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Asset security in office relocations
is a growing issue. Organisations
face significant risks if information
is lost or stolen during a relocation,
or if customer privacy is breached.
'Customers need to know that their
assets are securely transported or
stored, and that every key item can
be electronically tracked at every
point on its journey,' says Barnett.
Occupational health and safety is
a key consideration in office moves.
Workers risk injury if they do not
know how to pack or unpack a heavy
crate, or lift it correctly. Those with
special health requirements, such as
ergonomically designed chairs or desks,
need to know that they are installed
properly in the new location.
Speed is another issue, as today's
organisations require faster moves.
'Companies are looking for smarter ways
to relocate,' says Barnett. 'They can't afford
to spend weeks planning a move, or lose
days in the move itself. Relocation time
frames are becoming compressed, and
customers rightly expect minimal or no
disruption when relocating an office.'
A complete end-to-end solution
As the market leader in office relocations,
Grace Business Services has the scale
to help organisations move anywhere.
Its extensive capital-city and regional
network means that customers deal with
one organisation for all aspects of their
move. They don't run the risk of using
logistics companies that outsource work
to other relocation providers that use
different technology systems.
Grace Business Services has access to
one of Australia's largest, best-maintained
fleets of specialist removal equipment.
Grace's extensive branch network is
strategically located near capital cities
or major commercial hubs, meaning
that removals resources are always
available for customers. 'Our unique
equipment minimises the risk involved
in office relocations,' says Barnett. 'By
using the right equipment, assets are
better protected against destruction and
Grace's state-of-the-art storage
facilities have high-quality alarm systems,
24-hour monitoring, and can be accessed
at any time (with prior notice). Purpose-
built modules have been designed to
protect assets when the organisation is
Cutting-edge relocation technology,
through Grace's AiMS asset-management
tool, uses online barcoding to allow
organisations to follow the status of
assets with the click of a button, at any
stage during a move. 'Managers have
peace of mind because they know where
every asset is for the duration of the
relocation,' says Barnett.
Online tools allow organisations to
issue work orders and access reports
on the status of the relocations. 'Asset
management and relocation has never
been more transparent,' says Barnett.
'Companies know what is being delivered
and when, in precise detail.'
Grace Business Services is highly
regarded for the relocation of furniture,
fitting and equipment (FF&E). Using
its national network, the FF&E division
manages the receipt, storage, staging
and delivery of FF&E assets in commercial
fit-outs. This service is invaluable for
companies organising new FF&E to
accompany their relocations.
Grace can also help staff and their
families to move interstate or overseas
and settle into a new community. This
service can help local governments
that recruit key staff from other cities or
states to organise their relocation as a
condition of employment.
Extensive experience in serving
Grace's knowledge of local government
and expertise built over decades of
serving the sector is another key strength.
A key division, Grace Information &
Records Management, is the largest
provider of information management
services to the local government sector,
and has worked with hundreds of
councils around Australia.
Grace's expertise in moving and
storing council records is replicated
in its ability to help councils with
office relocations. 'We understand
the challenges of relocating council
operations and the need to move
assets safely and securely, with minimal
disruption for the council, its workers and
residents,' says Barnett.
'The ability for a council to use
one trusted supplier, such as Grace, to
organise every aspect of its relocation
is compelling. We are very proud of
our reputation for working with clients,
innovating, and consistently providing a
high-quality service over many decades.'
To learn more about Grace
Business Services, visit
looking for smarter
ways to relocate.They
can't afford to spend
weeks planning a
move, or lose days in
the move itself'
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