ePortal Newsletter August 16, 2018

August 16, 2018

In this Issue:

  • Are You Using Mobility Exchange to Its Fullest Extent?
  • Walt’s Bike/Run
  • Use hashtag #iamovers and see your posts in the Mobile App


Are You Using Mobility Exchange to Its Fullest Extent?

Make sure you and your colleagues are utilizing the full potential of IAM’s dynamic digital directory, , by viewing videos on , how to best search to , or more information on . All videos can be viewed on the . They are all three minutes or less so take a quick look at how you can utilize this platform more efficiently to help your company during the busy summer season.


Walt’s Bike/Run

President and adventure enthusiast Walt Peniuk will be taking on one of his greatest challenges yet by trekking from Mississauga, Canada, to National Harbor for this year's . Walt will run and bike the entire distance in order to raise fund for IAM's new charity, IAM Here 2 Help. Hear what Walt has to say about his efforts


Use hashtag #iamovers and see your posts in the Mobile App

Everyone is getting ready for the in Washington, DC. Want to see your tweets and Instagram photos show up in the IAM Mobile 24/7 app? Use hashtag #iamovers and get some exposure! Get the app at the or . Search for “IAM Mobile 24/7.” Contact .



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Member News


Move4U Welcomes Marco Maruccia as Vice President of Sales


Move4U Moving Technology are pleased to announce the appointment of Marco Maruccia as Vice President of Sales for Europe. Maruccia will lead the sales of Move4U’s suite of solutions across the European continent. In this new role, Maruccia will report directly to Joggie Taute, CEO of Move4U. “Marco brings a lot of energy and passion to the role”, said Taute. “With 10 years’ experience, Marco has a deep understanding of the moving business and brings a unique perspective to Move4U.”


Tim Helenthal raises money for Move for Hunger


Preident & COO Tim Helenthal recently ran 13 miles in the Rock-n-Roll Half Marathon and helped raise money for . He coming to the IAM Annual Meeting to take part in the , which also raises money for that important charity. Thanks, Tim, for your efforts and contributions!


Felix Relocations Malaysia and The Flight of the Unicorn


On July 9, was contacted about an impossible job: To pack and transport a large unicorn sculpture from Shenzen, China, to a tradeshow in Genting Highlands, Malaysia, on July 19. Ordinarily, this might not be a problem for an experienced relocation company, even considering the short deadline.


In this case, however, when Felix flew its crew to Shenzen to prepare the shipment, it discovered that the packing and pallet were so badly damaged that it would not meet even the most basic packing standards for shipping it by air. Nevertheless, said the company’s Albert Perianayagam, “We wanted to undertake this challenge, because exceeding customer expectations is our utmost priority and goal.”


In order to make the shipment flyworthy, Felix had to construct a new crate with aluminum foil and padding, string net and other quality packing materials, including fiber rubber and fiber solvent.


The 1,600-kg unicorn sculpture itself was made of fiberglass with reinforced plastic legs. Moreover, it had to be shipped on its side to fly on Malaysian Airlines—the only carrier willing to accept it for transport. Malaysian Airlines and other Chinese carriers had previously turned it down five times due to its delicate construction and the risk involved.


Perianayagam said that Felix assigned four teams who worked extra hours around the clock to get the job done under stringent requirements and stressful conditions, and they succeeded in meeting the deadline. “We at Felix Relocations Malaysia were able to provide the quality service necessary and gained another satisfied customer.”


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Industry News


The Port of Felixstowe on England’s east coast still appears to be experiencing disruption, which began when it implemented its new terminal operating system, nGen, during the second weekend in June.


The latest statement published on the port’s website said the performance of the new TOS “continues to stabilise” and that productivity was at 80% of the level it had before going live with nGen.


The South African Maritime Safety Authority has issued an urgent warning to vessels east of South Africa to be on the lookout for cargo containers that reportedly fell from a containership off the coast of Durban a week ago.


Shippers have called on the air cargo industry to take action to mitigate the truck driver shortage or face increasingly unreliable supply chains. Writing in a column for Tiaca’s weekly e-newsletter, European Shippers’ Council chairman and Tiaca board member Denis Choumert said that the air cargo industry would not be able to escape the consequences of the driver shortage.


Port users at Malaysia's Port Klang’s will get a six-month reprieve as the government deferred the planned 15% tariff hike from September 1 this year to March 1, 2019.


Despite record investment in airports, consignees and forwarders are poised for a frustrating peak season with the prospect of freight again being trapped in overburdened cargo terminals. Neel Shah, senior vice-president, global air freight, at Flexport, reckons the 2018 peak season will bring a sense of deja vu to the air cargo industry with a re-run of the woes that afflicted imports last winter.


HMM recorded a net loss of $215m in the second quarter, taking the South Korean ocean carrier’s deficit to a massive $371m at the half-year stage. Like many of its peers, the carrier was hit hard by the rising cost of fuel and was unable to recover sufficient bunker surcharges to mitigate the impact of a 27% hike in bunker prices.


Taiwanese ocean carrier Yang Ming has become the latest container line to report a heavy loss in the second quarter of the year, posting a net deficit of $129m. It means that all three members of THE Alliance vessel-sharing agreement have now posted negative results for the period.


More companies are pointing to rising freight costs as a drag on earnings and growth, as trucking companies raise rates at a historic pace and one says finding trucks is getting ‘ugly’. “Nobody has a crystal ball, but if I had to place a bet I would say this is structural, not cyclical” change, said Lee Clair, managing partner at Transportation and Logistics Advisors LLC, a supply-chain-strategy consulting firm.


A major fire in the port of Antwerp has been brought under control, the port authority said, but could go on burning for the rest of the week.