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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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



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.

Reference: click here.


What Kind of Education Do You Need to Be a Courier Messenger?

A courier or messenger delivers paperwork and packages for hospitals, law firms, schools, businesses or government agencies. As a courier, you must check delivery information, pick up and drop off packages, select the best routes and keep records. You also must deal with clients in person to get signatures and collect payment. If you have the necessary skills and personal qualities, a high school diploma plus on-the-job training are usually sufficient to work as a courier.

General Requirements

If you want to work as a courier, you need to be an accurate bookkeeper to keep records in proper order. You need strong time-management skills to make deliveries on time and a good sense of direction and knowledge of your territory. You must be able to work without supervision and maintain patience under adverse driving conditions. Good interpersonal skills will help you deal with clients effectively and represent your employer to the public.

Basic Education

Some employers require their messengers and couriers to have a high school diploma or the equivalent. If you have completed high school, it is an asset in finding a messenger job. No specific academic classes are necessary, and a diploma is not always necessary.

Driving Skills

Messengers working in an urban area sometimes make deliveries by bicycle. However, you need a current state driver’s license and a clean driving record for most courier or messenger jobs. Depending on the type of parcel, you may need to be able to drive a van or truck. Messengers often are required to provide a vehicle or bicycle for deliveries. However, when the item requires a special vehicle, the employer usually provides it.

On-the-Job Training

Most messengers and couriers learn on the job by partnering with an experienced worker for one week or longer. During training, you’ll help load and unload deliveries and take care of paperwork. Companies that deliver human organs or other special deliveries provide more specialized training in methods of handling these delicate materials.


The average courier or messenger earned $12.79 per hour in 2011, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This comes to $26,600 per year for a 40-hour workweek. Wages range from $8.39 per hour at the 10th percentile to $18.36 per hour at the 90th percentile. As of 2010, about 25 percent of couriers were self-employed, and nearly one-fourth were unionized. Most work full time, often including weekend or evening work.


The BLS predicts that jobs for messengers and couriers will increase by 12 percent between 2010 and 2020. Documents that used to require couriers can now travel electronically, but the aging of the population will increase the need for medical deliveries. Couriers with good interpersonal skills and the ability to deliver medical specimens will have the most job opportunities.

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CMI News – A little help for business owners

A little help for business owners

J.C. Burnett describes how attending the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business program led him to possibly landing Jet propulsion Lab in Pasadena as a customer.

Benefits of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program were outlined to members of VIA at the industry association’s luncheon Tuesday.

Launched with a $500 million investment by the banking and securities firm in 2009, the eight-week training program helps small business owners learn how to tap into economic growth and create jobs.

Business owners accepted into the program receive scholarships for an intense MBA-level curriculum tailored to small businesses, said Leticia Valadez, lead outreach coordinator for the program at Long Beach City College, one of the locations where training is held. The training program is also held at Los Angeles City College.

“The goal is to create revenues and create jobs in your business,” Valadez said.

The program works in concert with the Small Business Administration, the Small Business Development Center located in Santa Clarita at College of the Canyons and the Valley Economic development Corp.

Local business owner, J.C. Burnett, president of Courier-Messenger Inc., testified to the success of the program he recently attended.

“I developed a five-year growth plan,” Burnett said. “The program also helped me figure out that an idea of mine wasn’t just a good idea but a good opportunity, and how to make it happen.”

The contacts Burnett made, including Valadez and SBDC advisor Max Ordonez, also led to making a contact with the Pasadena-based Jet Propulsion Laboratory who was seeking a small business vendor.

JPL needed a large warehouse space to store parts for projects, that could be easily moved over to Pasadena as needed, he said. But the lab needs 125,000 square feet of warehouse space, which meant Burnett needed to secure funding to expand.

With Ordonez as an advisor, Burnett was put in contact with VEDC who is working with him on financing. Warehouse space could run $52,000 a month, Burnett said.

“If I secure funding I think I have a really good chance of being selected (by JPL),” he said. “It’s a five-to-10-year contract that would be life-changing for me.”

Burnett said that without the Goldman Sachs program, he would never have been in the position to bid on a contract with JPL. It gave him the courage and resources to grow his business.

Small businesses generated 64 percent of net new jobs over the past 15 years according to Goldman Sachs. They represent 99.7 percent of all employer firms, hire 40 percent of high-tech workers and produce 13 times more patents per employee than large patenting firms.

“The program has helped businesses grow 60 percent in three years,” Ordonez said.

And, of those firms that grew, all had three factors in common: management, market and money, he said.

To help interested business owners apply for the program, the SBDC is holding a Goldman Sachs application workshop Aug. 14 from 2 to 5 p.m. at COC’s Valencia campus.

Signal Featured Article with J.C. Burnett, click here.


Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses to learn more, click here.


Transportation App to Keep You Moving #7


ZipCar App - CMI

Getting out of town for just a couple of hours or maybe just a day or two but don’t want to rent a car? The Zipcar app makes weekend and day-trips easier by integrating into the popular car-sharing service.

From the app, Zipcar members can find and book rentals nearby, extend a reservation, even unlock your vehicle or call customer service in case of an accident. The Zipcar service costs around $60 per year, but this free app is well worth the download if you’re a regular Zipster.

The Zipcar app is available for both Android and iOS devices.

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How to Pack “fragile” Artwork and more…

How to pack fragile works and more.

All artwork, mirrors, and glass should be packed in mirror/picture boxes and you will need the following to pack them:

  • Packing tape
  • Blank newsprint paper or bubble wrap, picture boxes

Framed Artwork or Pieces

  1. Prepare a picture box for the artwork by putting newsprint on the bottom of the box. Do not close the top end of the box.
  2. Wrap each individual artwork or print with newsprint or wrap them in bubble wrap.
  3. Put the item in the box and if they fit loosely in the box, fill in the spaces with paper.
  4. Tape the box shut and mark it “Fragile-Art Work.”

Glass Tops

  1. Prepare a picture moving box for the glass top by putting newsprint paper on the bottom of the box or each box. Do not close the top end of the box.
  2. Wrap each individual glass top with newsprint or wrap them in bubble wrap.
  3. Put the glass top in the box and if they fit loosely in the box, fill in the spaces with paper. If two boxes are needed for the glass top then put the second box on top of the other by scoping them together and fill spaces with paper.
  4. Tape the box or boxes shut and mark it “Fragile-Glass Top.”


  1. Put tape across the front of the mirror like an X to keep the pieces in place in case the glass cracks or breaks.
  2. Prepare a picture box for the mirror by putting newsprint paper on the bottom of the box or each box. Do not close the top end of the box.
  3. Wrap each individual mirror with newsprint or wrap them in bubble wrap.
  4. Put the mirror in the box and if they fit loosely in the box, fill in the spaces with paper. If two boxes are needed for the mirror then put the second box on top of the other by scoping them together and fill spaces with paper.
  5. Tape the box or boxes shut and mark it “Fragile- Mirror.”

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Transportation App to Keep You Moving #6


Waze APP - CMI

Waze uses crowdsourcing to save you both time and money during your travels. GPS data from users updates your map in real-time, giving you current data on traffic jams, speed traps, even nearby gas stations.

Waze’s new gas station feature lets you find the cheapest fuel along your route. The company has partnered with over 10,000 stations to offer users special discounts.

Waze also includes voice-guided, turn-by-turn navigation and the ability to chat with other users.

Waze is a free download on iOS and Android, and a beta version for Blackberry is also available.

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Truck – Pallet Services

Truck Sizes: Full size Pick up, Cargo Van, 24’ Straight Truck and 53’ Dry Van

Specialized Equipment: Flatbed, Lowboy and 53‘ Dry Van with Lift gate and Air ride

Same Day Service: Pick up pallets, large crates or boxes and deliver before close of business or agreed upon time.

Exclusive Truck Service: To only have your product on the truck from pick up to delivery!

Overnight Service: Pick up available between 8:00 A.M. 5:00 P.M. to deliver next day by 5:00 P.M.

Additional Services:Lift gate, Inside Delivery, 2 Man deliveries, Blanket Wrap, Appointment Delivery, Residential Delivery and Pallet exchange.

Fuel Surcharge: Applies to all services.

Fuel surcharge percentages and associated trigger points are subject to change without notice. See “Terms and Conditions” for more details.

The prices in these indexes are published by the Energy Information Association of the U.S. Department of Energy and can be accessed via the web at C.M.I is not responsible for the information provided.

Terms and Conditions – Fuel Surcharge

We reserve the right to assess fuel and other surcharges on shipments without notice. The amount and duration of any such surcharges will be determined at our sole discretion. By tendering your shipment to C.M.I, you agree to pay the surcharges, as determined by C.M.I.


The best app for pro drivers

Everything you need at your fingertips

Daily log details with familiar logbook look and feel

Electronic logging that puts you in control

Creating clean, inspectable, and error-free logs is easy with BigRoad.

Automatically create logs by recording duty status changes. If you make a mistake, editing is even easier than on paper.

  • US and Canadian rule sets supported
  • Special review mode for roadside inspectors
  • Share logs with dispatch via email, or automatically using BigRoad for Fleets
  • Clear availability times help you plan ahead
  • Take advantage of exceptions like US split sleeper rule

Hours of service rules can be really complicated. BigRoad makes it easy by doing all of the calculations for you.

DVIR allows drivers to complete vehicle inspection reports quickly

Streamlined vehicle inspection reports

Complete a DVIR in just a few taps.

A perfect companion to logs.

  • Eliminate paperwork
  • Supports multiple trucks and trailers
  • US and Canadian rules
BigRoad Dashboard showing drive time remaining and a live map with traffic

Convenient launcher and traffic map

One-touch access to the most popular apps for drivers.

  • Map with live traffic info keeps you moving
  • Truck specific routing using Teletype SmartTruckRoute
  • Find truck stops, truck washes, service & maintenance, fuel, and wi?fi
Document and location sharing eliminate the need for faxes and keep truckers in touch with family and friends

Location, photo, and document sharing

Eliminate the cost & hassle of faxing.

  • Send payroll, PODs or damage photos anytime
  • Share location, photos, and notes with family and friends

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