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Predicting the Future

In the trucking industry, you don’t have to be a fortune teller to predict the future.  As Matchmaker anticipated (and forewarned in previous newsletters), capacity has tightened and rates are climbing.  Transcore Freight Solutions reported that spot market T/L rates were up 4.5% in May.  The supply of drivers continues to dwindle due to demographics, health and economics.  Flatbed equipment has been particularly tight, a result of a fallout from the building industry and a resurgence of the manufacturing sector, the latter enjoying a 23-month growth curve.  From 2001 through 2007, the auto industry

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Carriers as Customers

At Matchmaker Logistics, we have always viewed the carriers we work with as customers.  Our founder, Jim Skane Sr., always emphasized that without the carriers we had no business.  We believe that by building relationships with quality carriers and earning their confidence, we become better able to service our shipping customers.  We strive to go beyond “The Golden Rule” and continually search for ways to make our service more valuable to the carriers that rely on us to load their trucks. That Was Easy! For example, at Matchmaker, we use the Aljex software system which

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Matchmaker Doubles its Database!

After thirty years in business, we’re seeing double! When it comes to finding ways to improve our carrier relations, carrier capacity, database management and efficiency of communication, we’re relentless. That’s why Matchmaker committed additional resources to augmenting and improving our database in order to better target customer-specific needs. In less than one year, we have doubled the number of carriers we can reach with the push of a button. Load offers go to specific carriers whose capacity matches our customer’s needs. Robbie Johnson joined the Matchmaker team in September 2010 as a Carrier Development

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Matchmaker Applauds the Shipping Community

Matchmaker applauds the shipping community for its success in modifying the verbiage of the now titled “Compliance Safety Act”.  Our job at Matchmaker Logistics, is to provide critically needed capacity while maintaining safe transportation.  The government’s rating and monitoring system is an integral part of our due diligence.  Continuity and clear guidelines are important for brokers and the shipping public alike.  Because the CSA made so many broad changes to our current system, it had created ambiguity and confusion in the industry.  Transportation brokers were fearful of selecting a carrier who had satisfactory ratings,

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The Future of Capacity and Freight Rates

  If there have been any benefits of the great recession, it has been the ease with which one can find a truck and the resulting downward pressure on trucking rates for the shipping public.  As we say ‘goodbye’ to the recession, we say ‘hello again’ to some challenges we have met in the past.  All sources agree that this year will usher in a climate of tightening capacity and upward rate pressure. The general economy, projected to grow at a rate of 4% this year and up to 5% in 2012, will be

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Proposed Regulation on Hours of Service:Bad Timing, to Say the Least

Hours of Service 49 CFR Part 395 Proposed Rule-Making Does anyone remember scrambling and bidding for trucks in an auction-like atmosphere during the driver shortage?  Back in the mid-2000’s, when the economy was humming, we did not have enough drivers willing to do the grueling job for the average pay.  After all, it wasn’t that difficult to find a job with roughly equivalent revenue, one where a driver could go home to the wife and kids every night and not pay to shower after eating heat lamp-fried chicken. If there was a benefit of

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Southern Charm

When it comes to relationships with our carriers, we take an old-fashioned, long-term approach.  Read why one of our carriers is a fan of our representatives’ old-school Southern charm:  Our trucking company has worked with Matchmaker Logistics for more than a decade.  Just like Matchmaker, we are also a family-owned and operated business.  And just like us, Matchmaker is dedicated to building strong, personal relationships in the industry.  Our office team and our drivers especially enjoy working with Mary and Pam, the Carrier Sales Representatives.  You don’t find such polite, caring, and understanding Southern belles

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Matchmaker After Hours

We know you don’t go home at 4:59 p.m.  Neither do we! We have always built our business around your need for urgency and responsiveness, offering 24/7 service and follow-up for your load. Now, Matchmaker has added yet another great feature to our service by offering off-hours booking. Call us with that critical load after 5:00 or on Saturday mornings. We will be there for you. If you have not shipped with us before and think you may someday need this service, please call us now to set up your account.

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Do Your New Year’s Resolutions Look Like This?

1. Get paid faster 2. Eliminate unnecessary paperwork 3.  Save time and money Sure, we all want to lose weight, stop bad habits, and spend more time with family, but what do your work resolutions look like?  If any of these resolutions made your list, then keep reading!    To kick off the New Year, Matchmaker has implemented a new program with a faster way for carriers to get paid!    We’re pleased to introduce TRANSFLO Express® and TRANSFLO $Velocity from Pegasus TransTech.  Although some brokers charge for this service, Matchmaker provides the program at no cost

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We’re Not a Cheap Date: Episode III

At Matchmaker, we approach every business transaction with a commitment to a long-term relationship; we don’t believe in acting like a cheap date, a casual fling or one-night stand.  In the last half of the year, we decided to have a little fun with a “cheap date horrors” contest:  Congratulations to Bridgett Cannady who won the contest with this entry: Proms don’t have to be overpriced!! When I was in high school, a couple from our school went out to eat at McDonalds before the prom.  McDonalds was conveniently located across the street from the convention center

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