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We continue our top articles from each of our main 5 categories today by covering the top 10 logistics articles that were the most viewed in 2015. We write to five main categories on the Cerasis blog: Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Logistics, Transportation Management, and Freight. Each of these five include several sub categories for more specific articles, such as the TMS category under Transportation Management. I encourage you to use the category picker to the right of this blog to browse various categories or use the search bar at the top right to search by keyword.

In our series, we first created the top manufacturing articles list, followed by the top supply chain articles list.

Naturally, we are progressing from the broader categories to the more specific. However, all 5 are linked together. Manufacturing kicks off the supply chain, there are various logistics functions with the supply chain and then even more specific functions with strategic transportation management that has many tactics involving freight. At Cerasis, experts in creating transportation management strategies for shippers using technology and services since 1997, we understand that the more information we provide to the community at large, the more we live by a core value of ours: Continuous improvement of our people, processes, and technology. 

Top Logistics Articles of 2015

So, with all of that said, when it comes to the logistics category and the top logistics articles of 2015, we are getting closer and closer to where we live and breath every day to provide value for our shippers. Like with the manufacturing and supply chain top articles, in the logistics category, the most popular posts had infographics, talked about the future of the logistics industry, and was heavily focused on technology. Here are the top 10 logistics articles from the Cerasis blog with the 10th most read to the most read published in 2015.

10. State of Logistics Outsourcing: Plenty of Room for Growth as Shipper Dissatisfaction & Technology Expectations Increase

The 3PL industry is currently at a juncture where stakeholders are being forced to reconsider the way they do business. The year on year increase in customer dissatisfaction of logistics outsourcing has pushed many players into a defensive corner. But the picture is not all that bad. The costs of logistics and inventory are decreasing, contract renewal rate for logistics outsourcing remains good, and the emergence of cutting-edge technologies like 3D printing, drone delivery and augmented reality is opening up a wide vista of opportunities. Read the full article here

9. In House Logistics vs. Outsourced Logistics: Big & Small Brands Alike are Targeting 3PL Services

Outsourcing in the supply chain of logistics teams may sound farfetched. After all, outsourcing typically refers to sending jobs overseas. Yet in outsourced logistics simply refers to hiring a third-party logistics service, 3PL, to handle the logistics services. From securing inventory to transporting goods from Point A to Point B, 3PL are taking over as in-house logistics teams fall flat. Two of the most prominent businesses in the USA are following this movement—Target and Justin Brand. Read the Full article here

8. The Most Important Distribution Center Metrics to Track and Understand

Throughout the supply chain, the use of metrics to track and understand processes provides an invaluable resource for ensuring increased production and customer satisfaction. Additionally, the use of metrics fosters positive relationships with coworkers and adherence to rulesets and best practices for the respective third-party logistics provider (3PL). Many of the following distribution center metrics to track closely mirror those found within transportation and manufacturing, but this listing will focus on those involved in distribution centers. Distribution centers have a tendency to become like the lost cousin when compared to other aspects of the supply chain, but they play a valuable, constantly-needed role to ensure the timely delivery of merchandise to retailers, customers, and others. Read the full article here.

7. 7 Strategic Performance Business Practices with 3PL KPIs and 4 KPI Problems to Solve

We continue our series on understanding the 3PL KPIs (Key performance indicators) from 3PL consultant, Chuck Intrieri of The Lean Supply Chain as it relates to the engagement with a 3PL. We began our series first writing about the 9 key broad and somewhat soft topics to understand in effective KPI Management.

Today we will first point out on a deeper level strategic performance business practices that you may conduct in order to better track 3PL KPIs. Then we will go to explaining some common problems around KPIs in general in order to comprehend the need for effective performance measures. Read the full article here.

6. The State of Third Party Logistics: The Future is Already Here

The 3PL industry is going through transformations and the coming few years are likely to be critical for the future of the industry. While things may not look rosy from the customers’ perspective (customer dissatisfaction has been growing over the years), the industry itself is gearing up to take on the challenges and the opportunities offered by the latest technological advancements. In fact, to the techno-savvy optimists who see a bright future for the industry, the future is already here. Read the full article here

5. 13 Key Considerations when Selecting a 3PL & [BONUS INFOGRAPHIC] 3PL vs 4PL

When it comes to efficient and cost-effective over the road transportation management, it is absolutely crucial that you be working with a trustworthy 3PL. Understanding the potential value of a 3PL early in the process is crucial to saving money and providing great service. Read the full article here

4. How 5 Emerging Technologies Will Change the Services of 3rd Party Logistics Providers

Technology has always been the driving force behind logistics and even more so after deregulation of the transportation industry as 3rd party logistics providers offered technology solutions to customers. In the past centuries, people looked for ways to move goods faster, in greater bulk and more economically. The problems were solved primarily by the invention of the railway, automobiles (including trucks), modern ships and airplanes. The invention of the computer, the Internet, and related technologies revolutionized the logistic industry with such technologies as web-based programs like transportation management systems. Now the industry is on the brink of another revolution. Read the full article here

3. [INFOGRAPHIC] Interesting Facts & Financial Breakdown of the Global Logistics Market

We feel infographics are a great way to explain a big idea. In this infographic you will learn, for example, that the global market value for logistics has surpassed $4trillion. You will also learn:

  • Interesting global logistics facts
  • The financial and economic outlook of each mode of transportation
  • Which countries are ranked as the best logistics performers (we have a long way to go United States)
  • Why Logistics management efficiency is important to companies

Read the full article here

2. 10 Ideas for More Efficient & Productive Warehouse Operations

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, tripping, falling, and slipping account for the majority of “general industry accidents.” In fact, statistics show slip and fall accidents make up 15% of all accidental deaths, 25% of all injury claims and – shockingly – 95 million lost work days each year.

It goes without saying that warehouses need to find ways to prioritize workplace safety for the health and productivity of the workforce. But what are some ways organizations can streamline operations for improved results overall? Read the Full Article here

1. The Future of Logistics: Are 3PL Companies Ready to Adopt these 4 Emerging Technologies?

The logistic industry is going through a time of rapid and unprecedented transformation. The future of logistics is paved with innovation and technology. It was not long ago that ideas like 3D printing, the Internet of Things (IoT), drone delivery, and augmented reality were things of science fiction. Today, the industry is cautiously adopting these technologies to provide faster, cheaper, more reliable and sustainable delivery. At the same time, their customers – primarily the manufacturers and retailers – are wasting no time urging their 3PL logistic providers to integrate these technologies into their service. Read the full article here

Those are the top logistics articles for 2015. Want to be featured on our blog? Send us an email and if it fits in with the overall message we are trying to put out there (education) we’d love to feature you. Or, do you have a blog you’d want to have us check out? Send it to us too!