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It’s All Relative: On Einstein & The GPS

It's All Relative: On Einstein & The GPS

Albert Einstein once said “Life is like a bicycle. To keep your balance, you have to keep moving.” Those of us in the transportation industry know that maxim well. Today, April 18th, marks the anniversary of Einstein’s death (in 1955), so I thought it fitting to honor his work, which plays a big part in how we keep freight moving each and every day. You see, Albert Einstein’s most famous work, the theory of relativity, is what makes GPS possible. It is impossible to overstate the effects GPS tracking and navigating have had on

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Truck Pranks Make for Weighty Humor

Truck Pranks Make for Weighty Humor

Did you get pranked on April Fools’ Day? Or are you one to prank others? In my travels across the internet one day, I stumbled on this video with this caption: “Trucker gets pranked with heavy load. Only in Russia.” I couldn’t find any information on this mystery video (what really happened?), but it got me to thinking….Although I can find the fun in a good, harmless prank, I can’t for the life of me understand why anyone would think a joke involving a heavy moving vehicle would be a good idea. I don’t

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The Link Between Warehousing Trends and Morgan Freeman’s Voice

The Link Between Warehousing Trends and Morgan Freeman's Voice

Imagine you had a warehouse employee who could run at a speed of 5 miles per hour and effortlessly lift up to 700 pounds at a time. How would that impact the efficiency and productivity of your warehouse? Now imagine that you had an entire group of warehouse workers with these capabilities…. That’s the case at Amazon. The online retailing giant acquired Kiva, makers of warehousing robots, in 2012. Two years later, Amazon started using the orange robots in its warehouses. And it became very clear just how efficient inventory management could be with

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The Rising Price of the Penny Test

The Rising Price of the Penny Test

Ever heard of the penny test? Place a penny with Lincoln’s profile upside-down in the tread. If the tread covers the top of Lincoln’s head, you have at least 1/16 of an inch of tread, the minimum safe tread depth. If you see Lincoln’s entire profile, you’d better get new tires, pronto. And, this year, getting new tires is going to cost you a pretty penny! Oil, natural rubber, and the other raw materials used to make tires have all skyrocketed. As a result, earlier this year, tire manufacturers announced price hikes of 5-8%.

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I Goofed and Now I’m a Great Grandfather

I Goofed and Now I'm a Great Grandfather

Admittedly, it wasn’t our finest parenting moment. With reluctance, we gave our eight-year-old daughter a hamster for her birthday. Our trepidation stemmed from the fact that Chloe hasn’t exactly had the best luck with pets. Every time, she names them, grows attached to them, and then, her new little friends kick the bucket. We worried that if the streak continued, Chloe would be devastated. Sure enough, shortly after bringing home a little chestnut brown fur-ball from the pet store, our newest family member (whom Chloe had named Coco) kicked the bucket. My wife and

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A Cookie for Your Thoughts

A Cookie for Your Thoughts

When a local radio station mentioned that they were giving away $1000 worth of Girl Scout Cookies, it prompted some discussion in the office. It’s a fun way to promote a great organization, but I’m not sure the Girl Scouts need any help. The fact they the’re selling a delicious product doesn’t hurt (I’m fan of the Peanut Butter Patties, myself), but more importantly, these business-minded young ladies are truly clever. When my daughter, Emily, was a Girl Scout, she was a keen little salesperson. We went door-to-door and sold to the neighborhood. She

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Batman and the Iceberg Principle

Batman and the Iceberg Principle

We all know the big thing about icebergs, right? What we see on top is just a small percentage of what lies beneath the water. That can be scary for sailors and passengers on the Titanic, but if you’re the sort of person who likes to be prepared, it’s a good fact to know. Sometimes, it can almost be reassuring, like in the case of this iceberg resembling a certain masked vigilante… If that iceberg looks like Batman’s head, then it only stands to reason that the rest of him is under the waves,

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Why I Talk to Myself Every Morning

Why I Talk to Myself Every Morning

Now that we’re more than a full week into the New Year, it’s time to ask: “How are you faring with your resolutions?” This year, rather than resolve to create a new habit, I promised myself to continue with one I got back into last year. Morning affirmations. Zig Ziglar famously said: “People often say motivation doesn’t last. Well neither does bathing – that’s why I recommend it daily.” It takes practice, but when we wake up every morning and make focusing on the space between our ears part of our routine, we’re becoming

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