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Yesterday we had said we concluded our most popular blog posts by category for the blog posts written from our major categories for 2014. However, with most of our customer base in the manufacturing field, with the remaining in distribution and other industries, we thought it was vital that we featured some of the other manufacturing blog posts that were also popular in 2014.  We featured out of our 200 plus blog posts in 2014, over 50 blog posts in the manufacturing category.

You might ask yourself, “Why does a third party logistics company create Manufacturing content? They are a logistics solutions company, why not ONLY write about logistics?” Well, as a marketing manager for Cerasis, what I know is this: it ain’t about US, it’s about providing value to those who we want to serve. Who do we serve, you might ask? Well, manufacturing companies who ship freight in North America. So, knowing that, Cerasis wants to write about best practices, trends, opinions, and more that matter to manufacturers. If we can provide value there, show our expertise, and get in front of those in manufacturing, we can educate, provide continual improvement, and in all transparency, show potential shipper customers that we understand their needs beyond just freight. We know they have a lot to accomplish with their core, and our goal is to make all the logistics they must focus on as a part of doing business that much easier. This is accomplished either through providing remarkable and valueable content or by providing our logistics services so they can remain efficient and thus profitable.

This is the last post in our “Most popular” series (I promise), but in 2015, we are doing even more to bring value to our now over 70,000 monthly readers with our content. You may say we have a passion for not only logistics, but also those subjects that matter to our manufacturing and distribution shippers. We also hope that anyone interested in these categories we write to enjoy our content and learn a little bit to make their lives easier.

Top 11 thru 20 Most Popular Manufacturing Blog Posts of 2014

The top 10 most popular manufacturing blog posts of 2014 were focused on reshoring, technology, and safety. Those topics were similar in the 11 thru 20 most popular blog posts, but with  also a focus on things such as the skills gap, process, and awesome movements like the maker movement, 3D printing, and the return of US Manufacturing. We hope you enjoy!

  1. 6 Ways to Lower Your Manufacturing Costs to Gain a Competitive Edge: Over the years, machines and technology have developed to solve rapidly changing and complex manufacturing issues, and to meet consumer demand for better, faster, and higher-quality products all with the goal of lowering manufacturing costs still an important factor. So how does the modern manufacturing company focus on achieving all of these things effectively? Read the Full Blog Post.
  2. 3 Critical Components to Streamline Your Manufacturing Process: Streamlining your manufacturing process (and quality processes) will result in greater profits — the key is knowing how to improve without reducing the quality of your product. Streamlining involves reducing waste, improving quality and using the technology available to keep all team members working together. Improvements can be made to both material and labor costs. Read the Full Blog Post.
  3. The Mixed Benefits of 3D Printing for Manufacturers and Consumers: In the world of manufacturing, there is no doubt that 3D printing is very much in vogue. Practically every tech and manufacturing blog has had a story on 3D printing in the past couple of years, and a huge variety of companies now have their own 3D printers including traditional manufacturers, independent shop owners, and artists. Even some public libraries have purchased 3D printers in order to give the public the ability to learn about this technology. You may also come across stores or kiosks in malls and shopping centers where store owners usually sell toys and figurines, often taken from the likeness of the customer. Read the Full Blog Post.
  4. Manufacturing Industry Pros Share Why Manufacturing Is Important to the Economy: In that post, the survey asked the simple questions of “Why is American Manufacturing important to you and why is it important to the economy?” We had some of the brightest minds around manufacturing weigh in and give their thoughts, which you can read below. We are sure their answers will reinvigorate you just like manufacturing is doing to the economy at present, with the newly released statistics that the economy grew even more than expected in the second quarter by 4.2%, mostly driven by gains in manufacturing. In fact, the Markit Flash PMI for August predicts that we will see the ISM’s Purchasing Manager’s Index rise to the highest levels we’ve seen since April 2011, with an expected reading of 58.0. That’s some serious momentum! Read the Full Blog Post.
  5. The Current Confusing State of American Manufacturing, More Exciting Than the Super Bowl: If you follow the state of American Manufacturing and are a fan of manufacturing, the day after and this week after the Super Bowl has been sprinkled with drama and exciting reports on the state of American Manufacturing. From the rapid decline of new orders and the ISM’s PMI, to the talks of Reshoring as a reality to bring more manufacturing to the US, all to the dispute and “weirdness” of how all of these various indexes are really capturing the true outlook on the renaissance (or perhaps volatility) of American Manufacturing. In short, the current state of American Manufacturing is just plain….CONFUSING! Read the Full Blog Post.
  6. 3D Printing: One Step Closer to a Star Trek Future? [INFOGRAPHIC]: On the original Star Trek TV series from the 1960s, they had their fictional replicator technology that materialized food, drink and non-edible objects. Well…now 3D printing is turning fiction into fact. There’s even a 3D printer by MakerBot Industries called the Replicator. Okay, we’re not quite at the Star Trek level yet, but the number of objects we can “print” is quickly growing, and the list includes useful things such as human organs, limbs and even synthetic food including pizza. Chefs probably don’t have to worry about their jobs just yet, as some of this 3D-printed food so far is intended for consumption by astronauts in space — where 30 minutes or free for pizza obviously isn’t an option. As well, 3D printing is in its infancy. In the near future, though, you could very well order something online and have it created in front of you from a home or office 3D printer — not unlike the Star Trek replicator. Read the Full Blog Post.
  7. [Infographic] Help Wanted: Skills for Manufacturing Jobs, What does the Manufacturing Skills Gap Cost Us? A new Accenture manufacturing and skills study, completed in collaboration with The Manufacturing Institute, looks at the skills shortage in the US manufacturing industry and what actions manufacturing companies can take to address how this lack of talent pool of skills for manufacturing jobs impedes growth. Read the Full Blog Post.
  8. [Infographic] The Power of 3D Printing in Manufacturing: An Illustrated Guide: In the 1980s, most tech geeks were still busting their brains over how to develop personal computers and entertainment consoles for the masses. Little did the public know that in addition to the green MS-DOS screens and 8-bit video games entering the market, three decades later developments taking place behind the scenes would revolutionize the worlds of industry, craft, and art. Read the Full Blog Post.
  9. [White Paper] A Primer on the Maker Movement & A Comment on the Democratization of Manufacturing: A few weeks ago I wrote a piece around a growing trend, the Democratization of Manufacturing and the Role of Its Citizens. I expanded on this thought, where many players are involved in manufacturing efficiency and output, as opposed to just one single source supply chain or just a few large manufacturing companies. Instead, the idea of the democratization of manufacturing is all about making manufacturing accessible to all and from many sources. In a consumer driven economy, where no longer does the producer have the power (Read “The New Rules of Retail” to see those changes over time from producer driven economies to consumer driven economies), this is a natural evolution. Read the Full Blog Post.
  10. A 7 Step Process to Increase B2B Visibility on LinkedIn for Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Logistics & Industrial Companies: There are more than 300 million users. There are over 3 million company pages. Every two seconds someone new joins LinkedIn. LinkedIn is the largest professional network and is a virtual treasure chest of riches for companies in the supply chain industry. If your company is not active on LinkedIn you are missing out on opportunities- and revenue. Read the Full Blog Post.

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