ePortal Newsletter: June 21, 2023

June 21, 2023

In this Issue:

  • Tentative agreement ends worker slowdowns and stoppages that crippled West Coast ports
  • IAM Annual Meeting – See the Schedule of Events!
  • Top Five News Stories You Might Have Missed
  • Stand Out from the Rest as an IAMTrusted Moving Company
  • Speaking of IAMTrusted Moving Company, Have you Seen DN Van Lines' Wrapped Truck?
  • Update from the Core Members Management Board
  • Upcoming Industry Events
  • IAM Membership Updates

Tentative agreement ends worker slowdowns and stoppages that crippled West Coast ports

A tentative deal between the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union was announced Wednesday night, ending 14 days of worker slowdowns and stoppages that crippled port productivity. The new contract is for six years and will cover workers at all 29 West Coast ports. No details of the deal’s terms were released.

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IAM Annual Meeting – See the Schedule of Events!

The Annual Meeting features a stellar lineup of speakers and panelists to address current and future issues that impact your business. This year, we have set the agenda earlier than usual to give you more time to plan your meetings around sessions you don't want to miss.


See the webcast IAM hosted last week on this topic.


Review the conference agenda today to select the learning labs and special sessions you wish to attend. Along with the panel sessions, the agenda includes all of the social events and special interest meetings. Refer back to it often as you plan your business meetings to get the most out of your Annual Meeting experience. Download the Schedule-at-a-Glance as well for easy reference.


Get Your Visa

Visit the Government of Canada website for official information on entry regulations and to check if you need a visa. The visa application process can take months, so don't delay. We strongly recommend applying for your visa as early as possible so you can avoid last-minute complications. If facing issues with the application, please reach out to us for assistance at membership@iamovers.org.


Exibitors: Get Your AV Set Up for Your Booth

We are excited to announce that CCR Solutions will be the preferred Audio-Visual partner from IAM 2023.  Our Team is delighted to be welcome all the Exhibitors this year. CCR looks forward to servicing your Audio Visual and Technology requirements for your tradeshow booths. The advance rate applies on all orders received on or before JULY 28.

Secure Your Spot Today | Exhibitor Floor Plan | Attendee List | Prospectus
*Attendee List Passcode: Toronto61


Please contact IAM's Matthieu Odijk at matthieu.odijk@iamovers.org with questions about the IAM Annual Meeting and Expo.

Top Five News Stories You Might Have Missed

Stand Out from the Rest as an IAMTrusted Moving Company

Stand out with the IAMTrusted Moving Company (ITMC) designation. Backed by a strict adherence to the IAM Code of Ethics and powered by the IAM Issue Resolution System, this innovative program assures prompt and fair resolution of issues raised against any company who has the badge on the IAM Mobility Exchange (IAMX). The first phase of this initiative deals with member-to-member issues and this will build the foundation for a future phase focused on moving customers.

This is needed more than ever as rogue operators continue to scam unsuspecting customers. See the recent articles on moving scams in the US below.

Speaking of IAMTrusted Moving Company, Have you Seen DN Van Lines' Wrapped Truck?

Oded Carmi from DN Van Lines recently wrapped one of his trucks to show off his affiliation with IAM and the IAMTrusted Moving Company program. Thank you for your fervency and zeal for this program, Oded!


Not everyone wants to wrap a truck, but maybe you want to show off your excitement to be part of this initiative. See the IAMTrusted Moving Company Brand Guide to learn how you can demonstrate your hard work online, on your business ccards, or in some other way.

Update from the Core Members Management Board

IAM's Core Members Management Board (CMMB) has been working to bring you an engaging and untraditional informative session that will take place during the IAM Annual Meeting & Expo on Oct. 10 at 1:00 p.m.

Forget about sitting in rows and listening to a panel. This year it will be your turn to actively participate in the Core Members meeting. It will be lively, engaging and entertaining, and participants will leave with new insights and tools to implement in their day-to-day business.

Led by CMMB Chair Catherina Stier, the volunteers convened this week to fine-tune an incredible lineup of topics impacting the global moving and mobility industry. 

Think about "The Rise of AI" or a controversial topic like "Contraband," or if that doesn’t appeal enough, maybe hearing from peers on what they have implemented to become sustainable will trigger your interest.


The CMMB's primary focus is creating an interactive and engaging session in a roundtable setting. Attendees will leave feeling inspired and equipped with practical knowledge they can immediately apply in their workplaces.

Be on the lookout for further updates in the e-Portal and the IAM LinkedIn page as the session evolves.

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.


The theme: "Think globally, act locally" chosen by the IAM-YP Management Board encourages considering global consequences and making a positive impact in local communities.


Submit your story today for the upcoming edition of the Portal Magazine. Contact Portal Editor Will Kohudic if you have any questions or want to send him your article.

Upcoming Industry Events

Is your calendar up to date? See IAM's Events Calendar to stay abreast of the various conferences and industry meetings. Want to add an event? Contact IAM's Carl Weaver.

IAM Membership Updates


Member News

Arpin International Group Receives 2023 Partner in Quality Award from WHR Global

Arpin International Group  has received a 2023 Partner in Quality Award from WHR Global (WHR). To be considered for the Award, a partner must complete at least 20 transactions in the previous year and receive performance rankings within the top one percentile of their service category. Award recipients must also exceed WHR’s expectations in cost management, customer satisfaction, quality, and supply chain management.
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JK Moving Services Named a Best Place to Work in DC Metro Region by Washington Business Journal 

JK Moving Services, a global moving, storage, relocation, and logistics enterprise, was named a Best Place to Work in the greater DC region by the Washington Business Journal. This year the company was included on the list of 75 great local employers, ranking among the top 10 in the extra large employers category.

“We are honored to be recognized for our outstanding workplace by the Business Journal,” said JK Moving Services CEO Chuck Kuhn. “We are committed to making JK and its sister enterprises a great career choice by offering competitive pay and benefits and a superior work culture. Hiring and retaining the best to serve our customers requires us to be the best.”
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