The early humans used caves for shelter and lived on the resources available in the surrounding area. They gathered stuff, hunted animals for food and created tools they needed with what they had available. However, as time passed by, they realized that even though they had surplus food, shelter, and tools, the resources were decreasing. They knew that their population could not survive living in the same area forever and decided to move.
The cavemen may have initiated relocation, but it wasn’t until 1492 when Christopher Columbus set sail towards Asia. Discovering America was an accident for Columbus, who was actually trying to find the Asian Continent, but it set in motion the most incredible relocation till date; the Europeans shifting to America. It inaugurated a period of European exploration, conquest, and colonization that lasted for several centuries. Columbus may have only taken 90 men on his maiden voyage, but over the years, it opened the locks for hundreds and thousands of Europeans to relocate in America.
As the American population grew, settlers began heading further West in search of inexpensive land and better opportunities. Pioneers, merchants, miners and more, followed trails towards West, all the while not realizing that they were laying down the building blocks for the relocation industry.
After the end of World War II, there were many important changes in the relocation industry. First of all, the Employee Relocation Council (E.R.C.) was formed in 1964. Other organizations specializing in relocation began forming as laws and acts were passed to regulate employee mobility. The relocation was finally molding, from an expansive mess into a solid and organized industry. Various companies began collecting data and providing important facts and details about employee relocation.
Technology has reshaped nearly every major sector of global commerce, and its effect on moving is substantial. These days moving companies handle practically every aspect of the relocation process through a website and many other web-based applications. Payment is easier than ever, as years of collective knowledge has contributed to incredibly efficient use of relocation policies.
The modern relocation industry is almost unrecognizable when compared to its formative years. Relocation has certainly come a long way from the Stone Age.