We continue our series on the top 5 blogs in our 4 main categories (Freight, Manufacturing, Logistics, and Supply Chain). Our first post covered the Top 5 Freight Management blogs of 2014. Today’s post will cover the top 5 logistics blogs from 2014 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.
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Top Logistics Blogs from the First Half of 2014 So Far
It was clear that the logistics blogs category most top viewed blog posts from the first half of 2014 included many aspects of logistics. From Third Party Logistics, Warehouse information, 3D Printing and Reverse Logistics. It was also evident that many folks wanted more information around Reverse Logistics, as our top 5 included two posts from this sub-category.
Here are the 5 top Logistics blogs from the first half of this year by page views, with the most list first.
#1: Third Party Logistics Services Explained, The Different Types of 3PLs, and The Various Levels of Outsourcing
To many, the definition of third party logistics services or the definition of 3PL, is rather fuzzy and can be ambiguous as there are many definitions, depending on who you ask. Some say “all or a significant part”, while others say “at least one part.”
However, in our opinion, the best explanation of third party logistics services is probably a combination of those two notions, as third party logistics providers are businesses that provide one or many of the following third party logistics services.
#2: The Warehouse Manager’s Complete Warehouse Traffic Management Checklist
A warehouse manager is responsible for ensuring the health and safety of their employees and others who visit your workplace. To that end, every warehouse manager’s role is to manage the physical environment, loadshifting equipment and people, to decrease the chances of collision and accidents, and often, to help the flow of freight via outbound and inbound freight management; an entire process known as warehouse traffic management.
The NSW Work Cover has developed a comprehensive warehouse traffic management plan checklist to “provide guidance to managers and supervisors of small to medium businesses on how to develop, implement and maintain safe systems of work, intended to eliminate or control the risks of collision in a warehousing and/or storage environment”.
#3: What is Reverse Logistics and How Is It Different than Traditional Logistics?
This post began a series on all things reverse logistics, first answering at a high level, “What is Reverse Logistics?”. Beyond answering what is reverse logistics, we will also cover the history of reverse logistics, the benefits of reverse logistics and why it’s a rising practice, especially in aftermarket industries, and then talk about some uses of reverse logistics by shippers and how using a logistics services provider can give you the leg up in this burgeoning aspect of the logistics world.
#4: History of Reverse Logistics is at the Core of The Stories of War, Retail, eCommerce, and Automotive Aftermarket
As you will see in this post, the history of reverse logistics is quite older than the buzz word of it being thrown around more often today, due to the rise of internet retailing, also known as eCommerce. In fact, Cerasis performs reverse logistics every day with our customers, but you won’t find a formal page on our website or brochure outlining the details (but as we continue to increase in the automotive aftermarket industry, perhaps we should….). The reason is that really, reverse logistics is something a lot of shippers and logistics providers have done for a long time. However, though, with the expectations of an easy return experience from the B2C side of business, the industrial (read bigger freight shipments than small package) side and B2B side of business are now expected to have an efficient, focused, an costly reverse logistics program. This is why, for Cerasis, it is KEY for us to educate you on this practice of reverse logistics, because this flow of logisitcs will only increase over the coming years.
#5: How Together 3D Printing, Big Data, and Reshoring are Changing the Logistics Landscape
As we concluded the series around 3D Printing, we found out that the rise of 3D printing is coupled with other major trends such as big data, reshoring, and the trucking capacity crunch. Undoubtedly, as you will see, 3D printing will have a major stamp on the logistics space in the present and the coming years. If you are a savvy manufacturer or work in the supply chain, make sure you heed these trends now to stay on the competitive edge.
The Major Trends are Working together to Change The Logistics Landscape…is 3D Printing the Glue that Holds it All Together?
What are your top logistics blogs to read? Let us know in the comments section below!