We continue our series on the most read articles from the Cerasis blog for 2015 today by featuring any of the blogs in the transportation management or transportation categories.
We are now on the 4th of our 5 main blog categories we will feature as we wind down the year. We’ve already listed the top 10 manufacturing articles, the top 10 supply chain articles, and yesterday, the top 10 logistics articles. Give those lists a quick scan to check out some of the best and brightest.
We will then conclude the 5 main categories by featuring the top 10 freight articles of 2015. Then on the last day of 2015, we will feature the top 50 most read blogs of ALL time from the 653 Cerasis blogs as a special treat!
In these most read 10 transportation management or transportation articles this year we saw, as with the other categories, a large portion focus on technology, such as transportation management systems. However, we also saw a large portion which were the popular transportation articles, focus on better process and staying strategic. Biasedly, at Cerasis, as we are a transportation management solutions provider thru technology and services, it is great to see that our readers are interested in improving transportation management processes and staying strategic to create a competitive advantage. In fact, we will release next week our first e-book of 2016 (of a monthly series of e-books) which will highlight several areas for shippers to focus on in order to create an effective transportation and logistics management strategy.
We hope you find the following top 10 transportation articles from 2015 educational and helpful! We list them in order of the tenth most read to the most read.
Whether you call it a transportation management system, TMS, or transport management system, we have you covered on the State of TMS in our first post, the 4 key process enablers in the second post, and in today’s post we will cover what the future holds for transport management systems. As a TMS provider, Cerasis also provides the services related to transport management: freight claims, freight accounting, carrier relations, and more.
We built our Cerasis Rater TMS in 1998, launching it as web-based before Google was even a business. Our (now Army, as our Development Manager, Jerel Byrd calls them) development team are always continually improving the Cerasis TMS, as we know it is vital to have a system that is not only innovative, but sound, secure, and enables those in transportation to do their job all while doing it cost effectively.
Are you using a TMS to help manage your transportation department as a shipper? What are you seeing in the space? Read the full article here.
The concern and dialog about the transportation capacity issues for our country have bridged the past two decades and beyond. In fact, according to a released, in-depth analysis of the State of Logistics report from the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals , (CSCMP), the United States expects that by 2017, supply chain organizers will be less concerned with paying higher trucking rates than being able to find trucking container space available to haul their freight. We have heard so much over the years about a coming capacity crunch crisis, many argue if crisis is the proper terminology.
Among the most discussed catalysts for the next approaching transportation capacity crunch, we have to look at collaboration between all the players in the myriad of logistics layers. Read the full article here.
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?
If you are looking to better understand how transportation costs fit into your business and make better informed decisions to wrangle ever increasing transportation costs, this white paper is for you. Download the Free White Paper Here.
Businesses today often need a bit of help moving their bottom line forward. Outsourcing various parts of your company to other businesses that specialize in those areas has long been a solution that can give you excellent results. Here at Cerasis, we understand that it isn’t easy to turn over a major part of your company to the hands of someone else. This is especially true when outsourcing transportation management, as transportation can include a large part of your overall supply chain and business costs.
However, outsourcing non-core competencies has now become a widely accepted practice across many industries. One company may outsource IT hosting capabilities while another outsources customer service and yet another fulfillment needs. Read the Full Article here.
It’s no secret that anything “mobile” is all the rage today.
However, mobile technology is not new to the transportation world. In fact, the introduction of Qualcomm’s OmniTracs™ in 1988 and UPS’ roll-out of the DIAD (Delivery Information Acquisition Device) four years later are prime examples of pioneering companies investing in mobile technology as a means to drive efficiencies and create competitive advantage.
Author Malcolm Gladwell defined a “tipping point” as “the moment of critical mass, the threshold, the boiling point.” For mobile technology and transport, the theoretical tipping point is in our rearview mirror.
Price points for hardware and communications have fallen, and the reliability and capabilities of mobile technologies for transportation have vastly improved. So, fleet managers need to ask a fundamental question, “What does it mean if my drivers, assets and cargo are continuously connected to the enterprise and how can I leverage this fact to create value for my organization?” Read the full article here.
Carriers in the trucking industry and also shippers today are actively looking for ways to combat the rising costs of operating their businesses, but they often do not fully understand proper benchmarking, transportation cost analysis, and profit management are intertwined. Without understanding true costs and using benchmarks as just that – benchmarks – carriers and shippers will struggle to effectively analyze and reduce their costs. Read the Full Article Here.
The popularity of the use of transport management system (TMS) has been growing steadily in the last few years. However, its usage is yet to reach a point where shipping professionals consider it indispensable for their business. In fact, recent studies have shown that only about 35 percent of shippers are using TMS to manage their operations. And many of them are still using old versions and have not decided to upgrade to the latest version.
However, most of the shipping professionals have at least some knowledge of TMS and are aware that they will have to start using it at some point in the future if they want to continue doing business. As the shipping business has gone global, it has grown in complexity. Today’s shippers and carriers are not only expected to have their reach in every corner of the world, they are also required to provide fast, inexpensive and high-quality service. Read the Full Article Here.
In order to avoid incidents of mismatch between supply and demand, establish more efficient manufacturing and lower costs, it is necessary to establish an environment of consistent supply chain visibility. In order to implement this visibility, it is crucial that companies take into consideration many elements. Everything from sourcing raw materials, manufacturing, to the sales channels which feed supply for a finished product are essential factors. One of the often missing links, however, in supply chain visibility, is transportation management. Basically the act of getting the needed finished goods from start location to destination. We call this the transportation supply chain. Read the Full Article Here.
Since the collapse of the housing market and the economy in 2008, the freight transportation industry has managed to claw its way out of a damaging situation and maintain historically low trucking rates. Throughout this time, 3PL transportation management providers have taken advantage of the low costs of transportation, which further reduced the costs for businesses and manufacturers. However, the industry stands on the verge of a rate-hike cliff. Fortunately, 3PL transportation management providers have some tricks up their sleeves to help alleviate some of the rate increase, but you will still need to be aware why and how this change is coming. Furthermore, you can prepare for the change by understanding what 3PLs can do to help attempt to maintain lower prices of transportation. No one in the transportation industry has the ability to predict the exact behavior of the freight transportation market, but an effective 3PL can make the transition much smoother. Read the Full Article Here.
Historically, new technologies have been slow to come to, and be adopted by, the transportation industry. However, several innovative companies are challenging this norm. From software solutions to new vehicle concepts, awesome ideas are making the transportation industry more efficient, safer, and profitable.
We’re big fans of these advancements in transportation technology. Especially when it comes to applying big data to solve the largest problems facing the trucking industry. As such, we’re putting together a list to celebrate companies doing cool things to advanced the transportation industry each quarter. Read the full article here. Read the full article here.
What are the top transportation management or transportation articles you read? What are the trends you foresee in transportation for 2016? Let us know in the comments below!
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