Movers' Edge, October, 1999

1999 ANNUAL CONFERENCE – "TOOLS FOR 2000"

CAM’s Annual Conference is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, November 22-23, 1999, at the Wyndham Bristol Place Hotel in Toronto. Watch for your brochure in the mail. The following topics will be addressed:

  • The future of the moving industry – An industry leader will join us to do a little forecasting of the direction of the industry based on his views of the market, the economic environment and the changing nature of the consumer.
     
  • Information technology for movers – Hardware and software developments that fit a mover’s needs and the directions that the technology will take in the near future.
     
  • Government initiatives update – We’ll take a look at how the government is progressing in its moving contract, the rating system that is being evaluated and the current state of the alternatives-to-scaling program.
     
  • Alternatives to scaling – The results of one company’s implementation of a completely new computerized moving program and its effects on staff, employees and movers.
     
  • Buy or lease? – As capital costs become a major part of a mover’s expenditures in any year, what is the correct method to finance the acquisition?
     
  • Opportunities in logistics – A discussion of the methods used by some movers to diversify and flatten out a few of the annual business peaks. Movers have the equipment, facilities and personnel; how can they be employed in logistics operations?
     
  • Moving statistics – Statistics are being made available to major van lines. Learn about the type of data being collected and the associated methodology.
     
  • CAM’s education initiatives – A report to members on the status of CAM’s moving consultant’s course, the support we are receiving from Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC) and the efforts CAM is making to deliver training material to government personnel.
     
  • Annual General Meeting – Discussion on CAM’s progress in the past year and direction for the future. This is an opportunity to discuss the important initiatives CAM is undertaking.
     
  • Trade show – a mini trade show will be held for a few exhibitors who wish to display their goods and services to Canada’s leading movers.
     
  • Conference fees – Members: 1st attendee $395, 2nd $250; Non-members: 1st attendee $670 (includes mover membership in 2000); Trade show booth: $500 – contact CAM for details.

RECOGNITION PROGRAM

In its efforts to ensure that the public recognizes the CAM/ACD logos as an indication of an ethical, economic and efficient mover, CAM is developing a new vehicle sign that will incorporate the Better Business Bureau’s logo. This will show the public that CAM members adhere to the principles stated by the Better Business Bureau.

A few examples of what Listowel Moving & Storage and D’Arcy Moving & Storage have done with the CAM logo on their vehicles and in their Yellow Pages ads can be seen on our Website at www.mover.net.

FLY-BY-NIGHT

In an ongoing effort to eliminate fly-by-night movers and their effects on our industry, CAM is extending its government awareness campaign to the Workers’ Compensation Board of every province and to Revenue Canada’s GST group. It seems that these two legislated requirements are the first expenses an unethical mover cuts in an effort to compete on a price basis alone.

MOVING CONSULTANT’S COURSE

The moving consultant’s course, which CAM is developing in cooperation with Dalhousie University, is currently being updated, revised, tested and posted to the Internet. Rollout is planned for the Annual Conference. This course will be accessible only on the Web. It will not only develop moving consultants’ skills but also will help to develop a group of computer-literate personnel. Candidates will be able to progress at their own speed through the course by taking advantage of the course’s automated marking systems.

ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT

CAM’s Annual Golf Tournament was held as scramble (best ball) at the Cardinal Golf Club in Newmarket on September 22nd. 70 movers came to dinner. David Fletcher of AMJ Campbell won the longest drive with a 350-yard blast and Russ Taylor of Taylor Moving & Storage won the closest-to-the-pin competition. The team from L. Hansen Forwarding and AMJ Campbell won the Past Presidents’ Cup. It was our best yet: golf, food, fellowship, prizes.

CAM IS MOVING ON OCTOBER 12th

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Canadian Association of Movers
590 Alden Road, Suite 211
Markham, Ontario, Canada L3R 8N2
Tel: 905.513.1728, Fax: 905.513.1248
Website: www.mover.net
E-mail: admin@mover.net