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Today marks the official halfway point of 2016 and that means it’s time for our “Top Posts for the first half of the year” annual event.

We will feature our 5 main categories all week: Logistics, Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Transportation, and Freight. In each of the blog posts we will include the title, the brief excerpt, and then the link of the top 5 blog posts in that category by the amount of views. 

The competition is fierce in each category, as so far this year we have published over 150 blog posts!

Our goal is and will always be with the Cerasis blog to provide as much value through informative and education blog posts in several categories that are pertinent to those in the manufacturing, supply chain, logistics, and freight industries. Our hope is that you learn something every now and again but also enjoy reading the content. We are laser focused on not being just another company blog, but a destination of quality content.

5 Most Popular Freight Blog Posts of 2016…So Far

So with all of that said, the most popular freight blog posts written in 2016 and that have received the most views so far echo what we saw with the previous blog posts: trends and changes in the industry we all must be aware of in order to maximize our shipping practices. We display the most popular freight blog posts in the order of #5 to #1. We hope you enjoy!

1. 13 Small Package Shipping or Parcel Shipping Best Practices

Modern shippers face more risks than the industry ever imagined. According to Jeff Berman of Logistics Management, 71 percent of shippers believe the greatest focus for small package shipping is cutting costs. Meanwhile, 37 percent are concerned with their ability to meet delivery timelines, and the ability to track and trace packages has become part of the equation for most customers and 85 percent of shippers. Yet, shippers can reduce costs in small package shipping by following these best practices. >>>Read all 13 of the Small Package or Parcel Shipping Best Practices Here

2. 9 KPIs to Track for Proper Freight Management

In modern manufacturing and transportation, savings are everything. Most industry experts rate the cost of logistics as very costly. Nearly every company offers some sort of discounted shipping plan for large purchase orders, and more customers are demanding faster delivery at a reduced rate. Identifying ways to improve the system can be complicated. However, if you know what critical freight management KPIs or key performance indicators to track, you can know exactly how to change processes to decrease costs, which will result in savings for the end user. According to a National Cooperative Freight Research Program report, Performance Measures for Freight Transportation, the following graph breaks down how other respondents rate the cost of logistics. >> Get the full list of KPIs here

3. LTL Weight and Inspection Grows: Shippers Who Misrepresent Freight need to know the Consequences

LTL carriers are under an increasing amount of pressure. Shippers and customers want lower rates. The government is increasing the regulations for truck drivers, and the volatile economy is making it difficult to assess what tomorrow’s rates may be. Unfortunately, shippers who misrepresent freight have taken advantage of 2014’s major capacity crunch and the perception of one on the way to make shippers trust their predetermined information.

In a sense, shippers have plenty of power at the start when placing orders for pick up, but carriers have the final say in what freight shipping costs. However, trying to skim a few thousand pounds by the eyes of carriers has brought the issues of weight and inspection forward, and more carriers are doubling down on the number of weights verified and inspections on freight. So, shippers need to understand what the problem is, how it is handled and what it could mean for future business with carriers. >>> Read About the Consequences of Misrepresenting Freight Here

4. Current State of the Capacity Crunch

The shipping industry saw growth and expansion in 2014 when compared to the state of the industry since 2008. The economy was on the road to recovery, and more technology was being developed and deployed to increase the productivity and efficiency of fleets. However, inconsistencies in service levels, including the use of inaccurate data, an economy that hinges on the state of foreign markets (think China), and changes to regulations and labor requirements are continuing to impact the capacity of the shipping industry. Unfortunately, the capacity crunch is real, and shippers need to know how to face the prospects of a slower 2016 to stay competitive and meet the demands of their customers and partner businesses. >>> Read More About the Current State of the Capacity Crunch Here

5. [e-Book] The Less-Than-Truckload Guide: From the Basics to Best Practices for Complete Mastery

We are excited to announce the launch of our newest e-book: “The Less-Than-Truckload Guide: From the Basics to Best Practices for Complete Mastery.” Learn everything you need to know to master LTL.  >>> Get Your Free Copy Here


What are your favorite Freight Blog Posts from the Cerasis blog for 2016? What other Freight Blog Posts should we check out? Let us know in the comments section below!