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As we head into 2017, 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 Manufacturing stories from 2016.

Next, we focus on the top 5 Supply Chain stories of 2016. This year, it was pretty obvious that our readers were interested in supply chain efficiency, saving money, and new trends that are on the rise. So, without further to do, here are the top 5 Supply Chain stories of 2016.

The 5 Top Supply Chain Stories from 2016

1. 2016 Supply Chain Trends: 7 of 12 Trends that Will Drive Supply Chain Management in 2016

As we head into a new year it is a good time to take a look at the coming year and see what it may hold in the way of trends. We kick off today a month-long focus on trends in the following categories: Manufacturing, Manufacturing Technology, Supply Chain, Logistics, and Transportation Management. We have already covered the top 6 trends for 2016 in manufacturing. We will then do a deep dive all month long and until we have covered each trend individually within these categories. By the end of the series, we will have ample content to then turn it into a downloadable e-book that should serve any professional well as they look to continually improve themselves and, if they are a worker or manager within these categorical industries, can help keep an eye out for how you may apply a trend into your everyday workplace to stay competitive and efficient. 
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2. [INFOGRAPHIC] 5 More Supply Chain Trends To Watch Out for in 2016

Yesterday we began our two-part series on 2016 supply chain trends that will drive supply chain management into the future. We listed the first 7. As with most trends we all have read over the last few years, the focus was on technology. We also took the liberty of making sure we put a focus on efficient sound process in place before new technology is applied. In that continued theme, today we will again talk about technology but will also include some trends that require a fundamental mindset as well as a holistic mindset when it comes to effective supply chain management now in 2016, throughout the year, and beyond. If you missed the first post, we encourage you to give it a read by visiting the first seven 2016 supply chain trends post here
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3. 3 Core Metrics & 10 Soft Metrics for Measuring Supply Chain Performance

The average Supply Chain management professional measures their Supply Chain by reviewing cost reduction. Is cost reduction all that there is in measuring Supply Chain performance? Sure, supply chain cost reduction is important in reducing the cost of goods sold (COGS) and increasing profit, but there are other measurements which should not be forgotten.
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4. Warehouse Cost Savings: 5 Key Areas of Focus and 13 Practical Objectives

A Director of Operations, Warehouse Director or Manager, or even the Director of Supply Chain or Logistics, are always in the pursuit of continuous improvement as well as warehouse cost savings in both time and money. With the myriad of tasks and personnel, a director or manager must oversee, how on earth are they to get everything done? Well, it starts with focusing on the areas and objectives that can meet your desired outcomes. Are you using the mantra “Work smarter NOT harder?” In today’s modern society, often, the stop gap in efficient productivity in your warehouse is typically one of two things: bad process & getting caught up in the weeds of tactics. This is solved through best practices, efficient and proven strategy, proper measurement of your tools and people, and the use of effective technology which doesn’t add bloat, but is an enablement tool to provide a tangible Return on Investment in the way of reduced time and costs. 
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5. Agile Supply Chain: Why Agility is Trumping Lean in the Supply Chain

The modern supply chain grows increasingly complex with each passing day. The digitization, focusing on fundamentals and change, augmented reality, artificial intelligence, and many other factors are transforming how the supply chain functions. Once, the lean supply chain was considered to be the most effective form of manufacturing and supply chain management. However, a new concept in supply chain processes, the agile supply chain, is quickly growing to replace the often overused term.
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Stay tuned for the top 5 Logistics Stories of 2016 tomorrow!

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