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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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Truckers and NPR

Truckers and NPR

If I asked you to picture a National Public Radio listener, you probably wouldn’t conjure up the image of a truck driver. Humorists often play on the idea of the public radio listener as a snooty cultural elitist, so you might be surprised to learn that many long haul truck drivers are Super Fans of NPR – for better or worse. Even drivers who happen to find the politics of NPR frustrating and in opposition to their own views, admit to listening to the station.  It seems that getting riled up about the other team is a great

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To CB or Not to CB

To CB or Not to CB

Breaker, Breaker, 1…9… Before many of us ever knew we’d wind up in logistics careers, we spent our childhoods fantasizing about the world of CB radio. In an era before text messages, DMs, and PMs, CBs seemed like an elite club of the coolest big rig truckers speaking in secret code to let each other know who was boss. Even today, those new to the world of trucking often fall into one of two categories. They either can’t wait to get their hands on their own CB to introduce their own call sign, or they pull

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What Nutella Can Teach Us About the Capacity Crisis

What Nutella Can Teach Us About the Capacity Crisis

Shortage. The very word can cause panic. When a storm is coming, just the idea that we might not be able to get bread, eggs, and toilet paper can clear the shelves and incite retailers to mark up prices. It’s a basic principle of economics: supply and demand: the amount of an available commodity and the amount of desire for said commodity factor into the item’s price. In the logistics industry, the capacity crisis has been ongoing for years.  But in my three decades as a 3PL broker, I’ve never seen anything like this. Naturally, the cost

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Humbled Thanks

Humbled Thanks

In my last post, I shared some thoughts on the loss of my mother and Matchmaker Logistics co-founder, Eileen Skane. The post published while I was at a meeting out of the office. When I returned to the office, as is my habit, I immediately checked my voicemail and email to see what fires caught wind while I was away. When I saw dozens of notifications in my inbox, I felt that old familiar instinct kick in – time to jump in, put out those ‘fires’, and help people out with whatever they needed from me. But

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Thoughts on Saying Goodbye to My Mom

Thoughts on Saying Goodbye to My Mom

This past Christmas, we said goodbye to my mother. Eileen Skane Ryder passed away on December 20th at Davis Health Care Center; she was 90 years young. Born in New York, NY, Mom spent most of her life in Connecticut. Despite a difficult childhood, Mom achieved great success in life both personally and professionally. She was a career woman throughout the 70’s – a very successful, award-winning real estate agent.  Then, in 1981, she helped my father found Matchmaker Logistics. In 1990, Mom and Dad moved the family business to Wilmington where they later retired.

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An Ounce of Prevention, a Pound of Infrastructure

An Ounce of Prevention, a Pound of Infrastructure

For many of us, the New Year is a time to make resolutions addressing issues we may have ignored throughout the rest of the year. But because we wait to address these issues until they’ve become problematic (think: weight, bad habits, etc.), fewer than eight percent of us actually achieve our New Year’s goals. It’s an easy trap to fall into – and some say it’s why infrastructure is such a major concern in the United States. Roads, dams, airports and other structures don’t maintain themselves, and we’ve ignored them for too long. TV

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Noel-Themed Nostalgia and Season’s Greetings

Noel-Themed Nostalgia and Season's Greetings

I was only five or six years old, but I’ll never forget that moment. On Christmas morning, Santa brought me the bike of my dreams – purple, with a banana seat. I can still recall how beautiful that bike looked in the glow of the Christmas tree. As an adult, giving is always more exciting than receiving. But, I still enjoyed this list of forty tastemakers, leaders, and business tycoons describing their most magical Christmas memories. So I decided to ask my team- what were the best Christmas gifts they ever got?  And they delivered with some amazing

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