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Divorced from Reality Television

Divorced from Reality Television

Like it or loathe it, reality television is here to stay. Approximately 20% of current television programming is “Reality TV”. Name a subject, and there is likely a show about it — from singing, modeling, cooking, and dancing competitions to shows about antique hunters, bounty hunters, crocodile hunters and husband hunters. The trucking industry is also represented with a handful of shows: Big Rig Bounty Hunters, Ice Road Truckers, American Truckers, Truck Stop USA and Shipping Wars. If reality television has taught us anything, it’s that you don’t need good looks, talent, morals or

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Donuts- A Public Service Announcement

Donuts- A Public Service Announcement

It rarely happens. But occasionally, I make a mistake. A couple of years ago, I told you about my favorite day of the year. No, it wasn’t Christmas or my birthday, or Super Bowl Sunday. I said that my favorite day was the first day of school. While there is no disputing that the first day of school is indeed a blessed day, I now realize that there is another day that trumps it. That day is tomorrow, and it involves donuts. Have I got your attention? I thought so. You see, tomorrow is

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Truck Capacity Facts

Truck Capacity Facts

Before you start reading, try answering this question: Is truck capacity up or down, and by what percentage? Now, hold that thought! They say that life is all about perspective–even the sinking of the Titanic was a miracle to the lobsters in the ship’s kitchen. John Le Carre wrote: “A desk is a dangerous place from which to view the world.” And fellow author Dan Brown wrote: “Sometimes, all it takes is a tiny shift of perspective to see something familiar in a totally new light.” It can be a challenge to get up

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Hiring- What Not to Say

Hiring- What Not to Say

Matchmaker Logistics is adding a new member to our team, and I’m involved in the hiring process. This means that in addition to my regular duties, I am now spending a considerable amount of time listening to job applicants as they respond to questions like: “Tell my about your yourself.”; “Where do you see yourself in five years?”; and “Why do you think you are the best candidate for this job?” It’s been more than fifteen years since I was last on the job market, and let me tell you, times have changed. Between

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Tanker Rules for Our Industry

Tanker Rules for Our Industry

There are a lot of rules in our industry, and sometimes those rules are as clear as mud. That seems to be the case with a revised tanker definition passed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) in 2011. The Feds changed the definition of a tanker or tank vehicle as one designed to transport liquids or gasses in tanks that are either permanently or temporarily attached to the chassis and are rated at more than 119 gallons or aggregated to 1,000 gallons or more. This means that drivers of a flatbeds or

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Warning: Your Mouth Will Water

Warning: Your Mouth Will Water

On Easter weekend, I cooked up a storm, making ham, ham rice, homemade potato salad, deviled eggs, beans, and homemade banana pudding. When I say ‘homemade’, I mean it. There is no instant pudding and Cool Whip happening at my house! I make an old-fashioned banana pudding from scratch, the way my grandmother taught me- real vanilla custard cooked on the stove with whipped meringue to go on top. Everyone at our house enjoys banana pudding, including me. In fact, I had to give a few bowls away because it kept calling my name

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The TIA Conference

The TIA Conference

Next week, I’m headed to the TIA conference in Orlando, FL. It is billed as the world’s largest gathering of third-party logistics providers, and is a great opportunity to learn new things, connect with others in our field, and discover the latest tools available to our industry. I’m looking forward to it, and if you plan on being there too, please drop me a line so we can connect. I have to confess, I waited a little too long to book my hotel room. The hotel hosting the conference is completely sold out, which

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From Tragedy to Triumph

From Tragedy to Triumph

So, this is it.  Tonight’s the night that the Wisconsin Badgers face off against the Duke Blue Devils, deciding which college team wins the title of NCAA 2015 Champions.  For me, the biggest tragedy of this season’s March Madness was the game on March 26th where my beloved Tar Heels were knocked out of the running by the Badgers.  I had pool league that night, and the TV was turned to the game just for me – I yelled so much at that screen, I think I scared some of the patrons away! Win

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Some Easter Bunny Really Messed Up!

Some Easter Bunny Really Messed Up!

Okay, you got us! It seems we’re not nearly as clever as the Easter Bunny when it comes to hiding things. To get to know our shipper and carrier customers better, we implemented a new habit of asking a Question of the Week during our business conversations: “Do you own pets? Who will win the Super Bowl? Which college basketball team do you cheer for?” Some of our savvy clients caught on to our habit of asking a weekly question. It wasn’t long before shipping customer and friend, Amanda (shout out to one of

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Unfortunate Air Show Disasters

Unfortunate Air Show Disasters

I love jets. Always have. Growing up I had F-14 Tomcat, F-16 Falcon, and F/A-18 Hornet model airplanes flying from my bedroom ceiling. It was like watching my own miniature air show each day. Although I dreamed of being a fighter pilot when I grew up, it turns out that I work in a different mode of transportation. I love the logistics industry, but there is still a part of me that would give anything to be going Mach 1 in a brand new F-22 Raptor (the jet that is now replacing the F-16

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