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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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Flag-Waving Fury

Flag-Waving Fury

Over the past few weeks, this flap over flying the flag at the University of California-Irvine student government center had me seeing red, white and blue. If you didn’t hear the whole story, here’s the condensed version: At the first of the year, an American flag appeared on the wall at UC-Irvine’s sitting lounge. Instead of serving as the symbol it is intended to be, the students turned it into a symbol of their own power struggle: some students wanted to leave it up and some wanted to take it down. On March 5,

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Dribbling Down the Runway

When you’re from North Carolina, you expect everyone to go a little crazy when March Madness hits. Just in case you’re not a basketball fan, March Madness refers to the NCAA college basketball tournament, which runs through the month of March. For basketball fans, March Madness is like the Super Bowl, the World Series, and Christmas combined. In other words: a really big deal. Needless to say, when I moved to Alabama from North Carolina in 2008, I was in for a huge wake up call. No one cared about basketball- they were too

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The Winter from Hell- A Horror Story

The Winter from Hell- A Horror Story

As of today, it’s officially Spring. I think most of us will agree that it couldn’t come soon enough. Between steady snowfall, ice storms, and freezing temperatures, the past season was a doozy. Of course, I don’t need to tell you this – folks in our industry know better than most how tough winter can be. Even Stephen King recently tweeted his appreciation for America’s hardworking long-haul truck drivers. It turns out the famous author of over 54 books, including classics like Carrie, The Shining, The Stand, and Under the Dome, has a soft

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Lord of the Class Rings

Lord of the Class Rings

In 1988, when I got my class ring, I splurged on a 10-carat gold band, which ran me about $300.00. It was a lot of money back then, but it was worth it. I loved high school, I wanted something to commemorate it, and let’s be honest – I’ll take any excuse to buy something shiny, sparkly, and made of gold! So when my boys brought home their class ring catalog last week, I told myself that I would spoil them a little. After all, I know how important a class ring can be,

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Can Your Brain Do This?

Can Your Brain Do This?

If you’re a regular reader of these emails, you already know that I spend a lot of time talking about superheroes (of all shapes and sizes) and their amazing powers. Sometimes I even get a little jealous, wishing I had the ability to leap over tall buildings in a single bound – I’d never get stuck in traffic again! On Monday, Mary’s email about color perception reminded me that I do have a superpower, one that’s better than anything Spiderman, Batman, or the Hulk could cook up. Best of all, you have it too.

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It Don’t Matter If It’s Black or White

It Don't Matter If It's Black or White

What has happened to us? I mean, really? First, we were glued to our computer screens watching the llama drama: a pair of llamas – one black, one white – escaped from an Arizona petting zoo at a care facility and darted in and out of traffic in Phoenix, Arizona, leading police on a wild alpaca chase Then, the Internet lost its collective mind over a dress. If you didn’t see it, a woman posted a picture of a dress the mother-of-the-bride wore to her daughter’s wedding. To some, the dress appeared to be

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