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We conclude our “Most Popular” Blog posts series, where we have been giving you the most viewed blog posts in 2014 from our main content categories. We first featured the most popular manufacturing blog posts followed by the top Supply Chain blog posts, then logistics, transportation, business, 3PL, and then finally we round out our series today featuring the most popular blog posts focused on freight and freight management.

2014 was surely a fun year of content on the Cerasis blog. We not only had over 200 blog posts, but we featured voices from all around the industry by having over 45 guest bloggers. This variety of voices gives us the best and brightest around all of these industries in a collective effort to provide value and education to the Cerasis blog readers. Now, why do we blog? In part, we do it to gain business, build our SEO equity, and show our thought leadership and expertise in transportation management and logistics. However, as we’ve built out our content over the last 21 months, we’ve also gained a passion for all of these subjects. Eventually, we’d love Cerasis to be a provider of not only excellent content, but one day a forum for all to contribute and engage around these subjects which are all related to the supply chain. We figure, if we give value to these categories, it’s an extension of our core values of continous improvement of not only our own company, but improvement for our shipper customers.

We thank you for being a part of or reading any of our posts on the Cerasis blog. Look out for great stuff in 2015! Happy New Year and we hope you enjoy!

The 12 Most Popular Freight Blog Posts from 2014

Freight is something very near and dear to us at Cerasis. It’s the precious goods, the supplies, or a customer’s new order wrapped in shrink wrap and on a pallet which then needs a carrier to pick it up and deliver the goods. Most all of the things we have in our lives that we own came to us on a pallet, as freight, on a truck. We help manage transportation for our shipper customers, and freight is the materials they need to make products that they then ship to their customers. It’s a lot of work to effectively manage freight and that is evident as readers gobbled up posts around freight claims, freight shipment processing by understanding the documentation and how to class your freight so you can get a freight rate. Readers also wanted to know and make sure they were working with reputable freight brokers. Also of great interest were posts around freight accounting and naturally, how to reduce costs related to freight. Without further ado, here are the top 12 Most Popular blog posts in the freight category for 2014:

  1. Bill of Lading: Importance Of, Error Consequences, and Effective Solutions: Many people think that a bill of lading is a contract between the Seller and the Buyer and many also think that a bill of lading is a contract of carriage between the Carrier and Shipper. However, this is not entirely correct. Read the Full Blog Post.
  2. Freight Bill vs. Bill Of Lading: Knowing the Difference Is Key to Effective Logistics: To capture the most value from your logistics department, it is important you know the terminology from the industry. No matter what kind of enterprise you represent (manufacturing, distribution, any company that ships freight), freight bills and bills of lading are parts of a unified network of standards developed by logistics providers to help you get your freight from your own facilities to the end user or from your supplier to you via inbound freight. As a result, you can start to understand more about most fundamental logistics processes simply by knowing certain key terms. Read the Full Blog Post.
  3. Lower Freight Costs with These 6 Often Overlooked Areas (And No…it’s Not the Freight Rate): Most companies do a reasonably good job controlling costs in the outbound freight area. This responsibility usually rests in the shipping department, where shippers take pride in getting the lowest price. However, there are ways to lower freight costs which may be overlooked that don’t depend on the negotiated freight rates with your carriers. Read the Full Blog Post.
  4. 8 Most Common Reasons Why You May Receive a Freight Claim Declination Letter: You’ve worked really hard as a company to manufacture your product, or distribute to the end customer. You’ve selected the right carrier for your needs. And then… hear something has gone awry. Now you must take the first 6 steps of filing a freight claim. You get everything together, you file the freight claim. Then, like those nervously awaiting college acceptance letters this time of year, you get a notification letter stating “Freight Claim Denied!” You proceed now to curb frustration and anger as you now have to go back to your boss and let them know…you are not getting all of your freight claim paid. Cue the trumpets playing “Wah wah.” Read the Full Blog Post.
  5. Freight Classification Changes: How Shippers Can Avoid Increased Costs: If you are a manufacturer or distributor, most likely you use many modes to ship your freight, such as less-than-truckload freight shipping or LTL shipping. If you have any experience in shipping LTL, you know how volatile, process driven, and challenging it can be to make sure you get the best carrier, best time, best rate, and are making the best long term decisions. There are many things that go into effectively managing LTL freight and many factors that determine pricing. One of the most important factors is freight classification (read our post about how to determine freight class to understand freight classification at length). Read the Full Blog Post.
  6. Make Your Life Easier With These 5 Freight Bidding Platforms: If you are a freight broker, you must know how time consuming freight bidding is. But it’s something you can’t skip. After all, it helps you get better rates and more value for your money. Naturally, technology can help with this part of your work. There is a variety of freight bidding software (sometimes simply referred to as “online truck load boards” or “freight load boards”) that you can use to establish better ties with shippers and carriers, become more efficient, and save some money along the way. Here are 5 of the best platforms out there. Read the Full Blog Post.
  7. Freight Brokers: 6 Things Shippers Need to Know about You: Dear freight brokers, no matter how big, small, or independent, how much work you get and how much money you earn will depend solely on you. That’s why it’s essential to establish good relationships with shippers, in order to help their business thrive and have a constant flow of clients. Read the Full Blog Post.
  8. The Importance of How to File a Freight Claim and the 6 Main Steps of Successful Freight Claims: It’s been said that the one area that most shippers are the least knowledgeable in is that of claims for freight loss and damage. However, this does not mean that an understanding of how to file a freight claim or freight claims in general aren’t vital to running an efficient transportation and logistics department. The late William J. Augello, co-author of Freight Claims in Plain English, had a passion about this topic as few others have. There are at least two reasons why Bill felt so strongly about the importance of understanding claims. Read the Full Blog Post.
  9. How to Check if Your Freight Broker is Legitimate: Wouldn’t it be great if you did your business trusting all of the parties involved in freight without a shadow of a doubt? Sometimes this is indeed possible – when you’ve worked with the same partners for years and you’ve managed to build a work environment of mutual trust and cooperation. Most of the time, however, it’s not a bad idea to use available channels to check if the freight broker whose services you are about to use is legitimate. Read the Full Blog Post.
  10. The 4 Types of Freight Claims: A Freight claim is a legal demand by a shipper or consignee to a carrier for financial reimbursement for a loss or damage of a shipment. Freight claims are also known as shipping claims, cargo claims, transportation claims, or loss and damage claims. Read the Full Blog Post.
  11. 3 Ways to Make your Freight Invoice Work for You Not Against You: If you are a controller, or CFO at a manufacturing or distribution company, you handle many a freight invoice in your job. By now you know that freight accounting has good days and bad days. The days are good if there are no claims, the quote the logistics manager received matches the freight invoice, and everything is easy to pay. However, if you want to make sure your freight expindutures are managed well, you need to take advantage of all the things you can use a freight invoice for.  Read the Full Blog Post.
  12. Freight Insurance vs Freight Liability: Knowing the Difference For Freight Claims: If you are involved in logistics or related fields, or in an industry that depends upon logistics in order to be successful, you are well-served by knowing as much as you can about the basics of freight claims. In the event that items in transit are lost or damaged, freight claims are the means of recovering some of that lost value. However, just as in any insurance situation, it is very important that you take all of the proper and appropriate steps. The first part in knowing how to better manage freight claims starts before you start shipping: choosing the right amount of freight insurance and freight liability. But, do you know the difference? Read the Full Blog Post.

What in freight would you be interested in reading? Or would you like to be featured as a guest blogger? Then let us know in the comments below!