Movers' Edge, March, 2006

CANADIAN FEDERAL GOVERNMENT MOVING CONTRACT

The federal government has awarded its contract for military and RCMP moves. The general terms as we understand them are as follows:

  • The contract is for a seven-year term – four years initially with a three-year extension at the government’s option.
  • The contract begins on April 1, 2006.
  • The allocation is:
    24% – Allied Van Lines and North American Van Lines
    29% – United Van Lines
    47% – Atlas Van Lines
  • Pricing will include small increases over the first few years followed by increases based on the consumer price index.
  • Pricing is on a single-factor-rating basis.
  • There will be no van-rail activity.

THE CANADIAN MOVER

CAM’S directory and magazine, The Canadian Mover, goes to press later this month. Please update your contact information and company details with CAM.

Check your current listing in CAM’s online membership directory and fax us any changes to 905-848-8499.

The Canadian Mover will be distributed in mid-April, just in time for the industry’s busy summer season. Contact CAM’s national office with your suggestions for articles or improvements based on the Fall 2005 issue or any requests for advertising information. It’s a great way to reach Canada’s moving industry.

ALLIED VAN LINES APPOINTMENT

James Best, a well-known professional in the moving industry with experience at Moffatt, Williams and St. George, has joined Allied Van Lines as Director, Network Development – Allied Canada. He will be based in Calgary.

CAM’S CANADIAN PROFESSIONAL MOVER COURSE

Here’s a quick reminder about the Canadian Professional Mover course. Now is the time, when you are hiring inside and outside sales representatives, to take advantage of CAM’s online Canadian Professional Mover course. It’s a great way to provide moving-industry sales-training information to new staff members and a refresher to others. Contact the CAM office for details.

AMERICAN MOVING AND STORAGE ASSOCIATION ANNUAL CONVENTION AND TRADE SHOW

AMSA’s annual conference is scheduled for April 7 to 10, 2006, at the Sawgrass Marriott Resort & Spa in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. For information on attending, visit AMSA’s website, at www.promover.org.

CONSUMER ACTIVITY

Month
Referrals
No. of moves
referred to movers
Inquiries
Consumer calls asking
for validation of a member
Complaints
Consumer complaints
about movers
February/06
87
58
17
January/06
103
41
16
December/05
71
9
10
Year-to-date
(Oct/05 to Feb/06)
485
185
87