Editorial Calendar for The Portal

The International Association of Movers magazine, The Portal, is read by thousands around the world and mailed to more than 170 countries six times a year. It is our members' premier information, advertising and communications resource. We welcome submissions of articles and news from our members in every issue. The Submit Your Story page details regular columns to which you may submit articles and news, as well as our submission guidelines and instructions.

Themes for 2020 issues:

January/February (Deadline: December 15, 2019)

Time Away: What Movers do when They’re Not Moving

Mobility isn’t just a term for removals; it also means professional flexibility. In this highly connected age, the paths of our lives increasingly lead individuals to change jobs, roles, and whole careers in search of advancement, fulfillment, new challenges, and family goals. Some people come to the moving industry from other sectors, some leave for a time and return with new skill sets, and some retire, only to “rewire” and return with a new perspective.

If you’ve ever worked in a different industry, changed professions, taken a sabbatical or time away from work for family, we want to hear your story. What else have you done? What was your drive to make changes? Who did you meet along the way, and how have the people you worked with contributed to your journey? And, what advice would you give to others who may follow in your footsteps?

March/April (Deadline: February 15)

Africa: A Regional Focus

It’s been nine years since the Portal last focused on Africa, a continent rich in opportunities, challenges, risks and rewards. During that time, the moving and forwarding industry has experienced tremendous growth in the midst of political, cultural, and economic change, and IAM member companies have risen to the occasion.


    How to start preparing NOW for the Annual Meeting & Expo: Practical advice for new (and not-so-new) attendees about how to begin now to make the most of your time at the Annual Meeting in October.

May/June (Deadline: April 15)

IAM Members Respond to COVID-19 Crisis with Creativity, Resilience

In the face of sudden crisis and uncertainty, our member companies have risen to the occasion with ingenuity and purpose.

July/August (Deadline: June 15)

IAM-YP Focus: Women Leaders in the Moving Industry

Is the future “female?" Worldwide, women are increasingly ascending to the highest echelons of leadership of the global moving and mobility industry. Will we continue to see more women in executive roles? How will they change the way business is done? What unique challenges will they face and what new perspectives will they bring? All IAM-YPs are invited and encouraged to contribute!

September/October (Deadline: August 15)

IAM 58th Annual Meeting Preview

What to Expect at the Annual Meeting: An overview of planned events and the people who make it all happen.


    Selling Across Cultures: Bridging gaps in culture and language can be one of the biggest challenges in selling your goods and services—learn how the experts manage it with style before you head to the Annual Meeting.

November/December (Deadline: November 1)

Perspectives on the Virtual 58th Annual Meeting & Expo: A recap and screenshot/photo review of the Annual Meeting.


Please submit editorial content to Will Kohudic.