Moving For Change, and For the Better

MoveCorp

MoveCorp emerged on the scene nearly twenty-four years ago, the creation of Ken Tuckey, a Logistics and Intelligence expert for the Australian Navy. At the time, the Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC) had fifteen live broadcasting studios operating twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. A project committee, planning the relocation of the television and radio company, headhunted Mr Tuckey in the hopes of avoiding downtime during the resettlement. He took it upon himself to leave the navy to manage this project successfully, and to this day he is still the Director and shareholder of MoveCorp, although he has handed over the reins to Amelia Curic, who has now been Company Director for five years.

MoveCorp makes it a point to enable its clients to experience minimal or no downtime during the typically stressful relocation process. There is much to co-ordinate in any such move, and MoveCorp has highly qualified project management teams constantly working on every last detail to get the client to where they need to be in a timely and secure manner. As Amelia explains, “You can imagine when you have to move the Emergency Department of a hospital, how critical that is, and that it’s not just about the logistics of the move, but also communicating to the public and staff that they will be operating out of this new wing or facility at 7am, Tuesday morning, next week. Or for a complex and crucially secure move like a bank that works with overseas trading and investing. There really can be no downtime in order for these companies to operate smoothly, no matter how big or small.” A project involving large staff numbers and a complex facility, Amelia explains, may take upwards of 18 to 24 months prior to the actual move to get every detail organised and taken care of.

Operating across all sectors and all states, and internationally on invitation, MoveCorp’s impressive track record speaks for itself. With a team of qualified, permanent staff across Australia, the firm has undertaken some of the most prestigious, complex and high profile moves, both in Australia and internationally.

MoveCorp meets with the client, develops a comprehensive strategy for the move, establishes a budget, and ensures that all stakeholders are onboard for the transition. “We are sort of gatekeepers for all the relocation data, and MoveCorp gets updates and provides information that is relevant to the IT Planning Team, to the Fitout Team, and to internal departments such as HR accordingly,” says Amelia. This data is collected and issued to all parties as required. “We can work from anywhere in the world as we all have mobile technology and are up to date with the latest software to keep in contact and share information with our clients on a confidential and professional level.”

The use of said technology has in turn changed the way MoveCorp works. “We use Cloud technology and Project Management and Information Systems – or PMIS – to keep on top of all things current. I think this technology has actually helped us to be able to lower our fees because it’s not so resource intensive. The world has adopted this wonderful technology and we are always on our mobiles and always ‘onsite’ providing that guidance to our clients.

“Nowadays, we no longer have to walk around an organisation and take inventory, which could take close to six weeks or so to complete accurately. We have this wonderful access to data capture and online resources at our fingertips, which ultimately saves the company significant time and therefore money.”

Indeed, it seems the entire industry is beginning to be revitalised, and MoveCorp can help facilitate this revitalisation. “Following the recession,” explains Amelia, “there is a steady increase of corporate and private companies investing in property and new facilities. That certainly opens up more opportunities for us here in Australia for more work in the corporate, government, health and tertiary sectors as their needs seem to have remained strong over the course of the economy change. There are also some fantastic opportunities due to the movement called ‘activity based working.’” Activity based working recognises that employees are not necessarily sitting at a desk for eight or more hours a day as they are sometimes in meetings, travelling, attending seminars or collaborating with others. Instead of being tied down to one location, people can choose their work space and move about freely. The process allows a company to use less office space as they do not need to house a bunch of empty desks.

With its mobile technology, and little to no paperwork for many of its processes, MoveCorp itself maintains a small, sustainable “green” footprint. The company works digitally where able, maintaining a sleek, minimal office environment, and is able to advise clients on how they can do the same. “It’s a behavioural thing,” says Amelia, “learning to not have to print every email attachment you receive and utilising technology in its place.”

Notable MoveCorp projects include the relocation of 3M’s Australian headquarters, the consolidation of 15 sites for Westpac Bank, and the relocation of the Sydney Water Corporation from Sydney CBD to Parramatta. According to Amelia, “3M was a wonderful client to work with as they relocated their Australian Headquarters and innovation centres and significantly improved the environmental aspects of their company. They moved into a very modern and flexible work space that enabled a storage minimisation and conversion project, and it all ended up being a very positive experience.”

The expansive scale of the Westpac move required that MoveCorp be embedded within the Westpac organisation for two years prior to the move itself to get its logistics and communications plan to where it needed to be. Nearly 5000 staff members were relocated in this move to the brand new building Westpac called “our great place.”

The Sydney Water Corporation relocation of 1500 staff from the CBD to Parramatta also went smoothly following its 18 months of planning, but presented some unique challenges as well. “All their staff had to make great changes to uproot their existing lives, and due to constraints with the IT infrastructure, we had to move 1000 people in one weekend.” In the end, the smooth transition left the Sydney Water Corporation “very, very happy.”

MoveCorp is now working on several high-profile projects including the Qantas campus refurbishment in Mascot near the Sydney airport. This project involves moving approximately 3500 Qantas team members from the primary campus buildings in four stages – one building at a time. “Our primary focus would be the reduction of storage and changing behaviours to become more flexible and environmental,” explains Amelia. “It’s such a large logistical project as they are decanting each building as they refurbish it and are relocating the staff back into the building when it’s ready. This whole project is really bringing Qantas into the future and the new campus will be so wonderful to work in.”

A second arm of MoveCorp’s business offers complex custom storage and warehousing design, along with consultancy. “Through our storage rationalisation service, we became really involved in working with designers and architects by identifying future need, and specifying storage allowances. It has become a very important part of our company over the last ten years and has grown and evolved into a very strong part of our business,” says Amelia. “We work with architects and managing contractors in bulk storage facilities such as warehouses, defence facilities, museums, art galleries and libraries. We work with the architect to design from the inside out and get all the details to maximise storage space and function of the facility.”

MoveCorp has designed storage systems for everything ranging from defence armouries to custom shelving for 1000’s of stuffed birds in a museum. Susanna Wolmeke Craven leads this department and has just been honoured with an award for the work she has been doing. MoveCorp itself also took home two prestigious awards at the 2012 National Association of Women In Construction (NAWIC) Awards for Excellence.

Much of the company’s work is in the form of repeat business from satisfied clients, a true testament to MoveCorp’s highly valuable offering. The MoveCorp name, as many in the industry can attest, is synonymous with Relocation Management and Storage Consultancy – both a part of the Logistics Industry. As Amelia says, “We identify the client’s needs and procure the suppliers. From a logistics perspective, we co-ordinate the entire move and contract who is required to put things back in order.” MoveCorp has made itself the go-to company when looking for a seamless and stress-free option for business relocation.

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June 1, 2020, 5:12 AM AEST