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School’s Out for Summer

School's Out for Summer

Last week marked the official First Day of Summer. Finally, as the days reach their longest, it seems that even the very latest schools are out for the season. I’ve written before about the pros and cons of summer vacation. Free time for the kids means long hours for parents at home, but after nine long months, that final day of school always feels like a celebration. In Matchmaker Logistics’ home state of North Carolina, some end-of-school celebrations have been less about pomp and circumstance and more about song and dance. Take this high school receptionist, for

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Making An Impact

Making An Impact

If you knew exactly where your charity dollars were going, would you donate more? If you could meet the people in your community who you knew would be positively impacted by your donation dollars, would charity become a bigger part of your budget? For many people, the answer is a resounding yes. Last week, I had the pleasure of experiencing Impact Club, a collection of venture capitalists who are putting their money where their hearts are. They call it “Elevated Philanthropy”. For those familiar with internet crowdfunding, the basic premise behind Impact Club is clear. While it

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In Awe of the French Spider-Man

In Awe of the French Spider-Man

From the Not-All-Heroes-Wear-Capes files (some of our favorite files, here at Matchmaker Logistics,) I bring you all the recent story of Mamoudou Gassama, “The French Spider-Man,” and last week’s real-life superhero. It was a normal day in Paris when the 22-year-old saw an alarming sight – a baby dangling off of a fourth-story building facing the street. So, he did what any of us would do – scaled four stories of an apartment complex, bare-handed, to save a child. It sounds completely unbelievable, and I might not believe it myself, if it weren’t for

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Has Our Industry Reached A Tipping Point?

Has Our Industry Reached A Tipping Point?

I try to keep an ear to the ground for news that features the trucking and logistics industries. But I’m far from the only one! As it turns out, top-tier economists also monitor the trucking industry for signs as to where the national economy will go, and it’s easy to see why: everything, from food, to clothes, to medicine, to Christmas presents, is shipped on trucks. Economists are now issuing warnings – forget capacity and other hindrances, if there simply aren’t enough drivers to drive the trucks, there’s going to be an issue with

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Tiny Superhero Feeds The Homeless

Tiny Superhero Feeds The Homeless

The internet’s newest superhero might not have a movie about him like Captain America, or Batman. He doesn’t have magical gadgets or a billion-dollar supercar. In fact, he doesn’t even have his driver’s license. He does, however, have a great big heart, a cool hashtag (#ShowLove), and a super supportive dad. Austin Perrine of Birmingham, AL, or President Austin, as he styles himself, would swim in Spider-Man’s glove and boots. And, his legs are too short to reach the pedals on the Batmobile. After all, Austin is only four years old. He was called to the

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Wedding Bells at Matchmaker

Wedding Bells at Matchmaker

I love spending time with my team outside of the office, and what better way than a wedding? When I first met Reid Setliff, his job in logistics required a long-distance relationship with the “love of his life”, Liz, who resided in Wilmington. Reid decided to research our local job market and found his way to Matchmaker Logistics headquarters.  We weren’t hiring at the time, but the next time a position opened up, we gave Reid a call.  He aced every facet of our extensive interviewing process, and joined our team as a Carrier Sales

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Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

Do you believe in magic? Not the kind where bunnies pop out of hats, or wizards do stuff in movies. Okay, so maybe it’s not magic, but I don’t know what else to call what happened recently when I was in Las Vegas for a pool tournament. It all started when Blair, a fellow pool player, was missing a pair of pants. No, they weren’t the ones that she had been wearing (though if they had been, you know what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas!) Unexpectedly, she made it to the Final Four

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These Truck Drivers Saved a Life

These Truck Drivers Saved a Life

We really do believe that trucking industry professionals are superheroes, and this story proves it. Get ready, though – it touches on a difficult topic that affects many of us, one that can be uncomfortable to think or talk about: suicide prevention. On average, 117 people in in the United States alone commit suicide every day. And statistics say every suicide intimately or directly affects “at least six people.” That means we’ve seen it affect our friends, loved ones, or even co-workers. Experts believe one of the best things we can do to help is

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Positivity in Pajamas

Positivity in Pajamas

Last week, I had the perfect Friday. I got to wake up in a beautiful beach town, stay in my pajamas all day, order in cheese steak sandwiches from my favorite local deli, and even get a massage. Vacation? No way! Try just another day of hard work in the Matchmaker Logistics headquarters in Wilmington, North Carolina. I know pajamas, cheese steaks, and massage chairs don’t sound like part of a day at the office, but there’s a method to the madness. You might remember our Matchmaker Logistics 2018 slogan from a few posts back

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The Nun Behind the March Miracles

The Nun Behind the March Miracles

Crazy shots. Buzzer beaters. Record comebacks. Bracket-busting upsets. Cinderella stories. March miracles. And a sassy 98-year-old nun.  This year’s wildly exciting NCAA tournament is one that will be talked about for decades. For the first time in the history of the men’s NCAA Tournament, a #1 seed (Virginia) lost in the first round, while the UMBC Retrievers became the first #16 seed in the history of the tournament to defeat a #1 seed. It was Loyola-Chicago, however, that had a Cinderella story for the ages, starting the tournament as a #11 seed and making it

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