make the cost of container storage much lower on average than the typical self-storage option. Not to mention in many cases the warehouse is often used for the day to day running of the moving company such as storage packing materials, unloading of client’s moves and general day to day operations meaning that the overheads of the warehouse are not solely based on the storage.

Additional services:

Another major advantage of using container storage is that you have the moving company available to collect and pack your goods as well as delivering them once you are ready to receive them, this way you will have one point of contact making things less stressful and more convenient and avoids the need to contract 2 or 3 companies to collect or deliver your goods.

Part of the package:

An established removals company, such as Global Relocations, will be able to offer you secure storage to suit your needs. Generally speaking they should be able to offer a competitive storage rate for the duration of your storage requirement, a rate that will remain the same until you decide to come out of storage.
If you do need to access your goods this can also be arranged, however unlike the self-storage facility normally there a small access charge is levied as you will need to be accompanied into the warehouse and in many cases the removals company will need to be the ones who unload your goods for you for insurance reasons.

Experience:

Arranging storage through your removals company also means that you’ll be dealing with trained professionals who are used to handling, transporting and storing your prized possessions, helping to take the stress and hard work off your hands, and reducing the risk of any damage (either to yourself, or your possessions!)
An experienced, Removals Company will also be able to provide packing materials (including strong, quality boxes and tape). Which are normally of a high quality and much better than the ones sold at self-storage facilities or hardware stores alike.
In addition to this you will also have the option to contract the packing and collection service from the company directly as mentioned before.

Think about your access needs:

When choosing a storage option, it’s helpful to ask yourself how often, and for what purpose, you really think you would need to access your things.
The more limited access offered by container storage means it that it’s not always as easy to gain access to your goods, 24 hours a day.
However, for most people, once they have put their things into storage and closed the door, they won’t actually require constant access to them until the time comes to move them on, so in reality this wouldn’t normally be much of an issue.
In closing then, for most people the significantly higher costs involved in self-storage tend to outweigh the benefits of full accessibility. Making use of the storage facilities provided by your removal company offers a simple, no-fuss, cost-effective option for taking care of your worldly goods, in between moves.

Global Relocations working with the Charity Caritas

Global Relocations – Spain is working with the charity CARITAS donating unwanted furniture from our clients to the needed around the city of Madrid.

During these difficult times we are committed to helping where we can.

https://www.caritas.org/worldmap/europe/spain.html

MOVEAIDE – Follow ups.

We have implemented a new system thanks to our colleagues at MOVEAIDE which will allow us to effectively follow up with all customers and allow them to give an honest and true review of the service they received. It will also allow new customers who are searching for a company to view these reviews and make an educated decision.

We advise that all clients who fill in the survey will be entered into a monthly draw to win an IPAD mini.

LACMA

After years of hard work and dedication to quality within the moving industry, we are very proud to announce that we have been accepted into LACMA.

EuRa

We are very proud to announce that Global Corporate Relocations has joined EuRA. This move allows us to provide even more services to our clients and agents world wide such as: – Home search – School search – Cross cultural training – Assistance with opening bank accounts or finding gymnasiums. – Domestic assistance or services – Furniture rental whilst your goods are in transit – End of tenancy cleaning services Services are available at request at relocation@gcrelo.com

NEW VAN

The new pack van will be used for services in and out of the Madrid area, it has a capacity of 14M3 and will be ideal for this city.

Global Relocations is awarded the ISO 14001

We are incredibly proud to announce that this year we have been awarded the ISO 14001.

We are always trying to give the best service and have the best image for our company the ISO 14001 demonstrates this.

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