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Nothing’s More Thrilling Than Tanker Capacity

Nothing's More Thrilling Than Tanker Capacity

You might remember a recent article about Nutella and the trucking capacity crisis, which, in addition to making us all hungry for Nutella, discussed the idea of capacity in trucking. To sum it all up – there’s only a finite amount of trucks, roads, and people to drive them. And nowhere is that more true than with tanker trucks. Tanker trucks are a special subset of the freight vehicles we all know and love. Made to carry large amounts of potentially corrosive or dangerous liquid, with great limitations come great responsibility (to paraphrase one of

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Doing The Kiki Challenge

Doing The Kiki Challenge

Dangerous dancing and dentists.  Sounds like a crazy combination, but they’re both connected to the latest viral challenge.  You’ll never believe how I learned about the Kiki Challenge. It didn’t start dangerously. Internet comedian Shiggy posted a video of him busting some moves to the song “In My Feelings,” from rapper Drake’s recent album. Called the Kiki Challenge by most, the challenge gets its name from the song’s opening line: “Kiki, do you love me? Are you riding?” When you’re an internet comedian like Shiggy and your friends are NFL players like New York Giants wide

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Introducing Our Legion of Superheroes

Introducing Our Legion of Superheroes

You hear from me (via this Fuel for Thought column) or Mary (via Just Another Mary Monday) almost every week. But while Mary and I tag team with our Matchmaker musings, we’re far from the only ones who make things tick at Matchmaker Logistics. Every once in a while, I like to use this space to introduce readers to our elite All-Star Squadron of Carrier Sales Representatives and the Fantastic Force that supports them. You might remember previous entries about Reid Setliff’s recent wedding or his favorite sauce for grilling chicken. Perhaps you remember why airport security considers Kendra Rhodes a

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The Magic Of Cruising

The Magic Of Cruising

My family and I just returned from our summer vacation, a trip aboard the Disney Magic. I’ve written before about the Disney Magic, an eleven-deck, eighty-four-thousand-ton cruise ship. It’s a good way for the kids to get their Disney fix without the madness of waiting in theme park lines. My youngest, Chloe, loved the Kid’s Club (which is open until midnight!), and my eldest made it her personal goal to slide the new pool slide 100 times before the end of the cruise. (She made it to 97, but missed the last three when the slide was closed

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Making An Impact

Making An Impact

If you knew exactly where your charity dollars were going, would you donate more? If you could meet the people in your community who you knew would be positively impacted by your donation dollars, would charity become a bigger part of your budget? For many people, the answer is a resounding yes. Last week, I had the pleasure of experiencing Impact Club, a collection of venture capitalists who are putting their money where their hearts are. They call it “Elevated Philanthropy”. For those familiar with internet crowdfunding, the basic premise behind Impact Club is clear. While it

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Has Our Industry Reached A Tipping Point?

Has Our Industry Reached A Tipping Point?

I try to keep an ear to the ground for news that features the trucking and logistics industries. But I’m far from the only one! As it turns out, top-tier economists also monitor the trucking industry for signs as to where the national economy will go, and it’s easy to see why: everything, from food, to clothes, to medicine, to Christmas presents, is shipped on trucks. Economists are now issuing warnings – forget capacity and other hindrances, if there simply aren’t enough drivers to drive the trucks, there’s going to be an issue with

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Wedding Bells at Matchmaker

Wedding Bells at Matchmaker

I love spending time with my team outside of the office, and what better way than a wedding? When I first met Reid Setliff, his job in logistics required a long-distance relationship with the “love of his life”, Liz, who resided in Wilmington. Reid decided to research our local job market and found his way to Matchmaker Logistics headquarters.  We weren’t hiring at the time, but the next time a position opened up, we gave Reid a call.  He aced every facet of our extensive interviewing process, and joined our team as a Carrier Sales

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These Truck Drivers Saved a Life

These Truck Drivers Saved a Life

We really do believe that trucking industry professionals are superheroes, and this story proves it. Get ready, though – it touches on a difficult topic that affects many of us, one that can be uncomfortable to think or talk about: suicide prevention. On average, 117 people in in the United States alone commit suicide every day. And statistics say every suicide intimately or directly affects “at least six people.” That means we’ve seen it affect our friends, loved ones, or even co-workers. Experts believe one of the best things we can do to help is

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The Nun Behind the March Miracles

The Nun Behind the March Miracles

Crazy shots. Buzzer beaters. Record comebacks. Bracket-busting upsets. Cinderella stories. March miracles. And a sassy 98-year-old nun.  This year’s wildly exciting NCAA tournament is one that will be talked about for decades. For the first time in the history of the men’s NCAA Tournament, a #1 seed (Virginia) lost in the first round, while the UMBC Retrievers became the first #16 seed in the history of the tournament to defeat a #1 seed. It was Loyola-Chicago, however, that had a Cinderella story for the ages, starting the tournament as a #11 seed and making it

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I Lost On Jeopardy

I Lost On Jeopardy

Me: “Alex, I’ll take Truck Driver Nicknames for two hundred dollars.” Trebek: “This truck driver hauls refrigerated food transports, sharing his nickname with the trucks themselves.” Me: “Who is a Reefer?” Trebek: “Yes, Bob, that is correct.” Me: “Truck Driver Nicknames for four hundred dollars.” Trebek: “A truck driver who moves the contents of high-end residential homes across the country is called this.” Me: (completely stumped): “What is a Home Hauler?” Trebek: “That is incorrect. Next contestant – Sheila?” Sheila: “What is a Bedbugger?” Trebek:  “Yes.” Sheila: “Alex, I’ll take 19th Century France for two

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