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There’s No I in Team, Or Pool

There's No I in Team, Or Pool

As you may know, I’m a highly competitive person. I love to win! And I’ll be the first to admit, I used to be the sort of competitive that was unhealthy and “un-fun”. Especially on pool league nights. When it came to frustrations and disappointment, I wore my heart on my sleeve – which can make lining up a shot rather difficult! After years of playing pool that way, I resolved to make a change. After all, this is a game I love, and yet every missed shot or lost match could put me

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The Superhero of Savings

The Superhero of Savings

If you’re a regular reader of my bi-weekly missives, you know that the Matchmaker Logistics team calls itself ‘The Superheroes of Shipping.’ Truth is, we’re not just the Superheroes of Shipping, we’re also The Superheroes of Savings. Take an example that happened this Spring: In March 2017, one of our clients reached out to us, inquiring about a drayage rate from Norfolk, VA to Bensenville, IL. She told us her regular drayage company was unable to assist with the four containers arriving the following week, and she needed a solution. We asked our client

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Snakes on the Brain

I had one of those rare, but wonderful days recently, where you finish your work and are still full of energy. So I decided to tackle one of the required beginning-of-summer tasks on my To Do list – cleaning the pool deck. Off I went, determined and focused, ready to get the pool deck clean for long summer days. And then I saw it. A snake. We’ve talked about snakes before, haven’t we? I don’t like them. They’re long, they’re creepy, they bite things to death, or worse, squeeze them – blegh. Admittedly, maybe

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Way Funnier Than Face Time

Way Funnier Than Face Time

Remember the days when you had to actually be in an office to have a meeting? Today, between conference calls, email chains, and video chat apps, we can meet with clients and vendors all over the world without ever leaving our desks. Well, that is as long as everyone is actually paying attention… I won’t lie – I love the freedom and flexibility of being able to get work done while I’m on the go. But like any new technology, the benefits also present new challenges. If you’ve ever tried to join a conference

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It’s All Relative: On Einstein & The GPS

It's All Relative: On Einstein & The GPS

Albert Einstein once said “Life is like a bicycle. To keep your balance, you have to keep moving.” Those of us in the transportation industry know that maxim well. Today, April 18th, marks the anniversary of Einstein’s death (in 1955), so I thought it fitting to honor his work, which plays a big part in how we keep freight moving each and every day. You see, Albert Einstein’s most famous work, the theory of relativity, is what makes GPS possible. It is impossible to overstate the effects GPS tracking and navigating have had on

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Mamas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Drivers

Mamas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Drivers

Spring has officially sprung, and for those of us with teenagers, that means milestone events like prom season and graduation. All of which require parties, and all of which – so I’m told – are much more fun when you can drive. My oldest son, Denver, wasn’t in a hurry to get his driver’s license. While some parents would be frustrated at having to drive their 18-year-old around, I was happy to do so. The time and gasoline it took to drive Denver from point A to point B was a mild sacrifice for

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Truck Pranks Make for Weighty Humor

Truck Pranks Make for Weighty Humor

Did you get pranked on April Fools’ Day? Or are you one to prank others? In my travels across the internet one day, I stumbled on this video with this caption: “Trucker gets pranked with heavy load. Only in Russia.” I couldn’t find any information on this mystery video (what really happened?), but it got me to thinking….Although I can find the fun in a good, harmless prank, I can’t for the life of me understand why anyone would think a joke involving a heavy moving vehicle would be a good idea. I don’t

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The Purr of the Engine

The Purr of the Engine

We’ve established before that I’m a cat person (and a dog person, too). Like most people with pets, Sir Sir, our twenty pound behemoth of a cat, is the center of our lives. He gets fed on schedule, gets treats and toys from the store, and gets all the belly rubs he can handle. It’s a pretty cushy life. Honestly, I don’t know how Sir Sir, would handle it if I told him to get a job. Not like this hardworking trucking cat, Percy. Percy is the traveling companion of Paul Robertson, a truck

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The Link Between Warehousing Trends and Morgan Freeman’s Voice

The Link Between Warehousing Trends and Morgan Freeman's Voice

Imagine you had a warehouse employee who could run at a speed of 5 miles per hour and effortlessly lift up to 700 pounds at a time. How would that impact the efficiency and productivity of your warehouse? Now imagine that you had an entire group of warehouse workers with these capabilities…. That’s the case at Amazon. The online retailing giant acquired Kiva, makers of warehousing robots, in 2012. Two years later, Amazon started using the orange robots in its warehouses. And it became very clear just how efficient inventory management could be with

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The Mondayest Monday of Them All

The Mondayest Monday of Them All

It’s the Monday after Daylight Savings Time. Our clocks “sprung forward” (if you’ve actually gone to the trouble of changing your alarm clock, your car clock, your microwave clock, your answering machine clock, your oven clock, your coffee maker clock – you get the point..). And, we’re operating on even less sleep than usual. What’s up with that? Why does it take so long to recover from losing that one little hour? Heck, I’ve known people who’ve recovered from infectious diseases faster than I do from Daylight Savings Time! And why does it have

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