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Ending the Quarter, Beginning a New One For many companies around the United States, today is a particularly important, and at times particularly stressful, day - end of the month AND end of the quarter (EOM and EOQ, respectively). In the logistics and transportation world, these two days tend to present their own special challenges: inventory, quotas, dock space, truck capacity, quarterly reports...

26 Years of Legacy, Hard Work, and Fun Today is AM Transport's 26th anniversary. It has been a wild ride, and we cannot wait to see what the future has in store (literally - we are so excited we put together a killer vision document for our future. Ask us about it). This is a clip from the legacy video we had created last year for our 25th anniversary. Take a look and see our founder and mentor, Avery McKinney, where our name comes from, and how our beginnings have led to where we are today - and where we are going tomorrow. Have a topic or suggestion for a blog post you'd like to see? Let us know! Email us -
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AMT Spring Reads Spring is a crazy time - travel, time change, outdoor activities beginning - so this month we are doing a two-for-one-special of AM Transport Recommended Reads. These books are the new reads for both March and April. We are still passing around some of the same goodies (e.g. Good to Great), but we have some new faces in the crowd as well. 1. Start With Why Author - Simon Sinek Imagine a world where people wake up every day inspired to go to work, feel safe while they are there, and return home at the end of the day feeling fulfilled by the work they do, feeling that they have contributed to something greater than themselves. Fascinated by the leaders and companies that make the greatest impact in their organizations and in the world, those with the capacity to inspire, Sinek has discovered some remarkable patterns about how they think, act and communicate and the environments in which people operate at their natural best. 2. What to Do When It's Your Turn (and It's Always Your Turn) Author - Seth Godin This one is a repeat from last month. A very good repeat. PS - this is the book that looks like a magazine. 3. Hug Your Haters Author - Jay Baer You probably think you’re pretty good at customer service. After all, 80% of companies say they deliver superior customer service. But guess what? Only 8% of their customers agree. A colossal change in customer expectations is occurring RIGHT NOW, as customers move from private communication with companies to public communication in social media, review sites, and discussion boards. Now, customer service is a spectator sport. Are you prepared? 4. Word of Mouth Marketing Author - Andy Sernovitz In this book, word of mouth expert Andy Sernovitz will walk you through exactly how companies and causes of all sizes create passionate, loyal fans that do their marketing for them, for free. You’ll learn how to use word of mouth to make your company more profitable, how to spend less on marketing, and how to make your customers happier. You’ll learn how to be that remarkable company people want to share with their friends. Looking for a wider variety of recommended reads? Check out NPR's Book Concierge for their compilation of the best books of 2015. Have a topic or suggestion for a blog post you'd like to see? Let us know! Email us -

Photo courtesy of SFGate Happy Pi Day! Today is March 14th - A.K.A. 3.14 - A.K.A. Pi day. Other than an excuse to host pie eating contests, bring pie to work, have pie for breakfast, and enjoy all the other wonderful pie-related activities, Pi day (Greek letter “π”) is a widely celebrated day surrounding the mathematic constant that represents the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. In other words, 3.14159. Many schools use Pi day as a way to integrate math into a celebration. Students have contests to see who can memorize the most digits of Pi (by the way, there are over one trillion digits calculated so far), as well as learn Pi's applications in circles and other areas of mathematics - all while having fun. Why does Pi matter? According to Steven Strogatz, Pi is a very big deal. Pi never ends and never shows a pattern. It goes on forever, "seemingly at random—except that they can’t possibly be random, because they embody the order inherent in a perfect circle. This tension between order and randomness is one of the most tantalizing aspects of pi." And rather than attempting to explain this further and cause more confusion than clarity, I will just let you read Steven's explanation here. So what can you do with Pi? Enjoy it! Do some math work, eat some pie, pick up some sweet Pi swag, or try to memorize more digits than anyone else at the office. And be sure to check out for all things Pi. Want more Pi? Here are one million digits of Pi.  Have a topic or suggestion for a blog post you'd like to see? Let us know! Email us -

Stop the Inbox Insanity! If you are like me, it happens all of a sudden. You are cruising through the work day, business as usual, when BAM! You look at your inbox and it is out of control. I am not sure how it happens, but it does. The best way I know to cope with the insanity is to take the time (which can take a while) to do a major spring cleaning of my inbox - folders included. As we become busier and more reliant on emails, we are slowing becoming data hoarders. But every once in a while, we need to have an inbox intervention. One way to implement said inbox intervention? Get the important stuff out of there. While we do not need one more application to manage, it is far too easy to let important things slip through the cracks as they become buried further and further down in the email pile. There are many good options out there, but I use Evernote in order to separate the importation items out of my emails and keep track of my progress with them. We spend a significant amount of time (and money) fixing up, decorating, and creating the right feng shui for our homes and our workspaces. Why should our inboxes be any different? We spend so much time in them, we ought to take the time to find the best, most productive set up for our inboxes. After all, you are the one that has to use it multiple times a day. Find the best organization for you and your work habits/style. Find your inbox feng shui. Make an action list. At least once a day, go through your emails and create a list of actions you need to take to accomplish your goals and priorities. What needs to be done first? What can wait until tomorrow? Which are issues that you do not need to take any action on at all? Figure out what needs to be done and make a separate list outside of your inbox (e.g. in Evernote, on paper, etc.) Do the action list. Don't go through the process with no follow through. While cleaning and organizing can help tremendously, pushing all of your emails under the bed or cramming them in a closet so your mom thinks you actually put things away will only lead to delayed chaos. Folders, within folders, within folders only masks the problem. Rather than hiding your emails, address them and then delete them. Make folders a last resort. Lastly, it is easy to continuously hop in and out of emails while we are in the middle of other tasks (guilty myself!). But this is more harmful than helpful. Instead of completing a project and moving on to the next, we end up with a bunch of half-finished projects that we have to keep revisiting in order to get them all the way done. Don't multitask when in the inbox. Set aside a specific time dedicated only to cleaning up, replying, taking action, and keeping your productive inbox feng shui flowing. Want even more ways to spring clean your inbox? Check out these Top 10 Tips for Keeping Your E-Mail Inbox Clean. Have a topic or suggestion for a blog post you'd like to see? Let us know! Email us -

What's Up With Leap Day Anyway? According to an article from The Telegraph online, "a leap year, where an extra day is added to the end of February every four years, is down to the solar system's disparity with the Gregorian calendar." In other words, leap seconds and leap years are added in order to keep our clocks and calendars in sync with the Earth and its seasons. However, every four years is not exactly true every time (beware - math ahead). The leap day actually occurs each year that is true for this calculation: There's a leap year every year that is divisible by four, except for years that are both divisible by 100 and not divisible by 400. Got it? For a day that only comes around roughly every four years, it sure has a lot going on. A favorite wedding date, the day for women to do the proposing, about 4,000 ton of frog legs consumed each year in France alone, and the main character in Pirates of Penzance was born on Leap Day in 1897 (played by Kevin Kline in the movie adaptation). Check out who else is a "leapling" (A.K.A. born on a leap day): John Byrom - Romantic poet Pope Paul III - 16th Century pontiff George Bridgetower - 19th Century musician Ann Lee - leader of the Shakers Gioacchino Rossini - Italian composer Charles Pritchard - British astronomer Sir Dave Brailsford - English cyclist and coach Tony Robbins - Motivational speaker Alan Richardson - composer Darren Ambrose - English footballer Ja Rule - rapper So how should you celebrate Leap Day 2016? You could join a movement - specifically the one to make February 29th a bank holiday. Too active for you? You can always just sit back, relax, and watch the movie Leap Year. Or you can start prepping some of your favorite Leap Day recipes. For more info about Leap Day, read the full Telegraph article here and check out this infographic. Have a topic or suggestion for a blog post you'd like to see? Let us know! Email us -