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Preparing for CSA 2010

Let’s Get Prepared for CSA 2010: Proposed changes replacing the safe-stat system and a timeline for their implementation. Rollout Timeline April 12 – November 30, 2010 Motor carriers can preview their own data by seeing their roadside inspections/violations and crash events organized by Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category (BASIC). Summer 2010  June 30th: The Operational Model (Op-Model) test ended. July: The four test states partially applying the CSA 2010 Operation Model (Colorado, Georgia, Missouri, and New Jersey) will fully switch over to CSA 2010, bringing total CSA 2010 states to nine. August: The

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The Return of Capacity Shortage

Before the economic meltdown, trucks were going to the highest bidder because there were not enough drivers to supply the demand. As a result, carriers were driving rates upward and freight brokers were competing for trucks with Olympic intensity.   Although we may not see such extreme shortages again for a while, a long-term capacity shortage is looming.  As the Chinese proverb goes, we must “dig a well before we are thirsty”.   Baird Freight Flow Analysis reports a capacity shortage of domestic modalities and the following consequences:   Large TL companies will be disciplined in growing fleets

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Ever Been Jilted by a “One-Night Stand”?

Although the majority of freight brokers in our industry run respectable operations, unfortunately there is also a subset of fly-by-night companies that don’t play nicely.  We call them “one-night-stands” because they leave customers and clients feeling jilted.   Recently, we stumbled upon this product commercial on YouTube, and we couldn’t help but laugh.  When it comes to dating, lighting may be ‘everything’, but when it comes to freight brokerage, we believe experience, customer service and integrity are what count!

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We’re All About Long-Term Commitment

Leave the one-night-stands to other companies; at Matchmaker we enter every business relationship with a sense of long-term commitment.  Here’s what one of our longtime clients had to say about our approach to doing business:   For more than twenty years, Matchmaker Logistics has taken excellent care of our valued customers at R.T. Vanderbilt Company.  These days when people have a desk, a phone, and a computer, they can call themselves a logistics provider; with Matchmaker, I know I’m getting knowledge, experience, and integrity.   The team at Matchmaker has always gone the extra yard

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We’re Not a Cheap Date: Episode I

One of our subcontractors told us a story about how her father was such a cheap date, he used to make his girlfriends hide in the trunk of his car so he only had to pay for one ticket at the entrance to the drive-in theater instead of two!    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.

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All in a Day’s Work

Here at Matchmaker, we’ve never been ones to watch the clock.  In fact, we’re proud to offer our customers Off-Hours Booking with 24/7 service and follow-up.  Recently, this service and Mary’s dedicated efforts saved the day for one client:   “On a Friday afternoon, one of our carriers dropped the ball and left us with a shipment that had to be moved immediately. Mary went beyond the call of duty, working in the office until 10 PM that night to ensure that the load made it to the distributor on time. She treated our

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Implications of the Snowe – Klobuchar Bill S.3483.IS

 Or, the Story of the Genie and the Truck Driver  A truck driver was tooling down the highway one afternoon when all of a sudden he heard a “pop.” He steered the rig onto the shoulder, got out of his truck, and walked around it to check his tires.  Under one of the tires, he saw a bottle.  The driver picked it up and wiped off the label, when a very old genie appeared. The genie said, “Man, I’m too old for this! You get one wish — not three — just one.” The

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10 Things Women Want to Hear

1. Wow, I just don’t know what to do with this money we won in the lottery, so why don’t you take it to the mall and see if you can find something to buy with it? 2. Hey, how about inviting your mother to spend the summer with us? 3. What luck, they had a special rental rate at the video store on romance movies! 4. You know, that Pam Anderson just doesn’t seem to have the brain power that I find so attractive in a woman. 5. Who wants to play golf when I can see

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Business Forecast

According to the Fed’s latest statement, “the pace of economic contraction is slowing, conditions in financial markets have generally improved, household spending has shown signs of stabilization…” and although businesses are still cutting back, they “appear to be making progress in bringing inventory stocks into better alignment with sales.” In other words, supply is starting to match demand again. Finding that balance is an essential step to economic recovery. Soon we will start to see the supply moving again. Are you ready? Matchmaker Logistics will meet your need for immediate action, 24/7 follow-up, and

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Partnerships in Challenging Times

Matchmaker President Jim Skane describes how the worst of economic times have brought out the best in his partnerships. One of the intangible benefits of challenging times is the strengthening of relationships. While in a state of success and abundance, it is easy to become complacent, seemingly self-sufficient, and perhaps focused on individual achievement. Matchmaker, like many others, has been impacted by the economic downturn. We have been forced to make difficult choices and to reevaluate how we provide value to our customers and to each other. Beneficially, our partnerships both externally and internally have

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