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

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

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

CMI provides 24/7 Dispatch

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

About Courier Delivery

From the Royal Post of 15th-century England to the 19th-century American Pony Express, courier services have transported essential messages, goods and supplies. Modern-day courier services have the benefit of technology to make faster deliveries and keep track of scheduling.

Function

A courier service representative picks up an item at your location and takes it to your recipient. A courier by definition is someone who carries a message, but most modern couriers carry almost anything from blueprints to lab specimens.

Types

Some couriers specialize in particular delivery items, such as legal documents or inter-library materials. Many smaller courier services limit their scope to a specific geographic region. Other couriers offer local and nationwide delivery of any item within legal limits.

Time Frame

Full-service couriers have a full menu of time-frame options. Same-day local delivery, next-day air, and emergency service are some of them. Just like any other delivery service, from the U.S. Mail to FedEx, couriers are especially busy during holiday times, and often their regular customers get priority during the crunch. By prescheduling daily or weekly pickups, you can ensure service during busy times.

Benefits

A bicycle courier can usually navigate downtown traffic much quicker than you can, and any reputable courier will be licensed and bonded in case of accidents. If an emergency order comes in when you are minding the store solo, a courier is invaluable in helping you take care of business.

Considerations

Courier services cater to individuals as well as businesses. Couriers in many cities will pick up and deliver groceries or prescriptions to homebound seniors. A courier can deliver restaurant takeout food or dry cleaning when you are too busy or unable. While courier services prefer advance notice, many strive to be responsive to unexpected requests.

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Becoming a Courier Driver

Courier drivers provide a vital service in the business community by delivering parcels on deadline schedules. A number of businesses regularly use courier drivers to make deliveries, including financial institutions, medical facilities, legal institutions and commercial ventures. Many courier drivers work as independent contractors, meaning they are in business for themselves and make deliveries on behalf of a number of courier companies. Courier and delivery companies also sometimes hire staff drivers.

Qualifications to Be a Courier Driver

A courier driver must have a valid driver’s license. Some companies may require a commercial driver’s license if the courier is required to drive vehicles larger than a standard van or delivery truck. A courier driver must have a clean driving record. Some courier companies require background checks and drug and alcohol screenings before hiring. Usually, a high school diploma is sufficient education for a courier driver position.

Required Skills and Attributes

Courier companies are increasingly using technology to track their deliveries. Courier drivers must be able to use computer scanning technology (training is usually provided). Courier drivers must also be capable of lifting and carrying up to 75 pounds in the course of their deliveries. Accuracy and attention to detail are important attributes of a courier driver. A clean and neat personal appearance is also important.

Duties of a Courier Driver

A courier driver is responsible for driving a delivery vehicle to pick up and deliver a variety of items to various locations. Drivers are responsible for loading and unloading deliveries using hand trucks and other mechanical delivery assistance devices, using technology to map their routes and track their deliveries, making pickups and deliveries on time, completing required paperwork, all while providing excellent customer service during the process.

Specialized Training Requirements

Courier drivers sometimes handle pharmaceuticals, blood products and even organs for transplant. Courier drivers who will be transporting such medical or hazardous materials must be appropriately trained in safety and security requirements. Training is often provided by the courier company employing the driver, but drivers can also get training through various training programs to help them comply with safety and security requirements.

Working as an Independent Contractor

Independent contractor courier drivers must follow the rules set forth by the Internal Revenue Service to qualify as an independent contractor. While the job description is the same, whether a staff driver or an independent contractor, an independent contractor must supply his own insurance and in many cases, his own vehicle to make deliveries.

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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.

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A Brief History of the Courier Industry

The courier industry has come a long way since the days of delivering by horseback and is now led by expert carriers and numerous resellers with comprehensive networks spanning all over the globe. The evolution of transport has meant that parcels can now be sent across the globe in as little as just one day. Developments in technology and the internet has opened up international parcel delivery to every one and has allowed for vast improvements to the services offered by the biggest players in the industry. Below is a brief timeline of how the modern courier industry has developed over the last century:

1907
The first of the big four carriers was born when Jim Cassey borrowed $100 from a friend and started a messenger service in Seattle which would eventually become UPS.
1913 -1918
Jim Cassey’s company focuses on delivering packages for retailers after acquiring a car. Jim Cassey soon merged with his competitor and in 1916 the company was joined by Charlie Soderstrom who introduced the brown colours and even more vehicles.
1919 -1930
Jim Cassey and his partners establish the name United Parcel Service and expand their operation to include most cities throughout the Pacific Coast. UPS were soon offering daily pick-ups, streamlined documentation and were the first to debut conveyor belt technology for handling packages. By 1930 UPS had expanded to the East Coast of the USA
1946
In 1946, K.W Transport was established with a single truck by Ken Thomas in Australia, changing its name to TNT 12 years later.
1953
UPS offers air services between the West and East coasts of the USA
1969
DHL was established in 1969 becoming the first international express service getting documents to customs offices ahead of freight enabling goods to pass through without delays.
1971
DHL opens territories in the Far East
1973
FedEx begins operations delivering 186 packages in its first night
1977
UPS offers an air service to every sing state in the USA
1972
DHL International is established with offices opening in Hong Kong, Japan and Australia
1974
DHL is now operational in the UK, is shipping to NEW Zealand, Fiji, Thailand and Malaysia and is handling over 500,000 Shipments
1978
TNT opens in the UK.
1980
TNT becomes Britain’s first ever door-to-door next day delivery service.
1982
TNT begins Sameday services in Britain.
1983
DHL opens up express services in Europe for the first time.
1985
Fast Lane Couriers is established, eventually becoming an online courier reseller.
1988
UPS operates its own aircraft and officially becomes an airline.
1989
UPS is now delivering to more than 175 countries.
1992
UPS introduces electronic tracking for ground parcels
1994
UPS Launches their website
1996
UPS launches online tracking software providing a real time image of the recipient’s signature.
1997
TNT launches Electronic Proof of Delivery, enabling them to collect parcels within 30 minutes of a customers request.
2000
FedEx becomes a global brand.
The world’s first SMS service fr tracking parcels is launched by DHL.
2002
TNT launches an advanced track and trace system enabling customer’s to track parcels through the web and from mobiles by WAP or SMS as well as email.
Present Day

The introduction of courier resellers in to the market place has made courier services much more affordable to both small businesses and individuals. Resellers have made it possible for customers to quickly get a quote, have complicated paperwork automatically generated for them and has reduced the costs of shipping to such an extent that in many cases courier services are much cheaper and faster than postal services. Delivery networks are now more extensive than ever with services delivering to the most remote corners of the world and technology is developing at a rapid rate.

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Who are Courier-Messenger Inc.

CMI owners JC Burnett and Brian D. Sherlock

CMI owners JC Burnett, President and Brian D. Sherlock, Vice President have been in the Same Day transportation business with a combined experience of over 40 years. Both starting at the ground and working their way up.

CMI is a new, innovative time critical, sameday and overnight cost effective delivery service with technology and experience.

CMI customizes their pricing to meet the customers needs. We like to learn about our customers products so every delivery is a success. No two deliveries are the same so it’s important that we learn how you like to bring your product to market.

COURIER-MESSENGER, INC. – BIG OR SMALL WE SHIP IT ALL
Phone: (661) 257-8689 – Fax: (661) 257-1895
Email: Sales@Courier-MessengerInc.com – Website: ShipCMI.com

Transportation Trends

Happy New Year.  Here are some of the key trends to watch for in the coming year.

1. The “Fiscal Cliff” Crisis may determine the level of the Economic Recovery

As the year comes to a close, America is facing a number of economic headwinds (e.g. high unemployment and underemployment, mismatch between job skills required/positions available) and tailwinds (e.g. possible rebound in the housing sector, potential revival of domestic manufacturing, boom in energy production, improving household balance sheets). Senior government leaders in Washington are trying to solve America’s so-called “fiscal cliff” that is casting a dark shadow over the economy. The resolution of this crisis may go down to the wire and will likely set the tone for the economic recovery, or lack thereof, in 2013.  Should America’s leadership come to a good understanding on tax increases and spending cuts, this will place the United States and probably Canada on a more solid path to an economic recovery, even if 2013 is not expected to be a year of robust growth. This will help shippers and carriers in all sectors of the economy.  A failure to reach an agreement, a weak agreement or an agreement to push the problem down the road, will put a damper on discretionary spending, consumer confidence and possibly shove North America and much of the world into recession.

2. America’s Energy Renaissance/ Fracking comes to the USA

America is going through an energy renaissance.  Induced hydraulic fracturing or hydrofracking, commonly known as fracking, is a technique used to release petroleum, natural gas (including shale gas, tight gas, and coal seam gas), or other substances for extraction.  Fracking is allowing America to produce increasing supplies of energy just as the Middle East, the world’s leading source for petroleum, has become increasingly volatile.

Since the transportation industry is such a large consumer of petroleum products, these developments will have a profound effect, over time, on the types and volume of energy consumed by this sector.  Of course, obtaining this energy comes at a price, a higher price than the “cheap oil” America has been accustomed to buying.  With natural gas utilization, hybrid engines and electric powered vehicles in truck fleets still many years away, America will continue to buy petroleum based products.  The good news is that fracking will provide a more stable source of supply.  But high petroleum costs and high fuel surcharges will encourage shippers to place more focus on packaging optimization, improved cube utilization and near-shoring to keep freight costs in check.

3. Rails maintain focus on Intermodal

Intermodal volumes have grown steadily over the past decade.  A recent JOC article suggests that this growth could moderate as truckers fight back to protect their market share.  However the railways are relying on intermodal service as a growth engine.  Coal volumes, a huge rail commodity group are expected to decline as the demand declines in overseas markets. The huge CAPEX incurred by the class 1 railways over the past 5 years requires these companies to earn a satisfactory return on their investments.  All of the railways including CP Rail are developing and implementing intermodal growth strategies.  Many truckers, both large and small, that are facing shortages of qualified drivers, particularly for long haul movements, are joining the intermodal party.  The New Year should see continued growth from intermodal service.

4. Freight Brokerage Goes through Shakeout/Transformation

A major trend over the past decade has been the proliferation of the freight brokerage business.  Entrepreneurs with a basic understanding of the freight business and trucking companies looking for a non-asset based way to increase revenues and profits, have been attracted to this sector.  The money-making concept seems so simple.  You find a shipper with a load, find a trucking company with low rates to move the load, add a markup and presto, you have a new source of profits.

Freight brokerage can be a great business in certain circumstances (e.g. high demand/high supply coupled with good customers and good technology).  The trouble is that we are not living in a high supply/high demand time and the market is a bit saturated.  Many companies that do not provide value are likely to be part of a shakeout or consolidation.  The leading freight brokers are adopting a Freight Management customer engagement model as compared to a Freight Brokerage transaction model. Watch for this industry to consolidate as customers and the industry leaders raise the bar.

5. Risk Management Becomes a Major Focus of Shippers and Carriers

Over the past few years, the world has faced some unique challenges.  Global warming is causing unusual weather and some very difficult storms.  Whether you look at the Tsunami in Japan, Superstorm Sandy or severe weather in other parts of the world, these “Black Swans” are causing nightmares for supply chain professionals and transportation company leaders.  In addition, the world is facing political unrest and the menace of very dangerous weapons and terrorism.  Risk Management is going to receive more serious attention in the years ahead as companies commit to evaluating various threats in their supply chain planning and putting contingency plan in place.

6.Industry leaders need to become more Innovative

Many shippers and carriers have learned and implemented Freight Management 101.  They have done the basics by acquiring TMS systems, rationalizing their networks, implementing dock appointment processes, conducting RFPs and becoming Smartway carriers.  In other words, they have gleaned as much as they can in cost savings through the various traditional and available tools.

To continue to achieve cost savings in transportation, industry leaders must become more innovative.  Running an annual freight bid will result in the law of diminishing returns.  The focus must now shift to the overlooked and underappreciated areas of transportation – packaging optimization, integrated yard management, new types fleet equipment with expanded capacity (e.g. Wal-Mart’s 60 foot prototype tractor-trailer), business intelligence and compliance management. Innovative business practices will help companies keep their supply chain costs in line.

7. Dedicated Transportation

Truckload capacity constraints will continue due to an aging truck fleet, the higher cost of new trucks and trailers, significant safety regulatory changes and a challenging driver market. Concerns over the speed of the economic recovery will continue to restrain truckload carriers in hiring drivers and adding equipment.  Truckload carriers will continue down the path of diversification that has been blazed by JB Hunt.  One of the most attractive areas of opportunity will continue to be dedicated transportation.

The trend among retailers such as Wal-Mart and Home Depot to take greater control of their supply chains has intensified demand for dedicated carriage.  Shippers looking to reduce cycle times and get products closer to customers are building regional distribution centres that are easily served by dedicated fleets.  By offering consistency, flexibility and reliable contingency planning, dedicated carriage is a natural fit.

8. Shippers Need to Beware of Disguised Rate Increases

Transportation companies have not hidden the fact that they need rate increases to continue to invest in their businesses and improve their profit margins.  However, in many cases they have not been totally forthcoming when it comes to the level of their rate increases.  The so-called GRIs or general rate increases of X percent are often misleading or disingenuous.  Shippers that move significant volumes of small parcel or LTL freight need to apply strong analytical tools to proposed carrier increases.

Carrier base rates vary.  Rate increases may vary by weight break.  A portion of some fuel surcharges may be added to the base rate.  Accessorial charges may contain higher than advertised rate increases.

The message to shippers is Caveat Emptor – Buyer Beware.   If you have volume, particularly small parcel volume, if you don’t have good analytical tools and you don’t have a good understanding of how small parcel or LTL rates work, seek professional help before you make any commitments.  The advertised rate increase and the precise impact of a rate increase on specific shippers may vary significantly.

9. Retail Transportation will continue to Evolve as Internet Shopping becomes more prevalent

The retail sector remains one of the most vibrant and innovative areas of the economy and will continue to evolve in 2013.  This will have a profound impact on transportation.  As reported in the Top Stories of 2012, there are variety of new types of retailers, new types of transportation services and new types of transportation companies that are appearing to meet these requirements, whether they are for same day delivery, utilizing retail outlets as mini-DCs or the myriad of other service requirements that continue to emerge.

10. Transportation Technology will Reshape the Transportation Industry

Smartphones and Tablet computers will become increasingly important elements of transportation systems as PCs, notebook and netbook computers decline in importance.  The proliferation of these devices is being enhanced by the rapid development of useful applications.  These devices will transform freight transportation on the dock, in the DC, in the store and in the truck.

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World Courier History

Founded in 1969, the content of the packages delivered has changed quite a bit. But one thing remains the same—how to earn your trust. Watch how World Courier has redefined what’s possible in specialty logistics – decade after decade.

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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.

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CMI Courier-Messenger Service

Meet Brian and JC with Courier-Messenger Inc. and learn how their Messenger Service works.

COURIER-MESSENGER, INC. – BIG OR SMALL WE SHIP IT ALL
Phone: (661) 257-8689 – Fax: (661) 257-1895
Email: Sales@Courier-MessengerInc.com – Website: ShipCMI.com

Why do Gas Prices keep going up?

The production of oil is controlled by oil companies and the governments (as in OPEC) that own their countries’ oil. They can sell it for whatever price they want, as long as someone will buy it. With increased demand from the developing nations and from China, the price of oil (and thereby gasoline) will likely continue to rise.

Will gas prices keep going up?

It will keep going up because of supply and demand. Low gas, everybody wants it. We are running out because it is not a natural resource. Why do you think they made electric powered cars? Why do you think they are so expensive?

Why is gas prices going back up?

For the most part, our gas prices do not follow any sort of documented pattern. While it has been great watching prices plummet over these past couple of months, this has less to do with demand, or supply because OPEC is a protected cartel. They set the price and we pay it, or go without gas. The problem, however, is when they keep the price high people start talking about alternative sources of energy ect, like we saw during the election. This is bad for them because they rely on our dependency for oil. Consequently they begin to lower the price, but that’s not to say they won’t raise it again once they feel our memories have been erased, etc.

Why are gas prices going up everyday?

Because oil prices are going up so gas companies have to raise their prices so they can make a profit and not go bankrupt.

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