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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Happy Thanksgiving from CMI! – How to Make a Ship Centerpiece for Thanksgiving

How to Make a Ship Centerpiece for Thanksgiving

Kids will love helping to make this large sailing ship centerpiece, which is reminiscent of the vessels that brought colonists to the new world. It’s a cinch to make and will definitely bring a boat-load of fun to any Thanksgiving table.

Materials Needed:

  • long, deep rectangular or oval-shaped serving container
  • scissors
  • 2 large light-colored pieces of patterned paper
  • small piece of solid-colored paper that coordinates with the serving container
  • 3-foot-long 3/8″ wooden dowel
  • 2-1/2″ round wooden tread wheel with a center hole that fits a 3/8″ wooden dowel
  • pencil or marker
  • hot glue and glue sticks
  • miter box and saw
  • tape measure
  • food to fill container (such as nuts, wrapped candies, or breadsticks and rolls)

Create Ship’s Mast

Use a miter saw to cut wooden dowel so it measures 4 times taller than the height of the serving container (Image 1). Insert the dowel into the center hole of the wooden tread wheel (Image 2).

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Create Flag and Finish Centerpiece

Use a coordinating solid piece of paper to create two small triangular flags and hot-glue them (back-to-back) to the top of the dowel (Image 1). Place dowel “mast” in the center of the serving container and fill with snacks of your choice (Images 2 and 3).

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Measure Container’s Width and Height

Place the tread wheel and dowel in the center of the serving container and measure the container’s width (Image 1). Next, measure the distance from the top of the container to the top of the dowel (Image 2). Note: These measurements will be used to determine the size of the ship’s sails.

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Create Paper Sails

Use scissors to cut two rectangles out of light-colored patterned paper (Image 1). They should both be one inch wider than the width of the container, and two inches shorter than the distance from the container’s rim to the top of the dowel. Use a marker to draw an arched line on each side of one of the paper pieces (Image 2). Align the two pieces of paper (both patterned sides facing out) and use painter’s tape to secure the papers’ tops and bottoms (Image 3). Cut along the arched lines with scissors, then remove tape and hot-glue the paper “sails” (patterned sides facing out) to the wooden dowel, leaving two inches of dowel visible above the sails (Image 4).
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Logistics Industry Works Together to Help People Get Into Logistics

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), through Aspire its careers foundation, is pleased to join with other logistics organisations and The Prince’s Trust to launch the Get into Logistics work experience programmes, which will be run across the UK.

The programme is a two-week intensive course that gives unemployed young people hands-on experience in the logistics industry, as well as developing their job skills, confidence and motivation.

CILT, the FTA and the DHL UK Foundation have all invested in a programme in which young people undertake a work placement and take part in CV workshops and personal development classes. Once the programme comes to an end, they receive ongoing support for six months to help them retain their new job or to support them into one.

Tim Slater FCILT, Chairman of CILT’s Aspire foundation and The Prince’s Trust’s advisory group on Logistics, said: “Too many young people feel that they will never reach their full potential. We are thrilled to be able to make a difference to the lives of young people in the UK and would like to hear from businesses that wish to support the project and can offer work placements so we can help many more.”

The investing partners and The Prince’s Trust are now appealing to other businesses within the sector to come forward and join the mission of supporting disadvantaged young people into work with an aim to support over 200 young people through the programme this year alone.

The Chief Executive of CILT, Steve Agg FCILT, said: “CILT aims to encourage young people into the logistics profession by reaching into schools, supporting vocational schemes at all levels, and encouraging graduates to enter the profession through initiatives such as the Novus Trust. Through the work of our Young Professionals Forum, mentoring schemes, CILT qualifications and our CPD programme we can then help to develop people throughout their career, to ensure logistics attracts and retains the best talents.”

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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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Hazardous Materials Transportation

Hazardous Materials Transportation

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Maritime and Ocean Transport by SBA

Maritime and Ocean Transport

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How to Clear Forwarding & Shipping Notes

Moving goods internationally is a complex process that manages to occur millions of times each and every day. Forwarding and shipping notes are required for goods to clear and board a ship. Freight forwarders are responsible to complete these notes and help their customers move the goods from one location to the next. To complete the note, fill out the detailed forms with all the pertinent information. Although forms differ, they all have some common terms.


  1. Fill in the basic contact information about the product shipment. This information includes the origin of the goods and supplier information, the final distribution point and the purchaser’s information. Also include the intermediary information of the distribution firms.
  2. Complete the questions about the type of products. Include a detailed classification and number of the products being shipped. Match that classification with the tariffs associated with it.
  3. Itemize the fees and tariffs on the products that are being paid by your client. Demonstrate proof through a receipt or bank statement that payment was already made.
  4. Provide a detailed statement as to the risk that the materials might pose. There is a classification system for every type of hazardous or fragile material. If the material is hazardous, prove that it is packaged properly so as not to endanger the crew or other products.
  5. Submit the forwarder shipping notes and associated documentation to the captain or their representative at the shipping company. If they have questions they will return to you for additional information. Otherwise, the notes will be cleared and the products can board the vessel.

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How to Price Courier Jobs

Every courier service and delivery company has to develop the right formula to price courier jobs. Specialty couriers may try to price their jobs low to compete with FedEx, DHL and other carriers without realizing the long-term financial consequences. Each courier job has to be priced with a balance of operating costs and customer satisfaction in mind. The best formula for courier job pricing involves a calculation of mileage, labor costs and special circumstances that make deliveries difficult.


  1. Determine how much document preparation is needed for delivery. If your company offers printing and binding services, you should add a portion of the cost of paper, ink and binding materials to the job quote.
  2. Add a mileage charge between $0.50 and $2.50 per mile to each courier job to account for vehicle wear and tear. Use a tiered system of mileage charges in which businesses within 10 to 15 miles are charged lower rates than clients more than 25 miles from dispatch.
  3. Apply an airport surcharge to a job quote; this rewards the patience and time spent at an airport by an air courier. Delivery companies charge between $5.00 and $25 per air courier job depending on job length due to frequent delays, security checks and customs inspections.
  4. Discount prices on courier jobs for clients with reliable daily, weekly and monthly business. For example, a law firm that relies on your courier service for daily document deliveries should get a discount up to 10 percent to encourage further delivery requests.
  5. Charge 50 to 100 percent on top of standard rates for courier jobs that are expedited or same-day deliveries. The USPS and private delivery services charge more for expedited courier services due to the additional manpower required for delivery.
  6. Develop a flat fee schedule for delayed deliveries, late payments and after-hour courier jobs. These fees should be high enough to discourage clients from holding up your couriers, forgetting to pay monthly bills and requiring delivery staff to work after hours of operation.
  7. Insert a fuel surcharge to courier prices if your job requires a truck, car or van. The typical surcharge for gasoline on a courier job is 15 percent of the entire quote to offset fuel costs.
  8. Measure each package carried by your couriers and truck drivers and apply additional charges for oversized deliveries. You should charge a per-pound rate above the size of a standard box or envelope to account for space lost in delivery vehicles to large packages.

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Strategies for Small Business Shipping

Strategies for Small Business Shipping

If you’re not shipping hundreds of packages a day that total thousands of pounds, it is probably safe to say that you are a “small business shipper.” These can range from a person selling a few items on eBay out of their house to a formal business with an office or commercial location with several employees. Implementing the following small business shipping best practices can help save you time and money.

Small Business Shipping Considerations

In order to minimize your costs, you need to find a shipping service that will offer you the lowest cost overall. Shipping costs are determined by taking into account the following factors:

  • Delivery Time (2 Day, Overnight, Parcel Post, etc.)
  • Ship from/to addresses
  • Weight of product and packing material
  • Dimensions of your box/container
  • Insurance
  • Delivery Confirmation and Tracking Numbers
  • Handling/Special Fees

Rates Are Negotiable

Depending upon the volume that you ship every month, rates can be negotiated. The more you ship the more leverage you will have to ask for a lower rate. Discounts can be negotiated with as few as 100 packages per month.

Pick-Up and Delivery

Running to the post office or the carrier’s storefront location, is not only time consuming but costly too. If the carrier will make pick-ups and deliveries free of charge, this can save you some money. The only disadvantage is that you will be at the liberty of the carrier’s schedule.

In-House Postage Printing

Postage for packages and thick envelopes will vary depending upon the carrier’s rules and restrictions. Once you understand these, you can save time and money by printing the postage directly from your computer. Visit your favorite carrier’s website to learn how.

Handling Charges

If you ship items that are extremely fragile or perishable, you will incur additional handling charges to ensure the safe delivery of your package.

Shipping Supplies and Materials

In addition to postage, shipping supplies such as business envelopes, padded envelopes, boxes, cushioning material and tape need to be taken into consideration. Comparison shopping can help you save money on these supplies.

Drop-Off Locations

For critical orders that must be shipped overnight, you must take into account the nearest drop off location for the shipper of your choosing.

Multiple Shipping Partners

Even though you may be able to negotiate a lower cost by dealing with one shipping carrier exclusively, you can increase customer satisfaction by offering several choices so that your customer’s can choose who they would like you to use. In addition, this can create some competition between the carriers for your business.

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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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Top 7 Outsourcing Advantages

As you evaluate your choices and decisions in outsourcing different components of your operations, you will need to consider the advantages of outsourcing. When done for the right reasons, outsourcing will actually help your company grow and save money. There are other advantages of outsourcing that go beyond money. Here are the top seven advantages of outsourcing.

1. Focus On Core Activities
In rapid growth periods, the back-office operations of a company will expand also. This expansion may start to consume resources (human and financial) at the expense of the core activities that have made your company successful. Outsourcing those activities will allow refocusing on those business activities that are important without sacrificing quality or service in the back-office.

Example: A company lands a large contract that will significantly increase the volume of purchasing in a very short period of time; Outsource purchasing.

2. Cost And Efficiency Savings
Back-office functions that are complicated in nature, but the size of your company is preventing you from performing it at a consistent and reasonable cost, is another advantage of outsourcing.

Example: A small doctor’s office that wants to accept a variety of insurance plans. One part-time person could not keep up with all the different providers and rules. Outsource to a firm specializing in medical billing.

3. Reduced Overhead
Overhead costs of performing a particular back-office function are extremely high. Consider outsourcing those functions which can be moved easily.

Example: Growth has resulted in an increased need for office space. The current location is very expensive and there is no room to expand. Outsource some simple operations in order to reduce the need for office space. For example, outbound telemarketing or data entry.

4. Operational Control
Operations whose costs are running out of control must be considered for outsourcing. Departments that may have evolved over time into uncontrolled and poorly managed areas are prime motivators for outsourcing. In addition, an outsourcing company can bring better management skills to your company than what would otherwise be available.

Example: An information technology department that has too many projects, not enough people and a budget that far exceeds their contribution to the organization. A contracted outsourcing agreement will force management to prioritize their requests and bring control back to that area.

5. Staffing Flexibility
Outsourcing will allow operations that have seasonal or cyclical demands to bring in additional resources when you need them and release them when you’re done.

Example: An accounting department that is short-handed during tax season and auditing periods. Outsourcing these functions can provide the additional resources for a fixed period of time at a consistent cost.

6. Continuity & Risk Management
Periods of high employee turnover will add uncertainty and inconsistency to the operations. Outsourcing will provided a level of continuity to the company while reducing the risk that a substandard level of operation would bring to the company.

Example: The human resource manager is on an extended medical leave and the two administrative assistants leave for new jobs in a very short period of time. Outsourcing the human resource function would reduce the risk and allow the company to keep operating.

7. Develop Internal Staff
A large project needs to be undertaken that requires skills that your staff does not possess. On-site outsourcing of the project will bring people with the skills you need into your company. Your people can work alongside of them to acquire the new skill set.

Example: A company needs to embark on a replacement/upgrade project on a variety of custom built equipment. Your engineers do not have the skills required to design new and upgraded equipment. Outsourcing this project and requiring the outsourced engineers to work on-site will allow your engineers to acquire a new skill set.

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