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

CMI Service Map for California


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.

Reference: click here.


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.”

Reference: click here.


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.

Reference: click here.


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

Reference: click here.


Road Trip Checklist

Road Trip Checklist

Inspect Your Truck or Car Before You Take a Road Trip

Road Trip Checklist

Are you getting ready to head out on a vacation or other road trip? Take a little time before you go to make sure your pickup truck is as ready to hit the road as you are.

Change the Oil and Filter

If the truck is within 500 miles or so of needing an oil change, and your trip will take you past that distance, change its oil and filter before you leave.

Check Fluid Levels

Check the truck’s fluid levels, like washer fluid, engine oil if you don’t change it, transmission fluid, coolant, brake fluid and power steering fluid. If checks reveal low levels, have the truck serviced to make sure there’s not a problem.

Check Your Tires

Inspect your tires for wear. That job covers more than checking the tire pressure, but it won’t take you very long.

If you don’t already know how to change a flat tire, learn to do it before you leave. A short pre-trip exercise will help you figure out tire-changing problems before you’re stuck on the side of the road.

More Road Trip Checks

  • Install new wiper blades or blade inserts or take along a spare pair.
  • If it’s summer, check your auto’s air conditioning system.
  • If it’s winter, make sure the truck’s heater is functioning correctly. Throw in a small shovel if you’ll travel where snow is a possibility — just in case.
  • In winter, take along a few blankets in case you get caught in snow and are forced to sit in the truck for awhile.
  • Inspect belts and hoses to make sure they aren’t cracked or worn. If you aren’t comfortable doing that, take the truck to a technician.
  • Check all lights to make sure they work.
  • Slip in a jug of water in case you need it for the radiator (or for a drink).

Be sure to follow specific suggestions for safe travel to your destination. have a good trip!

Reference: click here.


Tips on Packaging Fragile Items for Worldwide Shipping

Swaddle the baby!

Wow, they bought that ancient dust-covered knick-knack from Gramma’s china chest. But (your knees are knocking in terror) they live a billion miles away. How are you going to get it to them in ONE piece?

Stop being afraid. ANYTHING can be packaged securely. It’s true. You just need the right tools. Patience. And a few tips.

I have been packaging and shipping fragile items for many years. With 100% success. And you can, too.

Think of your item as a baby. Think in terms of wrapping your item, swaddling it just as you would swaddle a baby in a blanket. Here’s how.

1) Keep the correct supplies on hand. You will need the following:

Clear packing tape (wide – NOT narrow)
Packing tape dispenser
Styrofoam peanuts (the pink NON-static ones are great but the white will do)
Sheets of bubble wrap (the smaller bubbles NOT the big ones)
Hint: Bubble wrap can be purchased on large rolls with perforations. You can pull off 12 inch X 12 inch sheets as needed just by ripping. Very convenient.
Clean white tissue paper (avoid heavier newsprint paper as it increases weight and cost)
Thin pieces of cardboard (like you’d find inside a new shirt)
Zip-Lock bags (a variety of sizes)
Good cardboard boxes (you can recycle these boxes by turning them inside out)
Mailing labels
Black felt pen

2. Examine your item carefully. Look for thin areas like arms, beaks, noses…anything which could snap in transit. Cut thin strips of tissue or bubble wrap and wrap the area (like a mummy). You are attempting to make the fragile area flush with the rest of the piece. Tape the wrap tightly in place. Do NOT put tape directly on your item. Keep the tape on your wrapping ONLY.

3. Now wrap the entire piece neatly in 2 thicknesses of clean tissue paper. Wrap snugly like swaddling a baby. Use tape to secure the tissue.

4. Now use another sheet of bubble wrap and swaddle the tissue-wrapped piece. Tape in place.

5. Choose a strong box (it must be larger all the way round than your wrapped piece). Add some styrofoam peanuts. Now place your well-wrapped fragile item on top of the peanuts. (There should be space all the way around the item for more peanuts.) Spill more peanuts around the sides and on the top.

(If you are concerned about the strength of your box…simply shore it up by either adding sheets of bubble wrap or thin cardboard around the sides. This is usually not necessary if you are using a good box.)

(Very VERY fragile pieces shipping overseas should be packed in TWO boxes. Pack the first box as described above and then pack the packed box into a second box with styrofoam peanuts all the way around…bottom, top and sides. This is very secure. I have shipped vintage porcelain all over the world this way with complete success.)

6. Remember to enclose your paperwork at this time (eBay purchase records, etc.). Be sure NOT to place these across the top of the box as they will get cut by anyone using a box cutter to open the box. Slip the papers down one edge instead.

7. If customs must see your paperwork, you must enclose the paperwork in an envelope on the outside of the box but this is not usually necessary for small-time shippers.

8. Close the box flaps and do this test…push down on the flaps. Do they easily push in? If so, you have not put in enough styrofoam peants. Open the box and add more. When pushed down, the flaps should remain solid but not bulging. Once the flaps are flat and solid, begin sealing your box with the packing tape. (HINT: Make certain your box is not bulging…keep it square…remove some packing if your box is not sitting square. A square box ships better inside a rectangular truck.)

9. TAPE it up. This is not a time to save money. Tape in one direction making sure that one tape end always meets on top of another tape end because tape sticks well to tape, not cardboard. Now, tape in the other direction making a neat intersection of tape.

10. HINT: If you are shipping to areas like the Southern United States, do your buyer a favor and put your item into a sealed ZipLock bag after wrapping it like a mummy and before putting it into the box. If the box gets wet, the item will stay dry. Do the same with your enclosed paperwork. Your buyer residing in hurricane county will appreciate that.

11. Have you used a recycled box? Be sure to remove any old UPC codes, addresses, phone number, etc. I use a wide nib black felt pen to obliterate anything I don’t want a shipper to see.

12. Label clearly with a large well-printed white label. Hand printing or computer printing is fine as long as the words are large and legible. Apply the label to your box and then take your packing tape and securely cover the label. If your package runs into a rain shower, your label will be wearing its packing tape raincoat.

13. Keep one area in your office or home for packing. Keep it all set up with your tools and supplies. You will find your packing will go very quickly when you are all set up to go.

Reference: click here.


Transportation App to Keep You Moving #5


Never hail another cab again after downloading TaxiMagic. This app for iOS and Android lets you quickly book a nearby taxi or schedule a ride for later. The app works with 85 taxi fleets in 45 American cities.

TaxiMagic also estimates the cost of your trip, whereupon you can pay directly from your phone. If you’re using the service for a scheduled ride and have particularly complicated directions, use the app to message the driver directly to avoid confusion.

TaxiMagic is a free app available on both iOS and Android devices.

Reference: click here.


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