Ron Grant of Chipman Relocations honored in St. Louis

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The United Excellence in Sales award went to Ron Grant, Chipman Relocation & Logistics in Portland, Oregon. Upon graduating from high school, Ron (pictured left) was a marine, completing two 13-month tours. From there, he worked for a number of industries ranging from managing liquor stores to owning a fiberglass repair shop. When he followed his love of outdoors to Alaska, he also found his niche – a sales professional in the moving business. Ron eventually grew weary of the cold Alaska winters and moved back to the lower 48 states. He ventured away from the moving industry to sell chemicals, but he learned one simple fact about sales that has carried him to decades of success, “selling is about relationships, so get to know your customers personally.” The moving and storage business continued to tug at Ron and in 1987 he found a home at Chipman as a national account sales representative. Thirty years later, he is now going to retire as Chipman’s top producing sales person. To stay engaged and involved in the industry, he participates in organizations such as the Worldwide ERC, PRC and PNWRC. He is also a gracious and humble mentor to several Chipman colleagues and finds time to volunteer throughout the Portland community.

Moving & Storage Industry’s Safest Truck & Van Fleets Honored Nationwide

February 1, 2017

(Alexandria, VA) — The American Moving & Storage Association congratulates the 2016 AMSA Fleet Safety Award winners for their outstanding record of success as the nation’s safest moving and storage company truck and van fleets. These annual awards recognize overall safety, improvement in safety, and creativity and leadership in safety program design.

The 2016 winners are:

  • Under 5 Million Miles: Interstate Van Lines of Springfield, Va.
  • 5-20 Million Miles: New World Van Lines of Chicago
  • 20-50 Million Miles: Wheaton|Bekins of Indianapolis
  • Over 50 Million Miles: United Van Lines of St. Louis
  • Intrastate Fleet Safety Award: Fry-Wagner of Lenexa, Kansas
  • Safety Improvement Award: New World Van Lines of Chicago


The Mileage Awards are based on annual miles traveled and presented to the interstate carrier in each mileage category that has the best weighted combination of the lowest U.S. Department of Transportation recordable accident rate per million miles of vehicle operation, and the lowest vehicle and driver out-of-service rate. An award is also presented to a single intrastate carrier that best meets the same criteria. The Safety Improvement Award recognizes a carrier’s successful efforts to reduce the incidence of accidents.

“The American Moving & Storage Association salutes all of these companies for their excellent record of safe vehicle operations,” said Scott Michael, AMSA president and CEO. “Some of these companies have won this award more than once, demonstrating a strong commitment to the highest level of safety for their customers and themselves year after year. Their safety records represent a high level of achievement for the entire moving and storage industry.”

Each year AMSA recognizes the industry’s best performing and highest achieving individuals and companies. The 2016 industry awards will be presented during AMSA’s 98th Annual Education Conference & Expo in Palm Springs, Calif., on February 28. More information about the AMSA Awards at



The American Moving & Storage Association, home of the ProMover certification program, is the national trade association representing the nation’s moving and storage companies, which provide household goods moving services, specialized transportation for sensitive freight such as computers and trade show exhibits, and warehouse storage services. AMSA has approximately 4,000 members, including domestic and international companies and industry suppliers, and supports programs and activities that promote consumer protection, professional development, safety, and operational efficiency. Find out more at and


Congratulations to Teresa Gallivan of Chipman Sacramento

Teresa Gallivan of Chipman Relocations in Sacramento California has successfully completed the 2015 Unigroup Move Coordinator certification program. Teresa is one of 50 coordinators in the country with this certification. If your family is moving and want only the best… your move with Chipman Sacramento @ 916-928-1071. Chipman-logo-PMS-SC png

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Study Shows Decrease in Moves from U.S. to China

March 24, 2015

Study Shows Decrease in Moves from U.S. to China

UniGroup Relocation Study Indicates Decrease in Moves from U.S. to China
Study Shows Americans Moving East Opt for Other Asia Pacific Countries

2014 Top Origin Countries to the U.S.

1. United Kingdom
2. Germany
3. China
4. Canada
5. France
6. Australia
7. Switzerland
8. Netherlands
9. India
10. Japan
11. South Africa
12. Singapore
13. Brazil
14. Spain
15. Hong Kong

2014 Top Destination Countries from the U.S.

1. United Kingdom
2. Germany
3. Japan
4. Singapore
5. Switzerland
6. Australia
7. China
8. France
9. India
10. Netherlands
11. Brazil
12. Belgium
13. United Arab Emirates
14. Hong Kong
15. Italy

“The decrease in moves from the United States to China is a result of a slowdown of the Chinese economy. China’s economy had grown nearly 15 percent per year for the past several years, but slowed to about 7 percent growth in 2014. While this is still positive, it is a large reduction in growth from recent trends,” said Michael Stoll, economist, professor and chair of the Department of Public Policy at the University of California, Los Angeles. “The fact that the United States saw a moving deficit to only a few countries on the top of the destination and origin lists reflects the U.S. economy’s continued strength internationally.”

Some key trends emerged in the 2014 migration patterns:

European countries saw a high volume of inbound and outbound moves with Germany and the U.K. ranking in the top two on both the origin and destination lists. France stayed at No. 5 on the origin list and slipped three spots on the destination list from No. 5 to No. 8. On the destination list, Belgium made it on to the Top 15 list this year at No. 12. Switzerland moved up from No. 6 to No. 5 on the destination list and moved up to No. 7 from No. 9 on the origin list.

Asia Pacific
Hong Kong made it on to the list of top origin countries to the United States, coming in at No. 15. While Singapore moved up on the destination list, it dropped from No. 7 to No. 12 on the origin list. Japan held steady at No. 10 on the origin list.

Central and South America
Brazil moved to No. 13 from the No. 12 spot on the top origin list, and remained at No. 11 on the destination list.

UniGroup Relocation is affiliated with U.S. moving leaders Mayflower Transit and United Van Lines. The 2014 international migration results come after United released its 38th annual national moving study, capturing state-to-state migration patterns in the U.S.

To view archived press releases of past studies from UniGroup Relocation, visit the UniGroup Relocation Newsroom.