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New Initiatives from the Diamond Dealers Club of New York

Jul 13, 2011 8:00 PM   By Rapaport News
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The Diamond Dealers Club (DDC) of New York is progressing on a number of growth initiatives to drive up membership and offer new added-value services.

Two  membership initiatives concluded this month with one agreement, with the Indian Diamond and Colorstone Association of New York (IDCA), allowing cooperative-memberships between the two organizations.  A second initiative launched on July 11 through  TransGuardian, a provider of insured shipping software and services.  DDC members can now access these shipping services in the club.

DDC members now have access to  special discounts for insured shipping through TransGuardian and Wells Fargo Insurance Services.

''This is our vision for the new DDC,'' said club president, Moshe Mosbacher.

Basant Johari, vice president of the DDC and past president of the IDCA, added, ''I have personally experienced the savings and I had the best discounts possible from all the other carriers. I’m saving 30 percent or more via insured FedEx, UPS, or the U.S. Postal Service with TransGuardian.”

DDC's insured shipping center sits inside the premises, and offers a full range of free carrier boxes and supplies for USPS, FedEx, and UPS shipments, as well as tamper-evident security bags and turtles and Mason Boxes. The center, operated by TransGuardian,  has self-service kiosk computers and printers, so members can bring goods discreetly into the Club and prepare shipments with security, comfort, privacy, and speed. 

TransGuardian’s proprietary scanning technology allows members can tender parcels quickly and get paper or electronic receipts without waiting in line. Upon request, members can also have their U.S. mail and FedEx and UPS return shipments addressed to the DDC, and the shipping staff will act as the receiving agent.  TransGuardian’s scan will trigger an email or text advising him or her that an incoming shipment is available for pick up.

TransGuardian also negotiated  a new suite of insured group benefits for the DDC with Wells Fargo Insurance Services that  include: Term life and accidental death & dismemberment;  critical illness;  accident;  whole life;  legal services;  vision; auto and home; and dental.

''And that’s just the DDC package as of today,'' said  Mosbacher. “We are working diligently – and continuously – to add more and more benefits. It has never been more worthwhile to join the DDC.''

The DDC,  under the direction of Lou  Rohde, director of member services, has brought in 200 new members so far this year. 


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