As each year comes to a close, we all look back on the year that was in reflection. Today is day four of our annual year-end series highlighting the top blog posts in each of our 5 main categories: Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Logistics, Transportation, Freight.
We will feature over the next 2 business days each category’s top 7 most viewed posts over the course of 2017. These will only contain posts written in 2017. There were approximately 220 blog posts in 2017, and over 360,000 page views on those posts alone. We added nearly 7,000 subscribers to the blog and featured over 35 guest bloggers.
Top 8 Freight and Trucking Blog Posts of the Year
Freight Driver Shortage Update: Will 2017 Come to a Head & Cause Issues for Shippers?
As capacity tightens in the industry, shippers will face the challenge of reaching more customers with fewer resources, and the freight driver shortage may spike temporarily. However, the capacity crunch itself will help curb the driver shortage, and reaction to capacity issues will further the cause of better wages and incentive for more drivers to enter the industry. Of course, nationwide low unemployment and better wages among other industries will still draw people away from the trucking industry, reports the Journal of Commerce (JOC). Remember the saying, “it’s always darkest before dawn.” The driver shortage may not come to a head just yet, provided the industry continues to increase wages and work to increase driver retention.
8 Freight Shipping Trends Shippers Must Know for 2017
Freight is growing. It’s getting smarter, faster and more responsive to the demands of the market. With the promise of reshoring hope and possible public backlash for continuing offshoring of processes, freight shipping providers will have the opportunity to restore public trust and increase profits in 2017. They just need to take notice of what’s happening with freight shipping trends.
The Uberization of Trucking – Will We EVER See It Happen?
It has almost become an archetype in society. Someone gets out of something late and can’t get a ride. Rather than spending countless hours wasting time, they pull out a smartphone and order an Uber. Uber has changed the game for the public transportation industry, and the ride-sharing giant is well on its way to changing logistics. Enter: the Uberization of trucking.
Aspiring Military Freight Carriers: Don’t Miss SDDC’s Open Season
The Department of Defense’s Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC) has announced an open season for accepting applications from freight carriers. This is a chance for transportation professionals who would like to move military freight to kickstart their working relationship with the SDDC. The period during which you can take advantage of the opportunity runs from January 9 to February 28, 2017.
NMFTA Announces Freight Classification Changes & What Shippers Need to Know
The new freight classification changes are now in effect, assuming you are using carriers that adhere to the NMFTA freight classification rules. If you have not previously reviewed the new changes, you could already be overpaying on shipping costs. Take the time to review the changes in the in NMFC, and use the preparation tips above to gain better control over your freight classification processes now.
5 Ways To Help Avoid Freight Damage & Loss Claims
Shippers and sellers have plenty of things to consider. They must think about what customers will want today, tomorrow and two months from now. Meanwhile, are freight costs going to rise or decrease? Will Mother Nature throw a wrench into a shipment, causing extra delays or even freight damage?
What Will Become of the Automated Freight Industry In The Next Ten Years?
Time will only tell how successful these new technologies will be and while they all seem very impressive in their development stages, there is a lot of work left to be done before we start seeing drones knocking on front doors and human-free ports. Until that time most freight forwarders are finding the most up-to-date technologies to help customers find the most efficient and cost effective means of transporting their goods.