This article from the World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting 2017 paints a picture of a future where people do not need to buy products and are supported instead by services. No need to own "stuff" like cars, houses, appliances...even clothes. It's a picture that seems to eliminate the need for personal shipments of household goods and gets rid of personal real estate costs. For corporate programs, more information, more analytics and more accurate reporting will be required. Access to any detail, anytime, will provide real-time monitoring, and immediate support and resolution.

In just 13 years, could this possibly be our world?

There is discussion about how the shared economy will evolve and impact existing jobs, services and economies. As we consider the effects of continued innovation, artificial intelligence and ongoing globalization, what will relocation management companies (RMCs) be doing to support the movement of talent and the management of corporate programs by 2030?

As an RMC that desires to be innovative, we must consider how our services will evolve to fit the needs of employees and companies as they relate to the movement of talent. In order to do that, we have to look into the future to ideate, explore and develop.

This time last year our Elo technology (for both assignees and global mobility teams) was winning industry awards, and it has only gotten better since. At Plus, we look into the future to consider how we can continue to meet the needs of employees and corporate mobility programs as the world of relocation and global mobility changes in the broader context of how our world is changing.

 Not only is it an exciting time to be in global mobility, it is so much fun to keep searching for the perfect combination of services and technology for clients — to remain both high-touch and high-tech!