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Once A-Pawn a Time, In Hollywood

Once A-Pawn a Time, In Hollywood

Pastel blazers and loafers without socks made their debut on the style scene in the 80s thanks to Miami Vice. Hairstylists across the country grew familiar with “The Rachel” hairstyle as seen on Friends character Rachel Green. Infomercial products are now household names (Snuggie, anyone?). TV shows and movies have even influenced our food choices, from the early days of TV when Popeye the Sailor Man skyrocketed spinach sales, to more recent trends like when Stranger Things caused a wave of Eggo Waffle purchases. Yes, we can thank Hollywood for countless fashion trends, food

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Hindsight is 2020

Hindsight is 2020

Imagine if one of your greatest sources of entertainment was simply watching a man sit atop a flagpole for days on end. You might scoff, but this was a source of fun for thousands of people in the 1920s who were fascinated by Alvin “Shipwreck” Kelly. Kelly, who purportedly began his pole-sitting career on a dare from a friend, attracted audiences of up to 20,000 spectators. People flocked to watch him sit on high perches, once for a record-breaking 49 days! Today, with so many sources of engaging entertainment accessible from the comfort of

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Chemical Safety By Choice, Not By Chance

Chemical Safety By Choice, Not By Chance

At Matchmaker Logistics, we’re always looking for ways to become even stronger service providers to our customer and carrier clients. And, we’re proud to announce that we’ve been named a Responsible Care® Partner with the American Chemistry Council. Most people don’t spend much time thinking about chemical spills – until one happens. But they happen several thousand times per year in states, counties, and cities all over the country. A 10-year-study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, spanning from 1999 to 2008, recorded a total of 57,975 acute incidents. The impact of

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Like a Runaway Train

Like a Runaway Train

As the Superheroes of Shipping, Matchmaker Logistics is always on the lookout for heroic acts of service, and this one is especially impressive: Lodi, California police officer Erica Urrea just happened to be in the right place at the right time, saving a man’s life with seconds to spare. The man’s wheelchair was stuck in the tracks as an oncoming train rapidly approached. Officer Urrea’s body cam footage shows her arriving at the scene and running to pull the man off the tracks to safety. The wheelchair didn’t make it, but the man sustained

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When Life Gives You Gators, Make Gatorade

When Life Gives You Gators, Make Gatorade

True story: In Leon County, Florida, social distance is measured by alligators. Local leaders launched a campaign reminding people to maintain a distance of at least one alligator between each other. For residents of the Panhandle, this is an easy visualization for six feet. In other parts of the country, we might say: stay a sofa, a mattress, or a car’s length away. But in Florida – and, right here in Wilmington, NC – it doesn’t take much to visualize a gator’s length. We have regular gator sightings on the Carolina coast. In fact,

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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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