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AMSA Today - June 17, 2014



June 17, 2014



I'm just returning from spending a few days in Indianapolis with the Executive Directors of several state moving and storage associations, at the annual meeting of the National Council of Moving Associations (NCMA). That meeting is a great way for moving industry leaders to share information that raises up the entire industry. Congrats to Pat McLaughlin and Pam Stanley for all their work pulling it together.

The AMSA team has also been busy fielding media requests for interviews related to our National Moving Month campaign and the push to educate consumers about how to hire a professional mover and our top ten tips for a successful move. The combined results of the radio media tour and our National Moving Month Google ad campaign were better than we could have imagined, and I look forward to sharing the full report with you in our next issue. For now, I can tell you that our overall campaign impressions were nearly triple the 5 Million that were projected at the outset, and nearly 25,000 consumers clicked on our ProMover display ads to get more information about how to hire a certified professional mover.

Finally, with the busy summer season in full swing, AMSA is already looking toward the fall and planning important events, such as our Fall Board and Committee Meetings and Moving Day on Capitol Hill, and our National Safety and Operations Conference, which will be held in conjunction with the Claims Prevention and Procedures Council fall meeting at the Hilton Mark Center in Alexandria, Va. Online registration for both events will be open soon, along with AMSA's 2015 Education Conference & Expo, which will be held at Rosen Centre in Orlando. The industry events calendar on our website is filling up, so please be sure to send us your dates for upcoming meetings and events.



Linda Bauer Darr
President & CEO



In this issue:

Gen. Davidson Named New SDDC Commander

Government Affairs Update

Military Guide to Weights and Measures Now Available on AMSA Website

OOIDA Calls for Ferro Resignation, New FMCSA Chief

Spanish-language CPL Coming Soon

Fast Dispatches

Upcoming AMSA Events and Webinars

Members Discount Partner Spotlight: Rand McNally

Join in the Discussions with Your Fellow AMSA Members

AMSA Welcomes New Members







Gen. Davidson Named New SDDC Commander

 

Brigadier General Susan A. Davidson assumed command of the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command on Friday, June 13, 2014, replacing Maj. Gen. Thomas Richardson.

General Davidson has held a wide variety of command and staff positions. Previous to this assignment, she served as commander of Defense Logistics Agency Distribution. Her earlier assignments include deputy commanding general/director of operations, SDDC.

She was born in Dade City, Fla. Her military career began as a Cadet at New Mexico Military Institute, followed by graduating from New Mexico State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry. She received her commission in May 1983 and came on active duty in April 1986.


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Government Affairs Update

FMCSA Announces Update to Violation Removal Policy

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced in a Federal Register Notice last week that beginning August 23, 2014, motor carriers and drivers will be able to request the removal of roadside inspection violations from agency data systems to more accurately reflect outcomes of judicial proceedings. The updated policy will enable carriers and drivers to request, through the DataQs system the removal of violations that were previously uploaded into FMCSA's Motor Carrier Management Information System by state enforcement agencies when a driver is found not guilty or if a violation is dismissed in court.

FMCSA systems will continue to retain and display violations that result in a conviction or payment of fine. Persons who plead to or are convicted of a lesser charge will also have that information reflected. The changes are part of the agency's continued effort to improve the quality and uniformity of violation data that is accessible across FMCSA systems to sharpen the focus on unsafe carriers and drivers. FMCSA considered more than 100 public comments, including comments from AMSA supporting the proposal, before finalizing the updated policy, which has wide support within the commercial motor vehicle industry. For more information, read the announcement here, or contact Marissa Padilla at (202) 366-9999.

Senate Finance Committee Seeks to Save Highway Trust Fund

Earlier this month, a key Senate committee began privately devising a plan for keeping the nation's Highway Trust Fund from going broke this summer, even as House Republican leaders continue to press the idea of cutting Saturday deliveries by the U.S. Postal Service as a way to find more money for transportation projects.

According to an article in the National Journal, a consensus seemed to be emerging, that Congress won't be able to develop and pass a long-term solution to the problem before the highway fund runs out of money, so a short-term fix is most likely to be found as members rush toward the midterm elections wanting to avoid a nationwide economic disaster.

The Senate Finance Committee is considering about 10 options for rescuing the fund, which faces a possible zero balance at the height of the construction season in July or August. But the House GOP's proposal for Postal Service cutbacks is not among the ideas being seriously considered, said Finance members from both parties as they emerged from a closed-door meeting called by Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Ore.

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Military Guide to Weights and Measures Now Available on AMSA Website


The Military Guide to Weights and Measurements is now available for download to AMSA members at no cost.

Download the guide here


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OOIDA Calls for Ferro Resignation, New FMCSA Chief

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) has sent Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx a letter asking for Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Administrator Anne Ferro to resign, citing "past and present examples of Administrator Ferro's failure to perform her duties impartially, her failure to lead her agency to fulfill Congressional mandates, and her failure to responsibly prioritize the agency's tasks".

OOIDA President Jim Johnston says Ferro has a "clear bias against truckers and the trucking industry" and that the agency "can no longer perform its regulatory and enforcement duties impartially."

OOIDA writes that its Board of Directors voted unanimously to call for Ferro's resignation. The association says in addition to what it refers to as "demagoguery against truck drivers," FMCSA has continued to act quickly on larger regulations like hours of service — contrary to the impact they have on the industry and on drivers and their questionable effect on safety — and slowly on actions that the industry supports and could have a greater impact on safety, like OOIDA's push for entry-level driver training.

Click here to read OOIDA's letter.

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Spanish-language CPL Coming Soon

We are currently developing a Spanish-language version of our Certified Packer Loader training and certification program; look for it later this year. AMSA is also pleased to announce that we have launched a Spanish-language page on our consumer website, at moving.org. The page provides critical information consumers need to know when preparing for a move, including how to choose a professional mover; AMSA's top ten tips for a Successful Move; and how to find AMSA members and certified ProMovers. With plans to overhaul the consumer site later this year, we will monitor traffic on this page to help determine what additional information should be translated in order to serve the broadest possible consumer audience.

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Fast Dispatches

Stevens Worldwide Van Lines has opened an office in downtown Detroit, bringing half a dozen jobs with it…

 

Steve Yacko (left), has been promoted within the A. Arnold management team as the vice president of fleet development and interstate operations…

First annual Arpin Strong golf outing raises over $17,000 for charity…

Bay Shore Moving & Storage, Inc. has joined Atlas Van Lines as a new agent and is now offering specialized moving and storage services to the New York area…

Gentle Giant has opened three new Boston area branch locations in Readville, Hanover, and Waltham, and are three of the now 20 Gentle Giant branch locations nationwide. Twelve are in New England…


Two Men And A Truck is launching a summer social media contest, where contestants can win a grand prize for spotting and photographing their moving trucks:

In Memoriam:

Sharon Norris, who owned and operated Young's Moving & Storage in Bakersfield, Calif. for 40 years, died May 31 at age 85.

Have some interesting industry news? Let AMSA Today know: swaiss@moving.org.

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Upcoming AMSA Events and Webinars

Save the dates for the following upcoming AMSA meetings; registration for these events will open early next month:

Board of Directors and Committee Meetings: September 17-19, Washington, DC

Safey & Operations Conference: October 14-16, Alexandria, VA

96th Annual Education Conference & Expo, February 8-11, 2015, Orlando, FL

Upcoming Webinars:

Moving Your Four Legged Family Members

THURSDAY June 19, 2:00 PM Eastern

This webinar will help you prepare your customers to move the non-human members of the family. Whether you are moving them yourself or having a service take care of them there are a number of things you can do to make the move easier and less stressful on them.

Presented by Dr. Walter Woolf, Air Animal

Registration is $49 for AMSA members; $79 for non-members

Register now



CSA Score Management

July 9, 2:00 PM Eastern

Join us for our webinar which promises to tackle the ever challenging issue of improving your CSA Scores and your overall Safety Program. Instead of being reactive to an incident, you will learn how to be proactive in eliminating violations that drive up your CSA Scores.

Presented by Drew Anderson

Registration is $49 for AMSA members; $79 for non-members

Register now


Visit our online events calendar for more AMSA and industry events. Want to add your event to the calendar? Contact Wayne Whitaker.


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Members Discount Partner Spotlight: Rand McNally

AMSA members can shop online and save 15% on Rand McNally merchandise, available only through the AMSA/Rand McNally microsite. The discount applies to all online purchases, including the award-winning IntelliRoute® TNDTM trucker GPS device. Product selections include custom wall maps, atlases & guides, games for kids (great for customer gifts!), and much more. Many Rand McNally products are specifically designed to meet the needs of the transportation industry and are ideal for use in trucks and throughout your business operations. Rand also carries a wide selection of customer gifts and leave-behinds, all available at a great price thanks to the AMSA member discount.

AMSA values feedback from our members, which is why we're asking that you take a moment to complete a brief survey about Rand McNally, a valued partner in our Member Discount Program as well as the Chairman's Circle. The survey should take no more than five minutes to complete, and will help AMSA and Rand McNally refine our selection of available products and services to better meet your needs.

In the coming months, we will send additional surveys to garner feedback on additional Member Discount partners. learn more about AMSA's Member Discount Program at www.promover.org/discounts.

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Join in the Discussions with Your Fellow AMSA Members

AMSA's two LinkedIn groups are where you'll find some great industry discussions as well as make new business contacts. Please take a moment to fFollow the "American Moving & Storage Association" company page and join either our "The Official American Moving & Storage Association (AMSA) Group,"or our "AMSA's Forum for Independent Movers" group.

We use this venue to let you know about important industry and regulatory issues; pose questions and generate discussions; and provide timely information about industry products, services and education to help you grow your business. Please log in to see what's hot, and then leave a comment, start a discussion, or take part in an ongoing conversation.

Our latest posts include seven tips for enhancing your company brand, and a discussion about how the 2014 moving season compares to last year.

We use our Facebook page more strategically to talk with consumers. We'll post tips and tricks for a stress-free move, consumer interest stories, and provide links to moving.org to increase site traffic. AMSA members should feel free to post information that is relevant to consumers here, too.

You can also follow AMSA and Linda Darr on Twitter.

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AMSA Welcomes New Members

Perfect Packers
Barrie, ON
CANADA

AAA Mike Todisco Moving & Storage
Melbourne, FL

My Guys Moving of Orlando
Winter Park, FL

Two Men And A Truck Springfield
Alexandria, VA
www.twomenandatrucknova-springfield.com

Mark Press Moving & Storage, Inc.
Southampton, NY
www.pressmoving.com

Macs Moving & Storage
Lake Geneva, WI
www.macsmovingandstorage.com

Student Movers Inc.
Houston, TX
www.houstonstudentmovers.com

Moveboxer LLC
Evanston, IL
www.moveboxer.com

Furniture Medic by Brian Olson
Elk Grove, CA
www.furnituremedic.com

Rongxun Industry Ltd
Suzhou City Jiangsu, CHINA
www.rongxunindustry.com

The Paige Company
Elmwood Park, NJ
www.paigecompany.com

Furniture Medic by Dream Polishers
Englewood, FL
www.dreampolishers.com

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