Happy New Year! Since today is the last day of the year before we all get ramped up towards a productive 2016 and after finishing out top 10 most read articles in each of our five main categories (Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Logistics, Transportation, & Freight) we wanted to give you all a treat and list the top 50 most read articles of all time from the Cerasis blog.

When I hit publish on today’s blog, we will have published 659 blog posts on the Cerasis blog, with our very first blog post coming nearly 3 years ago to the day

If you are a regular reader (or heck even if you are not) what you will see from our blog is a focus on education. This is in part due to the fact that as a third party logistics company, focused on efficient and strategic transportation management solutions through technology and services, it is vital for us to educate our shipper customers and our team in order to continually improve and always provide value. 

We have also featured on our blog over 90 guest bloggers featuring voices from experts in all of the five main categories who have talked about such subjects as the Skills Gap, Reshoring, Technology, Innovation, STEM, the Maker Movement, Lean Manufacturing and Supply Chain, the Internet of Things, and much much more. I encourage you to use the search bar to the right or the blog category picker to explore many topics in depth. If you yourself would love to contribute your thoughts to our blog, feel free to contact us with an idea. 

We have also now published an e-book, put out several white papers, and held several webinars. By clicking on the respective links, you can access this information as well. 

50 Most Read Articles of All Time From the Cerasis Blog

We will feature the 50 most read articles of all time from the Cerasis blog by covering the 50th most read counting down to the most read blog of all time. We will simply list the blog title with a hyperlink for easy access. These 50 articles truly cover the gamut of our categories, but what is clear is that people love Infographics and they love trends. 

Without any more words or ado, here are the 50 most read articles from the Cerasis blog of all time!

50. 8 Most Common Reasons Why You May Receive a Freight Claim Declination Letter

49. Lean Initiatives: Understanding at a High Level & The Benefits of 5S

48. 9 Steps to Establish the Lean Supply Chain: A System of Interconnected & Interdependent Partners

47. [INFOGRAPHIC] Top 10 Logistics and Supply Chain Facts of 2014

46. 5 Advantages of Hiring a 3PL Provider for Outsourced Logistics

45. [INFOGRAPHIC] Expert Reveals 7 Supply Chain Trends to Watch

44. Why use a Third Party Logistics Provider and How to Implement a Successful 3PL Project

43. Marketing in Logistics: 4 Elements of the Market Research Phase in a Sound Digital Marketing Strategy

42. 6 Benefits of Logistics Automation in a Transportation Management System

41. What is Kanban and How Can it Aid in Lean Manufacturing?

40. Safety in Manufacturing: Learn the Top 5 Safety Manager Responsibilities & Never Take Safety for Granted!

39. Make Your Life Easier With These 5 Freight Bidding Platforms

38. Voice of The Customer: 4 Common Mistakes & How to Avoid Them

37. The Definitive Guide to Transportation Terminology to Stay on the Same Logistics Page

36. The Rise of Distributed Manufacturing and 7 Advantages over Traditional Manufacturing

35. 6 Effective Problem Solving Steps for Logistics, Supply Chain, Business, or Life in General

34. 3PL Pricing Structure: Part 2 In Third Party Logistics Implementation

33. Manufacturing Trends 2014: Top 10 Predictions from IDC Manufacturing Insights

32. 10 Ideas for More Efficient & Productive Warehouse Operations

31. Top 4 Manufacturing Issues in America – Part 1 of 2

30. Manufacturing Metrics that Matter Most: A Comprehensive Checklist

29. 5 Sweeping Technologies Rapidly Changing Paradigms & Execution of Manufacturing Processes

28. 5 Awesome Infographics About the Trucking Industry

27. The Impact of 3D Printing in the Supply Chain and Logistics Arenas

26. [INFOGRAPHIC] The Evolution and History of Supply Chain Management

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

24. What is Reverse Logistics and How Is It Different than Traditional Logistics?

23. New Hours of Service Rules Explained With Compliance Date Coming July 1, 2013

22. Non-Asset Based Logistics vs. Asset Based Logistics: What’s the Difference?

21. Transportation Metrics That Matter Most to Track and Improve Performance

20. Freight Bill vs. Bill Of Lading: Knowing the Difference Is Key to Effective Logistics

19. [INFOGRAPHIC] 3 Core Supply Chain Management Trends Gearing Up to Change SCM Forever

18. What are The Elements of a SWOT Analysis?

17. Accounting For Freight Costs: Freight Expense Account vs. Cost of Freight-Sales Account

16. 5 Benefits of TMS (Transportation Management System)

15. The Importance of A Value Proposition Statement for your Business and How to Write One

14. Third Party Logistics Services Explained, The Different Types of 3PLs, and The Various Levels of Outsourcing

13. Logistics Service Level Agreement and Logistics Key Performance Indicators: A White Paper

12. Third Party Logistics Companies: A Checklist When Evaluating Which 3PLs are Best for YOUR Needs

11. 8 Freight Claims Tips to Ensure You Get the Full Amount Paid

10. History & Academic Definition of Supply Chain and Logistics Management

9. E-Commerce Logistics: The Evolution of Logistics and Supply Chains from Direct to Store Models to E-Commerce

8. Bill of Lading: Importance Of, Error Consequences, and Effective Solutions

7. 10 Factors Which Determine LTL Freight Rates

6. What is Transportation and Logistics Management and Are They the Same Thing?

5. What are Incoterms and Common Definitions of Incoterms

4. What is 5S? An Explanation of the Elements of 5S for a Lean Culture

3. What is LTL Shipping (Less-Than-Truckload) and How Did it Come About?

2. 3PL vs 4PL: What are these PLs, Anyway? Layers of Logistics Explained

1. Freight Class: What is and How To Determine LTL Freight Class

We hope you enjoy and continue to enjoy our blog posts and articles! From everyone at Cerasis to our customers and the manufacturing, supply chain, logistics, transportation, and freight community, Happy New Year!

Global Positioning System (GPS) is a navigation system that depends on satellites to locate vehicles anywhere on Earth. It was originally developed by the United States Defense Department at an unknown cost. The first such satellites were launched in 1979. A few years later, the GPS system was made available for civilian use. As of November 2013, there were 31 GPS satellites in operation.

If you operate a fleet of vehicles, chances are you already take advantage of GPS technology to direct your drivers from one address to another or to avoid traffic. GPS devices certainly are useful for these purposes, but by extending the use of these devices and applying them to as many situations as possible, you can take an already helpful tool and make it even more useful.

GPS technology in the vehicles of your fleet can be useful in the following areas:

Fleet Tracking

gps tracking carrier fleetsIf you operate a fleet of vehicles, it is a tremendous advantage to know where your vehicles are at all times. You can be certain that your drivers are doing exactly what you are paying them to do by monitoring the location and speed of your vehicles. This can be done unobtrusively, so your drivers do not feel like you are controlling or spying on them. Fleet tracking offers many other advantages, and GPS technology is quite cost effective.

Driver Training

When your business operates an entire fleet of vehicles, the efficiency of each vehicle is important. Less-efficient vehicles cost more to operate. The most important component of your vehicle isn’t the engine or transmission, per se — it’s your driver. Nothing else in your vehicle has as big an influence on efficiency as your driver. A driver who has a lead foot or is hard on the brakes costs you money in fuel and maintenance expenses.

It can be quite expensive to alter or replace vehicles to increase fuel efficiency. Altering driver behavior may prove to be much easier and cost effective, and it is not hard to do.

With modern technology, it is not difficult or expensive to monitor the efficiency of your drivers. By taking a few more simple steps, you can reward drivers who are driving efficiently, and give less-efficient drivers an incentive to improve. Post a prominent leaderboard in a common area where all of your drivers will see it every day. Offer daily, weekly, monthly or quarterly awards to your most efficient drivers. They quite likely will enjoy the competition, and will develop a good-natured rivalry that benefits you and your business in the end.

Stolen Vehicle Recovery

Vehicles are stolen from time to time. When and if this happens to a vehicle in your fleet, you will have a much better chance at recovering the vehicle if it has a GPS tracking device on board. Recovering the vehicle as quickly as possible minimizes the risk of damaged property.

Efficiency Tracking

When the information provided by your GPS tracking system is integrated with performance information from your vehicle’s engine computer, it opens a world of possibilities. The GPS device tracks what your vehicle is doing — whether it is climbing and descending hills, making a lot of stops and starts, or operating for extended periods of time at excessive speed. Your engine computer tracks things such as throttle, brake position and gear selection. Combine these two sources of information, and you will have a powerful tool at your disposal.

This tool can alert your maintenance personnel to possible problems before they occur. If your engine is struggling in a particular RPM range, it may indicate a problem with your ignition system or transmission. If your engine is running hot, this may alert you to problems with the cooling system. A computer database can integrate all of this information into a sophisticated performance management tracking system. By alerting personnel to small changes in the efficiency of your vehicles, many malfunctions can be fixed before they cause extensive damage and require costly repairs.

Improved Routing

Most GPS units offer the capability to arrange stops on the most efficient route possible. When you are planning routes for your drivers, use computer technology to ensure that the routes are as efficient as possible. One large freight company even plans its routes to avoid left turns, so their trucks spend less time stopped at traffic lights.

Author Bio:

Robert J. Hall is president of Track Your Truck, a leader in GPS vehicle tracking systems and software for small and midsized companies.

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