Arpin Group: Truck Drivers Go On Strike At Shanghai Ports

One of Paragon Relocation’s business alliance partners, Arpin Group, has notified us of the following message:

Truck Drivers Go On Strike At Shanghai Ports

Please note that operations at major container ports in Shanghai (including Baoshan and Yangshan) have been disrupted due to a strike by thousands of the country’s truck drivers. Although state media did not report on the incident, we have received confirmation of the strike from Arpin Group’s Shanghai office.
As a consequence, delays in receipt of export containers are inevitable and could result in residual delays to sea freight.

Your Arpin service team will do everything possible to minimize delays and manage the expectations of the relocating families to the best of their ability.

Rest assured that your Arpin service team will do everything possible to minimize delays and manage the expectations of the relocating families to the best of their ability.

Please let us know if you have any questions as this relates to your move. You can contact your International Relocation Assignment Consultant or Client Relations Manager to answer any questions you may have.

Paragon Relocation at EuRA Congress

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Exhibiting at the conference, Paragon Relocation joined with various industry professionals to discuss and review relocation trends and developments happening throughout the globe. This year’s theme was that of “reinvention”, as key note speakers discussed the challenges of the past 2 years and examined how best to re-create, both professionally and personally, and emerge successful. As noted by intercultural expert, thought leader and key speaker at the event, Fons Trompenaars, “There is an air of cautious optimism as colleagues from across the globe reflect on the past year and build new connections for the future. There is no doubt that the world is getting smaller and global activity is growing.”

Now representing 39 countries and with new representatives from further afield joining this year, including those from Brazil, Japan, Korea and Africa, Egypt and India, EuRA’s 12th International Relocation Conference was its biggest and most successful yet.Europe Relocation Soledad Thomasina Elaine1 225x300 Paragon Relocation at EuRA Congress

To see where Paragon Relocation will be exhibiting next, please visit www.paragonrelocation.com/Events

Paragon Relocation Expands Operations Into the Benelux Countries

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Paragon Relocation, a leading provider of global relocation management services, underscored the company’s commitment to a growing global presence by expanding current operations in the Netherlands to encompass both Belgium and Luxembourg as well.  While already providing service in the area through Paragon Relocation–Holland, this strategic expansion will allow more direct presence in region.  The new Paragon Relocation–Benelux office will be led by Geoff Mills, Director of Global Relocation Services.

Mills moved from the UK to the Netherlands in 1996 and worked as section head/project manager for Philips in Nijmegen. He has worked in the relocation industry more than 6 years.  Most recently, he was the managing director of Paragon Relocation–Holland.  As Director of Global Relocation Services for Paragon Relocation–Benelux, Mills will focus on both operations and account management responsibilities within the region as well as in the UK and Ireland.

“We are excited about the new possibilities that are now opened to us as we plan for our future expansion throughout Europe.  We now have significant presence in the Benelux region and expect to see tremendous growth in this area,” said Liam Brennan, managing director of Paragon Relocation’s Dublin office.

What are you doing to celebrate Earth Day?

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What are you doing to celebrate Earth Day? There are many opportunities to make the earth a better place to live for all of us. At Paragon Relocation, a international relocation company, we have celebrated Earth Day through a variety of activities including  turning all our blog links green, providing tips on How to Go Green at Work and participating in the Clean Coppell initiative by picking up trash in one of our local communities.  What have you done to protect or preserve the planet this week?

Paragon Relocation’s CEO, Joseph Morabito, underscored Paragon’s commitment to being an eco-friendly business by stating :

“As we consider future expansion and growth, we embrace and seek out opportunities to enhance our commitment to eco-friendly business practices and sustainability.  In a recent example, our newest office location in Texas features many energy efficient features and was built to conform to the most up-to-date eco-friendly building codes.  At Paragon, we are committed to conservation and environmental awareness in all of business dealings.”

Here are some easy ways for you to celebrate Earth Day today in your community:

  • Plant a tree in your yard.
  • Participate in your city’s planned Earth Day events.
  • Take a green pledge on EarthDay.org – you can take a pledge to take shorter showers, walk instead of taking the car, or set up a recycling station among many other easy opportunities to help the planet.
  • Go on a Hike.
  • Visit a National Park in your Country.
  • Donate lightly used clothing and furniture to a local thrift store so that they can be reused by others.

However you celebrate Earth Day, from everyone at Paragon Relocation we wish you a Happy Earth Day!

Paragon Relocation Donates more than $7,000 to Japanese Tsunami Relief

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Paragon Relocation, a leading provider of global relocation management services, underscored the company’s commitment to its core value of community involvement through a number of fundraising initiatives at Paragon offices around the globe to benefit Japanese tsunami relief efforts. These fundraising activities included a “Pie-in-the-Face” contest, bake sales and selling homemade recipe books. Employees in Paragon’s Dublin, Ireland office won the interoffice contest by raising more than $50 per employee.

Through these activities, employees raised over $3,500. Coupled with a corporate donation through Paragon’s employee donation matching program, in total Paragon donated $7,029.75 in financial contributions to several organizations across the globe involved in relief efforts, including the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army.

“Paragon employees have always stepped up to help others when the need was there. Once again I am impressed by their level of commitment to help our friends in Japan cope with their current crisis,” said Joseph Morabito, CEO of Paragon.

Paragon Relocation and GenEquity Mortgage Participate in Clean Coppell

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Employees from Paragon Relocation and GenEquity Mortgage recently participated in the Clean Coppell initiative in honor of Earth Day. By adopting a stretch of road and picking up trash, employees were able to keep their city looking beautiful. In all, the Paragon team picked up 10 bags of trash. Paragon’s offices have picked various activities to show their commitment to “being green.”

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What activities have you participated in to honor Earth Day?

How to Go Green at Work

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Whether you are relocating to a new office with the best relocation services provider around, Paragon Relocation, or you are giving your workspace some spring cleaning, there is always an opportunity to do some good for the planet and yourself by going green at work.  As we continue our green focus in honor of Earth Day, today’s blog post features simple steps you can take to help the environment, and save money.

Here is some of the best advice on how to “go green” at work:

  1. Get an indoor plant. Botanicus.com says that bringing a plant to work will increase your productivity, clean the air, provide a cheap facelift for your space, increase your well being, and even reduce illness.
  2. Let your computer sleep. By changing the settings on your computer, you can conserve energy and costs when you aren’t using it. Here are the instructions on how to change your computer’s power settings on Microsoft Windows and on a Mac.
  3. Let your light shine. Use energy efficient bulbs to light your workspace. EasyEarth.com says that “Although initially more expensive, you save money in the long run because CFLs use 1/3 the electricity and last up to 10 times as long as incandescents. A single 18 watt CFL used in place of a 75 watt incandescent will save about 570 kWh over its lifetime. At 8 cents per kWh, that equates to a $45 savings.”
  4. Go paperless.  This includes getting your paycheck direct deposited, receiving the pay stub online, and not printing out emails and faxes.  It also includes reading eBooks rather than bound books. Last year alone, 1.27 million trees were saved thanks to people opting to buy an eBook rather than a printed copy. Wellhome.com estimates that if the 3.1 billion books that are sold each year were eBooks then 49.6 million trees would be saved each year.  For more information on the benefits of eBooks, see this infographic: eBooks the Greener Choice.
  5. Change your transportation. Look for opportunities to carpool, take public transportation or better yet break out the bike to do something good for the environment and for yourself.  For more information on the environmental costs of different forms of transportation, check out this infographic on the Fuel Costs Per Passenger from GOOD Magazine.

These simple steps will help the planet, save you money and make you feel better.  What are some steps that you have taken to help save the planet and save money? Let us know in the comments below or on our Facebook page.

If you haven’t become our fan on Facebook yet, please take a moment now to go to our page (http://www.facebook.com/paragonrelocation) and hit “Like”!

Paragon Relocation Celebrates Earth Day this Week

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Paragon Relocation is dedicated to being an environmentally friendly relocation company and we have made it a core part of our business practices. Therefore, in honor of Earth Day, which is this Friday (April 22nd), the Paragon Relocation blog will focus on green and eco-friendly related posts this week, including green office tips, and an update on Paragon employees volunteering to help the planet in their local community. In addition, for the entire week we are going to make all of our links green to highlight the day. Stay tuned for more green-related updates from your favorite green relocation company, Paragon Relocation.


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New Hire Relocations: What level of new hire employees are companies relocating?

New data from the Worldwide ERC 2011 New Hire Survey suggests that companies are willing to relocate new hires especially if it is for an executive position if the person is a good fit for their organization. The chart below indicates that 93% of companies report that they would relocate New Hire executives within the US.

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New Hires are an essential part of a total talent management strategy and often times when the talent needed isn’t available in a certain location companies turn to a Relocation Services company, such as Paragon Relocation, to help their new hire get from point A to point B.

Here are some core elements for a great New Hire relocation policy:

  1. It should be fair and the benefits should be equal for other New Hires based on salary level to avoid possible discrimination disputes.
  2. It doesn’t have to be the same policy as existing employees although it can be. (This should be determined by the corporate talent management strategy. How competitive is the search for talent in your industry?).
  3. As with any relocation policy it should be clear and communicate exactly the benefits that an employee will receive.
  4. It should detail the process for how the New Hire employee gets relocation expenses paid for. (Are they reimbursed? Direct billed? Are lump sums provided for portions of the relocation?)
  5. It should detail who is their “go to” contact throughout the relocation process. (Should they contact corporate HR first or their Relocation Consultant first?)

Paragon Relocation has helped many many companies develop their Relocation Policies over the last 20 years. We would be thrilled to help you develop a relocation program based on your needs. Let us know if we can be of assistance!


Craig Selders Appointed to Worldwide ERC Relocation Industry All Star Panel

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Craig Selders, Paragon Relocation’s President has been invited to join a panel of Global Relocation Industry All Stars at the upcoming Worldwide ERC National Relocation Conference in Las Vegas on May 18th-20th, 2011. This panel called the “Industry Thought Leaders Panel” at previous conferences  is an opportunity for conference attendees to hear about the biggest challenges and trends facing the global relocation management industry today. This Q&A panel will be moderated with prepared questions from Worldwide ERC President, Peggy Smith.

If you haven’t signed up for the Worldwide ERC National Relocation Conference there are TWO days left before conference prices go up. In addition if you are a corporate HR professional your conference is on us (Yes, that’s right 100% FREE registration). For more information on the conference and free registration for HR professionals please click here: Worldwide ERC National Relocation Conference.

Paragon Relocation’s 2010 Million Dollar Sales Award Winner – Liam Brennan

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Liam Brennan, Managing Director, was named as Paragon’s 2010 Million Dollar Club Award winner. The award recognizes any salesperson in the company who signs a million dollars or more in annualized revenue during the calendar year.

Congratulations to Liam Brennan for his achievements in 2010!

Paragon Relocation’s 2010 President’s Award Winner – Carol Nichols

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Carol Nichols is congratulated by Paragon’s President and CEO, Joseph Morabito

Carol Nichols, Director of Learning Resources, received the highest honor at Paragon Relocation – the 2010 President’s Award, for her demonstrated commitment to excellence by advancing Paragon’s mission and culture of success. Specifically, Mrs. Nichols was recognized for significant contributions including innovations in Learning Resources and global training, which led to cost savings and improved internal and external customer service across all major functions of the organization.

This recognition includes a monetary award, an additional week of vacation and dinner with Paragon’s senior management.

Congratulations to Carol Nichols for her achievements in 2010!

Paragon Relocation’s 2010 Community Service Award Winner – Darlene Bustamante

In an effort to encourage volunteerism and underscore one of the company’s core values, Paragon’s President, Joseph Morabito, established a Community Service Award for Paragon employees. Through the Paragon Foundation, the first annual Community Service Award winner was announced this month. The 2010 winner is Darlene Bustamante, Facilities Coordinator, based in Paragon’s Rancho Santa Margarita, California office. Darlene is active with several groups that have local, national and even international significance.

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Darlene and others painted houses in Compton, California

First, Darlene works to support Just Do Good – The Compton Initiative. This group involves a community outreach program in Compton, California, a city known for violent crime as a result of gang activity. “Rebuilding Compton” has been happening one house at a time for the last four years. Darlene has been working with others on home renovations in Compton. Darlene also recruited other Paragon employees to help with this worthwhile project.

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Carol and Darlene Bustamante at Camp Pendleton Marine base.

In addition, Darlene has been active with Project Prayer Flag for the past six years sending care packages to U.S. Servicemen in six troops on duty in the war zones of Iraq and Afghanistan. Darlene also works at Camp Pendleton serving lunch to service men and their families during memorial services for soldiers lost in battle.

Darlene is also active in supporting All’s Well Homes, an organization that houses men and women who have had tragic upbringings. These people are often victims of abuse that are living on the streets due to addictions and other personal problems. Darlene has been using her skills to provide young women with training and counseling in computer skills, communication skills and interpersonal relationships. Darlene also assists by serving meals and providing food and clothing to those in need.

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Darlene (right) promotes a community blood drive.

Next, Darlene organized a blood drive for the American Red Cross at our corporate headquarters resulting in a donation of 20 units of blood that will help save at least 60 lives. Finally, Darlene is constantly collecting canned goods, other foods and blankets for various charities in Orange County to help the less fortunate. As a result of all of her selfless volunteer work, Darlene has been selected as our 2010 Community Service Award winner. As a part of this award, Darlene will receive $500.

Other nominees for the 2010 Community Service Award included:

  • Whitney Patterson for her work with Big Brother/Big Sisters of Dallas
  • Carol Nichols for her work with Habitat for Humanity, Youth Front, Franklin Community Center and missionary work in China
  • Elaine Martin for her work with Big Brothers/Big Sisters
  • Tom True for his work with Big Brothers/Big Sisters
  • Pratibha Godbole for her work with her local church
  • Tracy Wyttenberg for her work with Season’s Hospice
  • Teresa Mahlberg for her work with DAWG (Dedicated Animal Welfare Group)

Upcoming Paragon Relocation Events

Paragon Relocation has a full schedule of spring exhibitions. We hope that you will join us at the following upcoming conferences and exhibitions:

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European Relocation Association (EuRA) Congress 2011
April 14-15, 2011
Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Visit us at Booth D
EuRA Website

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Institute for Supply Management (ISM) 96th Annual Conference
May 15-18, 2011
Orlando, Florida USA
Visit us at Booth 127
ISM Website

Procurement Leaders Forum
Procurement Leaders Forum
May 24, 2011
London, UK
Visit us at Booth 14
Procurement Leaders Website