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As each year comes to a close, we all look back on the year that was in reflection. Today, we kick off our annual year-end series highlighting the top blog posts in each of our 5 main categories: Manufacturing, Supply Chain, LogisticsTransportation, and Freight.

This year, we’ve had over 100 experts in their field as guest bloggers. We also increased our subscriber count to over 30,000 people.  If you would like to subscribe, simply scroll down on this page and enter your email on the lower right side of the page!

Today We Feature the Top 5 Manufacturing Blogs from 2016

1. The 4 Big Manufacturing Technology Trends to Rule the Land in 2016

In this first post of a two-part series, we will expand beyond our 6 general manufacturing trends we predicted would shape 2016 to now laser focus on the manufacturing technology trends that will impact manufacturers in 2016. In this first post, we will talk about the top 4 manufacturing technology trends and then tomorrow give you the final 5. As a technology company, we at Cerasis urge our manufacturing and distribution shipper customers to lean on technology as a tool for efficiency. Our transportation management system, which has been a web based platform since 1998, has an entire development team shaping it for now and in the future so our shippers continue to get value out of technology gaining such benefits of decreased errors, ability to focus on their core, and of course, overall costs savings. These manufacturing technology trends are leveraging various technology in the pursuit of the same. 
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2. [e-Book] 2016 Trends in Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Logistics, and Transportation Management

The industries of manufacturing, supply chain, logistics, and transportation management, like much of the modern world, are seeing substantial change as new technologies come on board. Thanks to technology and the movement towards a “digital everything” mindset in the way business is done, many of the trends in this e-book focus on what would have seemed like impossible feats just a few years ago in the manufacturing, supply chain, logistics, and transportation management industries. From augmented reality, 3D Printing, the Internet of Things, and wearables to a concurrent revitalization of how the success or failure of the implementation of these advanced technologies truly hinge on solid and efficient fundamental processes.
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3. 20 Manufacturing Blogs You Need to Be Reading

This is a guest blog from Valco Valley Tool & Die, a complete metal parts manufacturing house with a proud history of quality products, service and performance. Like Valco Valley Tool & Die, we are ardent readers of the manufacturing industry and blogosphere. Many of the folks listed below are companies and twitter accounts we interact with daily. We were honored to be a part of this list and thank Valco for not only putting it together but allowing us to republish it to share such a great resource to our readers. We hope you get as much value out of these blogs as we do!
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4. 5 Future Applications of the Industrial Internet of Things in Manufacturing & Logistics

Manufacturers are set to invest up to $70 billion in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) by 2020, reports John Greenough of Business Insider. However, actual investments could easily exceed these expectations. The development and deployment of autonomous vehicles, machine-to-machine communication abilities and preventative maintenance could all team up to result in even greater savings in 2016, which will further increase investments for the Industrial Internet of Things.
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5. Manufacturing and Logistics: Manufacturers Look towards Logistics Efficiency to Stay Competitive

A traditional viewpoint of manufacturers reveals many flaws in the efficiencies of standard shipping, transportation, and other logistics processes. Inherently, manufacturing and logistics go hand in hand. Manufacturers must receive raw material inbound and send out product to customers outbound. To take a quick step back, logistics refers to the forward and reverse flow of goods and services to retailers, businesses, and consumers. Yet, this model is growing old and inefficient, and manufacturers are being forced to re-evaluate logistics processes in order to stay competitive.
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Stay tuned with us over the next couple days to check out the top blog post from our other categories from 2016.