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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.

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This startup wants to replace traditional package delivery with hyperlocal, electric-trike-driving couriers

BY ADELE PETERS 3 MINUTE READ

If you walk down Lexington Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, you might see a brightly striped cargo trike leave a small storefront. The location is one in a growing network of “nano distribution centers,” serviced by the electric vehicles, owned by a startup called Bond. Bond doesn’t sell anything itself. Rather, it’s a new urban shipping company that wants to make online shopping both more sustainable and less annoying for customers.

When someone in the neighborhood places an order in the morning with one of the brands working with the service, they can get a delivery the same afternoon—and schedule the time that the local bike courier will arrive with the package, chatting in real time with the courier, if needed. If someone misses a delivery, the package will go back to the storefront rather than a more distant distribution center. Returns can also be scheduled for pickup.

[Photo: courtesy Bond]

The company is working with brands that offer perishable goods, like Wild Alaskan Co., a retailer that ships wild salmon and other fish from Alaska, and Rose Box, which ships fresh flowers, along with others that sell consumer electronics, cosmetics, and other products. The company is in talks with some larger brands, as well. Customers place orders on the brand’s website or app and can schedule delivery there.

The company looks at data to determine how much stock that a neighborhood needs of a particular product in each tiny distribution center. “We’re calculating demand within hyperlocal territories,” says Asaf Hachmon, Bond’s CEO. “And based on this calculation, we know how much supply or how much inventory needs to be held in each one of these nano distribution centers.” The system means that brands can avoid the carbon footprint of sending packages next-day air on planes. Ohi, another startup working with online brands, is using a similar model.

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[Photo: courtesy Bond]

It also means that delivery inside the neighborhood can be much more efficient. At night, when roads are clear, trucks make larger deliveries to the distribution centers. During the day, when streets are crowded, the small cargo trikes can avoid the pollution of trucks or vans stuck in traffic, and can operate more nimbly, making deliveries faster. The company has calculated that one of the logistics companies that it works with has reduced its use of trucks by 22%.

The startup, which announced $15 million in new funding today, grew out of an online grocery service in Tel Aviv called Shookit. At first, the delivery company was struggling with the cost of its delivery. “We dug deep into the data and saw that 30% of our logistical cost was from getting to the neighborhoods, and the other 70% was being spent around the neighborhoods because of reasons like inefficient proof of delivery, traffic jams, and parking tickets,” says Hachmon. Shookit decided to experiment with storing its inventory directly inside neighborhoods instead of using more traditional warehouses and then use electric trikes, and saw that it worked: deliveries were more efficient, and customers were so much less frustrated with delivery times that customer retention increased 60%. The founders decided to spin off Bond to work with other brands that were struggling with the typical problems of online delivery, like missed packages.

Bond can deploy its distribution centers in basements, unused space in office buildings or parking garages, or, somewhat ironically, storefronts that may now be empty because neighborhood stores were pushed out of business by online shopping. It’s worth wondering whether “nano distribution centers” may someday evolve back into the concept of neighborhood stores—but for now, it’s a model that more online retailers and logistics companies are beginning to adopt. In some European cities, UPS brings shipping containers into city centers early in the morning, and then couriers on electric trikes start making deliveries; the company, along with Amazon and others, is also beginning to test cargo bike delivery in New York City from in-city locations.

Bond has six distribution centers in Manhattan and Brooklyn, and plans to deploy as many as 30 more in the coming months; most serve customers within roughly a mile radius. It also plans to launch in additional cities later this year. “I believe that within the upcoming month or two, you’ll be able to see these tricycles running around Manhattan every day,” says Hachmon.

COURIER-MESSENGER, INC. – BIG OR SMALL WE SHIP IT ALL
  • CMI is  based in the Valencia Industrial Center, Santa Clarita, 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 in real time.

Phone: (661) 257-8689 – Fax: (661) 257-1895
Email: Sales@Courier-MessengerInc.com – Website: ShipCMI.com

If you want to order groceries online, ordering local is a greener option

Buying groceries and toiletries online can lower the carbon emissions from your purchase, but only if they’re delivered from a brick-and-mortar shop nearby, according to a new study from the UK. If your local grocer offers deliveries, that could have a smaller environmental impact (at least when it comes to planet-heating greenhouse gases) than driving to the store to pick them up yourself.

In contrast, buying the same products from an online market (like, say, Amazon) will contribute more to climate change because more emissions are generated when the items are shipped from a distribution center via courier.

The recent study adds to growing evidence that the environmental costs of online shopping are getting more complicated as online retailers drive new consumer habits. Online shoppers can minimize their impact by bundling their items and purchasing them from the same retailer, even if doing so means it takes longer to deliver, the study suggests. Online retailers, on the other hand, can shrink their emissions by finding cleaner delivery vehicles along what’s called the “last mile” — the last stretch from a warehouse to someone’s front door.

Taking these steps into consideration is only going to become more important as more shoppers turn to the internet to buy everyday items like groceries, toiletries, and cleaning supplies, which are referred to as “fast-moving consumer goods” in the study. People buy more of these products every week compared to other items that are frequently bought online, like clothes or electronics.

“The overall impacts from [fast-moving consumer goods] shopping is much larger compared to shopping for other products,” Sadegh Shahmohammadi, an author and researcher with the Radboud University in the Netherlands, said to The Verge in an email. He points out that the number of people buying these household necessities online is growing rapidly. That’s worrying because his study finds that online-only shopping is also the most greenhouse gas-intensive option.

In-store purchases had a smaller greenhouse gas footprint than online purchases shipped from faraway distribution centers in 81 percent of the study’s simulation runs. Purchases shipped from afar had median total greenhouse gas emissions that were twice as high as in-store purchases and about two to five times higher than items bought online but delivered from a local store.

The study published today in the journal Environmental Science & Technology was completed by researchers with Unilever and from the Radboud University Nijmegen; they received funding from the European Union. They modeled the greenhouse gas emissions from fast-moving consumer goods (using Unilever products as examples for calculating the weight and volume of goods bought as well as data from Unilever on energy usage from warehouses and on whether their products are typically transported via ship, train, or truck). They took into account the greenhouse gas emissions generated at every step of the shipping process, from transport from a factory to a warehouse and / or store, storing the item, and sending it out to a customer. They also considered packaging for deliveries from warehouses only, contending that packaging from brick-and-mortar stores was negligible.

Research from about a decade ago found that buying stuff online can result in less planet-heating pollution than driving to a store yourself. Shoppers stayed at home instead of driving gas-guzzling cars to and from the mall. But a lot has changed since then. Delivery vans make more trips in order to satisfy consumers’ expectations for fast deliveries. Returns add on more trips.

“The world has changed over the past few years. And therefore, it’s quite right that people are coming along and saying we have to reassess what the net environmental effect is of online retailing,” says Alan McKinnon, a professor at the Kuehne Logistics University in Hamburg, Germany. He was not involved in the study, but his research was cited in the paper.

McKinnon says he welcomes new studies like this that call into question whether there are still environmental gains to shopping online, and he points to some of the study’s limitations. One limitation is that the study calculates emissions from courier services like UPS. Amazon is increasingly shipping products itself and is purchasing electric vehicles to cut down its emissions. Another major limitation: people still don’t mirror their supermarket purchases online. The study authors explain that people still buy a lot of food in grocery stores, while items like baby care and personal care products are more popular online.

“At the end of the day, it’s still a complex subject,” McKinnon cautions. “It’s hard to make a consistent comparison.”

COURIER-MESSENGER, INC. – BIG OR SMALL WE SHIP IT ALL
  • CMI is  based in the Valencia Industrial Center, Santa Clarita, 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 in real time.

Phone: (661) 257-8689 – Fax: (661) 257-1895
Email: Sales@Courier-MessengerInc.com – Website: ShipCMI.com

How to Become a Truck Driver

How to Become a Truck Driver

Have you ever dreamed of getting paid to see parts of this country that you’ve never been able to see? The life of a truck driver is extremely challenging, but if you’re up to the task, it can be very rewarding and worthwhile.

Requirements:

  1. Complete high school or obtain your GED. Although not a formal requirement, most trucking companies (with about one-third of all jobs in this field) strongly prefer to hire high school graduates.
  2. Maintain a clean driving record. Excessive moving violations and/or any Driving Under the Influence (DUI) convictions can disqualify you from trucking.
  3. Obtain a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) to drive trucks over 26,000 lbs. or any size truck that transports hazardous materials. Getting a CDL requires applicants to pass both a written and driving exam to prove their ability to operate a commercial truck.
  4. Prepare for and pass the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR) exam of the U.S. Department of Transportation. In addition to a written test, truck drivers must pass a physical exam, including vision and hearing screenings.

Consider this:

  1. Many private schools offer training to prepare potential truckers for the CDL exam, which includes a period of driving under the direction of a licensed truck driver.
  2. Contact your state’s Department of Motor Vehicles for specific instructions on how to apply for a commercial driver’s license where you live.
  3. Keep in mind that the life of a truck driver can be lonely, with countless hours spent on the highway for long stretches of time.
  4. All employers must now conduct pre-employment and periodic drug testing of truck drivers. Failing a drug test can result in immediate termination.

You’re on your way to a new career as a long haul truck driver. The life of a trucker is not an easy one, so be certain you are up to the task. It is a tough job, but if you’re made to be a truck driver and have what it takes to succeed, you’ll love the freedom it offers.

COURIER-MESSENGER, INC. – BIG OR SMALL WE SHIP IT ALL
  • CMI is  based in the Valencia Industrial Center, Santa Clarita, 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 in real time.

Phone: (661) 257-8689 – Fax: (661) 257-1895
Email: Sales@Courier-MessengerInc.com – Website: ShipCMI.com

How to Choose a Delivery Service

Nothing moves slowly in the world of business. Speed always counts, whether completing a sales agreement, responding to your customers, or delivering a finished product.

That’s why it’s important to find a delivery service that can meet your business needs and leave a good impression with your clients. Pick the right one, and you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it.

RELIABILITY

First, you want to make sure you find a delivery company that is reliable, not a fly-by-night outfit without a track record.

Simple courier services are relatively easy to start — they’re just a person on a bicycle at their most basic — but a small, inexperienced delivery company isn’t likely to be able to provide the kind of reliability and suite of services you’ll need.

Look for a delivery service with a long track record and lots of happy clients. It helps to have some inside information from friends or co-workers about what services they use, so ask around. And if a particular delivery service has done a great job bringing things to your office, that’s a good sign that you ought to hire them to deliver for you, too.

Ultimately, you need a delivery service you can count on. Your business reputation depends on it.

SERVICE

Delivery companies typically offer a range of services with prices that vary based on how quickly you need delivery and how big and heavy the contents are.

In general, it’s good to pick a company that offers more services than you think you’ll need.

Right now, you may only need envelopes delivered overnight, but what happens if your needs change? If there is any chance you might need same-day service or freight hauling at a later date, you ought to look for a company that can meet even your unforeseen needs.

CONVENIENCE

Since business happens all the time — even after hours and on weekends — you need to consider whether a delivery company is able to work with your schedule.

Delivery services ought to make your job easy. The best ones will go out of their way to make sure you have a good, trouble-free experience.

It’s a good idea to look for a delivery company that offers after-hours service for those times when you might need it. This will typically cost more, but convenience and speed will make it necessary for your most critical deliveries.

PRICING

Prices matter, of course, but your delivery service is no place to cut corners. As long as their prices aren’t extremely out of line, it’s worth it to pay a few extra pennies or dollars for a company that meets your needs.

Delivery services are typically too mission-critical to pinch pennies. If you end up going with a cheaper service that leaves a bad impression with your customers or can’t deliver a critical package on time, you’re ultimately going to lose money. It’s not worth the risk.

No matter what, always know what you’re getting for that price, too. Is there a delivery time guaranty? Are the package contents insured, and can you buy insurance? Can you get a Proof of Delivery (POD) emailed to you as soon as the package is delivered?

In the end, you need to consider the quality of service most closely when picking a delivery company. Finding someone who can provide a pleasant, speedy, trouble-free experience — for both pick-up and delivery — is the key to choosing a good delivery service.

COURIER-MESSENGER, INC. – BIG OR SMALL WE SHIP IT ALL
  • CMI is  based in the Valencia Industrial Center, Santa Clarita, 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 in real time.

Phone: (661) 257-8689 – Fax: (661) 257-1895
Email: Sales@Courier-MessengerInc.com – Website: ShipCMI.com

All Of The Last Days To Ship Your Holiday Gifts

All Of The Last Days To Ship Your Holiday Gifts

With Christmas just around the corner, we want to keep everything stress free here at The Curvy Fashionista. To help us all out, we have created a list of the last days to ship any gifts so this holiday season stays joyful, not stressful.

  • Dec. 18 (Tue) – Deadline for 3 Day Select shipments (delivery on Dec. 24).
  • Dec. 20 (Thu) – Deadline for 2nd Day Air shipments (delivery on Dec. 24)
  • Dec. 21 (Fri) – Deadline for Next Day Air shipments (delivery on Dec. 24). Packages scheduled for Dec. 22 must be processed and labeled for Saturday Delivery, which is not available to all ZIP codes.
  • Dec. 24 (Mon) – Pickup service available only for Air shipments if pre arranged by Dec. 20 (Thu)
  • Dec. 25 (Tue) – No pickup or delivery service. Express Critical services available.
COURIER-MESSENGER, INC. – BIG OR SMALL WE SHIP IT ALL
  • CMI is  based in the Valencia Industrial Center, Santa Clarita, 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 in real time.

Phone: (661) 257-8689 – Fax: (661) 257-1895
Email: Sales@Courier-MessengerInc.com – Website: ShipCMI.com

Pack Your Presents Like a Pro

Pack Your Presents Like a Pro

  • Pick the right-size box. The more a piece can move, the more likely it is to break. And don’t over fill; if you do, the contents are likely to bust out before reaching their destination. Check the box’s bottom flap for the maker’s certificate, which tells you the maximum weight the container can bear.

  • When you’re mailing multiple items, Bubble-Wrap each separately, then tape them together, that way, they won’t clank against each other.

  • Before sealing a package, give it a gentle shake! If you hear anything moving, add padding — newspaper or shredded documents do the trick.

  • To make sure your box is fully reinforced, use the H method, taping along all the seams — it will look like there’s an H on both the top and bottom of your box. And always use real packing tape; the other stuff won’t hold up in transit.

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COURIER-MESSENGER, INC. – BIG OR SMALL WE SHIP IT ALL
  • CMI is  based in the Valencia Industrial Center, Santa Clarita, 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 in real time.

Phone: (661) 257-8689 – Fax: (661) 257-1895
Email: Sales@Courier-MessengerInc.com – Website: ShipCMI.com

10 tricks for shipping holiday gifts with ease

The boxes. The bubble wrap. The packing peanuts. The uncooperative roll of tape. Shipping gifts at this time of year can be a colossal pain in the neck – not to mention a pain in the pocketbook.

Are there tricks for sending the fruitcake to your Aunt Louise, the LEGO set to little Jimmy, the books to your Uncle John and the heavy cookware to your Mom? You bet there are.

The following tips will help you ship holiday packages safely and in the least expensive way, depending on your needs.

1. Don’t dawdle. If you procrastinate about sending your gifts on their merry way, you may find yourself spending much more money on expensive – and in many cases, utterly avoidable – next-day-air service for shipments to other parts of the country.

2. Do your shopping on the Web. Online retailers will package and ship gifts for you so you don’t have to worry about it at all. Many will even gift-wrap presents and allow you to include personalized notes and gift receipts.

3. Choose the right box. If you forgo the online route and need to ship gifts yourself, be sure to package them in strong, corrugated cardboard boxes. Check the bottom of the box for a weight limit. Don’t wrap the outer box in any kind of paper; it could tear off and your gift could be lost or delayed. (U.S. Postal Service, UPS, DHL and some FedEx boxes are free.)

4.  Use the right packing materials. Invest in some packing peanuts and bubble cushioning, especially if you’re sending anything fragile. Leave enough space between items in the box, and wrap individual items with double cushioning if necessary.

5. Ship perishables correctly. Send baked goods, meats, cheeses and fruits on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, ideally via next-day delivery. If you send them on a Thursday or Friday, make sure the foods can handle extremely hot or cold temperatures for up to four days. This may require the use of frozen gel packs.

6. Know how to send high-dollar items. Ship expensive jewelry and other valuables via next-day delivery in a box no smaller than 7-by-4-by-2 inches. Look into insuring the item through your insurance company, since most shipping companies put limits on claim amounts. Don’t attach anything to the outside of the box that would reveal the item’s value.

7. Shop around. To get a sense of how much it will cost to send a package somewhere, call these numbers and use the automated rate services: U.S. Postal Service, (800) ASK-USPS (275-8777); FedEx, (800) GO-FEDEX (463-3339); UPS, (800) PICK-UPS (742-5877); DHL, (800) CALL-DHL (225-5345). You’ll need ZIP codes, the weight of the package and the gift’s basic shape (so you can choose whether to ship it in a box, envelope or tube, for example).

8. Know the basic differences in shipping costs. Here’s what it costs to send a 10-pound box from Seattle to Tampa using these specific services: UPS’s second-day air service, $47.72; FedEx’s two-day service, $45.38; DHL’s second-day service, $44.32; U.S. Postal Service’s Express Mail service (guaranteed overnight delivery, including on Christmas), $39.50; U.S. Postal Service’s Priority Mail Service (arrives in two to three business days), $20.25. You also can ask all of these carriers about slower and less costly ground-delivery services as well.

9. Consider a flat-rate box from the post office. It costs $8.10 to ship a Priority Mail Flat Rate Box anywhere in the country, and the box can accommodate up to 70 pounds. (The largest flat rate box measures about 13.6-by-11.9-by-3.4 inches.) Don’t use this box if your package weighs less than 2 pounds; in that case, a regular Priority Mail box would be cheaper.

10.  Understand when to pay more. If you find yourself facing a tough deadline or you need to be able to track a package, consider spending more on shipping through FedEx, UPS, DHL or Express Mail. UPS Stores, FedEx Kinko’s locations and DHL Authorized Shipping Centers can be convenient when you don’t have the time or desire to package gifts correctly; they’ll do it for you there.

COURIER-MESSENGER, INC. – BIG OR SMALL WE SHIP IT ALL
  • CMI is  based in the Valencia Industrial Center, Santa Clarita, 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 in real time.

Phone: (661) 257-8689 – Fax: (661) 257-1895
Email: Sales@Courier-MessengerInc.com – Website: ShipCMI.com

What are shipping rules? Do I need them?

Shipping rules help us calculate the correct shipping rates on your products to display on Yahoo Shopping. They let you tell us, for example, whether your shipping prices are based on product weight or price. Your shipping rules should only cover your lowest-price shipping option—highlight other shipping methods you offer by selecting them in the Store Information section your my Account page. Make sure that only one rule applies to any product—if you have overlapping rules, the shipping charge displayed in Yahoo Shopping will be a sum of all applicable rules.

If you do not enter any shipping rules for your products, your listings run the risk of poor placement or exclusion from areas of Yahoo Shopping that depend on shipping cost estimates.

COURIER-MESSENGER, INC. – BIG OR SMALL WE SHIP IT ALL
  • CMI is  based in the Valencia Industrial Center, Santa Clarita, 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 in real time.

Phone: (661) 257-8689 – Fax: (661) 257-1895
Email: Sales@Courier-MessengerInc.com – Website: ShipCMI.com

How to Track Delivery Packages

Package tracking allows customers to trace their delivery shipment. This service includes multiple-package tracking through airmail or freight. Customers can track the package through the Internet, telephone or text messages. With careful research, tracking your package delivery is simple.

Instructions

    • Find out how the package was shipped. It may have been shipped via the U.S. Postal Service, United Parcel Service, Federal Express, DHL or some other shipping company. Search for the package tracking number, which is needed to track the package. Most companies email it to you once a shipment is made.

    • Log in to the carrier’s website. Click on the Track and Confirm tab. Enter the tracking number and click “Submit.” Another page will load showing the package location in transit to you. Packages are updated as they reach sorting facilities or their destination. Options to continue receiving package updates through email or text messages are also offered.
    •  Call the carrier if you don’t have a tracking number or access to the Internet. Customer service representatives can give you feedback about package shipments, such as departure information, route itinerary and delivery confirmation.
COURIER-MESSENGER, INC. – BIG OR SMALL WE SHIP IT ALL
  • CMI is  based in the Valencia Industrial Center, Santa Clarita, 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 in real time.

Phone: (661) 257-8689 – Fax: (661) 257-1895
Email: Sales@Courier-MessengerInc.com – Website: ShipCMI.com

Happy Holidays from CMI!

Happy Holidays from all of us at Courier-Messenger, Inc.

COURIER-MESSENGER, INC. – BIG OR SMALL WE SHIP IT ALL
  • CMI is  based in the Valencia Industrial Center, Santa Clarita, 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 in real time.

Phone: (661) 257-8689 – Fax: (661) 257-1895
Email: Sales@Courier-MessengerInc.com – Website: ShipCMI.com

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