Trends in California Gas Prices

What should California drivers expect from future gas prices?

So far, 2019 has seen the highest increase in California gas prices in about eight years.  In April and early May, prices peaked at well over $4 throughout the state.  California has traditionally had the highest gas prices out of any state in the U.S.  For instance, while the national average for gas is about $2.86 per gallon, California’s recent average hovered around $4.07 per gallon.

Fortunately, prices began to drop around Memorial Day weekend, falling below the $4 mark in many places throughout the state.  Experts are cautiously optimistic about the decrease, stating that gas prices will likely remain under $4 for the rest of summer.

However, it is important to note that gas prices are affected by a myriad of factors, so it is not always possible to make accurate predictions.  For instance, Chinese tariffs, weather, and changes in demand are just a few of the things that can cause major fluctuations in gas prices.

Another concern is California’s recently enacted gasoline tax.  On July 1st, the tax on gas increased by 5.6 cents, making California the state with the second highest gas tax.  While experts cannot say with certainty how big of an impact the tax will have, it’s safe to assume that drivers will see higher prices at the pump.

These are some of the gas price trends that California drivers should anticipate.  Are you looking for assistance with your California shipping needs?  If so, then turn to the experts at MDS, Inc.  Located in Southern California, we’re your custom courier & mail delivery service experts for all your mail and delivery needs in Los Angeles, Long Beach, Irvine, and Orange County. Contact us for more information today.

Standard or Same-Day: Which Courier Service is Best for Your Business?

Choosing the right courier service for your business’s needs.

Today, courier services have become a welcome convenience for businesses and consumers alike.  In an effort to provide options for businesses, many courier companies have started diversifying by offering different types of services.  For instance, many have introduced same-day delivery options.  For some businesses, this makes them question whether standard or same-day courier services are better for their needs.  To help you make this decision, here are some of the things to consider.

  • Distance

If you are a small business who only serves the local area, then same-day courier services are a great and efficient way to fulfill customer orders.  When packages arrive quickly, your customers will be satisfied, and your company will not be held back by shipping delays.  However, it’s important to understand that, if you are shipping to customers all over the country, then same-day deliveries may not be an option.  So, the distance of your shipments will determine which courier service to use.

  • Cost

Another important factor to consider is the cost of the courier service.  Typically, same-day courier services come at a higher cost than standard services.  To offset this cost, you may have to raise the price of your products.  If you think that the convenience of same-day deliveries is worth the cost, then you should definitely go for it.  But, if cost is a serious concern, then stinking to standard courier services might be a more budget-friendly option for you.

These are two of the major things to consider when deciding between standard and same-day courier services.  Do you need help with your business’s courier and delivery needs?  If so, then reach out to the experts at MDS, Inc.  Located in Southern California, we’re your custom courier & mail delivery service experts for all your mail and delivery needs in Los Angeles, Long Beach, Irvine, and Orange County. Contact us for more information today.

Best Firework Displays in Southern California

Find out where in So Cal you can see the best firework shows this July 4th.

With Independence Day right around the corner, you are probably ready to celebrate.  If you want to get into a patriotic mood, then there’s nothing better than gearing up for a day of activity, followed by an exciting firework show to cap off your evening.  No matter where you are in Southern California, here are some of the best fireworks shows to catch.

Burbank:

Starlight Bowl, 1249 Lockheed View Drive

Calabasas:

Calabasas High School Football Field, 22855 W. Mulholland Highway

  • Gates open at 5 p.m.; fireworks at 9 p.m.
  • Advanced tickets required; $10 per person
  • Link: cityofcalabasas.com

Culver City:

West Los Angeles College

Downtown Los Angeles:

Grand Park Block Party, 200 N Grand Ave

Gardena:

Rowley Park, 13220 S. Van Ness Avenue

Hollywood:

Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Avenue

Lancaster:

4th of July Fireworks Extravaganza; Antelope Valley Fairgrounds, 2551 West Avenue H

Long Beach:

The Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Highway

  • Games, entertainment, fireworks, arts & crafts
  • Pre-sale tickets are $44.00 per adult (ages 12+); $24 per child (ages 4-11)
  • Tickets at the door are $39 per adult (ages 4-11)
  • Link: http://www.queenmary.com/events/july-fourth/

Marina Del Rey:

View the show from either Burton Chace Park (13650 Mindanao Way) or Fisherman’s Village (13755 Fiji Way)

Pasadena:

Rose Bowl Americafest, 1001 Rose Bowl Drive

Anaheim:

Disneyland Resort

Huntington Beach:

Pier Plaza at Huntington Beach Pier

Irvine:

Irvine High School stadium, 4321 Walnut Avenue

Laguna Hills:

Community Center & Sports Complex, 25555 Alicia Parkway

Laguna Niguel:

Crown Valley Community Park, 29751 Crown Valley Parkway

Lake Forest:

El Toro High School, 25255 Toledo Way

  • Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast 7 a.m. – 10 a.m.; $6 per person
  • PSTO CHARGERS 5K Run/Walk 7:30 a.m.
  • Parade at 10 a.m.; starts at the corner of Toledo Way and Ridge Route Drive and ends on Serrano at Ridge Route.
  • Link: http://lakeforestparade.com/

Newport Beach:

4th of July parade and fireworks cruises through Newport Bay

Santa Ana:

Centennial Park, 3000 W. Edinger Avenue

Tustin:

Tustin High School football field, 1171 El Camino Real

Yorba Linda:

Yorba Linda Middle School, 4777 Casa Loma Avenue

These are some of the firework shows that are taking place all over Los Angeles and Orange Counties this Independence Day.  Looking for assistance with your So Cal shipping and courier needs?  Then check out the experts at MDS, Inc.  Located in Southern California, we’re your custom courier & mail delivery service experts for all your mail and delivery needs in Los Angeles, Long Beach, Irvine, and Orange County. Contact us for more information today.

Upcoming 4th of July Events in Newport Beach

How to celebrate Independence Day in Newport Beach, California.

With the 4th of July quickly approaching, it’s time to make plans with your friends and family.  Not sure what you should do this Independence Day?  Then consider attending some of these events in the Newport Beach area.

Independence Day on the Back Bay

Time and Date: July 4th, 2:00 pm-10:30 pm

Location: Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina, 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660

Cost:

  • General admission, standing room only: FREE
  • Front stage VIP table seating: $60.00
  • Reserved VIP beach parking: $100.00
  • Day use parking – First come, first served: $50.00

Attraction(s): Guests can enjoy a pyrotechnic fireworks show, live entertainment, food trucks, and a full bar.  Guests are also invited to swim in the bay and rent kayaks, paddleboats, stand-up paddle boards, and hydrobikes.  Kids and adults alike can also enjoy Back Bay’s Inflatable Water Park.

 Balboa Peninsula Trolley

Time and Date: July 4th, 10:00 am-9:30 pm

Location: See Trolley Route Map here

Cost: Free

Attraction(s): The Balboa Peninsula Trolley is a free service that allows visitors to explore the Peninsula without having to worry about parking.  Hop on board to visit pristine beaches, cute shops, and local dining!

Old Glory Boat Parade

Time and Date: July 4th, 1:00 pm-3:30 pm

Location: Newport Harbor, Collins Island, Newport Beach, CA 92662

Cost: Free

Attraction(s): Watch as decorated boats parade through Newport Harbor!  For a full day of fun, stop by American Legion for a pancake breakfast before the parade begins (7:00 am-11:00 am).  This year’s parade theme is “Valor-Through the Generations.”

July 4th Fireworks Dinner Cruise

Time and Date: July 4th, 6:30 pm-10:00 pm

Location: Hornblower Cruises & Events, 2431 W. Coast Highway, #101, Newport Beach, CA 92663

Cost:

  • $99.95 per adult
  • Discounts available for Seniors, Children, and Military
  • Children 3 and Under cruise free
  • Tax, Landing Fee, and Service Charge additional
  • Parking: As always, parking is available on site, but is not guaranteed. $10 per car in Newport Beach

Attraction(s): The cruise includes access to the Flavors of America Buffet, complimentary boarding glass of champagne, wine and cocktails, live entertainment, dancing, and an unmatched view of the Newport Beach Dunes fireworks show.

These are some of the can’t-miss 4th of July events in Newport Beach.  Are you looking for assistance with your courier needs this Independence Day?  Then turn to the experts at MDS, Inc.  Located in Southern California, we’re your custom courier & mail delivery service experts for all your mail and delivery needs in Los Angeles, Long Beach, Irvine, and Orange County. Contact us for more information today.

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