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Courier-Messenger Inc is a local company, based in the Valencia Industrial Center, providing transportation of time sensitive shipments of all sizes from envelopes to full truckloads.

CMI provides same day, Overnight and Time definite Ltl point to point deliveries, through out the USA. Same day truck service is determined by availability at time of call.

CMI provides our customers with internet tracking, and proof of deliveries at time of completion via email.

CMI provides 24/7 Dispatch

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C.M.I. DELIVERS TIME CRITICAL SHIPMENTS DOOR-TO-DOOR INTERSTATE OR INTRASTATE ANYWHERE IN THE USA

How the Transportation Industry Uses Invoice Factoring

According to the American Trucking Association, there are more than 500,000 trucking companies in the United States and 80 percent of them have fewer than twenty trucks. While there are many national logistics organizations, the vast majority of these can be classified as a small business.

If you are in trucking or if you run a professional business in the field of shipping and logistics you are probably acutely aware of the disparity between when you complete the work versus the length of time it takes for your customers to process payment. It does not matter if you are a broker or an independent driver or a large logistics organization, the gap between when you do the work and when you get paid for the work can lead to several financial problems and business cash flow issues.

While it is commonplace to extend thirty, sixty or even ninety days credit to longterm or volume customers, the extended payment period can create some significant problems. After all, as a business you have bills to pay as well, and those bills happen every thirty days without extended payment options. It may not be fair but it is the nature of the transportation industry. But you can improve your cash flow and get access to your money sooner with an accounting practice known as “factoring.”

Is Invoice Factoring a Loan?

Many people confuse invoice or receivable factoring to be a loan. It is not. To qualify for a loan from a major financial institution you must meet a number of different criteria, including providing evidence of collateral and a good credit history. If you are a freelance professional or a small business owner and fully self-employed, the chances of you qualifying for an unsecured loan are low. In the current economic climate most banks are simply unwilling to extend credit, particularly to entrepreneurs without significant collateral.

Receivable invoice factoring is not a loan but rather a convenience fee that is paid to an agency who is willing to advance you the value of your customer accounts receivable invoices. They are not lending you money; they are simply allowing you to withdraw amounts immediately from the value of the invoices that you know will be processed in the next one to three months. It is a great way to unlock additional liquidity for your business and resolve the imbalance in sales and cash flow.

When a business uses the services of a receivable factoring agency, it is literally like getting paid immediately by the customer.  It becomes the agency’s job to collect the amount from your customer, and many businesses have used receivable factoring services as a way to encourage late paying customers to adopt a more timely approach. The business is able to retain a positive relationship with its customer as the factoring agency is the one that contacts the client if the invoice is late. While the business can expect to pay from 2 percent to 3 percent every month for the service, it can be a useful and effective alternative.

The Benefits for Transportation Organizations

Individuals in the logistics business can attest to some of the slowest paying accounts receivables in any industry. The reason is that logistics services and fees are often paid by a number of contractors depending on the duration of shipping for the product.   One person must be paid before the next person can be paid for their invoice. The multiple levels that are inherent with the way logistics and shipping companies do business lead to extended payment deadlines. You’ve earned it but you can’t get your hands on that income just yet. And it doesn’t matter whether your own business needs it or not, there have traditionally been very few options to expedite fast payment without alienating existing customers and hampering sales.

There are a number of benefits to using a receivable factoring agency. There is a lot of competition and there are many businesses looking to accept proposals on your accounts receivables. These agencies will provide varied fees for doing the same thing, which is good for you because the competition helps to keep the percentage cost of borrowing lower. And since there are so many businesses vying for your receivables you can take some time and choose one that you enjoy working with and one that gives you great service for a low fee.

Bank loans can be difficult to acquire. The popular micro-loan is typically difficult to get for most small and medium sized businesses in the current economic climate. Using a receivable factoring agency can be a viable and convenient solution for transportation and logistics organizations.

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Transportation App to Keep You Moving #10

Logistics

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Logistics is not just another application. It is a whole system for managing spedition company.

Are You an owner of small transport-spedition company?
Or simply are in need of convenient application to store data?
Best advice: Try Logistics!

Features:

– Modern and attractive user interface
– Backward compatibility up to version 2.1
– Working reliably both in landscape and horizontal

– Advanced data management for drivers, clients and vehicles
– Advanced data management for shipment orders
– Advanced data management for transport
– Assigning vehicles to drivers
– Assigning shipment orders to transports
– Assigning drivers to transports

– Shipments orders and transport multiple status
– Displaying order history for clients
– Calling drivers or clients directly from the list
– Convenient way to browse through the list (using swipe moves) when checking details
– Advanced validation option
– Many business settings
– Search implemented for all data
– Basic statistics

and much more functionality!

Application does not require any permissions. Works perfectly offline.

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What is a Fuel Surcharge?

What is a Fuel Surcharge?

A fuel surcharge is what most trucking companies and some business charge for fuel useage, usually based on mileage. This rate is calculated using the DOE (Dept. of Energy) website. That gives national averages. I not sure on exactly how the weekly amount is figured. But as of this date, its around .52 cents give or take. This amount is what offsets fuel costs involved with shipping.

What is the Fuel surcharge formula?

First, decide how much your target price–the price you always want to pay out of pocket for fuel – is. Let’s say your target is $2.
Subtract that from the current national average diesel price. If it’s $5 per gallon (God forbid), the difference is $3 per gallon.

Then divide the difference by six because your truck is getting 6MPG on average. Right now you’ve got a 50 cents/mile fuel surcharge.

And finally multiply that figure by the run length–if the run’s 1000 miles, you’ll tack on $500 in fuel surcharge to the bill.

If you work for a trucking company, they normally fix the surcharge for a month–for June the rate is always going to be, say, 47 cents per mile no matter how high fuel gets.

Is there a standard for fuel surcharge it seems everyone has their own?

A fuel surcharge is just a way of recovering the loss of profit due to increased gasoline or diesel cost for transport that was not figured in to the purchase price of the product without raising the price of the product itself.
As far as I know there is no standard, it is based on the difference between what was projected as cost for the year weighed against what it actually cost.

Are fuel surcharges legal?

Yes they are. With the constant rising of fuel prices in the US, delivery companies are using fuel surcharges to help offset their fuel costs. If it costs more for them to deliver the product to or for you, then must pass that cost onto the consumer – they would go broke in a short time otherwise.

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Transportation App to Keep You Moving #9

Agility Logistics

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The Agility app keeps you informed of world events affecting the movement of freight. You can personalize your news feed to track events in certain countries or monitor events affecting specific modes of transportation (air, sea, and road). App also has a Co2 calculator to estimate the emission by Mode of transport, weight and distance traveled.

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Trucking Industry by SBA

Trucking Industry

  • Commercial Vehicle Size and Weight Standards
    Covers the federal standards center on a commercial vehicle’s weight, length, and width.
  • EPA Transportation and Air Quality Industry Partner Programs
    Offers voluntary industry compliance programs aimed at reducing pollution and improving air quality.
  • Motor Carrier FAQs
    Lists frequently asked questions about the regulatory requirements of commercial operations of large trucks and buses.
  • Motor Carrier Forms
    Provides the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) portal for all compliance forms.
  • Motor Carrier Registration and Licensing
    Provides the FMCSA’s registration and licensing portal.
  • Motor Carrier Rules and Regulations
    Outlines rules and regulations enforced by the FMCSA.
  • Motor Carrier Safety and Security Guide
    Gives the FMCSA’s guide to providing safety and security initiatives aimed at reducing crashes, injuries and fatalities involving large trucks and buses. Commercial operators must comply with these safety regulations.
  • Oversize and Overweight Load Permit Information
    Details federally mandated maximum weights for the National System of Interstate and Defense Highways.
  • Smartway Transport Partnership
    Explains how the EPA partners with several lenders to make loans available to small trucking companies to help pay for technologies that will save fuel and money while reducing pollution.
  • Surface Transportation Board Guide to Environmental Rules
    Assists in understanding and applying the Board’s environmental rules. It highlights the various environmental and historic reporting requirements, notice requirements, those actions exempt from environmental and historic review, and the types of environmental documents generally prepared for actions before the Board
  • Vehicle Size and Weight Standards
    Covers requirements to preserve our Nation’s infrastructure and to keep trucks and buses moving efficiently. States must ensure that commercial motor vehicles comply with federal size and weight standards. FHWA is responsible for certifying state compliance with federal standards. This site provides a ready source of information on federal standards and guidelines, state enforcement activities, reporting requirements, and contacts.

Hazardous Materials Transportation

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Patriot Day in United States

Patriot Day is an annual observance on September 11 to remember those who were injured or died during the terrorist attacks in the United States on September 11, 2001. Many Americans refer Patriot Day as 9/11 or September 11.

Patriot DayPatriot Day remembers those who lost their lives during the 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States. ©iStockphoto.com/Terraxplorer

What do people do?

On the direction of the President, the flag of the United States of America should be displayed on the homes of Americans, the White House and all United States government buildings in the whole world. The flag should be flown at half-mast as a mark of respect to those who died on September 11, 2001. Many people observe a moment of silence at 8:46 AM (Eastern Daylight Time). This marks the time that the first plane flew into the World Trade Center. Some communities, particularly in the areas directly affected by the attacks, hold special church services or prayer meetings. People who personally experienced the events in 2001 or lost loved ones in them, may lay flowers or visit memorials.

Public life

Patriot Day is not a federal holiday and schools and businesses do not close. Public transit systems run on their regular schedules. Some people and organizations may take some time out to hold prayers for the victims of the attacks, but these do not usually affect public life for more than a few minutes.

Background

On September 11, 2001, four planes were hijacked. The hijackers then deliberately flew three of the planes into two important buildings, the Pentagon in Washington DC and the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York. The fourth crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The loss of life and damage that these hijackings caused form the biggest act of terrorism ever on United States soil. Nearly 3000 people died in the attacks and the economic impact was immense.

The attacks have greatly increased attention to national security in the United States. This has had huge implications for United States national and international politics. This is particularly true for the relationships between the United States and Islamic countries in the Middle East.

Symbols

The most potent symbol of the events that happened on September 11, 2001 are pictures and videos of planes flying into buildings, of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center engulfed in smoke and later collapsing and of people falling from buildings. Pictures taken of damaged buildings and relatives looking for loved ones in the days and weeks after the attacks are also often shown. The flag of the United States is often displayed around images of the events on September 11, 2001. This is to remind Americans that their country remained strong in the face of massive terrorist attacks.

Patriot Day should not be confused with Patriot’s Day, also known as Patriots Day, which commemorates the battles of Lexington and Concord in 1775, which were two of the earliest battles in the American Revolutionary War.

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Independent Courier Jobs

That special delivery you anxiously await on your birthday has a good chance of being delivered by an independent courier. These contractors deliver packages and documents for individuals, businesses and government agencies. An independently contracted courier typically delivers locally, which allows same-day delivery. Many businesses prefer courier services for delivery of important documents.

Job Description

An independent contract courier is hired to deliver items from point A to point B. He is responsible for the item from the time he picks it up until the time it is in the hands of the customer. He is typically hired by a business that needs to get an important package somewhere in a hurry. A courier’s hours vary based. Most courier service agencies send their contractors out Mondays through Saturdays.

Available Jobs

Contract couriers can work for Courier-Messenger Inc, or operate independent. Being employed by a courier service has the benefit of an established clientele, which keeps cash coming in and the work-flow steady. Most delivery services require that independent couriers wear a uniform and have the company’s logo clearly printed on delivery vehicles. This way the customer can clearly see the courier represents the company.

Transportation

Independent couriers choose the type of transportation they want to use. Most elect to drive vans or trucks, since those move the most cargo. Some drive cars, motorcycles or mopeds. Another popular choice is a bicycle, especially in congested urban areas.

If driving a car, truck or van, the courier must carry heavier loads and be prepared to deal with challenging parking arrangements. Traffic jams and road construction also pose problems.

Skills

Most delivery services do not require an independent courier to have more than a high school diploma. They also provide on-the-job training. Couriers should have good communication skills, a clean driving record with current insurance, and a good sense of direction.

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6 Things Really Productive People Do

Have you noticed that some people just seem to accomplish tons and still appear happy and relaxed? Here are six tips for becoming more productive.

1. Pick Your Priorities

Make choices about the activities in your life. With most endeavors, you can either go deep or go wide. Focus on spending time that for you is fun and productive. If you like big families, have them, but recognize up front that kids require time and you’ll have to choose a lifestyle that supports quality time with them, for you to feel satisfied. I chose the life of a consultant because I like to work with companies, but don’t want the life of a big company CEO. My choices are based on the lifestyle I want.

2. Go For Efficiency

You don’t do everything well. The things you do well usually give you greater joy and require less time. Don’t take on something with a steep learning curve if you don’t have the available bandwidth. Design your life to meet your wants, and recognize when to say no to opportunities that are outside the scope of your desires. Live your life by design, not default.

3. Integrate Your Activities

Many people go crazy trying to figure out how to spend time with friends, family, work, play, etc.  Stop trying to balance time between them all. Find ways to enjoy them in a combined manner. Build your social life around people in your work environment. Find people in your company who share common interests and develop your career around the people and activities you love. If everything is out of synch to the point where you feel pulled and stressed, a change is likely imminent one way or another.

4. Actively Manage Time-wasters

Social media, family, friends, employees, co-workers and general whiners all under certain circumstances can suck precious time from you if you let them. Budget your time for necessary activities. Make a choice to limit non-supportive interactions that don’t energize you. As for social media, it can easily be a black hole for time and productivity. Use it appropriately and sparingly as a tool to support your endeavors and social needs, but lay off the Farmville.

5. Be an Active Learner

You would think learning takes more time from you, but actually there are always new tools and new ways of doing things that can save you time on mundane tasks freeing you up for your priorities. Always be looking for a new way to gain back an hour here or there. Just try it and dump it quick if it starts to drag on.

6. Lighten Up

No need to beat yourself up if you can’t do all the things you want because you are handling other stuff that needs attention. It happens. The world won’t come to an end in most cases just because you left a few things undone. Celebrate progress and keep refining toward a happy productive existence. This is why making lists and crossing off items is a staple in any productivity handbook. Every completion is a small victory that adds up in a big way.

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Rail & Road News TORQ Transloading to build $100m crude-by-rail terminal in Canada

Canada based midstream oilfield service provider TORQ Transloading will construct a new crude-by-rail terminal in the Kerrobert town of Saskatchewan region with an investment of $100m.

Following the construction in 2014, the Kerrobert Rail Terminal will be served by the Canadian Pacific Railway and will have the capacity to manage two 120 car unit trains per day that would ship about 168,000 barrels per day.

The current truck deliveries will also be delivered to the new rail terminal storage tanks that are expected to add about 500,000 barrels of storage including a mixture of both heated and non-heated.

Expected to start the operations in third quarter of 2014, the Kerrobert terminal will be designed to receive inbound as well as rail back-hauled condensate.

TORQ CEO Jarrett Zielinski said the company took the scale-at-hub approach in the location selection process for the Kerrobert Rail Terminal.

“We feel that Kerrobert is strategic in that it allows maximum diversity and flexibility for crude-by-rail out of Western Canada,” Zielinski added.

“It is as far south and east geographically in Canada that allows us to not only access vast amounts of pipeline delivered crude oil but also it allows us to access significant quantities of heavy, undiluted crudes in the Lloydminster-Kerrobert corridor.

“This project adds upstream value to TORQ’s overall supply chain strategy of integrating upstream pipelines, storage and rail transportation with downstream rail offloading capacity and direct end user access via pipeline and water.”

Currently, TORQ operates six crude-by-rail transload terminals across Alberta and Saskatchewan, while it also serves on behalf of Canadian Pacific Railway at Tilley and Lloydminster as well as for Canadian National Railway at Whitecourt.

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Transportation App to Keep You Moving #8

CEVA

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This App enables you to search and track your shipments in real-time using your tracking number.

Key features

Track your shipment and find:

  • Key event history of your shipment
  • Origin  and the destination
  • Date and time to expect your delivery
  • Location of your shipment at every stage
  • Signature of recipient upon delivery

How to track CEVA’s Global Freight Management Shipments

We have created an easy tool to track your shipments.  First, select the type of shipment number you want to search by, then enter your shipment number:

  • For Airfreight – search using the CEVA waybill number or your customer reference numbers
  • For Oceanfreight – search using the CEVA bill of lading number, container number, customer reference numbers, booking number, or CEVA file number
  • For Brokerage (US import only)– search using the CEVA waybill, customer reference numbers, entry number, container number or CEVA Job Number.

This app can be purchased for the iPhone and iPad.

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