Hello and welcome back to another episode of “The Freight Project Podcast!”

On today’s episode Cerasis welcomes our very own National Director of Sales, Roger Jones. Roger manages our entire sales team, our sales agents, and partner agencies. Roger is on the front lines of learning the challenges of shippers & the industry at large, discussing solutions that shippers need to remain competitive.

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Shippers turn to Outside Transportation Management Solutions to Remain Competitive

In this episode Roger and Cerasis’ Marketing Manager & “The Freight Project Podcast” host, Adam Robinson, will discuss what he hears on the front lines during sales discovery calls what are the true challenges in the marketplace today & how the capacity crunch is really putting the pressure on shippers & carriers to remain profitable. 

In this “The Freight Project Podcast” episode you’ll hear:

  • The myriad of challenges & the fast-paced world of freight driven by mode changes, e-commerce, and the capacity crunch, why shippers increasingly need to seek out solutions beyond their own current in-house resources
  • Why there are still some shippers who still don’t use a TMS & what Roger says when he comes up against this objective in the sales process.
  • How a TMS creates competitive advantage for shippers among several other benefits such as the ability to benchmark carriers, support multiple carrier options, and then use reporting to use data as a step off point to better collaborate with carriers.


  • What steps smaller logistics companies can, and shippers for that matter, take to remain technologically competitive in a market dominated by large shippers and logistics companies.

We hope you enjoy this very first episode of The Freight project podcast!

Strategic Transportation Management Resources

How To Shift From Tactical To Strategic Logistics and Transportation Management To Create A Competitive Advantage

The Uses and Substantial Benefits of Transportation Management Systems

How Surface Mode Shippers Can Compete in E-Commerce Logistics

Today, we wrap up our series on the top 5 blogs in our 4 main categories (Freight, Manufacturing, Logistics, and Supply Chain). Our last post covered the Top 5 Supply Chain blogs of 2016. Today’s post will cover the top 5 Transportation Management blogs from 2016 so far. I encourage you to scroll through the main four categories blogs or the Cerasis blog in general so you can catch some great content. We try and post one blog post per day in these categories, but we also have sub categories as well. You can view all of our categories by using the drop down menu on the right side of this blog post about halfway down. There is some really great stuff not only by the Cerasis staff, but also a number of guest bloggers.

If you would like to contribute to our blog, which now boasts over 124,o00 readers, let us know by emailing us at info@cerasis.com or saying so in the comments below.

Top Transportation Management Blogs from the First Half of 2016 So Far

The transportation management blogs category most top viewed blog posts from the first half of 2016 included several elements of the transportation management. From transportation management trends to creating a competitive logistical edge. It is evident that many folks want more information around to stay ahead of any changes that happen in this area.

Here are the 5 top transportation management blogs from the first half of this year by page views, with the most list first.

1. The Carrier Scorecard: Measuring the 11 Things that Matter

Maintaining the best possible fleet for your shipping needs requires vigilance and the tracking of specific measures across their performance. If you do not know how well your carrier performs, explains Merrill Douglas of Inbound Logistics, you cannot determine if you are actually seeing a positive return on investment. While many shippers and carriers have moved toward digital, automated data capture, it is still necessary to create a carrier scorecard, which helps you see what carriers are better suited for your needs. Yet, all metrics and scorecards are not equal, and you need to know what metrics should be included in your carrier scorecard.  Get The Full List Here

2. The Top 10 Most Common LTL Shipping Mistakes Made by Shippers

Less-than-truckload (LTL) shipping is one of the most efficient ways to move shipments when you cannot justify the cost of a full truckload. Unfortunately, shippers may be losing money on LTL shipping if they do not know how to maximize efficiency and cost-effectiveness in each shipment. According to Joe Lynch, shippers face many challenges and problems in LTL shipping. But, knowing where LTL shipping mistakes are likely to occur can help shippers ensure their freight is delivered according to their expectations and needs. Furthermore, learning to recognize and prevent these LTL shipping mistakes is critical to keeping shipping costs down and fostering productivity.  Get The Full List Here

3. [e-Book] 8 Big Factors to Consider for Efficient LTL Shipping

LTL shipments account for the majority of revenue generated by the transportation industry as a whole. Invest resources in making sure that your staff is knowledgeable about LTL practices and procedures to create an efficient LTL shipping practice in your business. At the end of the day, the more efficient and sustainable you are with your practices for LTL shipping, the more competitive you are, the happier your customers and employees are, and most importantly, you have a healthier bottom line. 

In this all new e-book, we will discuss 8 core areas that LTL shippers can focus on in order to have more efficient LTL shipping practices. Simply fill out the form to get your copy of the e-book right into your email inbox! Get Your FREE eBook Here

4. 6 Transportation Management Trends for 2016

2016 will be a defining year for the logistics industry, and transportation management practices must adapt to these changes. Some of these transportation management trends reflect real worries for the logistics industry. However, logistics providers and shippers are starting to understand how to best combat each of these problems through the application oftransportation management technologies. Take a look at six of the trends to watch for in transportation management this year.  Read All 6 Transportation Management Trends Here

5. [e-Book] How To Shift From Tactical To Strategic Logistics and Transportation Management To Create A Competitive Advantage

Transportation management is no longer a tactical approach to simply moving freight and doing it at the lowest possible cost. There are several factors that exist today that are forcing shippers to use even more resources, which distract from their core competencies, in order to have a strategic and much more nuanced, complex transportation management practice. Those savvy shippers who either find those resources internally or are doing what a lot of shippers are now doing, outsourcing to a transportation management service provider, are using a more strategic and effective transportation management approach as a competitive advantage tool, in the ever-challenging economic and commercial landscape.

As we head towards what many experts are citing as a 2017 carrier capacity crisis and growing demands from consumers to keep them happy call for shorter delivery cycles, the traditional strategy of procurement cost saving and shipment consolidation opportunities have to be supplemented through innovative solutions, to deliver the best bang for the buck.

This is especially relevant for third-party logistics and transportation management service providers, whose service fee is based on reducing cost and streamlining the shipper’s supply chain. For those looking to get more effective transportation management. Get the FREE eBook Here

What are your top Transportation Management blogs to read? Let us know in the comments section below!

Transportation management is vital for manufacturers and distribution companies to control operational costs and improve profitability. In our overview of the 2013  State of Logistics report from Rosalyn Wilson and CSCMP,  we noted that transportation costs dominate, representing 62.8% of total costs within the supply chain. Within that, 77.4% are trucking costs and 22.6% other modes and freight forwarders. That translates into trucking representing 48% of total logistics costs and other modes in total about 14%.

transportation management costs

Source: SCDigest.com

Transportation Management More Important than Ever With Increasing Capacity Crunch

As reported by freight transportation consultancy FTR Associates this week in their Trucking Conditions Index report, trucking market conditions may result in seasonal pricing power for carriers. With transportation costs, especially in trucking, representing a large part of expenditures within the supply chain, keen transportation management is vital to control costs. It is important now more than ever that executives at manufacturing and distribution companies, or any company who ships freight, either creates an efficient system in-house, or considers strongly to outsource logistics to a third party logistics company who will take the burden off having to keep up with industry trends which affect transportation costs via integrated freight management services and by offering a robust transportation management system to rate and quote shipments with multiple carriers, bringing the buying power back to a more balanced and lane-specific rate at time of shipment.

FTR said its reading for July, the most recent month for which data is available, was 8.41, representing a 30 percent gain over June. And it added that this increase reflects how going forward carriers may see rise in pricing this fall as capacity tightens with regulatory effects and decent freight demand. FTR also noted that it expects a modest peak in freight growth in the fall of 2013 before demand reverts to the slow growth trend experienced in 2012 and early 2013.

Jonathan Starks, FTR director of transportation analysis, said in a statement, “Unfortunately, freight demand has remained lackluster with very little movement up or down outside of normal seasonal activity. There is potential for a decent fall peak shipping season as the ISM manufacturing index is strong and inventories remain relatively lean, but the continued slog of the overall economy makes it unlikely that we get the significant push in consumer activity that is needed to really start moving the needle on capacity constraints and upward rate activity.”

The Benefits of Effective Transportation Management

When you employ an effective transportation management program either in house, or by employing a technology solution such as a TMS or if you turn to expertise by outsourcing logistics to a 3PL provider, you will realize the following benefits:

By taking an integrated approach (Technology plus services/in-house system) to your transportation management, you’ll be able to lower costs;,streamline your processes, improve customer service, and develop methods to continuously improve your operations. With trucking making up a large part of your overall costs within the supply chain, due to ever increasing capacity, now is the time to think seriously about your transportation department and how you’re currently managing your freight.


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