U.S. DAB Digest Sept. 13, 2021

September 13, 2021

In this Issue:

  • Get Ready for the Main Event
  • IAM's Labor Week
  • Ask a DAB
    • With the current high price and looming price increases associated with packing materials, what are some ways we can remain profitable with our packing services?
  • Walkboard Wisdom
    • An Introduction to the H-2B Visa Program

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Get Ready for the Main Event

By Chris Lantz

Five weeks and counting! For what you ask? , obviously, since this is going to be the first large convention to be had for this industry since the start of 2020! If you’re not excited to network, learn how to diversify your business, and meet others from this amazing industry that come from all over the world, then you may want to recheck your pulse! is growing and the excitement for this in person event is alive and well. If you haven’t booked yet don’t sweat it as you still have some time to do so. Why don’t you finish reading the rest of this AWESOME Newsletter with great content in it then get yourself on that attendee list! Hope to see you soon because this is an event that you will not want to miss with a lot of buzz surrounding it.

IAM's Labor Week

IAM has two excellent upcoming webcasts on the topic of labor. Do not miss these sessions, as they will give you lots of great information to help you run your businesses even better.


Ask a DAB

With the current high price and looming price increases associated with packing materials, what are some ways we can remain profitable with our packing services?

By Lakelan Fennell

Packing materials, like many commodities, have seen dramatic price increases in 2021. Pulp, paper and allied products (wood pulp) have seen a 51% increase since December of 2020. These higher commodity prices have lead to drastic increases in the price of packing materials that movers use every day. There are, however, some very effective ways we can manage these increases from the cost side of the business.

  • Shop packing material providers.
  • Fall in love with good used packing materials.
  • Make sure your crews utilize the used packing materials.
  • Use Just In Time (JIT) ordering strategies.
  • Monitor packing material usage and inventory.

Packing materials are an ever increasing cost for movers. Taking some time and focusing on your packing material usage and managing it effectively can lead to tremendous cost savings.


Walkboard Wisdom

An Introduction to the H-2B Visa Program

By Oded Carmi

While the driver shortage has been a pervasive problem in the industry for seemingly forever, this year domestic asset based movers faced a new challenge, a shortage of local labor. The shortage ranged from packers, loaders, local drivers, to warehouse workers. Many of us have been searching for potential solutions to address the labor shortage. Once such solution to consider is the U.S. Department of Labor’s H-2B Visa program.


The H-2B non-immigrant program permits employers to temporarily hire non-immigrants to perform services in the United States. Not any company can apply for the program. There are specific requirements. Once such requirement is that the employment must be of a temporary nature for a limited period of time such as a peakload need. The HHGs moving industry fits well with this requirement due to our intense summer peak seasons.

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Member Spotlight

Chris Lantz

Chris Lantz, Sr. Vice President of Operations, has been with Bekins Moving Solutions for 15 years. Chris began his career as an entry-level call center representative, booking in-home estimates for the C.O.D sales team. From there, Chris gained experience by working on the trucks, performing moves himself. As Sr. Vice President of Operations, his responsibilities consist of managing an international military SCAC, rate filing for both domestic and international SCAC’s, claims, compensation schedules, and safety and compliance. Bekins Moving Solutions has 13 moving and storage locations across the country that handle all aspects of business from COD/Military/Natl Account/FF&E and more. There is also BCI Worldwide, which is a subsidiary of Bekins Moving Solutions that handles major installation projects for casinos and hotels both domestic and internationally.

Lakelan Fennell

Lakelan Fennell, Vice President of Market Development, has been with Nilson Van & Storage, Agents for Mayflower Transit and United Van Lines, for over 28 years. In his career, he has hands-on experience in all aspects of the moving and storage industry, from working in the warehouse and on the trucks, to rate filing, claims, driver compensation, DOD approvals, contract bidding and negotiation, compensation schedules, marketing, management, insurance and regulatory compliance. Nilson Van & Storage services approximately 8,000 shipments per year for COD, National Accounts, DOD, O/I and Logistics. They have six locations spread between NC, SC and GA and is a Certified Woman Owned Small Business.

Oded Carmi

Oded Carmi is the President and Founder of DN Van Lines, a well-established moving & storage company focusing on high quality residential, commercial, international, office, and DoD relocation services nationwide. The company is headquartered in Northborough, Mass., with locations across the eastern seaboard. Currently serving on the Executive Committee of Both IAM and ATA-MSC, as the 1st Vice President of the MA Movers Association, and as Co-Chair of US-DAB, Oded is very passionate about advocating for betterment of the industry at large.

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