Movers' Edge, June, 2003

NEW ARTICLES ON THE WEBSITE

It’s a long time between issues of The Canadian Mover, CAM’s magazine and membership directory. Until now, we did not have a suitable method for publishing articles of interest to members that became available between issues.

The first two articles were contributed by Chris Steer and can be seen at in The Canadian Mover section on our website. They are:

  • Records Storage Liability – an article describing potential liability from loss or damage to records in storage.
     
  • The State of the Insurance market – describing the causes of current insurance rates and what a prudent mover can do to reduce insurance costs and risks.

COMPENSATION SURVEY

Are you hiring for the summer rush? Do you need to know what others in your marketplace are paying their staff?

Order a copy of CAM’s compensation survey. Results are available for the following regions:

  • BC
  • Alberta/Saskatchewan
  • Southwestern Ontario
  • Toronto area
  • Eastern Ontario
  • Ontario
  • Quebec
  • Maritimes

The price for regional results is $30 for CAM members and $60 for non-members, plus GST. The difference will be credited to any non-members joining CAM before June 30.

The survey had good participation and the quality of responses was high. Most respondents rated the survey as easy to fill in so the results cover many positions and broad ranges of compensation. The data shows ranges for hourly pay, salaries and total compensation for a broad range of positions.

CANADIAN PROFESSIONAL MOVER COURSE

Do you need some assistance in bringing your staff up to speed on moving practices?

Consider the Canadian Professional Mover course. It covers the basics for personnel who are new to the moving business and for old hands who need to brush up on a few areas.

It contains sections on:

  • Estimating
  • Long distance moving (within Canada)
  • Long distance moving (between Canada and USA or Mexico)
  • Local moving
  • Household goods storage
  • Office moving

The course is only available online. Members can register their staff online for the course.

CERTIFIED CANADIAN MOVER PROGRAM

CAM has been working with a committee organized by the Office of Consumer Affairs in Industry Canada to develop the Certified Canadian Mover Program.

The program will help the consumer to identify reputable, professional movers. The Certified Canadian Mover will be identified on CAM’s website and with a logo. Standards for joining the program are the same as CAM’s new membership requirements.

The program is currently being circulated within CAM’s Board of Directors for comment and will be available shortly for use.

UPCOMING CAM EVENTS

CAM’s annual golf tournament – September 16, 2003 – Cardinal Golf Club
CAM’s annual conference – November 24 and 25, 2003 – Toronto Airport Marriott Hotel.