U.S. DAB Digest April 2023

April 11, 2023

In this Issue:

  • Summer is upon us!
  • Movers Discuss the TRANSCOM Personal Property Forum (PPF)
  • Why Wait for Weights?
  • Tips for Diversifying Your Moving Business, Part One
  • Warehouse Lien Rights: Knowing what You’ve Got Before it’s Gone
  • Lithium Batteries Transportation Procedures Course Launch
  • Webcasts and Upcoming Events
  • Save the Date – April 18 DAB Hour: JPPSO/Service Perspectives Prior to DoD’s Peak Season
  • Alan F. Wohlstetter Scholarship Applications - Submit Yours Today!
  • Member Spotlight

The DAB Digest is IAM’s monthly newsletter with an exclusive focus on news for U.S. asset-based movers, including independents and van line agents.

This month’s topics include key reasons to implement electronic weight ticket processes now, information on warehouse liens and summaries of recent webinars plus upcoming events you won’t want to miss!

DAB members and Allies are welcome to contribute company news or information that helps the industry grow and flourish.   Submissions can be sent to Dan Bradley, IAM’s staff lead for the DAB Mover Group or DAB Chair, Chris Lantz.

Summer is upon us!

By Chris Lantz


For the Department of Defense (DoD) moving program, known as the Defense Personal Property Program or DP3, this might be the last summer in the current program for the domestic market.  And this sure has created some buzz about who agents will and will not work for at the risk of not getting paid! Below I outline some key points you may want to consider when booking DP3 shipments this upcoming peak season. 



  1. Check your receivables now! See who isn’t current and ping them. Monitor how long it takes to get paid and see if it’s a risk worth taking as we enter the Global Household Goods Contract (GHC) world.
  2. Rely on relationships. Understand who has always paid you in a timely manner and consider prioritizing work for those carriers over the ones you must chase after for payment, especially since you’ve already paid your team for the work!
  3. Look at your current payment terms. Remember the military normally pays on these jobs within 3-7 business days from billing assuming all appropriate paperwork is provided.
  4. Communication is key. Feel free to engage directly with your carriers to understand whether they have a solid plan in place to wind down their DoD operations if they don’t intend on participating with the GHC contractor in the future.
  5. Finally, as a worst-case scenario, if you can’t say no, you can always request pre-payment. Just remember you cannot hold military shipments hostage in this scenario.


Best of luck to all agents and carriers out there. Let’s make sure we provide the best quality service this industry can and make some money while we are doing it. It’s been a long cold winter, but D-Day is here, and movers are ready for it! 


Let’s have an amazing and successful summer! Stay safe, make money, and remember that good movers aren’t cheap and cheap movers aren’t good! 

Movers Discuss the TRANSCOM Personal Property Forum (PPF)

Dan Bradley, IAM’s Director of Government & Military Relations, sat down with Angela Beusse, Vice President, Agent & Business Services at National Forwarding; Caleb McCartney, General Manager, Cornerstone Moving & Storage; And JP Pennington, Director of Priority Operations at TMM to get their thoughts and perceptions on USTRANSCOM’s 15 March Personal Property Forum or PPF.

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Why Wait for Weights?

By Emily Kozubwski


Household Goods drivers are some of the hardest working men and women on our roadways. They put in long hours each day caring for our customers’ most important belongings and then long hours on the road getting those special belongings to their new home. All this while managing equipment safety, maintenance, local labor and tight deadlines for paperwork. Electronic logs are here, and digital inventories are quickly making their way into our driving fleets every day. Why not introduce digital weight tickets at the same time?

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Tips for Diversifying Your Moving Business, Part One

By Emily Kozubwski


At the 2022 IAM Annual Meeting, the DAB hosted a panel on diversification that included Jimbo Loftin, SVP of Operations for Coleman Worldwide Moving; Jon Minor, President & CEO of Apple Moving, LLC; and Mark Chesser, President of Conser Moving. The panel included a spirited conversation which provided a lot of great tips for diversifying your business model. They generously summarized their responses to the top questions about the ins and outs of diversifying a household goods moving company into new lines of business. In part one of a three-part series, they answer questions about the importance of diversifying and how to start the process.

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Warehouse Lien Rights: Knowing what You’ve Got Before it’s Gone

By Casey Myers


This month, we’re sharing information from a recent warehouse lien webinar we hosted. Our presenter was Gregg Garfinkel of Stone | Dean LLP, who is an experienced transportation attorney and a nationally recognized expert in the field of business litigation and transportation law.


The information below is an overview of the rights of warehouses under Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) Section 7210, how to properly enforce them and avoid common pitfalls. It is an overview. The nuances in the statute and process pose traps for the uninformed. If in doubt, consult your attorney.

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Portal Magazine

In every issue of the Portal, we invite our authors to share their experiences, success stories, learning experiences, and vision with others in the moving and forwarding industry. In addition to our regular columns, feature articles for each issue are united by a central theme.


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Lithium Batteries Transportation Procedures Course Launch

Did you miss the webcast about this course? Watch it now!


IAM has developed a course in collaboration with the Transportation Safety Institute (TSI), which is a part of the US Department of Transportation (DOT). While the scope of the training provided by the TSI relating to hazardous materials transportation requirements is broad in scope, this course will be focused on lithium batteries and the devices that use them, which are commonly found in most households that fall under exceptions found in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 49 Parts 100-185. The course also covers the specific guidelines for lithium batteries contained in the US TRANSCOM Tender of Service effective May 15.


Watch the video to learn more and register for the course now!

Webcasts and Upcoming Events

IAMTrusted Moving Company Official Launch - April 11 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern. The IAMTrusted Moving Company (ITMC) was introduced for early adopters at the IAM Conference in Atlanta in November of 2022.  Since that time, 57 companies have completed the requirements and earned their ITMC designation.  We have over 100 applications in progress.  Join us for this session as ITMC principals relate their experience and reasons for leading the way as early adopters.

April Government & Military Affairs Update – Join the IAM team on Wednesday, April 12 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern. This month, HomeSafe Alliance Representatives will provide the latest information on their transition efforts.

Save the Date – April 18 DAB Hour: JPPSO/Service Perspectives Prior to DoD’s Peak Season

On 18 April at 1pm EDT, join Brittany Brooks, Vice President of Conser Moving & Storage as she moderates our April “DAB-Hour” webcast with a panel of Army, Navy and Air Force Joint Personal Property Shipping Office (JPPSO) representatives, and a Marine Corps Headquarters staff officer.  They’ll discuss their focus areas for the upcoming peak season, and answer questions from the audience.

The webcast is free, and open to government and industry participants. A web link has not been established yet, but if you’d like to participate in the webcast, contact Dan Bradley at [email protected] and he’ll get you the link once it’s finalized.

Alan F. Wohlstetter Scholarship Applications - Submit Yours Today!

Don't delay and be left out. Other people are already applying!


The Alan F. Wohlstetter Scholarship Fund (AFWSF) is the cornerstone of the International Association of Movers’ scholastic assistance initiative. Named for distinguished Association founder and General Counsel Emeritus Alan F. Wohlstetter, the fund benefits the employees of IAM member companies and their dependents, as well as students.


Since its launch in 2002, the AFW Scholarship Fund has awarded more than 110 scholarships of US$5,000 each.


Learn more and apply now!

Member Spotlight

Emily Kozubowski

Emily Kozubowski, Training & Implementation Manager, has been with Apple Moving LLC for four years and a member of the relocation industry for 27 years. Emily spent almost a decade of her career as the owner of company managing an international TSP. Emily has constant interactions in all aspects of the daily operations of the organization to ensure that Apple Moving LLC employees and systems are functioning in the most efficient manner while utilizing current technology and providing the highest level of customer service. She also assists with Project Management and Acquisitions. Apple Moving LLC has 10 moving and storage locations across Texas, Virginia, Florida, North Carolina, Missouri, and Colorado that service COD, DOD, GSA, National Account, O/I relocations.

Casey Myers

Casey Myers, Senior Vice President, Champion Risk & Insurance Services, is an insurance industry veteran with more than 18 years of experience. She specializes in providing insurance coverage and advice for moving and storage clients. She is well-versed in industry trends, challenges and changes facing the household goods industry and serves as the associate board member for the California Moving & Storage Association (CMSA). When she isn’t working, Casey enjoys cycling, running and spending time with her husband Diego and their dog Chance.