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As each year comes to a close, we all look back on the year that was in reflection. Today, we kick off our annual year end series highlighting the top blog posts in each of our 7 main categories: Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Logistics, 3PL, Business, Transportation, Freight.

We will feature over the next 7 business days each category’s top 10 most viewed posts over the course of 2014. These will only contain posts written in 2014. There were approximately 220 blog posts in 2014, and over 200,000 page views on those posts alone. We added nearly 4,000 subscribers to the blog and featured over 25 guest bloggers.

Top Manufacturing Blog Posts for 2014

Like last year, reshoring and the idea of a US Manufacturing comeback, or revivial, or rennaisaince (whatever you want to call it) was of huge interest to our readers of the Cerasis blog. Secondly, technology, such as 3D Printing and Innovation, made it to this year’s list. Finally, the top 10 list was rounded out safety and metrics. We look forward to beefing up even more great content to give value to our customer base of manufacturers and those in the manufacturing industry. Although we are a 3PL who supports manufacturers who ship, the more information we provide, the better off we all are. Now without further ado, I give you the top 10 manufacturing blog posts of the year by page view:

  1. The Reshoring (and Logistics) Debate: Mexico Vs China Manufacturing, Who Has the Upper Hand Now? There are many reports about the reshoring movement and how many manufacturers are moving plants back from when they off-shored to China in the 80s and 90s back to US soil. However, we are also seeing a rise in companies moving from China to Mexico, for many reasons. Recently Cerasis asked in the Manufacturing Leadership Community group on LinkedIn, run by Manufacturing Executive. Read Full Post
  2. Manufacturing Metrics that Matter Most: A Comprehensive Checklist: In today’s manufacturing enterprise, executives and line of business managers are constantly bombarded with information, making it difficult to weed through all the available manufacturing metrics to figure out what business issues need to be addressed. Read Full Post
  3. [Infographic] US Manufacturing Only 5 Percent More Costly Than China, Strengthens Case for Reshoring: Five economies traditionally regarded as low-cost manufacturing bases China, Brazil, the Czech Republic, Poland, and Russia have seen their cost advantages erode significantly since 2004 while US Manufacturing has considerably improved its cost structure, according to a new study. Read Full Post
  4. INFOGRAPHIC: 3D Printing and the Supply Chain to Drastically Alter Manufacturing: Who would have thought that modern manufacturing could be done without a factory? Since the Industrial Revolution, manufacturing has been synonymous with factories, machine tools, production lines and economies of scale. So it is startling to think about manufacturing without tooling, assembly lines or supply chains. However, that is what is emerging as as the future of 3D printing services takes hold. Read Full Post
  5. The Rise of Distributed Manufacturing and 7 Advantages over Traditional Manufacturing: ‘Crowd’ is currently something that is very prominent — and revolutionary — in consumer business. But how does it work in industry? How could ‘crowd’ apply and work for Henry Ford or William Procter and James Gamble?Traditionally a manufacturer will employ, or own, dedicated factories to create a convenient supply chain for their clients. The capabilities of a company are limited to their talent pool, largely determined by budget. Thus, up until now, hardware has been reserved for those of great budgets and power. Read Full Post
  6. Is Manufacturing Really a Good Career Choice? 6 Reasons Why It is: It’s graduation time, meaning that many young people are faced with that burning question: “Well … now what?”Some of the lucky college grads already have jobs lined up or at least a clear path for their next move. That’s great! But for plenty of others, the end of college means moving back home, often with a load of student debt and no solid career prospects on the horizon. There are also plenty of high school students (and their parents) doing a whole lot of number crunching, wondering how they’ll ever afford four years at a major university.Cerasis’ VP-New Business Development and Co-Founder Steve Norall posed a question on AMT’s LinkedIn group: Why, in your opinion, should high schoolers and recent college grads consider a career in manufacturing? Read Full Post
  7. 6 areas of Focus to Achieve Real Innovation in Manufacturing: We have been confronted again and again with the message that Manufacturing must evolve to and become more innovative. But according to this criteria, where is the future of manufacturing headed? What is the new-growth factory for a company?In this article I intend to indicate the manufacturing’s evolution through Innovation, the real Innovation in Manufacturing.There are six salient areas that organizations should work towards a Real Innovation in Manufacturing. Read Full Post
  8. 9 Tactics to Build a Best in Class Manufacturing Safety Program to Impact your Bottom Line: “Over 60% of the CFOs in one survey reported that each $1 invested in injury prevention and manufacturing safety, returns $2 or more. Over 40% of CFOs cited productivity as the top benefit of an effective workplace safety program.” – Chief Financial Officer survey, Liberty Mutual Insurance company , (2005). The Big Return on a Focus of Manufacturing Safety: Where else is operations getting these kind of returns? Read Full Post
  9. The Myth of the Manufacturing “Revival”, and WHY We Need to Stop Using That Word: Regardless of your own opinion, one thing is true, after 12 months straight of expansion in the ISM’s Manufacturing PMI (including the snafu this past Monday of slower rate…but oh wait, we made a mistake, we are growing at a faster rate again!), we are surely seeing growth in the Manufacturing industry. BUT… it really a “renaissance” or “revival”? Read Full Post
  10. 5 Financial Factors Driving the Growing Reshoring Movement for American Manufacturers: There is no question, as more and more stories about the reshoring movement bubble up to mainstream news, that the state of global manufacturing is in flux and that long-held assumptions about the costs and expenses in manufacturing should no longer be considered accurate. Due to a variety of factors including cost and availability of materials, climate change, and disputes on the rights of workers, American manufacturing may soon be a far more American enterprise than it once was. In fact, the US has now surpassed all countries but Mexico, India, and the Netherlands in cost savings potential for manufacturers. Read Full Post

What are some issues and trends you see coming to the world of Manufacturing in 2015? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!