Our top 6 blog posts of 2017

Can’t miss content from the past year

By: Lance Healy

Throughout the year, we have tackled many of the freight industry’s hottest topics right here on this blog. We’ve analyzed new trends, we’ve written comprehensive guides, and we researched effective strategies for freight and operations managers everywhere.

In our final post of 2017, we wanted to look back and highlight the pieces that all of you found most helpful. You’ll find some of these posts are seasonal. Some of these posts have a lasting influence. All of these posts deserve a revisit.

So, without further ado, here are our top 6 blog posts of 2017:



6. The difference between APIs and EDI

As thought leaders in the freight management space, we get asked a lot of questions. In this post, we covered one of the most common questions: “what REALLY is the difference between EDI and APIs?”. At the heart of that question, freight managers and operations folks especially want to know, “why should I care?” and “would it impact me?”

We answer those questions and more in this popular blog post: The Difference Between APIs and EDI – Easily Explained. 


5. A SPOOKY [Halloween] blog post

Adoption of real-time, direct connections with carriers is growing exponentially in popularity – 3PLs and commercial shippers alike see the value in increased efficiency when it comes to something as business-critical as shipping.

But amidst all the buzz, we’ve seen some SCARY things like vendors who only offer APIs, or don’t have a single carrier connection in Canada or Mexico.

In this October blog post, and in the spirit of fall and the SPOOKY festivities, we pulled together 3 things that should make you shiver when shopping for a solution for live connectivity with your carriers.

This fall-festive blog posts contains lasting points that you won’t want to miss:   

The SCARY things you need to know when shopping for carrier connectivity platforms


4. Millennials in the freight industry

The topic of millennials is buzz-worthy in any industry. Millennials are getting a lot of attention these days, and for good reason. Millennials are having a major impact on the products our society buys, and how we buy them.

In part two of our three-part series on millennials, we examine the perspective of real millennials in the freight industry. Understanding the millennial point of view is important for companies who rely on the best employees to take their business to the next level.

This one offers a unique perspective – it’s written by a millennial in the freight industry. We get that unique perspective first, then dive into some misconceptions millennials commonly have of the freight industry.

Check out this post first, then view the other 2 blog posts in the millennial series: The Millennials are Here: How Do They View the Freight Industry?


3. Blockchain in Freight

Blockchain is an emerging technology developed to track transactions in the crypto-currency sphere. However, more recently, thought-leaders and innovators within the freight industry are increasingly interested in blockchain’s capabilities in regard to the tracking and tracing of freight shipments. This hot topic is gaining traction in the industry, and will be sure to have an impact on the industry as a whole in 2018.

Due to all the interest, Banyan Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer Lance Healy was tapped for a Transport Topics article on blockchain. In this post, we take a look at what Lance has to say on the topic, and we point you to this eye-opening article from Transport Topics: Blockchain in Freight: Your Next Step Toward Complete Visibility


2. 5 LTL Myths

LTL shipping can be the most complex mode of shipment, which makes it rife for confusion, misconceptions, and flat-out lies.

In this popular blog post, we’ve busted these myths, so you know what’s true, what’s a myth, and what you can leverage for increased savings on LTL shipping.

This one is a must-read: Smoke n’ Mirrors: 5 LTL Myths That Are Costing You Money


1. Routing Guides – your time is up 

While shipping with a routing guide is one of the most common methods of managing freight, it’s also one of the oldest methods, and it’s time for an upgrade.

The important thing to realize is that just because you’re not using paper, doesn’t mean you’re not using a routing guide: the majority of transportation management systems are built on static tables and/or routing guides.

This post is a little on the longer side, but the topic warrants some explanation, primarily because routing guides carry a lot of baggage; like, expensive assumptions, and a barrier to you and your carriers.

An industry defined by constant movement shouldn’t be held back by static rate tables or routing guides. And readers agree. Which is why it’s our most-viewed post of the year.

4 Reasons to Get Rid of Your Routing Guide


This is a great time to be in the freight industry. Change is right in front of us and those prepared will grab their inordinate share of the market and success.  Let’s go have a great 2018!



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