Getting Married & Making Aliyah

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Mazal Tov! Mazal Tov!

Over the years we’ve helped newly-married couples with generous discounts, but this year we’ve done much, much more — shipping at cost.

Why?

Young folks getting married and making aliyah have hearts filled with goals, ideals and dreams, and they need all the help they can get.

We, at Aliyah Lift Shipping, are doing what we can by offering our awesome shipping services at our cost.

It’s our wedding present to them.

So far, here’s the first couple we’ve had the honor to work with — the young and energetic Wind family — and here’s what they had to say.

We were really overwhelmed by the task of sending a lift, but as soon as we got in touch with Aliyah Lift, everything was surprisingly easy. Yitzhak was extremely responsive, helpful, and honest through every step of the process.  Both the packers and the delivery guys were exceptional, and well worth the price.  Yitzhak even gave us a generous discount because we’re newlyweds!

If you need to send a lift for your aliyah, there’s no question in my mind who to use.

 

So, If you know of couples up to age 28 years and getting married within 8 months of their aliyah date, send them our way!

Let us help them live the dream.

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In Defense of Working from Home

Work & Living

Working at the store & relaxing at the office

I was recently told by a customer that another shipping company spoke very disparaging of Aliyah Lift Shipping at a recent NBN event in the US.  They tried to instill fear in him with phrases like “one-man show” and “working from his basement”.

We think that’s the lowest form of business conduct and would like take this time to 1) point out the advantages of working from home and 2) why Aliyah Lift Shipping is a logical choice because of them and 3) dispel the faux importance of industry affiliations.

 

Home Office

The Work Day that Never Ends.   It’s true, work can start first thing in the morning answers questions on WhatsApp with customers in California and it can finish at 1:00 in the morning after sending out the last of the proposals, and you know what?  It’s great!

We might work all day long, but it’s off-and-on throughout the day, and that’s great for corporate moral.

World Headquarters.  Our high-production world headquarters is snuggly located in the quiet city of Maalot.  There’s plenty of work-space, the environment (my family) is great, the view is great, plus we get occasional visit from cats and jackals.

Honestly, I cannot imagine a more idyllic environment to work in.

Smaller Workload – Better Service.  Although we started 8 years, we seem to be the youngest shipping company focusing on olim and, subsequently, the smallest – and that’s completely fine.  Others in the industry have quotas, filled email boxes and may resort to scare tactics to meet their goals.

I am relieved to say that we do none of these things, except work long hours in the summer and fall.   Our smaller workload allows us to focus on your needs with clarity and cheerfulness.

 

The Logical Choice

The International Shipping Process.   International shipping only exists through the use of agents.  If a shipping company has an office/crew in one country, like the USA, then they’ll use agents in all the other countries for their deliveries.  It’s nearly impossible to operate otherwise.

Maximum Flexibility.   Since we don’t have an office/crew in the US or in Israel, Aliyah Lift Shipping is essentially a broker of services.  We have developed a great network of agents for packing/shipping and for deliveries.

We have the knowledge, experience and agents to provide you with an outstanding experience and the security that you deserve.

 

Industry Affiliates & Organizations

FIDI and More.  Some companies may boast about their industry affiliations (those organizations at the bottom of a website or email) and have even pointed out that Aliyah Lift Shipping has none…

Once I took the time to look into these organizations to see if there was any real value behind them.   I found they are little more then complete the form, pay your money and BAM – you are a member!

If affiliations are important to you, you can rest assured that nearly every company we work have these affiliations.

 

If you have ever worked from your home, then you already know the benefits and can understand my words.  If you would like to discuss your shipping plans, please call or email us at AliyahLift@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

Mobile, Sitemap, Zopim and Search

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I love to improve things.  Mostly, I love to improve systems.  I guess that’s one good reason why Aliyah Lift Shipping is here – I wanted to improve the shipping system.  Well, that and because I love to help people.

This post is a little self-indulgent as it’s about what we’ve done over the years to make AliyahLift.com a great source of shipping information, giving our customers confidence and security – and that’s OK, right?

Since we started in 2008 our website has gone through two major reworkings and a fine-tuning just about every year during the slow season.  

Why all the work?  

Because we want to provide clear information in an ascetically pleasing format.   In fact, I think we have done more to provide the best in website information then other in our market.

Here’s a list of our internet improvements:

Zopim.  Our first technological jump that we did before anybody else was Zopim – that little orange, “click to chat” balloon in the lower right corner.

Mobile.  A couple years ago we made a mobile website.  It wasn’t fancy but I heard it was important as mobile internet was gaining in popularity, plus search engines like them (or so I have been told).

WordPress.  About two years ago we switched to a WordPress platform website and, although it was hard work to start with, we think the change was positive and are loving the client functionality.

Cloud-Based Operations Software.  Although not website-based, we shifted more of our operations to the cloud.  We have cloud based accounting software which allows clients to pay with credit card directly, plus it looks great on a tablet or phone.  Also, we use Tinderbox for our online proposal software, allowing us to provide more great information to our customers, clearly and professionally.

Blog.  There is a lot of great information I want to share but cannot find a way to put it in the website, so our blog is the solution.

WP Plugins.  Taking the advice of my good friend in the SEO industry, we installed a “Request a Quote” hovering tab on the right side of the screen.  Plus, we are always looking at other intuitive plugins to make your time on our website all the more productive and enjoyable.

Sitemap.  The latest in our website advancements is for the vision impaired, and that’s a Sitemap webpage.  I recently learned the blind/vision impaired rely upon the Sitemap page for website navigation.  It’s not likely we’ll have many vision impaired people on our website, but at least if they come, it will be easy for them to learn about shipping.

If you have any suggestions on how to better improve our website or our operations, please let us know.

Here’s something really fun – the progressions of AliyahLift.com over the years.

From oldest to newest : January 2009 (http://bit.ly/254OO6H), January 2012 (http://bit.ly/1pMdL6K), August 2014 (http://bit.ly/22n5LH8).

You can look at other websites in recent history at the Wayback Machine website > http://archive.org/web/

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Our beloved boxes from our previous website.

You never know….

Rocket-Man-Werner-Von-Braun1-479x369In the shipping business you never know who you are working with — until they tell you a little bit about themselves.

Over the years we’ve had the honor or working with a wide variety of amazing personality. (Out of respect, I will not include their names.)

Two of my favorites were refuseniks.  One was a mathematician who compiled advanced math calculations for treating cancer patients and the other worked in the Bell Labs years ago developing the mobile phone! Their stories and their passion for Israel were amazing and would make great biographies (hint, hint).

One person who I am really relieved that we didn’t ship was an investment/market specialist – a TV personality too! We sensed trouble and withdrew our proposal. He had a “staff of X number of lawyers”, and threaten to sue us for not shipping his stuff… Eeeck, what a mess! I believe G-d gives us “gut instincts” for a reason.

We’ve shipped a rocket scientist, an arak craftsman/manufacturer, a top level US Govt internet security professional, rabbis and a gadol (twice) and lots and lots of good, brave people/families, motivated by a strong sense of idealism and, maybe even a touch of craziness.

Seriously though, it’s great working with singles and families with this part of their aliyah. Shipping is a daunting experience for almost everybody, but we do what we can to walk them through it with confidence, security and peace of mind.