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.
05 November 2014
Two months ago, two Seven Seas Worldwide drivers, Arthur and Loocky arrived at an apartment complex in Rivonia, South Africa, to make a collection. At first, there was no access granted to the complex. No one was around and the gates were shut.
But then a man appeared from the apartment they were scheduled to visit and let them both in. He asked who they were and when they explained they were at the complex to collect some packed boxes, the man disappeared into the apartment. A few minutes later, he emerged with the boxes and the shipping documents.
Arthur asked who was going to sign the documents. The man said his wife would sign, though he mentioned she was unwell and they would need to come inside the apartment.
As they entered, they found the woman of the house tied up, on the floor and with a blanket over her head. Next to her was her partner, also tied up with a blanket over his head. The man then pulled a gun on the two drivers and made them kneel on the floor. In a matter of minutes, the man's accomplice had tied them up.
However, rather than continue their plan, the two robbers abandoned the robbery and stole what they could (including the GPS inside the Seven Seas Worldwide van).
The four victims were shaken up but unharmed and as they waited for the police to arrive, Arthur and Loocky assisted the owners of the apartment in freeing them from their cable ties.
The owners believed that had the drivers not arrived when they did, the robbery could have had a fatal ending.
The unfortunate beginning to this robbery is that the owners let the robbers into the complex believing them to be from Seven Seas Worldwide. Should you be in a similar position, please make absolutely sure it's the person you expect it to be. Before answering the door, view the situation from a window. Check for authentic uniforms, transport with the correct insignia, anything that might put your mind at rest.
It could make all the difference.
Wherever they operate in the world, all our drivers carry ID. Should there be any doubt, ask them to show it to you.
17 October 2014
Perhaps one of the most problematic areas of owning a business is sending your commercial goods abroad. Sending goods by air is an expensive and complex process. It's also not the most environmentally-friendly option either.
At Seven Seas Worldwide, we've made a pretty good living out of sending personal belongings, furniture and gift packages abroad and nationwide. And in the last few years, it's dawned on us that our global network can be used to send commercial items around the world. Now there's no point getting into this business without offering something new for the customer. So what do we offer?
Good question. Well, first of all, we're pushing our commercial arm as a sea business. Now if you were in a hurry to get your goods transported from A to B, we would be able to provide an air option too, but we believe that providing you can plan well in advance, a sea service is best for you and best for your business because it's much cheaper to send items by air, not to mention greener too.
In addition, we're also turning our hugely successful MoveCube® into a Commercial MoveCube®. A Commercial MoveCube® can be brought to your address inside a trailer - all you have to do is load it with your commercial goods and we'll take it away again to send to your chosen destination, whether that be within the same country or overseas.
Here's a quick rundown of the items a Commercial MoveCube® can transport, just to give you an idea of volume:
- Office equipment and furniture
- Car parts
- Golf trolleys
- Bulk clothing
So can we do business? Get a free quote from our freight calculator now or talk to a member of our team on 0800 21 66 98, and don't forget we offer MoveCubes® for ordinary home and furniture removals too!