Five Important Points to Charging Interest

Like Ernie is discussing with Bert, including interest on past due accounts is not always an easy idea to implement. As a case in point, not too long ago our office received a claim for $85,000 for the sale of electrical supply products. In reviewing the statement of...

I Have a Secret Collection Amore

Our company is a small business with about thirty employees and I have been there about five years as the person in charge of collections. After I arrived, I inherited a long time customer who always had a very up and down payment record with us. Although he would pay...

CMI’s Credit & Collection Trivia Quiz

In which ancient kingdom or empire were the concepts of accounting first developed? Egypt Greece Mesopotamia Phoenicia Babylon   Answer: Mesopotamia and Babylon Accounting records dating back more than 7,000 years have been found in Mesopotamia showing lists...

My 10 HOPES for the New Year!

Hi Everyone, It’s Hector the Collector and now that the New Year has begun, it’s also a time for me to set some HOPES for this year. I use the word “HOPES” because every year when I proclaim my “resolutions,” I just get too overwhelmed trying to make them a...

CMI’s Credit & Collection Trivia Quiz

In which country, principality or city was the first stock exchange established? China Venice Belgium London Constantinople     Answer: Technically Belgium but credit will also be given for choosing Venice. Please read below. When people think of stock markets, images...

My Debtor Speaks Gobble Gobble!

Dear Crabby, I meant to reach out to you much sooner as I’ve got a customer (very small business, 2-3 employees) who rambles on and on with a new excuse each time I call them to make their payment. For example, four months ago the problem was due to severe cash flow...

CMI’s Trivia Quiz

Which group of people developed the first cheques? The Romans The Vikings The Knights Templar The Merchants of Venice The Founding Fathers Answer: The Romans   The ancient Romans are believed to have used an early form of cheques known as praescriptiones in the 1st...

Walking the Thin Line of Sympathy

Hi Everyone, It’s Hector the Collector and as always, I enjoy sharing my collection ideas with you. As I was recently asked about how far collectors should go in getting involved in a debtor’s personal struggles, let me take a moment to share my thoughts on this...

The CMI Spirit – Eric Allen

As we are delighted to spotlight Eric Allen for our October newsletter, please read through his interview which conveys his passion for CMI and the collection business. Q-1: What was the initial opportunity that brought you to CMI and into this industry? A-1:...

CMI’s Trivia Quiz  

Which country was the first to use paper as money? a) England b) India c) Spain d) China e) None of the above The answer is (d). The first bank notes were printed on paper nearly 1,400 years ago in China, during the Tang Dynasty. At first they were used for exchanges...

Our Company is Discount Central

Dear Crabby, I’ve been reading your column for some time now and as the accountant at my company who is also managing some of the credit and collection functions, I finally decided to put pen to paper and seek your advice. My company is in the service business,...

♫ Money Makes the World Go Round ♪ ♫

How I loved the scene from the musical Cabaret with Liza Minelli and Joel Gray when they sung and danced to the song, Money Makes the World Go Round. With the catchy lyrics and foot tapping melody, I feel the song definitely resonates with my profession. Recently, one...

The CMI Spirit – Desiree Shelley

As we are delighted to spotlight Desiree Shelley for our April newsletter, please read through her interview which conveys her passion for CMI and the collection business. Q-1: What was the initial opportunity that brought you to CMI and into this industry? A-1: At my...

It’s Not My Fault

Dear Crabby, I’m at my wits end and I need to vent! To make a long story short, as the credit and collection manager at our mid-sized home interior decorating company, I’ve got dozens of past due accounts where the customer wants to pay but is holding back until we...

The CMI Spirit – Sharon Smith

As we are delighted to spotlight Sharon Smith for our March newsletter, please read through her short interview which conveys her passion for CMI and the collection business. Q-1: How long have you been working at CMI and as the Collection Coordinator? What was the...

My Debtor Remembers Me on Valentines Day

Dear Crabby, I’m the credit and collection manager at my company and I have a customer who ended up owing us several tens of thousands of dollars. Since this customer had been with us for a couple of decades, our president agreed to let him pay off the receivable over...

The Meaning of “Giving” in Thanksgiving

Another Thanksgiving is upon us and it’s time for millions of Americans across the US to share a beautiful meal, have lots of laughs, and enjoy one of the most important holidays in our country. Sadly, there are still millions who have no where to go for this special...

My Collection Manager Is too Nicey-Nicey

Dear Crabby, I’ve been enjoying your column and now find myself writing to you for help. Our staff collector was trained to be very polite, understanding, and to be reasonably, “accommodating” to our customers, as many of them have been with us for decades. I would...

The CMI Spirit – Cheryl Carliss

As we are delighted to spotlight Cheryl Carliss for our August newsletter, please read through her short interview which conveys her passion for CMI and the collection business. Q-1: What was the initial opportunity that brought you into the collection profession? How...

Excuse Me, Is this the Argument Room?

From time to time we at CMI receive an inquiry from a potential client with a heads up that their conversation with the customer got a little intense. In a recent inquiry, we were informed that after making several prior requests for payment, suddenly during the last...

The CMI Spirit – Guy Lang

As we are delighted to spotlight Guy Lang for our April newsletter, please read through his short interview which conveys his passion for CMI and the collection business. Q-1: What was the initial opportunity that brought you into the profession? How long have you...

Need to know the truth!

Dear Crabby, I’m at my wits end. I have a customer who has gone through good and bad times over the years (decades) and our president continues to do business with him no matter how bad the bad times get. My problem is that one of those bad times has produced...

I Completely Messed up on a Collection Call

Dear Crabby, This is embarrassing but I completely messed up on a collection call. Here’s what happened. I had been calling one of our regularly delinquent, but long term, customers for the past three months and dealing with several broken promises. Then last week...