Getting representation in the United States Government can be difficult, especially for smaller business niches. With the American Moving and Storage Association, all moving businesses now have a voice in the American Government. This Association represents America's moving business population. They provide products, services, memberships, and other general information. You can find information about memberships, products, videos, and other services below.
What Is the American Moving and Storage Association?
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The American Moving and Storage Association is America's main advocate for the moving industry: that industry involved in the transportation of personal household items. The AMSA represents the moving industry as a whole and aims to keep consumers educated and businesses protected under the law. They have close to four thousand members in the Association, and benefits do come with membership in the organization.
History and Background
The Association started as three separate branches, so to speak. The first, founded in 1920 in Michigan, was the National Furniture Warehousemen’s Association. The second was the Household Goods Carriers’ Bureau, founded in 1935, and the third was the American Movers Conference. The three branches merged to form one Association: but why was it formed in the first place?
All three branches had similar reasons for forming. They wanted to push for a better work environment and better business environment for the moving industry. There needed to be a voice, or several voices, for the moving industry, and these three branches were those voices. They advocated for stability, safer working conditions, better business partnerships, and so much more to improve the industry. They congregated as one Association, fully, in 1998, but several company mergings occurred before the final one approximately ten years ago.
WHAT DOES THE ASSOCIATION DO?
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The Association aims to keep moving workers safe, healthy, well-educated, and efficient. They provide training, tips, and information on a variety of moving topics, from how to keep Gypsy Moths from spreading and proper packaging techniques.
The American Moving and Storage Association offers a two main product:
The Military 400 NG Cloud
This is a yearly subscription that costs one hundred forty-nine dollars. ($149) This product calculates the cost of your domestic (personal) military shipment moves. You can use it as many times as you'd like in your subscription period.
Packing and Loading Technique Video
The packing and loading technique video is a thirty-minute training video that teaches employees how to pack, wrap, take inventory, prepare, and load containers for moving.
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With your membership, you can receive dozens of discounts with the American Moving and Storage Association's discount program. Discounts are given by specific companies. Companies that offer discounts to members of the American Moving and Storage Association include:
The American Moving and Storage Association can certify you and your employees in four different areas:
- Registered International Mover
- Certified Moving Consultant
- Certified Packer/ Loader
- Certified Office and Industrial Consultant
CERTIFICATION PRICING AND DETAILS
REGISTERED INTERNATIONAL MOVER
For the Registered International Mover package, there is a $500 purchase for the core material. This includes a packing and training video and only needs to be purchased one time; meaning you can use this for all of your employees. There is a $50 per-person fee to take the certification test, and after they pass and become certified, they can wear RIM patches that demonstrate your employees are the best.
Certified Moving Consultant
The Certified Moving Consultant program is self-study, and you can learn the industry's key aspects of sale consultancy and their processes with this program. For this you pay $100, which gets you a copy of the CMC manual and two certification test attempts. Once certified, there will be a $125 yearly maintenance fee to keep your certification active.
The Certified Packer/ Loader program's training is administered via disc and covers safety, packing, customer service, loading, and much more. It's a one time purchase of $400, which allows for all of your employees to watch it. For $50 per person, your employees can take the certification test and wear CDL patches to show they are certified.
Certified Office and Industrial Consultant
Lastly, the Certified Office and Industrial Consultant program is another self-study program. It covers the key points of the office and the industry sales processes, including aspects of management and estimation. There is a $100 application fee, which gets you a COIC manual and two test attempts. After passing the test, there is a yearly maintenance fee of $75 to keep your certification active.
KEY FACTS ABOUT THE AMERICAN MOVING AND STORAGE ASSOCIATION
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The American Moving and Storage Association has many resources on its website, including podcasts and informational training videos, as mentioned above.
The purpose of the American Moving and Storage Association's podcasts are to keep the public up to date on what moves they have made to better the industry and what they have done to members as they represent those members. These podcasts have been updated monthly since August of 2018. There are currently three episodes available.
The Issue of Gypsy Moths
Gypsy Moths are a native species of Europe, not the Americas. When they were introduced to this country over a hundred years ago, there weren't enough native predators to keep the population in check. Since then, they have become a serious issue
To begin, this moth eats away at tree leaves until they're bare. These moths devastate landscapes and ecosystems, because without the leaves, the trees they consume begin to die. Without trees, animals lose their homes, lumber businesses lose their "crops", for lack of a better term, and with few if any predators to eat them, the Gypsy moths rampantly destroy environments.
The Gypsy moth males are the color of tree bark and are very hard to notice. The females are a stark white, and though they are easier to notice, they still cause immense amounts of damage before they are eradicated from an area.
The American Moving and Storage Association has dedicated seminars on how to rid moving trucks and boxes of these bugs to help get their spreading under control. The moths tend to lay their eggs on the boxes and tend to live in damp places, like basements and attics. For more information on what you can do to prevent the spreading of these creatures, please visit the website of the American Moving and Storage Association.
The American Moving and Storage Association is the industry's voice, and advocates for its members, employees, and moving businesses across the country. They offer a variety of information, from webinars to training videos, and even links to other government websites where you can do more research. The Association started out as three separate entities with three separate agendas. After finding common ground, the three eventually united over the course of ten years, and in 1998 came together permanently under the name "The American Moving and Storage Association."
The company currently offer two main products to improve businesses. Their first product is the Military 400 NG Cloud. This is a yearly subscription to software that calculates the cost of moving and shipping domestic military personal items. It costs $129 per year, and you can use the software as many times as you want during your subscription. The second is the Packing and Loading Training video, which can educate your employees on the proper packing, loading, and inventory taking techniques.
With a membership, you can receive discounts with several big brands, including Dell, Penske, and Aramark. Through their website, you can access information about their certification programs and the costs of these programs. To keep up to date on the RIM certification and the COIC certification, there is a yearly maintenance fee.
The American Moving and Storage Association has dozens of tools to improve your business and to educate the masses on topics like current affairs and issues like Gypsy Moths. The Association also has a detailed recorded seminar on the Gypsy moth, ways to stop them, and information you need to know about the bug before taking action.
All in all, this wealth of information, and more, can be found on the American Moving and Storage Association's website. Between the certification programs, webinars, podcasts, and links on the website, the American Moving and Storage Association can answer your questions and improve your business. Don't hesitate to contact them with questions about their website or about how they can help your moving business.