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On May 1, 2017, Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) and co-sponsor Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) introduced S. 998, The Moving Americans Privacy Protection Act. AMSA was instrumental in the development of this bill and will be working with the Senators to get it passed through Congress. But we need your voice to let Congress know this issue matters to Americans!

This bill will protect the Personally Identifiable Information (PII) of consumers who make international moves. PII can include passport information, Social Security numbers, residential addresses, and other sensitive information contained in a bill-of-lading. When an international move occurs, PII is included in the vessel manifest which is compiled by Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Under current practice, CBP often sells this information to data brokers and other public entities for marketing purposes. Sharing this information with less secure public entities can lead to fraud, robbery, and identity theft. Innocent Americans victimized by these breaches often include military and government employees returning from overseas duty.

This bill prohibits the CBP from releasing PII to the public while still permitting the Agency to collect the data for security purposes. If enacted into law, will be a huge win for the moving and storage industry and the American families we live to serve.

Please write your senators to ask that they support this important common-sense bill by visiting the TAKE ACTION NOW page!

Livemint DHL launching robotics pilot in Tennessee

Livemint DHL launching robotics pilot in Tennessee warehousePost and ParcelThe pilot will test the robots’ ability to communicate with the picker and the warehouse management system, how it navigates the warehouse, and its overall versatility. Rick Faulk, CEO of Locus Robotics, added: “It’s especially gratifying to see the …DHL Supply Chain prepping life-science network for […]

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Property values are going up all over Colorado

DENVER (CBS4) – Property values are going up all over Colorado. Seven county assessors reported big increases on Tuesday. (credit: CBS) Adams County saw the biggest rise in value with homes going up by 40 percent from 2014. Boulder County was next at 35 percent. Elbert, Denver and Jefferson counties weren’t far behind. Assessors will…

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Welcome to the 2017 moving season

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According to the USPS; 55,000 change of address forms are processed every day in the United States. Every summer tens of thousands of families physically move their residence.

Take some time before you hire a professional mover. Find a moving partner that will LISTEN and BUILD a successful moving plan that fits the budget and the schedule.

MOVING TIP OF THE MONTH: 

If you’re moving locally, under 25 miles use the following as a guideline. 79% of all claims are caused by RUSHED MOVERS. Hire fewer movers for longer periods of time. You won’t regret it!

  • 500-1500 sq ft home: Allow 2 full days
  • 1500-3000 sq ft home: Allow 3 full days
  • over 3000 sq ft: Allow 1 full week

Chipman Relocations and Logistics is the largest family owned mover on the west coast.

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San Francisco has gotten so expensive, some tech companies can’t convince employees to move there

“It’s hard to get someone to want to come there,” said Rokt CEO Bruce Buchanan.

“They’re young and single, and want to be where people with a like-minded lifestyle want to be,” like Chicago and New York. Rokt decided to make its existing office in New York its U.S. headquarters.

San Francisco’s start-up culture makes it a hotbed for tech talent. It also means every company is competing for the same people, meaning higher salaries and more perks to stay competitive. But it’s also getting harder and harder to convince candidates from outside San Francisco to move there.

“Consistently we would reach out to great candidates,” said Vevo’s chief people officer Colleen McCreary. “If I can’t find them living here (San Francisco) already, we look for that great candidate in Kansas City or Idaho. Then, they run a cost of living calculator.”

McCreary has first-hand experience with Silicon Valley’s insane housing market. Before moving into her current Bay Area home, she lived in a two bedroom San Francisco condo she owned with her husband, son and sister. McCreary and her husband split their bedroom with their son, while her sister took the other room. They stayed in that set-up for two years.

“It’s especially challenging for people with families,” McCreary said. “If you are young and single, it’s a lot easier to get out there and be in the center of technology. But if you are a more established person, that lifestyle is a little more difficult.”

Leaving Silicon Valley

One alternative for tech companies is to build out in other cities like Seattle, Austin or Chicago that offer a fun lifestyle but might not be as expensive. Not only are salaries cheaper, office rent and other expectations are lower as well. (The only exception was New York, which was mostly on par with San Francisco according to the companies surveyed.)

Vevo is now expanding offices in cities like Portland. It’s a highly educated market with high unemployment rates, McCreary said. It also has the added bonus of being in the same time zone as Vevo’s San Francisco headquarters.

“I’m almost afraid to tell people,” she joked.

Employment recruitment startup Purple Squirrel CEO Jon Silber, who used to be a strategist at Google, used the model-building skills he learned at Google to figure out whether he should move from San Francisco to Los Angeles.

He discovered that he could get 30 percent more house, spend 15 percent less on food and have a 20 percent lower overall cost of living in Southern California. Even Uber cost 30 to 40 percent less, he discovered. In addition, there were more universities in southern California producing computer engineers in than San Francisco.

When Australian digital media marketing and commerce company Rokt decided to start its U.S. outpost in 2014, it first headed where most tech startups find their footing: San Francisco.

But it struggled with the fierce competition for tech talent in Silicon Valley, and the lack of nearby advertising companies made it hard to find customers.

There was one other point of contention: employees didn’t want to move overseas to go to San Francisco.

“They’re young and single, and want to be where people with a like-minded lifestyle want to be,” like Chicago and New York. Rokt decided to make its existing office in New York its U.S. headquarters.

San Francisco’s start-up culture makes it a hotbed for tech talent. It also means every company is competing for the same people, meaning higher salaries and more perks to stay competitive. But it’s also getting harder and harder to convince candidates from outside San Francisco to move there.

“Consistently we would reach out to great candidates,” said Vevo’s chief people officer Colleen McCreary. “If I can’t find them living here (San Francisco) already, we look for that great candidate in Kansas City or Idaho. Then, they run a cost of living calculator.”

Pos.
City
Price (Studio)
M/M % (Studio)
Y/Y % (Studio)
Price (1 Bedroom)
M/M % (1 Bedroom)
Y/Y % (1 Bedroom)
Price (2 Bedrooms)
M/M % (2 Bedrooms)
Y/Y % (2 Bedrooms)
1 New York, NY $2,500 0.0% -5.7% $2,940 0.3% -12.8% $3,490 2.0% -12.3%
1 San Francisco, CA $2,500 2.0% -3.8% $3,320 1.5% -7.5% $4,430 -1.6% -8.7%
3 Boston, MA $1,750 0.0% 0.0% $2,200 -2.2% -4.8% $2,600 0.0% -1.9%
4 San Jose, CA $1,730 4.8% -2.3% $2,260 3.7% -0.4% $2,820 4.8% -2.8%
5 Washington, DC $1,720 0.6% -5.5% $2,040 1.5% -7.3% $2,900 5.1% -3.3%
6 Oakland, CA $1,660 3.8% -2.4% $2,070 3.5% -11.5% $2,550 3.2% -11.1%
7 Los Angeles, CA $1,510 4.9% 0.7% $2,060 3.0% 4.6% $2,950 1.0% 5.4%
8 Chicago, IL $1,490 0.0% 9.6% $1,770 2.3% 6.0% $2,260 -0.9% 3.7%
9 Seattle, WA $1,430 4.4% 1.4% $1,810 -0.5% 3.4% $2,400 -0.8% -6.6%
10 Miami, FL $1,400 0.0% -10.3% $1,800 0.0% -5.3% $2,500 0.0% -5.3%
11 Portland, OR $1,120 -5.1% -6.7% $1,340 -1.5% 0.8% $1,600 0.6% -0.6%
12 Austin, TX $950 0.0% -2.1% $1,050 -2.8% -8.7% $1,330 -4.3% -11.3%
13 Omaha, NE $650 4.8% -1.5% $730 4.3% -5.2% $900 0.0% -8.2%
14 Detroit, MI $530 -1.9% -3.6% $540 1.9% -1.8% $650 4.8% 0.0%

Data courtesy of Zumper

McCreary has first-hand experience with Silicon Valley’s insane housing market. Before moving into her current Bay Area home, she lived in a two bedroom San Francisco condo she owned with her husband, son and sister. McCreary and her husband split their bedroom with their son, while her sister took the other room. They stayed in that set-up for two years.

“It’s especially challenging for people with families,” McCreary said. “If you are young and single, it’s a lot easier to get out there and be in the center of technology. But if you are a more established person, that lifestyle is a little more difficult.”

Leaving Silicon Valley

One alternative for tech companies is to build out in other cities like Seattle, Austin or Chicago that offer a fun lifestyle but might not be as expensive. Not only are salaries cheaper, office rent and other expectations are lower as well. (The only exception was New York, which was mostly on par with San Francisco according to the companies surveyed.)

Vevo is now expanding offices in cities like Portland. It’s a highly educated market with high unemployment rates, McCreary said. It also has the added bonus of being in the same time zone as Vevo’s San Francisco headquarters.

“I’m almost afraid to tell people,” she joked.

Employment recruitment startup Purple Squirrel CEO Jon Silber, who used to be a strategist at Google, used the model-building skills he learned at Google to figure out whether he should move from San Francisco to Los Angeles.

He discovered that he could get 30 percent more house, spend 15 percent less on food and have a 20 percent lower overall cost of living in Southern California. Even Uber cost 30 to 40 percent less, he discovered. In addition, there were more universities in southern California producing computer engineers in than San Francisco.

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“We figured if we moved from San Francisco to Los Angeles, we could extend our company’s runway by 30 percent because there were more engineers and rent was cheaper,” Silber said.

Digital ad tech company Integral Ad Science is also building out offices in places like Seattle and Exeter, England. It found that relocation package costs to San Francisco were so high, it was easier to start offices where potential employees were. For instance, an Austin office was jump started after Ad Science hired one employee there, who knew eight other friends who he brought on board as well.

“No question you have to find people outside of San Francisco and New York if you want to scale,” said CEO Scott Knoll.

Integral has found that there are not as many tech workers outside San Francisco, but it’s possible to fill those roles by hiring people from other professions and retraining them, especially as data scientists. It’s hired people who were previously working in biotech and finance, as well as astrophysicists, theoretical physicists and neuroscientists.

“One guy had spent six years understanding the movement of a mouse’s whiskers,” Knoll said. “He thought (ad tech) was really exciting because he could explain it to other people.”

Plus, there’s the refreshing change of pace from the culture of San Francisco.

“In Los Angeles, you don’t have to have your entire life to be about tech,” Purple Squirrel’s Silber said. “Not every single conversation has to be about tech.”

“San Francisco is almost like an insulated bubble,” said employee training platform Grovo’s vice president of people, Joris Luijke.