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We continue our series on top articles of the year from our blog. We are featuring our most read articles of 2016 in our five main categories: Manufacturing, Supply Chain, LogisticsTransportation, and Freight. Yesterday, we published the top 5 Logistics stories from 2016.

Next, we focus on the top 5 Freight stories of 2016. This year, our readers showed a massive interest in freight KPIs, how to increase efficiencies, and how to avoid popular mistakes. So, without further to do, here are the 5 top Freight stories of 2016.

The Top Freight Stories of 2016

1. 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.
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2. [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!
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3. 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.
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4. 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. 
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5. [WEBINAR] Download the Major Factors to Consider for Efficient LTL Shipping Webinar Recording & Presentation

Cerasis put on a 75-minute webinar entitled, The “Major Factors to Consider for Efficient LTL Shipping” Webinar on October 5th, at 10:00 AM CST. We had a great turnout with over 170 logistics managers, supply chain officers, and those in the transportation world registering and attending the webinar.  Below you can fill out the form which will grant you access to download the “Major Factors to Consider for Efficient LTL Shipping” presentation, to include a transcript and a live recording playback.
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We hope you enjoyed the top 5 freight blogs of 2016. Our next blog will be in the category of transportation management. Stay Tuned!