A look back at J.C. Burnett on SCV Chamber Business Spotlight

Fred Arnold’s on air interview with J.C. Burnett of Courier-Messenger Inc., here on your Hometown Station KHTS AM 1220.

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A look back at blogtalkradio with Charlie Yacoobian

Big or Small…We Ship It All

Meet J.C. Burnett, President of Courier-Messenger, Inc, based in Santa Clarita, CA. His firm provides transportation of time sensitive shipments of all sizes from envelopes to truckloads. CMI provides same day, overnight and time definite LTL point-to-point deliveries throughout the USA…truly coast-to-coast service. CMI provides their customers with internet tracking and proof of delivery via email at the time of delivery. Learn how CMI can help you for all your shipping needs. Big or Small…We Ship It All.


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Happy Holidays from CMI

happy_holidaysFrom all of us at Courier-Messenger, Inc.
JC, Brian, and Wes

December Holidays!

  • Advent: four weeks prior to Christmas (Western Christianity).
  • Saint Nicholas’ Day: 6 December
  • Bodhi Day: 8 December – Day of Enlightenment, celebrating the day that the historical Buddha (Shakyamuni or Siddhartha Gautama) experienced enlightenment (also known as Bodhi).
  • Saint Lucy’s Day: 13 December – Church Feast Day. Saint Lucy comes as a young woman with lights and sweets.
  • Winter Solstice: 21 December-22 December – midwinter
  • Dongzhi Festival: a celebration of Winter
  • Soyal: 21 December – Zuni and Hopi
  • Yalda: 21 December – The turning point, Winter Solstice. As the longest night of the year and the beginning of the lengthening of days, Shabe Yald? or Shabe Chelle is an Iranian festival celebrating the victory of light and goodness over darkness and evil. Shabe yalda means ‘birthday eve.’ According to Persian mythology, Mithra was born at dawn on the 22nd of December to a virgin mother. He symbolizes light, truth, goodness, strength, and friendship. Herodotus reports that this was the most important holiday of the year for contemporary Persians. In modern times Persians celebrate Yalda by staying up late or all night, a practice known as Shab Chera meaning ‘night gazing’. Fruits and nuts are eaten, especially pomegranates and watermelons, whose red color invokes the crimson hues of dawn and symbolize Mithra.
  • M?draniht: or Mothers’ Night, the Saxon winter solstice festival.
  • Saturnalia: the Roman winter solstice festival
  • Pancha Ganapati: Five-day festival in honor of Lord Ganesha. December 21–25.
  • Christmas Eve: 24 December
  • Dies Natalis Solis Invicti (Day of the birth of the Unconquered Sun): late Roman Empire – 25 December
  • Christmas: 25 December
  • Twelve Days of Christmas: 25 December through 6 January
  • Yule: Pagan winter festival that was celebrated by the historical Germanic people from late December to early January.
  • Anastasia of Sirmium Feast Day: 25 December
  • Malkh: 25 December
  • Boxing Day: 26 December – Gift-giving day after Christmas.
  • Kwanzaa: 26 December – 1 January – Pan-African festival celebrated in North America
  • Saint Stephen’s Day: 26 December
  • Saint John the Evangelist’s Day: 27 December
  • Holy Innocents’ Day: 28 December
  • Saint Sylvester’s Day: 31 December
  • Watch Night: 31 December
  • New Year’s Eve: 31 December – Last day of the Gregorian year
  • Hogmanay: Night of 31 December – Before dawn of 1 January – Scottish New Year’s Eve celebration
  • Hanukkah: A Jewish festival celebrating the miracle of the lamp.

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APL Logistics Supports Wal-Mart Online Sales in Mexico

APL Logistics has launched an online sales channel for Wal-Mart in Mexico.

The new solution, which comprises a warehouse management system, integrates with the retailer’s new online shopping site and enables same-day order fulfillment and next-day delivery.

Through the partnership, APL Logistics provides all order management, planning and fulfillment for Wal-Mart’s general merchandise category. APL Logistics also set up a fulfillment center with more than 116,000 square feet of space. Using APL Logistics’ eFulfillment warehouse management system that was integrated with Wal-Mart’s online store, eight types of order and delivery electronic data interchange status updates were enabled.

“APL Logistics is delighted to support Wal-Mart in expanding and consolidating its leading e-commerce position in Mexico,” said David Frentzel, APL Logistics’ vice president for global contract logistics, in a written statement.

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Customs Brokers Guide by SBA

Customs Brokers

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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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