Move-Pak Newsletter — January 2019

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WAREHOUSE LIENS – WHAT YOU CAN DO AND WHAT YOU SHOULD DO Happy New Year! Hard to believe 2019 is here already. January is a good time to review your storage receivables and see how many of your customers are past due in their payments – you probably have more than one or two. What… Read more »

Move-Pak Newsletter — December 2018

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POLLUTION COVERAGE IN AUTO LIABILITY POLICIES What is pollution coverage? Why do you need it? And how do you get it? Pollution coverage provides funds to deal with bodily injury or property damage resulting from the discharge or release of pollutants. In the standard auto coverage forms Pollution is a specific exclusion (Exclusion 11), so… Read more »

Move-Pak Newsletter – November 2018

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CONVERTING STORAGE-IN-TRANSIT (SIT) TO PERMANENT STORAGE Now that the busy season is winding down, it’s time to look at some important paperwork issues that may have fallen to the bottom-of-the-pile while you were focused on handling your customer’s needs. The SIT conversion process is important because if you don’t have the correct paperwork on file,… Read more »

Move-Pak Newsletter — October 2018

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MORE ATTACKS ON THE STATUS OF INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS IN CALIFORNIA A new California law goes into effect in January 2019 that makes the company hiring an independent contractor liable for labor law violations. (Senate Bill 1402) This law specifically applies to those truckers hauling containers out of California ports. This law is aimed at making… Read more »

Move-Pak Newsletter — September 2018

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NEW CONTENT ON THE MOVE-PAK WEBSITE Now that the busy moving season is starting to wind down, hopefully it has been a profitable season for your moving & storage business. As the end of the year approaches, planning for the future is on everyone’s agenda. Protecting your company using standardized procedures and explanatory documents are… Read more »

Move-Pak Newsletter – August 2018

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CONTRACT DRIVERS OR EMPLOYEES – RISKS AND REWARDS Many local, regional and interstate moving companies use contract drivers. This business model has resulted in lower operating costs for movers and the flexibility to deal with seasonality of the moving business. In recent years, however, use of contractors has been under increasing scrutiny from state and… Read more »

Move-Pak Newsletter — July 2018

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THE RISK OF RISING COMMERCIAL AUTOMOBILE PREMIUMS If you haven’t already seen an increase in your commercial auto liability and physical damage premiums, you should see some increase in the near future. There are a number of factors behind this change: The number of auto fatalities went from a low of 32,479 in 2011 to… Read more »

Move-Pak Newsletter – May Edition

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In the past few weeks I have received questions about regulatory filings and what types of companies need to apply for and receive state and federal authorities or numbers. Do intra-state only moving companies need to have a federal DOT number? There are now 36 states that require intra-state carriers to have DOT numbers. Which… Read more »

Move-Pak Newsletter — April Edition

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WHAT SERVICES SHOULD YOU GET FROM YOUR INSURANCE? CLAIMS — Obviously, the first and principal service you should get from your insurance provider is action and response when you have a claim. Unless the claim requires an immediate response – such as a major truck accident or major premises loss – you should gather all… Read more »

Move-Pak Newsletter – December Edition

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DOES YOUR INSURANCE POLICY COMPLY WITH YOUR CONTRACTS?   Movers are presented with many kinds of contracts; this article deals specifically with contracts between local movers and van line companies or broker/forwarder companies. There are no “standard” agreements between local movers and van lines or brokers – each agreement can be different and can describe… Read more »