CAM Mover's Edge, June, 2011

Training Videos

Trained staff provides a competitive advantage to every moving company. As the summer moving season opens and movers employ large numbers of temporary employees, CAM offers two new avenues to ensuring your employees have the necessary knowledge to be productive on day one.

  1. CAM has developed training videos over the past two years. This project has been led by Rick Taylor, CAM’s Past Chairman. By the end of this week, we will have two new videos online:
  • Helper Module for New Employees (already available)
  • Packing Module (new)
  • Unpacking Module (new)

These have been designed with the intent of providing new employees with the information they need to be productive on their first day as well as some training on more advanced moving techniques. Access to the Canadian Professional Movers course is included in the price of one year’s access to CAM’s education program.

  1. CAM has contracted with movingEDU.com to provide members with a broad range of training in many phases of the moving profession including:
  • Domestic and International packing
  • Wrapping and loading
  • Storage in Transit
  • Piano moving
  • Loading a 40-foot container
  • Loading an air-freight container

The movingEDU.com modules are available both online and as DVDs. movingEDU.com offers its training modules to CAM members at special prices. Contact movingEDU.com directly to access its material. Make sure you identify yourself to them as a CAM member.

CAM has Moved!

CAM moved its offices on Wednesday, May 18. Our new postal address is:

Canadian Association of Movers
PO Box 30039
Rpo New Westminster
Thornhill, ON L4J 0C6
Canada

Our phone and fax numbers remain unchanged.

Press Releases

Over the last two months, CAM has been issuing press releases to help consumers have a better move over the busy summer months. Topics and release dates include:

  1. Getting and Comparing Cost Estimate for a Long Distance move (issued May 2, 2011)
  2. Packing for the Move (issued May 11, 2011)
  3. Preparing Children for a Long Distance Move (issued May 20, 2011)
  4. What is Full Replacement Cargo Protection? (in process June 1, 2011)
  5. Storage – Warehouse or Mini-Storage (June)
  6. Tax Deductibility of Moving Expenses (June

You can see our press releases on CAM’s website as well as newspaper articles (The Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail) that have resulted. Your suggestions for future press release themes would be welcomed.

CAM Awards

CAM’s Board of Directors established a committee to review the association’s award system. The committee, led by Cam Carswell, revamped the award criteria and updated one of the titles. See the new award forms.

Make your nominations now for the 2011 Awards.

Member Announcements

Premiere Van Lines announces the recent launch of its newly-designed website. It capitalizes on their tagline line “The Art of Moving” – visit them at www.premierevanlines.com.

CAM Directory

In mid-May CAM mailed out its Spring 2011 magazine and directory. Please let us know if you did not receive your copy. Our thanks to our contributors and advertisers who supported this publication.

New Members

Welcome to AMJ Campbell Van Lines, Kelowna, BC, and Coburn's Worldwide Moving Systems Inc., Whitby, ON.

Postal Strike

It appears that Canada may be headed into another postal strike. Should it occur, we will be able to perform all member-related functions with the exception of the mailing of framed certificates, flyers and directories. Please communicate with the association during the strike by email, fax and phone.

IF YOU HAVE NEWS THAT CANADA’S MOVING INDUSTRY SHOULD KNOW ABOUT, please let CAM know and we will include it in upcoming issues of this newsletter.