We must protect the value of IAM membership to IAM members.
By providing lists of Non IAM members in area's where an IAM member exists deteriorates the value of IAM membership to that company.
IAM should encourage IAM members to deal only with IAM members & discourage the use of non IAM members.
Access to directories of non IAM members should be discouraged
With reference to an IAM Rates Portal, that is a great idea and should be available only to IAM members to use ... again adding value to the IAM membership. Agents who choose not to join, or do not qualify should not be rewarded by the resources of other IAM members and tools.
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I have some real issues with this.
First we need to ask the big question.
Is this what we want IAM to be involved in?
There are various schemes around like this and it is not hard to see downward pressure on rates could be an unintended result of the initiative.
IAM for me should continue to focus on the big issues of compliance, regulation and providing a platform to network.
Perhaps a better use of technology would be a platform to enable member agents to work together on co loading or other smart schemes that will allow profitable work to be done cleverly in an ever more complicated environment.
Philip Gordon CONROY REMOVALS | Australia t. +61 7 5428 9721 m. +61 4 0872 3311 www.conroyremovals.com.au
I agree with Philip and Michel. Presently we are already hit by colleagues who send out circulars when requesting rates. This does not comply with our efforts to provide top quality service at reasonable prices. It has always been our endeavor to establish mutual business relationships with international partners who have the same philosophy, namely to provide quality service to the customers and establish a relationship of trust and dependability between us. "Farming out" shipments to the lowest bidder is not conducive to establishing and maintaining an international network of quality agents who will also be pleased to reciprocate when the opportunity comes up. Looks to me like two different schools of thought.
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Thank you all for engaging on this thread and providing your feedback. It's discussions like this where we feel like IAM Connected provides great benefit for IAM members by discerning whether a potential change is wanted or not. As Ray has mentioned, IAM is looking at how we can deliver more value to our members through the IAM Mobility Exchange. Rate requests is just one potential idea and your initial responses are encouraging. IAM wants to be clear on several points though:
We believe that the IAM Mobility Exchange can bring efficiencies to your processes by making our traditional directory a more useful and interactive medium in which to conduct business. Requesting rates and providing quotes is just one area where IAM believed these efficiencies can be realized.
Further to this discussion, I also want to address IAM's relationship with Mobility Exchange LLC. As you know, IAM launched the IAM Mobility Exchange just prior to the 2017 Annual Meeting. The IAM Mobility Exchange is the result of an exclusive arrangement and partnership between IAM and Mobility Exchange LLC where Mobility Exchange LLC provides and maintains the IAM Mobility Exchange directory. Through this partnership, IAM is now able to provide you with a far easier and more robust experience to find potential partners around the world, the new ability to display and showcase your company's hard-won credentials, and a visual interface to see exactly where IAM members are located. As a partner, Mobility Exchange LLC works closely with IAM Leadership and Staff to continually make the directory better and identify other ways we can make it more useful and valuable for the members. Just over four months in, IAM is really excited to see how well Members have responded to the new platform but we know that it can always be improved and are thankful for the feedback Members have provided since it was launched. Keep it coming so we can keep making it better!