28 November 2014
So you've decided it's time for a clear-out. Your home just can't cope under the weight of personal belongings and objet d'art that clutters every room. However, there are a lot of memories caught up in many of these items earmarked for disposal. And who knows, in a year or two, you might be able to get something substantial for it on eBay.
And so you look to the idea of storage units as a solution. Of course the problem with storage units is that you're paying an awful lot of money for empty space miles from your home. Plus, the companies running these storage units don't necessarily bend over backwards to help you (some suitable transportation to their facilities would come in handy).
Of course if you shop around enough, you'll find cheap storage units, though beware; some cheap storage units are cheap because they're not as safe or as secure as the more recognisable names. Sometimes you'll find a couple of guys have just bought a shop or a disused warehouse and thrown your stuff in there with everyone else's boxes without any forethought.
Now we all know who the big names are in self-storage units but not one of them provide some sort of transportation to help you bring your belongings to them. We think that's a bit short-sighted; so we've produced a safe storage container that is brought directly to your home for loading. It's called a StoreCube™ and it might just change the way you think about self-storage.
It works like this: The StoreCube™ is nothing more than a box. The brilliance behind it is that we put it in a trailer and tow it to your address with one of our vans. We then leave the StoreCube™ with you to load for the next few hours. Then we'll return to collect it again. And you can be rest assured that our storage facilities are as secure as any other self-storage facility.
The beauty of this arrangement of course is that you don't need to make the journey to visit your container. Whenever you need an item from your consignment, just give us a call and we'll just bring the container to you, no matter where you are.
So for a more comprehensive self-storage service, talk to Seven Seas Worldwide. We'll do our best take the 'self' out of 'self-storage'!
18 November 2014
You hear a lot about the 'global community' these days; growing feats in technology continue to make the world a smaller place. And although those in international business are making the most of these advances, the act of physically moving commercial goods from country-to-country is still rooted in tradition.
Transporting volumes of commercial items overseas on a regular basis requires an extraordinary amount of planning and preparation both in the air and on the sea because any logistical slip-up could easily snowball, thus creating a knock to your profits and damaging your international reputation.
Seven Seas Worldwide has spent nearly two decades ensuring the safe collection and delivery of millions of personal belongings all over the world, and we've decided to use this expertise for the commercial market. Whether you're an international business owner with a corporate consignment or a student living in shared accommodation with a few bags of essentials, moving can be a stressful experience, so we decided we'd make the process as effortless as possible by streamlining it and taking the burden away from you.
From this, we came up with the Commercial MoveCube® which we think will one day revolutionise the way people think about moving commercial goods.
The Commercial MoveCube® is a mini shipping container inside a trailer which - unlike other methods of cargo shipping - Seven Seas Worldwide will deliver to your front door: Now this could be at your home, a garage, a shop or storage unit. Providing we have the address, we can come to you. This means you can load your commercials goods directly into the Commercial MoveCube® without needing to transport them to the port yourself.
After loading, our driver will then take it away to a secure storage facility until it is ready to be transferred to its designated container ship, bound for your chosen destination. We believe in sending commercial goods by sea because it not only keeps the cost down but it's also the greener option. However, if you're in more of a hurry, we can send your items by air too.
For more information, call a member of the team or get a free quote now via our freight calculator.
12 November 2014
The Big White and Silver Star Mountain ski resorts in Canada are overwhelmed by Australians. Why is this? Well it's probably something to do with the fact that the man who turned both resorts into two of the most popular skiing destinations in Canada was Australian.
The late Desmond Schumann, born in Adelaide, certainly knew a thing or two about turning a ski resort into a success having transformed the understated Mount Hotham in Victoria into an internationally-renowned ski club. Using the money from this venture, Schumann went to Canada to purchase the Big White in 1985, spending $17 million on a 5 year-long revamp. Then in 2001, the Schumann family took control of the Silver Star Mountain Resort from owner Judd Buchanan and, mirroring the Big White, expanded the resort beyond all recognition, spending millions on a new infrastructure including a six-passenger, high speed chairlift - the biggest of its kind in Canada.
Now, the two resorts are shining lights in Canada's influential skiing scene and a major attraction for skiers from Down Under. Highlights of the Big White include a ski-in/ski-out approach to all hotels and apartments so you can virtually ski up to your front door, and some of the best lodge accommodation around. The Silver Star boasts facilities and terrain that are ideal for both beginners and seasoned professionals so if you're familiar with the slopes but you're taking a friend who's more of a novice, this is the destination for you.
Seven Seas Worldwide know a thing or two about the skiing business too. Well, we've had to because the market for sending skis and skiing equipment around the world is growing. And because we have a strong presence in both Canada and Australia, we thought we'd develop boxes designed primarily for accommodating skis. On top of this, we've also spent the last few years working out how to make the job of sending skis and other personal items abroad less of a burden. And we've come up with something rather interesting.
The MoveCube® is a container inside a trailer that we bring to your home. All you have to do is load it with your ski gear (and anything else for that matter). The next time you see your stuff will be at your chosen ski resort. It couldn't be simpler. For more information and to guarantee that your skiing holiday starts in the best way possible, check out our freight calculator or chat to a member of the team.
11 November 2014
It's an unfortunate symptom of the business but every year Seven Seas Worldwide have to deal with boxes of excess baggage and personal belongings that are passed to us by customers who have abandoned their shipment unpaid. Naturally, when faced with this situation, the first thought is how to turn a negative into a positive.
Seven Seas Worldwide has a strong presence in South Africa. It was one of the first bases we set up nearly twenty years ago when we put our plan to create an international transport network into operation. The changing social and cultural landscape of South Africa is something we want to be part of and our team in South Africa believes that although there are many obstacles to overcome, South Africa has a burgeoning and prosperous future.
This year, we decided to go one step further and make a tangible change to communities in South Africa by donating our written off items to the Kids Haven and Maranatha Baptist Church.
The Kids Haven is a registered Non Profit Organization and Public Benefit Organization that opened in 1992 to protect and help homeless children and children in crisis in the Ekurhuleni region of South Africa, reintergrating them back into society, providing support for families and strengthening the communities with various initiatives.
The Maranatha Baptist Church in Belhar works to promote the idea of the church forging bonds with its community to help those less fortunate and to create a better future for all.
The Seven Seas Worldwide team in South Africa is proud to have donated boxes of goods to these two excellent organisations and hopes this will be only the start of such donations.
For more information about Kids Haven and Marantha Baptist Church, please check out the websites.
10 November 2014
With the news that the Commonwealth Exchange is proposing bilateral moving zones between the UK, New Zealand and Australia, effectively granting Australians and New Zealanders special status to live and work in the UK without restriction, we at Seven Seas Worldwide would like to suggest that were this proposal to be considered seriously, prospective movers should seek us out.
Author of the Commonwealth Exchange report, Tim Hewish, advocates that were mobility zones to be introduced, the policy would be a two-way street with Britons also moving to Australia and New Zealand with greater accessibility, mirroring the freedoms offered to new arrivals from the EU.
In his report, Mr Hewish recommends a Commonwealth-wide business visa system which would, among other things, reduce waiting times at UK airport passport lanes. Another way of making a trip to the airport a relatively stress-free one would be to use the excess baggage service of Seven Seas Worldwide. Imagine catching a flight without having checked in any suitcases or luggage, safe in the knowledge that they were being sent directly to the door of your new destination overseas - meaning fewer queues and absolutely no hidden baggage charges at the check-in. Boarding a plane could be as simple as stepping on a bus.
Hewish also makes it clear that were his proposals to go ahead, the idea could be opened up to include other English-speaking countries including Canada and South Africa, both of which are serviced by the Seven Seas Worldwide MoveCube®, together with Australia, New Zealand and the UK. The MoveCube® is essentially a container inside a trailer which is revolutionising the way we move home. Foregoing the man with a van, the MoveCube® is a more secure option that operates within Seven Seas Worldwide's global network. The MoveCube® is brought to your door - all you need to do is load it. Then we'll take it away again to your new address, whether that be in the next town along or halfway round the world. A full explanation of the service along with the complete list of countries where the MoveCube® is operational can be found at our Moving Home section.
Hewish states that 'it would be shameful and a deep error to disregard the shared language, legal system and customs that the Commonwealth family provides'. If the world is opening the door a little further, helping people move with more freedom from country to country, to live and work in other countries without the waiting and the bureaucracy, one thing is for certain - Seven Seas Worldwide has a system in place to make this global pursuit a relatively effortless one.