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Spring Cleaning Logistics-Style

Spring Cleaning Logistics-Style

It’s almost here – the first day of Spring – and it couldn’t be more welcome after the crazy winter we’ve had. I couldn’t be more ready to put up the heavy coats and blankets and spring into action – spring cleaning action, that is. I’ve written before about my love of spring cleaning. I’m a self-admitted clean freak, and I don’t do it all alone. I love to recruit the whole family to help with different chores, but this year, I’m wondering if there’s another way I can get some help… Robots. (After all,

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Truckers and NPR

Truckers and NPR

If I asked you to picture a National Public Radio listener, you probably wouldn’t conjure up the image of a truck driver. Humorists often play on the idea of the public radio listener as a snooty cultural elitist, so you might be surprised to learn that many long haul truck drivers are Super Fans of NPR – for better or worse. Even drivers who happen to find the politics of NPR frustrating and in opposition to their own views, admit to listening to the station.  It seems that getting riled up about the other team is a great

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BOL Versus LOL. It’s Literally Not What You Think!

BOL Versus LOL. It's Literally Not What You Think!

This might come as a surprise to my regular readers, but I’m not usually the most hip when it comes to popular lingo. Text talk and memes seem to evolve a lot faster than I can keep up with, so I don’t exactly try. So you can imagine my surprise when I saw my boys using a new text message slang term I could actually recognize – BOL! “How’s the BOL, dudes?” I asked. I felt hip, for once, like I would surprise my sons by speaking their own language. I wasn’t sure why

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To CB or Not to CB

To CB or Not to CB

Breaker, Breaker, 1…9… Before many of us ever knew we’d wind up in logistics careers, we spent our childhoods fantasizing about the world of CB radio. In an era before text messages, DMs, and PMs, CBs seemed like an elite club of the coolest big rig truckers speaking in secret code to let each other know who was boss. Even today, those new to the world of trucking often fall into one of two categories. They either can’t wait to get their hands on their own CB to introduce their own call sign, or they pull

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What I Found Between the Covers of Cosmo

What I Found Between the Covers of Cosmo

If you had a hot date this past Valentine’s Day, I hope you had a great time. And, if you didn’t – I hope you’re enjoying those half-price chocolate sales! As for me, I got a pre-Valentine’s mani-pedi before celebrating with my husband, Dale. There’s something about being stuck somewhere with my shoes off and toes soaking that immobilizes me enough to actually relax and read. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not lugging copies of War and Peace to the nail salon. When I get my toesies done, I can’t help but reach for

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What Nutella Can Teach Us About the Capacity Crisis

What Nutella Can Teach Us About the Capacity Crisis

Shortage. The very word can cause panic. When a storm is coming, just the idea that we might not be able to get bread, eggs, and toilet paper can clear the shelves and incite retailers to mark up prices. It’s a basic principle of economics: supply and demand: the amount of an available commodity and the amount of desire for said commodity factor into the item’s price. In the logistics industry, the capacity crisis has been ongoing for years.  But in my three decades as a 3PL broker, I’ve never seen anything like this. Naturally, the cost

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Why We Are Radiating Positivity At Matchmaker This Year

Why We Are Radiating Positivity At Matchmaker This Year

Each year, the Matchmaker Logistics team creates a mantra to focus our group for the year ahead. For 2018, we chose “Radiate Positivity.” Now for a 3PL broker, this might sound a little like: “Don’t Worry, Be Happy,” but I assure you – thinking positive has big rewards! According to a TED Talk by positive psychology expert Shawn Achor (a 12-minute “must watch” if you ask me), when it comes to determining happiness, the things we think would make a person happy – fast cars, big paychecks, even a glowing family – don’t necessarily mean a person is happy. In fact, 90%

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Humbled Thanks

Humbled Thanks

In my last post, I shared some thoughts on the loss of my mother and Matchmaker Logistics co-founder, Eileen Skane. The post published while I was at a meeting out of the office. When I returned to the office, as is my habit, I immediately checked my voicemail and email to see what fires caught wind while I was away. When I saw dozens of notifications in my inbox, I felt that old familiar instinct kick in – time to jump in, put out those ‘fires’, and help people out with whatever they needed from me. But

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You Had One Job

You Had One Job

In my last post, I wrote about how this winter, folks all over the Southern United States have been waking up to unexpected snow and ice. I don’t know about you, but I’ve always thought those of us in the South live here in order to avoid those kind of troubles. It’s enough to make you want to pack up and move somewhere tropical, like Hawaii. Though it seems like Hawaii was trying to top the news in ‘unexpectedly bad mornings’. From the It Could Be Worse Files, residents of Hawaii woke up last

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Thoughts on Saying Goodbye to My Mom

Thoughts on Saying Goodbye to My Mom

This past Christmas, we said goodbye to my mother. Eileen Skane Ryder passed away on December 20th at Davis Health Care Center; she was 90 years young. Born in New York, NY, Mom spent most of her life in Connecticut. Despite a difficult childhood, Mom achieved great success in life both personally and professionally. She was a career woman throughout the 70’s – a very successful, award-winning real estate agent.  Then, in 1981, she helped my father found Matchmaker Logistics. In 1990, Mom and Dad moved the family business to Wilmington where they later retired.

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