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EMS London becomes a member of FIDI

EMS (Elite Moving Systems) in London has recently been accepted for FIDI membership. The company passed its official audit with zero non-conformances.


DCPC: lifesaver or waste of time? 

So, how did you get on with your Driver CPC training (DCPC)? Speaking to companies in the UK most say that they are more or less ready for the deadline this month and have made sure that all their drivers have attended 35 hours of training under the scheme. So they are legal, but they are not necessarily happy about it.

How’s my driving?

With some moving company reps covering 50,000 miles a year or more, the chances of disaster are high if they are not spot-on behind the wheel. Here, deputy editor David Jordan, dives in at the deep end to find out a few tricks of the trade from IAM.

Assessing the risk

For many movers, assessing the real risks of what they do has been something of an arbitrary process. A new system that Willis has been trialling for the last 2-3 years has the ability to target risks more accurately. Steve Jordan spoke to Boris Populoh, Senior Vice President, Willis Relocation Risk Group, to find out more.

The European Connection

Road noise emissions to be reduced

Earlier this year, the European Parliament (EP) voted in favour of a European Commission (EC) proposal to decrease vehicle noise.

Growing organisation for women in moving

LIMA (Ladies in Moving Association) is a rapidly growing organisation, formed in 2012 after the IAM conference in Washington DC, intended to provide support for women who move to a different country because of their husbands’ new assignments.

EMS London becomes a member of FIDI

EMS (Elite Moving Systems) in London has recently been accepted for FIDI membership. The company passed its official audit with zero non-conformances.



Keeping hold of and attracting your key assets

During the last few years of the tough economic climate most moving companies were more concerned with cutting their workforce than keeping it. However, now it’s time to start looking at how you can hold on to the people that make your business thrive, attract new staff and inspire people to work for you.

UniGroup Japan goes to the ball game

Most people think baseball is a uniquely American pastime, however it’s pretty big in Japan too.

New Perspectives report from Crown

Crown World Mobility has announced the release of the next issue in its Perspectives series: its publication that shares information for mobility professionals.

M&G joins AIM

M&G Transport from Solihull has become the most recent recruit to the Alliance of Independent Movers (AIM), the trade group that is rapidly making inroads in the UK moving industry.

Fancy getting on the telly?

Award winning TV production company Twofour is looking for charismatic, opinionated removals and house clearance professionals in the UK to take part in a new TV series.

The light-hearted ‘over the shoulder’ production will follow the stories of moving companies as they go about their business from routine moves, to some of the more unusual and even bizarre assignments.

Twofour, is one of the UK’s most successful production companies, making a broad range of programmes for Saturday entertainment such as Splash! and The Jump, through to BAFTA award winning documentaries like Educating Yorkshire and Royal Marines Commando School.

So, if you fancy yourself as a TV star and want to get some free publicity into the bargain, drop an email to Evie Buckley at Twofour.  Applications close on 17 October.

PPS Crate Hire revs up for The Movers and Storers Show

Returning to the iconic Silverstone circuit for a second year, PPS Crate Hire will be showcasing their crate hire range at this year’s Movers and Storers show.

EU court ruling raises the stakes against cartels

Companies found guilty of taking part in cartels are likely to face more legal action for damages from victims after Europe's top court said that cartel members could be found liable for price rises initiated by rival businesses outside the cartel.

Maersk’s P3 network scrapped due to Chinese decision

The Chinese Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) has announced that they have not approved the P3 Network (P3). P3 was a long-term operational vessel sharing agreement proposed by MSC, CMA CGM, and Maersk Line.

Pickfords supports the ‘Love your Clothes’ Campaign

Pickfords is supporting the ‘Love your Clothes’ campaign to help reduce the environmental impacts of clothing in landfill and to raise money for its charity the NSPCC.


Congratulations to Bertrand Harsch from HARSCH, The Art of Moving in Geneva for correctly spotting Pierre Manara from Kehrli + Oeler in last month's competition.  This time you will need to identify the extremely happy chap to be the proud winner of the White & Company Red and Black watch. Click here to submit your answer.

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  • Why IAM?

    Sep 16, 2014

    When the October issue of The Mover hits your desks I will be attending the IAM convention in Orlando along with around 2000 other members of the global moving industry.  But why?

    We live in the communication age.  We have 24-hour access to information and myriad ways of keeping in touch.  People frequently send emails across an office rather than walk a few paces to talk face-to-face; youngsters text, Snapchat, Tweet, Instagram and WhatsApp their way through life as if the spoken word has become outlawed; I can even confess to sending my daughter a text asking her to come down from her room for dinner!  What’s going on?

    In October the great and the good of the international moving industry will leave their families, run the gauntlet of airport security, sit cramped on jets for hours, suffer the delights of US immigration and gladly fork out $200+ a night in hotel bills, to talk to people – something that many seem to spend their lives avoiding.  In doing so they will achieve little that could not have been done faster, cheaper and easier online.  Or could it?

    Why am I going to IAM? Why does anyone go? I suppose it’s because, at heart, we are all social creatures.  That’s why social media has flourished. We like to talk, swap ideas, joke, play and share experiences together.  How many conversations have started with “Remember when we were in …”? If you weren’t there, you are out-crowd.

    But there’s another reason.  People like to work with people who are serious about what they do.  The very fact that electronic communication is cheap, means that it has a lower perceived value than say, a phone call or meeting.  Travelling half way around the globe says “I’m committed to what I do” and “I value the relationship we have”.  I believe that kind of thing matters.  It’s like comparing a carefully crafted magazine article, and a blog: they say the same but the published article has more kudos.

    There’s serendipity too.  The chance meeting that revives old memories or makes new acquaintances that might, with a little sprinkling of magic dust, become friendships.  It’s hard to do that on a computer.

    If you are going to IAM, I look forward to sharing a few precious moments with you in the Florida sunshine.  If not, maybe you should think about giving it a try next year.

  • Study tour 21st Century style

    Aug 14, 2014

    I had an unusual request the other day.  I have no idea whether it’s brilliant or foolish.  What do you think?

    The idea was to resurrect study tours.  For those who are too young to remember, the study tours were arranged by The Movers Institute many years ago as educational trips to allow movers in the UK to get a flavour of what life, and the moving industry, was like in other parts of the world.

    I confess, I never went on one.  But those who did, speak very fondly of them claiming that they learned a great deal and made life-long friends along the way.  I have never heard anyone speak badly of them.

    The idea was to take a party of movers, maybe 20-25 or so, to a far flung corner (South Africa, Australia, Canada, etc.) and tour them around local moving companies, ports, etc. to find out how things were done.  Much of the time they were inspired to question their own methods and to consider doing things differently.  They also acquired first-hand experience of the methods and challenges of operating in other countries to better understand the wider industry and be able to advise their own staff and customers accordingly.

    I have it on good authority also, that despite being 100% tax deductible, it wasn’t all work.  Business and pleasure definitely did mix and relationships were regularly and permanently cemented over a beer or six.  Few came back without a sun tan.

    But is a study tour worthwhile today or not?  Some would say that the world is a small place nowadays and you can get all the information you need from the Internet.  That’s probably true, but it’s not quite the same as being there.  People don’t write headlines about what they see as normal.  It’s only by seeing it first-hand that you can really appreciate the cultural differences and understand how they relate to your own business.

    What is certain is that a 21st century study tour would cost a bit.  I believe the old TMI tours were subsidised to some extent at least by the RTITB (though I’d be happy to be corrected) which would have eased the burden a little.  It would also be a huge operation to organise by a willing volunteer.

    What do you think? Is it worth considering, or should it be instantly consigned to the round file?  You tell me.


    Steve Jordan

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