NextMover: New Kid on the Moving Block

The Uber or Lyft of the Moving Industry?

With the busy season comes one of the most basic challenges facing our customer base: nailing down the mover they want on the day they need – and at a price they can afford.

We are all tuned in to the fact that people are looking for more options. Better options. Cheaper options. The market, spurred on by the ingenuity that’s out there, is constantly spawning new ideas, new products to satisfy that hungry customer base.

NextMover is a small operation on the move, so to speak. They’re attempting to do for the moving industry what Uber did for the taxi cab/driver industry and what AirBnB did for the hotel industry. That is, turn ordinary people with a truck into movers, just like Uber turned ordinary people with a car into cab drivers, and AirBnB turned ordinary people with a home into hoteliers. Like both of these players in their industries, NextMover will have an extremely hard up-hill battle against the traditional establishment and its regulations—that is, the FMCSA and AMSA. But also like Uber and AirBnB, traditional moving professionals could one day find themselves in a robust NextMover marketplace filled with average Joes as well as the pros.

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Where is Everyone Going? Moving Industry Migration Trends

And what does it mean for us in the moving industry?

United Van Lines’ 37th Annual Migration Study

United Van Lines seems to have a penchant for tracking industry-related trends. We here at HireAHelper are happy to go ahead and let them, particularly if they are then going to tell us what they found. (We like to call this ‘passive outsourcing’.)

Screenshot of United Van Lines' 2013 Migration Map

United Van Lines’ 2013 Migration Map

Most recently they chose to share with us the telling trend of where people are moving from and, in a skillful follow-up, where they are moving to. KEYE TV of Austin, Texas reports on United’s trend-spotting by highlighting the fact that the largest percentage of people are leaving the New York/New Jersey area. And where are they going? ‘West, South’ the headline states. (To us this was a bit anticlimactic since, as far as we can tell, almost the entire rest of the country is either west or south of New York.)

The couple interviewed by KEYE for this noteworthy piece of news moved from New York City to Golden, Colorado, citing the hustle and bustle, the stress and the high cost of living in the Big Apple as factors in their decision to split. Now they look out their window and see trees and mountains and, on a good day, the Coors Brewing factory. When asked if they’d ever move back to the northeast, they laugh.

But back to the subject at hand. United has found that the top eight destination states among their customers in 2013 cover a lot of ground, both west and south of New York. Oregon tops the list, followed by the Carolinas and Washington, DC. It seems surprising to at least one writer that South Dakota and Nevada are in there. More surprising is the fact that Texas edged out Colorado and yet the people at KEYE TV in Austin, Texas had to travel to Colorado to interview someone.

Atlas Van Lines 2013 Migration Patterns

If you aren’t operating in one of the states United identifies as having the most moves, whether inbound or outbound, not to worry. Atlas Van Lines offers some slightly different (and, unless you are in the Yukon, generally favorable) moving industry migration trends.

Atlas Van Lines Migration Patterns Map

infographic: Atlas Van Lines

They break it down state-by-state and province-by-Canadian-province, but what’s most promising is their overall finding that the total number of moves they performed in 2013 turned out to be a 6% increase from 2012.

The upshot of all this? Considering there were 77,000+ moves performed in 2013, there’s clearly a lot of work out there. And as the industry continues to evolve and more customers migrate toward the DIY moving model, we’re going to keep on growing.

One day we may even move someone to the Yukon.

 

Free Enterprise & Competition: A Case Study

“A merchant who approaches business with the idea of serving the public well has nothing to fear from the competition.” – James Cash Penney

Photo of Freedom Written on a Wall

Photo Credit to Martin Burns

America, as we all have heard, is the land of the free. America is also a nation, not of men, but of laws. The challenge, sometimes, is sorting it all out when these two ideas collide.

When Raleigh Bruner of Wildcat Moving LLC tried to open up operations in the Lexington, Kentucky area he ran into a roadblock in the form of a state law that ‘essentially gave moving companies a veto over new competition.’

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