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Santa Drives a (Well-Decorated) Semi

Santa Drives a (Well-Decorated) Semi

To my knowledge, all logistics professionals are big fans of Santa Claus. It’s easy to see why – he’s a jolly, hard-working fellow best known for his ability to get things where they need to go on a seemingly impossible timeline. Over the years, this tireless commitment to getting presents where they need to be on Christmas morning has some people questioning the reality of Mr. Claus’s existence. They insist he can’t be real because no one could get all of those presents to all those homes overnight! But to logistics professionals like us? That’s

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No Fighting for Hot Toys on Cyber Monday

No Fighting for Hot Toys on Cyber Monday

If your Monday ritual involves kicking back at your desk with a cup of coffee and reading your Just Another Mary Monday, I hate to break it to you – you’re missing all the good deals. That’s right, today is Cyber Monday, the name given by online retailers to the first Monday after Thanksgiving. Much like Black Friday at brick-and-mortar shops, Cyber Monday is the biggest online shopping day of the year. Online retailers offer deep discounts, deals, and steals to those willing to wake up early and get clicking. The perks, of course,

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Start a New Workout Routine This Thanksgiving

Start a New Workout Routine This Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving on the horizon, many of us are looking forward to a bit of a rest. After turkey, pie, and a beer or two, who can resist sprawling out on the couch and dozing off until the big game gets exciting? While building muscle might be the farthest thing from our minds while we’re in a turkey coma, there’s one muscle that we could be working every day, all year round, to improve our lives and the lives of everyone around us. You don’t even have to get off of the couch to

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Dog Eat Dog? Dog Eat Everything!

Dog Eat Dog? Dog Eat Everything!

You may recall that I recently adopted Carly, an 18-month-old Great Dane. Great Danes are known, primarily, for their size. (Think Marmaduke.) Carly is such a sweet girl, but still a puppy, and, as such, she requires a lot of attention. Her favorite time of day is our Matchmaker morning video conference meetings – where she makes a valiant attempt to get into my lap (yes, she thinks she’s a lap dog!). In the past four months, I’ve realized that Carly is a chewer. Crafty Carly found a way to make our loveseat all her own by

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A Glimpse Into the World of Hurricane Logistics

A Glimpse Into the World of Hurricane Logistics

Typically, November is the end of hurricane season, but 2017 has been anything but typical. With monster storm after monster storm battering Florida, Texas, Puerto Rico, and the Gulf Coast, mega storms are back in the public eye – and weather professionals aren’t ready to call the season over just yet. One common trait of Atlantic Hurricane season is that there isn’t usually more than one major active storm in the ocean at any given time. Clearly that hasn’t been the case this year. And while plenty of great scientific and climatology minds will wonder and debate over

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The “Spirit” of Competition

The "Spirit" of Competition

It’s coming. The big secret no one is expecting. Hidden from sight! Obscured from vision! It’s—it’s—Mary and Dale’s Secret Halloween Costumes! Halloween is tomorrow night, and I can’t wait. My husband Dale and I dress up in themed matching costumes every year to attend a local Halloween party with a great contest. This year, I’m really going for a win (yes, I say even Halloween is a good excuse to get competitive!) so Dale and I are keeping our costumes totally secret until the party. Sorry, Mary Monday fans. What I can reveal are some

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The Boy Who Cried ELD

The Boy Who Cried ELD

If you didn’t know better, you might think it was a cautionary tale, or even a bad practical joke: A shepherd-boy, who watched a flock of sheep near a village, brought out the villagers several times by crying out, “Wolf! Wolf!” and each time his neighbors came to help him, the wolf was never there. In our industry, the shepherd-boy has been The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. For years, the FMCSA tried to implement an ELD mandate. ELD stands for Electronic Logging Device. Those of us in the industry (the villagers) kept hearing

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The Only Jets I Love

The Only Jets I Love

It may be football season, but you won’t hear me professing my love for the Jets. Sorry, Jets fans! No, you’ll find the jets I love at air shows. In fact, if there is an air show within 100 miles of my house, you can bet I’m going! I grew up going to local air shows in Wilmington, NC where pilots from all over – hobbyist and military both – brought their coolest tech, showing off everything from jets to privately owned planes to other cool military equipment. Kids and the young-at-heart could sit

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Be Nice To Your iPhones

Be Nice To Your iPhones

Have you ever taken your frustrations out on Siri? “That’s not what I said!” “No, not that one!” “You stupid —phone!” While I wouldn’t take such a tone with a real person, it’s easy to get annoyed with the voice inside the iPhone. Siri, as she’s better known to iPhone users, is someone we’ve talked about before. She’s not a human being, but rather the name of the voice-activated digital assistant that iPhone users can talk to when asking for directions, food delivery options, facts that need Googling, and more. The programmers behind the app added

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Would You Pay $200 for a Book? I Did.

Would You Pay $200 for a Book? I Did.

And that’s not the kicker… When you have a child, you spend a lot of time theorizing about how to pay for college…and the next thing you know, applications are going out, and your theories get put to the test! This year, my oldest son, Denver, started college. Of course, we’re beaming with pride. It’s a great feeling to see your once-small baby grow up and take his first steps toward his future as an adult. It’s absolutely one of the highlights of my life as a parent, and I couldn’t be happier. Lucky for

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