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Warning: This is NOT Your Typical Fuel For Thought

Warning: This is NOT Your Typical Fuel For Thought

Over the years, we’ve written over 600 of these posts to share information about our industry and our company. We’ve also endeavored to send light-hearted observations, entertaining stories, and news that celebrates the power of positivity. We have intentionally steered clear of politically-charged topics. We love and respect all of our friends and clients, and we recognize that we all come from different walks of life, and, at times, opposite ends of the political spectrum. But today’s post is different. It contains strong language and a strong stance. You have been ever-so-respectfully warned: In

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Small, Medium, and Super-Sized Legacies

Small, Medium, and Super-Sized Legacies

When we think about leaving a legacy, our minds don’t immediately jump to school cafeterias or fast food restaurant chains.  That’s probably because we’re adults.  Some exceptional young people are using their surroundings to build legacies early on; I recently came across these two examples: The Matchmaker Logistics headquarters is located on Oleander Drive in Wilmington, NC. And, just a mile or so down the road, sits the fast food giant of the south, Chick-Fil-A.  Renowned for great customer service, the workers at this restaurant elevate the chicken sandwich to a fine-dining experience: fresh

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Living Our Legacies in 2020

Living Our Legacies in 2020

What would YOU want to be known for on earth? Pixar is asking this very question in a soon-to-be released animated feature film called Soul. We asked ourselves too. Each year, the team members at Matchmaker Logistics convene for an annual retreat – no phones, no emails, just face-to-face communication – to review the previous twelve months and plan for the year ahead. That planning session often revolves around a theme or a mantra. Past themes have included: Excellence is a Habit; Radiate Positivity; and a game-changing concept called Rejection Therapy. This year, our

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Before Fake News

Before Fake News

Have you ever heard of ‘liquid mountaineering’? It was introduced in 2010 as a new extreme sport.  After discovering an incredible pair of water repellant shoes, a group of athletes decided to try running on water. Like skimming a stone across the surface, the idea was to use tension, speed, and angle to cover as much distance as possible before falling into the water. Millions of people learned about the sport via a YouTube video featuring a group of liquid mountaineers perfecting their sport in Gerês, Portugal. They manage to work their way up to eight to

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When “Why Not?” Pays Off, Literally

When "Why Not?" Pays Off, Literally

There are two kinds of people in this world: those who ask “But, why?” and those who ask “Why not?” When we last advertised for an opening at Matchmaker Logistics, we had the good fortune of interviewing a pool of really talented candidates. We’re told time and again that our interview process is one of the most difficult candidates have ever experienced, and that’s intentional. We spend a lot of time getting to know prospective employees so we can find the perfect fit for our team. I’m happy to say that with Charlotte Lickfeld, we succeeded. I distinctly

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A Superhero Goes To Kindergarten

A Superhero Goes To Kindergarten

In the logistics world, we are surrounded by everyday heroes. When disaster strikes, our teams step in to provide emergency support and deliver supplies far and wide. Of course, we take our inspiration from the heroes we come home to as well, like Liam, the son of Laramy Gregory, who works with one of our carrier customers. Just before his second birthday on September 30, 2015, Liam had a stroke and was rushed to the hospital. There, doctors discovered his heart was enlarged, and he would need a transplant. A few months later, on Christmas Day, Liam reached

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What It Takes To Be A Dispatcher

What It Takes To Be A Dispatcher

In our industry, we spend plenty of time praising our hard-working truckers and loyal customers. Dispatchers, on the other hand, tend to get our attention when they’re not doing such a good job. After all, we rely on dispatchers to keep shipments on time and to please everyone simultaneously – truckers and clients alike. When they’re not on their A-game, we notice! It takes a unique skill set to do this work. Here are the 7 traits I think matter most. A great dispatcher: 1. Understands the trucker-dispatcher relationship. Great dispatchers know that they’re part

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Changing the Tides on Plastic Pollution

Changing the Tides on Plastic Pollution

I try to never lose sight of just how lucky we are to live a few miles away from the pristine beaches that surround Wilmington, NC. Locals in this area are blessed to have some of the most gorgeous, well-kept beaches on the East Coast, thanks to regular beach sweeps led by a number of committed nonprofit organizations, like the Surfrider Foundation and the Plastic Ocean Project. Last week, at a Rotary Conference, I had the pleasure of hearing the Executive Director of the Plastic Ocean Project, Bonnie Monteleone, give a talk about her research and conservation efforts.

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The Merry Month of Maycember

The Merry Month of Maycember

Ah, May! I’m sure I’m not the only parent thinking: ‘Thank goodness the school year is almost over!’ While this milestone definitely calls for celebration with graduation ceremonies and awards banquets galore, there’s also a lot of stress, shopping, and schedule-juggling this time of year. Thankfully, though, my daughters, Emily and Chloe, are total rockstars when it comes to time management. (Of course, they’re not the ones driving to all of these events!) Just trying to remember everything on their to-do list wears me out. They’re heavily involved in our local children’s theater and both

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The Glory Days – Then And Now

The Glory Days - Then And Now

The landscape of our local historic area is changing faster than ever. High rises have transformed the skyline, and new shops and restaurants liven up old buildings from Castle to Water Street in downtown Wilmington. While I understand all cities are constantly in flux, as someone who’s been here for a while, I can’t help but reflect on what once was. Underneath fresh coats of paint and new business names are old haunts of mine, and sometimes I find myself missing those ‘glory days.’ The Ice House was once the hot spot to be:

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