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For more than a decade, many in the moving industry and companies planning a move have come to rely on officemoves.com as a steadfast source of best practices. We advocate, and through the International Office Moving Institute (IOMI®), teach:

Minimizing the risk of damage to walls, floors, doors and elevators during your move. IOMI® Certified Office Movers® and Certified Project Managers® learn the best practice methods for installing extensive building protection.

Minimizing the risk of damage to furniture and computers during your move. IOMI® Certified Office Movers® and Certified Project Managers® learn the best-practice methods for wrapping every monitor, printer, CPU, server, and copier with two layers of anti-static bubble wrap (with the bubbles facing the bubbles) instead of pad-wrapping computers with filthy furniture pads.

Timing is of the essence on your office move. If your mover doesn’t finish the job on time, it can cost your company thousands of dollars of nonproductive downtime. IOMI® Certified Office Movers® and Certified Project Managers® learn an estimating formula that’s based upon man-hours instead of the unreliable method typically used on household moves that's based on weight.

The IOMI® proprietary estimating formula is uncannily accurate because it factors in not only volume but the unique logistics of both the building you're moving from and to.
NASHVILLE, TN/JUNE 22-27, 2009 - Four years ago Mark Duke experienced a life-altering moment. A light bulb went on and from that day forward Apex & Robert E. Lee stopped being a follower.

It came during the Nashville company's first Certified Mover® training by the International Office Moving Institute (IOMI®). Duke realized that his moving company did what it did because everyone else in the industry did it. He vowed no more.

Now, after four years of loyal customers, fewer claims and injuries, and a stellar reputation, Duke invited IOMI®'s Ed Katz back for more training. Katz also conducted a service and procedures audit of the now-veteran Certified Mover®.

“This is the second time we’ve taken the IOMI seminar.  IOMI mandates and Apex practices ongoing training for all of our key personnel," said Duke.

Training is popular. As one attendee put it “Ed was very knowledgeable and taught in a way that made it easy to learn.”

"IOMI®, like ISO 9000, is an outside independent entity, not an alliance, van line, moving company or trade




association," said Katz "IOMI® is a totally independent and unbiased office moving resource beholden to no one.  IOMI® Certified Movers® must pass regular IOMI® audits in order to retain certification."

To ensure Apex service meets IOMI®’s high performance standards, Katz visited two
ongoing Apex moves.

Katz also accompanied commercial sales personnel to make sure they use IOMI®’s proprietary estimating formula that accurately determines the number of trucks, manpower
and length of the job.

"Apex's performance during the audit proved the company lives by IOMI®'s best-practice methods," said Katz.

Mark Duke explains why.

"This training has enabled us to render a consistently high level of quality service to our customers.  Our investment in the IOMI training was worth every penny.  Our return on our investment has been in the form of loyal customers, fewer claims and injuries and a stellar reputation in our market.”
Commercial Relocation Consultant Joe Rogoski practices IOMI®'s proprietary estimating formula.
Linda Nelson, left, with Kraft CPAs helps Joe Rogoski apply the IOMI® estimating formula in a simulated office move. Kraft CPAs is a Nashville-based public accounting and business consulting firm.
<<< The IOMI training has taught me how to work smarter not harder. 
Christine Baid
Commercial Relocation Coordinator 

 

>>> This seminar taught me how to be a better manager.
William Chambers
Operations Manager

During IOMI®'s two-day service and procedures audit, Apex demonstrated its best-practice methods for minimizing the risk of damage to furniture, computers, and building surfaces such as office doors, which get Apex's Mat-A-Door® treatment.
Comments

The IOMI course is the necessary ingredient for companies looking to diversify their revenue stream by getting into office moving.
Joe Rogoski, Commercial Relocation Consultant

This is the second time we’ve taken the IOMI seminar.  IOMI mandates and APEX practices ongoing training for all of our key personnel. This training has enabled us to render a consistently high level of quality service to our customers. Our investment in the IOMI training was worth every penny. Our return on our investment has been in the form of loyal customers, fewer claims and injuries and a stellar reputation in our market.
Mark Duke, owner
Apex & Robert E. Lee
Moving & Storage Co., Inc.

APEX: Living up to a lofty name

NASHVILLE, TN/MARCH 15, 2005 - Can a company that follows the followers live up to its own name? With the help of IOMI training, Mark Duke, owner of APEX & Robert E. Lee Moving and Storage Co., Inc. not only thinks it, he has declared a resounding "no more" to business as usual.

"A light bulb went on in my head today.  We do what we do the way we do because that's how everyone else in our industry does it.  But no more.  Thanks to your seminar, we're going to do it a much better way and we're not going to be afraid to blaze our own trails and be different," commented Duke after three day with IOMI instructor Ed Katz of the International Office Moving Institute. The veteran owner of a family business believes IOMI training will give him the competitive edge he needs to overcome the price-driven Nashville market.

"The Apex team is sharp and focused. They see the value in an estimating formula that balances the daily struggles between sales and operations when no matter who figures how many trucks and how many men for how long, the number will be the same. That's a big confidence booster," said Katz. "They also see the value in applying more efficient methods that reduce the risk of damage, disruption, and downtime, and make customers happy. Now Apex has the tools to live up to their name."


Can training actually be this much fun? Mark Duke, left, owner of APEX & Robert E. Lee Moving and Storage, Tom Langdon, Apex sales and behind him, Heath Carr, operations manager in the center photo, and William Chambers, operations, find that handling difficult situations by role playing can be a lot of laughs.


I've been in the moving industry for 44 years and I've taken a lot of seminars. Ed's seminar on office moving was by far the best one I've ever attended. It was so beneficial!  He is such an incredible presenter.  

Joel Vaughn, sales

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Using miniature furniture and a simulated moving van floor, supervisors Shawn Beck, left, and Clyde Gibbs practice a fast, simple yet efficient loading method that significantly reduces the risk of damage.


IOMI's Ed Katz teaches Apex employees methods and techniques they can use to gain a competitive edge in the Nashville market.


Tom Langdon, Tim England, sales, William Chambers, operations, and Chris Jones, sales, prove that no matter who figures an office move using IOMI's propriatary formula, the estimate will be the same.


Apex employees learn how to protect glass entry doors and the furntiture passing through them with their new Mat-A-Doors®.


One reason landlords and tenants love Apex is the way they protect elevator entrances and reception room doors. Here Apex stands out in the marketplace using one of their 10 decaled sets of Mat-A-Doors® before commencing a move.

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A light bulb went on in my head today. We do what we do the way we do because that's how everyone else in our industry does it. But no more, Ed. Thanks to your seminar, we're going to do it a much better way and we're not going to be afraid to blaze our own trails and be different. 

Mark Duke, president
APEX & Robert E. Lee
Moving and Storage Co., Inc.

Comments from Attendees

I was engrossed in the entire 3-day seminar.  Every aspect was both entertaining and informative. Tom Langdon

I was blessed to attend the seminar. Thanks to Ed, I now have the confidence of knowing that I can give accurate estimates. The tools that he taught us will enable us to outsell and outmarket our competition. Chris Jones, sales

Ed, the seminar was great. I got a lot more than I expected. You're still underselling and over delivering. Thanks again for a great seminar. Mark A. Duke, president, Apex and Robert E. Lee Moving and Storage

Why hire an IOMI®
Certified Office Mover®?

1. On time for the price quoted

One of the biggest complaints about movers is that they often badly underestimate the cost of a move and then don't finish on time. An International Office Moving Institute (IOMI®)-trained mover learns a formula for accurately estimating cost. By calculating the number of trucks and movers for how long, IOMI® Certified Office Movers® can base estimates on man-hours, volume, and logistics, and not weight, which household movers typically use when quoting an office move. As a result, the chances of a move completing on time for the price quoted is greatly improved.

2. Minimize risk of damage

IOMI® Certified Office Movers® learn the latest techniques to minimize risk of damage to furniture and computers, and are trained in extensive building protection to minimize risk of damage to carpet, walls, doors, and door jambs.

3. Minimize downtime

There is a better way! IOMI® Certified Office Movers® understand that their customers can't afford to shut down operations during a move, and are trained in techniques to keep client employees working. Many IOMI® graduates offer the "boxless" move -- moving the contents in the furniture instead of the contents and the furniture.

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IOMI® Certified Office Mover®

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