U.S. DAB Digest December 2023

December 13, 2023

In this Issue:

  • Letter from your new DAB Chair, Brittany Brooks
  • USTRANSCOM Advises Delay of GHC Shipment Phase-in
  • 2024 Dispatchers' Convention Registration is Now Open
  • U.S. DAB Discount for IAMTrusted Designation
  • Upcoming DAB Hour Webcast: Winter Weather and the Impact to the Moving Industry
  • New DAB Members
  • Share Your Knowledge – Contribute to the DAB Digest

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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:

  • Letter from your new DAB Chair, Brittany Brooks
  • USTRANSCOM Advises Delay of GHC Shipment Phase-in
  • 2024 Dispatchers' Convention Registration is Now Open
  • U.S. DAB Discount for IAMTrusted Designation
  • Upcoming DAB Hour Webcast: Winter Weather and the Impact to the
  • Moving Industry
  • New DAB Members
  • Share Your Knowledge – Contribute to the DAB Digest

Navigating Success and Collaboration: A Year in Review and Looking Forward

Dear IAM Members,As we stand on the cusp of a new year, it is both a privilege and a responsibility to reflect on the accomplishments and challenges that have defined 2023 for the U.S. Domestic Asset-Based (DAB) Mover Group. As we turn our gaze towards the horizon of 2024, there exist significant opportunities for our organization and the broader moving industry.

Central to our industry’s resilience is the power of collaboration. The symbolic relationship between collaboration and innovation stands as the cornerstone for fortifying the moving and storage industry. By fostering a culture of collaboration, where industry players seamlessly share insights, resources, and best practices, we create a collective knowledge base that transcends individual capabilities.


This collaborative synergy lays the foundation for innovation, where new ideas and technologies emerge, propelling the industry forward. Embracing technological advancements and novel approaches to logistics, storage solutions, and customer service not only enhances efficiency but also elevates the overall customer experience. As we unite in the pursuit of shared goals, the amalgamation of collaboration and innovation becomes the driving force propelling our industry to new heights, ensuring its resilience and vitality in an ever-evolving landscape.


Let us underscore the importance of making it a priority to foster and build professional relationships within the moving and storage industry. Recognizing that our collective success thrives on interconnected networks, we commit to nurturing collaborations that transcend organizational boundaries. Building strong professional relationships not only cultivates a sense of trust and reliability but also unlocks opportunities for shared growth and learning. In the spirit of unity and mutual support, let the coming year be marked by a deliberate focus on cultivating meaningful connections that will contribute to the resilience and prosperity of our industry as a whole.


During this holiday season, it’s heartening to acknowledge and commend organizations within our industry that embody the spirit of giving back. From providing essential services to those in need to supporting local communities, these DAB and DAB Ally organizations exemplify the true meaning of corporate social responsibility. I’d like to take this opportunity to recognize and highlight them:

Able Moving & Storage

Apple Moving

Appleton Moving Companies, Central Transportation and

Scobey Moving and Storage

Bekins Northwest & Olympic


Carlyle Van Lines 

Champion Risk

Cicero’s Moving & Storage

Conser Group


Day Transfer

DeWitt Worldwide

DN Van Lines


Enterprise Database Corporation (EDC)


Interstate Van Lines


JK Moving


National Van Lines

Perry’s Moving & Storage


Quality Services Moving

Republic Moving & Storage




Shur-Way Movers


SmartMoving Sofware


Stewart Moving & Storage


Von Paris Moving & Storage

Each of these companies submitted testimonials and photos of their teams giving back to their communities over the past year - read more about their many contributions.

To conclude this reflection on the accomplishments and aspirations of our industry, let us also take a moment to express our warmest wishes to you, our valued DAB and DAB Ally partners. May this holiday season bring joy, peace, and rejuvenation to you and your loved ones. In the spirit of collaboration and goodwill, let us embrace the opportunities of the coming year with renewed optimism and a shared commitment to the betterment of our industry. Thank you for your continued support, and may the holidays be filled with moments of warmth and happiness.

Here's to a joyful and prosperous New Year!

Best regards,


Brittany Brooks

Chair, U.S. Domestic Asset-Based (DAB) Mover Group

International Association of Movers

USTRANSCOM Advises Delay of GHC Shipment Phase-in

The USTRANSCOM Defense Personal Property Management Office advises DoD-Affiliated transportation service providers (TSPs) that the Global Household Goods Contract (GHC) shipment phase-in will be delayed to support additional information technology testing needed to ensure an optimal customer experience. USTRANSCOM is working with HomeSafe to schedule the next round of testing dates between mid-December 2023 and the end of January 2024.


Read the full advisory

Upcoming DAB Hour Webcast:

Winter Weather and the Impact to the Moving Industry

Please join us for the next U.S. DAB Hour as we talk with Phil Wahl, President and COO of Atlas Logistics and seasoned owner operators about winter weather and the impact it has on the moving industry supply chain. We’ll discuss challenges posed by winter weather, preventive measures and solutions, the impact on delivery schedules, and real-life experiences on the road. As we head into the season that brings snowstorms, icy roads, and freezing temperatures this is a session you won’t want to miss.


Register now

Dispatchers Convention Registration Now Open!

Registration is now OPEN for the 2024 Dispatchers Convention at the beautiful Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa in Fort Lauderdale! This annual spring time event brings together the US moving industry for networking, building and strengthening relationships, and pre-peak season fun! Save the date and register early – the dates are March 20–24. 


IAM’s U.S. Domestic Asset-Based (DAB) Mover Group is helping to organize this event for the first time and will host optional interactive learning sessions starting Wednesday, March 20. These sessions will cover AI advancements, social media marketing tips, and cost accounting tips to know (and grow) your margins. Sign up early, as these limited spots will fill up fast!


Special thank you to the steering committee, as well as this year’s hosts: Conser Group (Jacksonville, FL) and Cornerstone (Fredericksburg, VA).

U.S. DAB Discount for IAMTrusted Designation

According to IAM Mobility Exchange 29 of our 133 U.S. DAB members have successfully met the requirements and affirmed their commitment to adhere to the IAM Code of Ethics qualifying them for IAMTrusted Moving Company status.  Many more are in the application process right now.

If you haven't yet looked into the benefits of the IAMTrusted Moving Company Program, we invite you to read about it here: IAMTrusted Moving Company. If you’re pressed for time, the one minute video on that page will give you the essence of the ITMC Program.


To encourage U.S. DAB members who have not started their application, we are offering members who apply before December 31, 2023 50% off on one of the main requirements of the program, which is to have at least one staff member earn their IAMTrusted Moving Specialist designation. This offer is available exclusively to U.S. DAB members who apply before December 31, 2023. Please contact iamlearning@mobilityex.com to enroll and apply.


Assure your industry colleagues of your company’s commitment to professional and ethical conduct, prompt communication and strict adherence to the IAM Code of Ethics by proudly displaying the IAMTrusted Moving Company logo at IAM Mobility Exchange, the universal service provider directory of the moving industry. View our current ITMCs at IAMX.

New DAB Members and DAB Allies

Welcome to our new DAB members!


Carlyle Van Lines, Inc.

Warrensburg, Missouri


Western Express

Upper Marlboro, Maryland


And to our new DAB Allies!


Loaded Freight LLC

Saint Louis, Missouri


Movers Search Group

Roswell, Georgia


Red Hulk Logistics LLC

Clearwater, Florida

Share Your Knowledge – Contribute to the DAB Digest

In every issue of the U.S. DAB Digest, we invite DAB members and Allies to contribute their experiences, success stories, learning experiences and vision with others in our feature stories. We also encourage submission of your company's big news stories. We’re always looking for DAB members – movers and Allies - who want to share their knowledge and insights in the monthly DAB Digest.

Movers - Have you found a best practice that helps with hiring, training or employee morale? Perhaps you’ve found some great ways to streamline compliance practices or create a safer workplace. Whatever it is, share it with your fellow members in the DAB Digest.

Allies - You offer products and services that the industry wants and needs. You can help the DAB community make more informed choices, understand trends and provide guidance by sharing information on topics that are important to movers.

Submitting an article is a great way to increase visibility, build your business, and position yourself as a valuable resource to the industry. Your article should provide information about topics, trends and products that matter to movers. This isn’t a marketing or sales pitch, but it is your time to shine as a subject matter expert.

Help the industry grow and thrive with your expertise! Submit your story for consideration today to Dan Bradley, IAM’s staff lead for the DAB Mover Group or DAB Chair, Brittany Brooks.

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