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We trudge on with our top posts from our main blog categories by page view for all of 2014 from the Cerasis blog by featuring another area Cerasis is an expert in: Transportation. In fact, transportation management is our specialty as we’ve been providing our shipper customers with a web-based transportation management system and managed transportation services since 1998. It is our mission to provide education around transportation management, trends in transportation, pertinent regulation changes and impacts on transportation, and anything related to trucking and carriers.

As with the logistics category where we featured 15 most popular blog posts vs. the 10 we covered in the top manufacturing blog posts and supply chain blog posts, we write so many transportation blog posts in that category, we are going to feature the 16 most viewed transportation blog posts.  Like yesterday, however, I encourage you to view all the posts in the category to see some great articles on best practices and trends that will help you learn more and more efficient in your job as a transportation or logistics professional. These tips include how you yourself can better manage your transportation department and maximize resources.

Top 16 Most Popular Transportation Blog Posts of 2014

In reviewing the top transportation blog posts, it is clear people LOVE infographics as the first most popular blog post had almost 50% more views than the second most popular. Then, the next most popular centered around transportation business practices such as transportation accounting and management. Finally, as expected, technology and transportation management systems were also a popular subject. Without further ado, here are the top 16 transportation blog posts:

  1. 5 Awesome Infographics About the Trucking Industry: In some intriguing yet minimalistic way, infographics provide the basic explanation of a topic or a trend. Just as in the following five examples that reveal interesting data related to the trucking industry. Most certainly, trucking statistics are easy to digest if they are presented in a fun way, with lots of color and less clutter. Let’s take a look at these trucking industry trends and what kind of facts they provide. Read the Full Blog Post.
  2. Transportation Metrics That Matter Most to Track and Improve Performance: How do you measure logistics efficiency and transportation metrics performance indicators when you are already doing the best job possible? Talk to any over-the-road shipper that finds itself increasingly handcuffed by institutionalized transportation and fuel-related costs and it would likely tell you the “best job possible” doesn’t cut it anymore. Read the Full Blog Post.
  3. Truck Driver Shortage: Is a Generational Gap Between Truckers to Blame? Industry forums reveal that the internal industry discontent is rising. Rookie truckers see the more experienced ones as condescending, technology-inept, and refusing to lend a helping hand when needed. At the same time, the old tend to view the young as technology-addicted slackers, with negative attitudes and poor mechanical skills. Read the Full Blog Post.
  4. Logistics and Transportation Expenses: Understanding Their Role in the Cost of Doing Business: As logistics and transportation expenses take a larger bite out of every sales dollar, companies must continually analyze their freight expense relationship to their overall cost of doing business. Unfortunately, many companies lack the technical expertise to accomplish these analyses and therefore usually end up spending more on transportation services then they really need to. To add insult to injury, they also rarely have reporting mechanisms to properly monitor those expenses. Read the Full Blog Post.
  5. Transportation Management Systems: 5 Shipper Demands Shaping the TMS Landscape: Characterized as one of the fastest growing enterprise application markets by ARC Advisory Group, the transportation management systems (TMS) sector has been growing at a double-digit rate over the last couple of years—and isn’t showing signs of letting up anytime soon. Read the Full Blog Post.
  6. 5 More Tips to Fight the Great Capacity Crunch in Trucking of 2014: For the thousands of companies that rely on the nation’s trucking network to get their goods to market, perhaps no issue in the past few years has become more critical than the capacity crunch in trucking. And this year, on top of the already tight capacity, the weather (and soon the flooding from thaw out) will only increase the tightness we are seeing in full truckload capacity. Read the Full Blog Post.
  7. 5 Best Transportation Management Optimization Practices Utilizing Strategic Freight Shipping: The mantra for all transportation professionals is simple: reduce costs and increase customer satisfaction levels. However, market forces such as higher fuel costs and decreased capacity work to undermine these goals. Read the Full Blog Post.
  8. 10 Considerations in a Transportation Management Solutions Strategy & 6 Steps to Create One: Transportation management solutions are no longer just about moving freight and doing it at the lowest possible cost. Companies are using effective transportation management as a competitive advantage tool, in the ever-challenging economic and commercial landscape. Additionally, shippers are now seeing transportation management solutions both internally or those provided by a logistics services provide such as a 3PL less as a commodity and more of a collaborative relationship between themselves and carriers and as well as third party logistics services providers. Read the Full Blog Post.
  9. Transportation Best Practices: A Story of a Shipper Who Implemented This LTL Strategy to Sustain and Scale: In a tight capacity crunch that we are seeing now and as the manufacturing renaissance surges, in part thanks to reshoring, but mostly to the recovering economy and improvements by manufacturers to stay lean and mean, North American shippers, in order to sustain and scale their logistics’ departments, are needing to evolve and employ transportation best practices and a LTL shipping strategy. In this story of a shipper company of Cerasis, we want to show that sometimes it’s possible to teach an old shipper new tricks. Our shipper company, is a 92-year-old food service equipment and supply company. Read the Full Blog Post.
  10. How Understanding Transportation and Freight Costs Leads to Strategic Thinking and More Profitable Business: As you grow, so should freight costs. However, it’s important to review your pattern of freight spend in relation to sales so that you may set a benchmark. Above average increases in freight costs could indicate your expenses are cutting into your bottom line. This is why it is vital to understand, master, or outsource managed transportation services, such as freight and transportation accounting. When your freight spend becomes a significant percentage of your total revenue, it starts to have a negative impact. To put it in perspective, if you average $1 million in annual sales, imagine the impact paying or saving an additional $10,000 a year in transportation could have on your bottom line? Read the Full Blog Post.
  11. TMS Software Study: 1/4 of Shippers Still Using Manual Methods, Want Route Optimization: Every year, TMS research group, Software Advice, speaks with thousands of prospective buyers looking for the right transportation management software (TMS software) for their companies. Most are from small businesses (those with annual revenue of $100 million or less), which means these conversations give Software Advice unparalleled insight into these buyers’ reasons for purchasing new software. They recently analyzed a random selection of 385 of these interactions to uncover small business TMS buyers’ most common pain points and their reasons for purchasing new software. This report outlines the trends they uncovered. Read the Full Blog Post.
  12. 5 Areas of Focus in a Long Term Logistics Strategy that a TMS Can Solve: Logistics and transportation managers are tasked with making the movement of freight between trade partners easier, cheaper, and more efficient. Often these managers turn to Transportation Management Systems (TMS) in the smooth and efficient operations of their supply chains for decades. Having evolved significantly over the last 30 years, such systems are typically available as standalone software packages, as part of a larger Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution, or in Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) formats. Read the Full Blog Post.
  13. 12 Benefits Realized by Shippers When Hiring Outside Transportation Management Services: With technology and services the focus of the transportation management services provider, it allows the logistics or transportation manager to stay strategic and thus embed themselves and their department more deeply into the business and not get siloed or myopic. You can read countless books and studies that say when any job function is in the weeds, it’s hard to move the department, and thus the business forward. With that said, let’s talk about what are the benefits and ROI potential when you employ transportation management services from an outside provider. Read the Full Blog Post.
  14. What are Managed Transportation Services? The Old Model vs. The New Model: According to ARC Advisory Group research, among those shippers that successfully achieve significant reductions in freight savings, TMS and managed transportation services perform roughly the same. However, when you look at the proportion of respondents that achieved negative results (increased freight costs) or no improvement in their freight spend; TMS appears to be the less-risky investment. Further, when it comes to net savings (after all fees are paid to the service provider), TMS appears to perform somewhat better. On the other hand, when it comes to service improvements, managed transportation services is the clear winner. Read the Full Blog Post.
  15. How the Web Based Transportation Management System Will Make the Server Side TMS Go the Way of the Dinosaur: While it can’t be said that every company has tapped into the power and flexibility of a web based transportation management system, such applications have been around long enough to no longer qualify as new (in fact our web based transportation management system, the Cerasis Rater, has been web based since 1997, before Google was even a company) – and their presence in the enterprise is growing. Is it fair to say that traditional TMS software has been overtaken by web based transportation management system yet? Perhaps not, but such online, hosted or on-demand systems are proliferating. Just take a look at the recent information in Inbound Logistic’s TMS Buyer’s Guide. Read the Full Blog Post.
  16. [WHITE PAPER] Download: The “Transportation Metrics that Matter the Most for Shippers to Track to Improve Transportation Performance”: In business for nearly two decades, third party logistics company, Cerasis, with a focus on transportation management through a transportation management system and managed transportation services, outlines the most important transportation metrics to track which will allow shippers to make better business decisions and improve performance in their latest paper entitled, “The Transportation Metrics that Matter the Most for Shippers to Track to Improve Transportation Performance.” Read the Full Blog Post.