Congratulations to our winners of the Talent from the Truck contest!

TFT_FBphotoOur Talent from the Truck contest has come to an end and we could not be happier with the results! Out of our 9 talent video entries we received more than 3,650 votes.

A big congratulations are in order for Jackie Kelly from the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Macomb who received more than 1,500 votes for her rendition of the national anthem. Jackie is going home with the grand prize of $500. Jackie has been with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® for 5 years and is a marketing coordinator and CSR. Along with her volunteering her voice for University of Detroit sports, she sings with a band and is an avid karaoke lover!

We also want to congratulate Tasha from TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Huntsville is our second place winner of $250 with more than 1,300 votes for her acoustic performance. Tasha has been a part of the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® team for 9 years and is the Office/Sales Manager. She received her first guitar when she was 13 and has been playing at local venues for 10 years now. Tasha is joined by the other members of her band “Redheaded Stepchild” in this video.

The randomly chosen voter  is Judy Wolf winning $250!

Congratulations to all of our winners!

 

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® core values and what they mean to us

Written by Claire Schneider

“We’ve learned … that the soft stuff and the hard stuff are becoming increasingly intertwined. A company’s values – what it stands for, what its people believe in – are crucial to its competitive success. Indeed, values drive the business.”   -Robert Haas, Chairman & CEO of Levi Strauss & Company

Today we’re seeing more and more companies draft their own set of core values by which they follow and run their operations. Here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® the core values aren’t just hung on the office walls, rather they are lived by each team member day in and day out.

Below are just a few great examples of how our franchises nationwide bring these values to life.

Giving back to the community

Tornado reliefGiving back to the community is such a large part of who we are as a company, and our franchises never hesitate to lend a helping hand. We saw this especially last year when Oklahoma City was struck by a tragic tornado. Within a few hours, our TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Oklahoma City franchise was out in their community assisting with disaster relief efforts utilizing movers and trucks to transport supplies to the devastated area.

THE GRANDMA RULE®: To treat everyone the way you would want your Grandma to be treated.

This rule was inspired by our company’s first grandma, Grandma Eb, who played an integral role in the early days of the company. There have been many remarkably heartwarming illustrations in which the GRANDMA RULE® was invoked, where TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® team members went above and beyond their duties as movers to minimize the impact the moving experience with their customers. Here’s one of our favorites:

A TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® team moved an elderly woman with cancer who had recently lost her husband. Her moving team sensed something when they observed the woman sitting among her boxes in her new home on the verge of tears as she considered the daunting prospect of unpacking. After completing the move and returning to the office, the lead mover asked permission to go back on his own time to unpack her belongings. Another mover who just returned from another job overheard the situation and immediately volunteered his time as well. After the move and unpack, the customer sent the following letter to the franchise operator:

Dear Mr. Connolly,

I am writing this letter to tell you of two of your outstanding employees, Eric S. and Chris M. I moved from Florida back to Delaware and was sitting here in the middle of boxes to be unpacked. Your employees who had moved some furniture locally for me saw my frustration about unpacking and came back after the move and helped me unpack and dispose of the empty boxes by carrying them four flights down to the dumpster. These young men were a wonderful help to me since I have a prosthesis on my left leg and do not move easily. I hope you will give them a commendation of some kind, since I feel they are very unusual, kind men who wanted nothing more than to help me.

Very truly yours,

Dolores 

Care: To have compassion for family, customers, co-workers, and community.

Care is essential to the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system. It’s the foundation of what we do every day. It’s so important we decided to include it in our tagline, “Movers Who Care®”.

Pedro  Carl“Two Palm Beach movers, Pedro A. and Carl P., were on an overnight, long distance move to Tallahassee in Northern Florida. They were pulling off the highway for the evening during a powerful rainstorm when they noticed an SUV had gone off the road and landed in a ditch filled with water. They ran over, waded into the thigh-deep water, and pulled the family (husband, wife, and two children) from the vehicle. Fortunately, there were no serious injuries, so they waited until the authorities arrived, then continued on their way.”

Be your best and have fun: To be the best professionally and personally while enjoying life and having fun.

CadeWe couldn’t think of a better example for this core value than a boy’s first moving experience. Cade, the six-year-old boy who was the inspiration of our national commercial last year, was very nervous about moving from his life-long home in Atlanta. The movers took notice and to help ease his worries, and they named him “Boss for a Day.” As boss, Cade was able to have a role in the moving process, make a connection with the movers, and observe the movers taking care of his favorite belongings. The movers truly made Cade and his family’s moving experience stress-free and fun. Watch this video to learn more about Cade and his family’s moving experience.

Inclusion: To welcome people from all backgrounds in the workplace and the community.

Fatima Kacapor spent time at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®/INTERNATIONAL, Inc. during the summer of 2013 to shadow and observe work culture in the United Sates. Fatima is a college student from the southeastern European country, Bosnia, studying communications. She is part of the Jericho Foundation, an international non-profit organization dedicated to restoring HOPE (healthcare, opportunity, personal relations, and education) in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). Fatima wrote a blog post detailing her positive experience while shadowing at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® International, Inc. Her experienced left her feeling that TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® was indeed a company who put inclusion at the forefront of its culture.

Integrity: To always conduct oneself with honesty and fairness.

We take pride in how our company is committed to living lives full of integrity. Team members from our corporate office in Lansing to those in our nearly 300 locations throughout the U.S., Canada, Ireland and U.K., we understand what it means to be part of a company which celebrates commitment and follow-through. These are the cornerstones of integrity, and our principles are emphasized and upheld in every aspect of our business. We treat people with respect.

This core value is demonstrated daily throughout our company and we strive to exceed our customers’ expectations each and every time we perform a move. Many of our mover dispatch areas feature a poster which declares, “Prove it every move.” And we do! That’s why we’re very proud of our 96 percent customer referral rate.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us help move you forward! For more helpful tips and information on moving services subscribe to our blog and like us on Facebook.

Trucks, Talent & Tech: Growing the Brand

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At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®/INTERNATIONAL, Inc. growth is not expected and certainly not taken for granted. Growth is thoughtfully planned, purposefully funded, and aggressively executed. 2013 was an outstanding year for franchise revenue growth among established locations; it was also a notable period for franchise development, specifically related to the record number of franchises added to the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® footprint.

The company ended 2013 with 18.8 percent growth over 2012, with revenues exceeding $310,000,000. This significant progress follows the upward trend of 31 consecutive months of double-digit growth, 33 being historical records. Additionally, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® expanded into three states – Oregon, Maryland, Virginia – and into the District of Columbia.

Top 2013 milestones include:

• Market growth: A result of heavy investment, the brand leveraged a new market opportunity and opened locations in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.

• Job growth: The successful launch of the inaugural TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Career Move Month focused on securing 10,000 new applicants into the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system while showcasing the organization offers much more than a job – a lifelong career. This effort added more than 600 employees in April alone.

• Corporate office growth: TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® announced the receipt of a $355,000 grant from the Michigan Strategic Fund to support its $7,000,000 investment in corporate office expansion by 20,000 square feet.

• Brand growth: Career Move Month garnered national attention for creating jobs in a challenging economic climate. New recruits were featured on Fox & Friends.

• Charitable giving growth: TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s Movers for Moms® program, which provides gifts for moms living in shelters on Mother’s day, collected more than 210,000 items. The brand’s signature cause marketing effort increased 2012’s donation total by nearly 90,000 items.

• Capacity growth: To keep up with increased demand, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® locations added more than 400 trucks to fleets across the country.

growth blog 2This year promises to be another period of multi-facted growth. Fourteen new franchise locations are slated to open in the first quarter alone, and important investments in technology and talent will be keystones in its 2014 story, along with a grand opening of the corporate office’s new expansion taking place mid-year. And lastly, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® looks forward to completing the 5 millionth move the spring of 2014!

 

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us help move you forward! For more helpful tips and information on moving services subscribe to our blog and like us on Facebook.

Vote for your favorite talent from the truck!

Participate by voting for your favorite video and win $250!

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Our TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® frontline staff is a talented group of individuals! By submitting videos of their special talents, now you can see for yourself! Not only can they magically move your giant couch through a small doorway, but they can juggle, sing, play guitar, and do an aerial performance, just to name a few.

We’ve received a number of outstanding entries for the contest, and now it’s time for you to choose a winner!

Between Monday, January 27 and Monday, February 17, all voters can vote once per day and will automatically be entered into a random drawing to receive $250. The more times you vote, the better your chances are for winning!

Vote for your favorite talent on our Facebook app.

Abundant management opportunities showcased during Managers Moving Forward week

Written by Hannah Conlin

Move forward with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®!

MMFW FB cover photoAs TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® continues its impressive growth, the company is continuously searching for qualified management staff to lead our frontline employees. Mangers Moving Forward week will educate job-seekers about the kind of managerial-level positions which are available, will celebrate the individuals who are currently in leadership roles, and will highlight the open management opportunities at many of our franchise locations across the country. Let’s take a look at two of our managers and their professional journeys at the company.

Ashley Skaggs

Throughout her career at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, Ashley Skaggs has held a whopping nine titles. In 2005, Ashley learned of an open receptionist position at the Lansing, Mich. office and decided to apply. Soon after, Ashley transitioned to the role of customer service representative and then eventually after hours team lead. In 2010, Ashley became the sales support manager for Home Office.

Stepping higher into another managerial role in December 2013, Ashley is now the general manager of the Lansing franchise where she oversees 42 movers and 11 office team members. Ashley leads the daily operations of the franchise, manages the sales, marketing, finance, and operations departments, and ultimately drives the franchise’s revenue growth and overall success.

During the course of her journey, Ashley knew she never wanted to stop seeking new opportunities for professional growth; she also wanted to continue propelling TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® toward even more success.

“Three guiding principles by which I live have proven to be key to reaching my goals: Never think something is out of your reach. Keep pushing what you believe in. Put yourself out there by taking calculated risks.” - Ashley Skaggs

Bert Kolz

Bert Kolz is the president of the entrepreneurial company Black Wolf Group, where he currently oversees eight TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchise operations in Arizona, Florida, and Minnesota. Black Wolf Group is an organization which puts customer service at its forefront, making TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® and the group a perfect marriage. Bert came into the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® family in 2012 with extensive management experience as the director of e-commerce at the clothing company, Lands-End, and as the director of e-marketing at W.W. Grainger. With his higher-level expertise, he has aided in the expansion of the brand and its record-setting productivity.

Throughout the eight locations, there are six general managers who began their TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® careers as movers and drivers. Bert prefers to hire from within the company.

“The training which TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® provides — the systems, the support, and the way in which employees believe in and live the core values — are attractive.” Bert Kolz

 Whether you come into the company as a mover or driver and make your way up or enter as manager, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has a place for you. We believe in hiring both from within our system and from without. We are a growing company not just in our trucks and increased customer satisfaction, but in our employees who help to make this happen. Apply today to become a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® manager!

Pack and Protect Christmas Decorations

Written by Cait Quinn

The holidays are over just as fast as they arrive, and we can all agree cleaning up and tearing down after the festivities, food, and family gatherings is one of the last things you want to tackle. Make the packing process a breeze this year with these decoration packing and organizing tips. You can return to relaxing in no time.

1.    Get everyone involved – Packing up Christmas goes by much quicker with some helping hands! Choose a time when your family can get involved, and incentivize the crew with dinner or a movie afterwards. Post-packing plans will also give everyone something fun to look forward to!

2.    Organize – Start by separating your decorations. This can be by category, such as outside and inside decorations, by room (living room, kitchen, and childrens’ rooms), or by the order in which you bring out the decorations. For instance, if your family usually strings lights right after Thanksgiving with the tree the following week, you can sort the decorations in that order and number each box for maximum time-saving. Choose the order that makes the most sense for your holiday habits.

Christmas lights organization3.    Storage – Once your holiday décor and related materials are sorted, boxing them up should be quick. We recommend using the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® dishpack box to store gift-wrapping supplies. The full instructions to utilize the box are here.

When packing lights and garlands, take extra care since they tend to tangle easily. Try using an old paper towel roll or a piece of cardboard and wrap the lights around it, then label the shelf where the lights are placed. And speaking of reusing wrapping scraps …

Christmas ornment organization4.    Recycle! – There are many ways to use all the leftover wrapping paper and boxes from the year. One simple way to pack Christmas tree ornaments is to wrap them in used wrapping paper or bubble wrap and nestle them in the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® dishpack box. The paper will protect ornaments and the special dividers keep them separated. Did anyone in your household get new shoes for Christmas? Use the silica gel packets that come inside shoe boxes to place inside your Christmas decoration boxes. They keep the humidity out and allow your decorations to last even longer.

5.    Label, label, label – Nothing is more frustrating than searching through box after box looking for one specific item. Make this process less stressful and save yourself some time next holiday season labeling items found in each box!

Do you have any great decoration packing tips to share? Leave a comment below and let us know. Have more to pack? TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is here to move you forward with tips and answers to your packing challenges.

We hope you enjoyed this holiday season with your family. Blessings to you in the New Year!

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us help move you forward! For more helpful tips and information on moving services subscribe to our blog and like us on Facebook.