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If you are a reader of our blog, you will notice that we try and post one blog post per day in a various number of categories, such as Manufacturing, Freight, Logistics, Supply Chain, and then several sub categories. I urge you to browse our special blog series, our webinars, or simply scroll through our blog.

We kick off a series over the next week covering the top 5 blogs from the first half of 2014 in those 4 main categories. This post will focus on the top 5 blogs in Freight Management. We are always looking for extra reading and guest bloggers in this space, so if you know of any blogs or would like to be a guest blogger in this category, feel free to send us an email at or leave a comment in the comments section below. It was clear, the most popular revolved around the main contract of a freight shipment, the Bill of Lading.

Top 5 Freight Management Blogs of 2014

The following are the top 5 freight management blogs from the Cerasis blog. We chose these blogs based on the number of views of each post. Make sure you check out the entire category for all of our freight management blogs.

#1: Bill of Lading: Importance Of, Error Consequences, and Effective Solutions

Today we will cover the ins and outs of the bill of lading form, covering why it’s important (and reiterating what is a bill of lading), as well as the different types and the consequences of not using a bill of lading or incorrectly filling on out.

A bill of lading is one of the most important documents in the shipping industry. The bill of lading is a legally binding document providing the driver and the carrier all the details needed to process the freight shipment and invoice it correctly.

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#2: Freight Bill vs. Bill Of Lading: Knowing the Difference Is Key to Effective Logistics

In this post we will simply define and explain the importance of knowing both for effective logistics. We will expand more on both, showing different types of bills of lading, and what to look at when auditing a freight bill so you can catch costly errors.

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.

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#3: The Ultimate Guide for Effective LTL Freight Management

We put on a 60 minute webinar entitled, “Best Practices for Effective LTL Freight Management and Shipping.” We had a great turnout with over 250 logistics managers, supply chain officers, and those in the transportation world registering and attending the webinar.  Below you can download the LTL Freight Management presentation with notes and also view the webinar in its entirety.

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#4: Logistics and Transportation Expenses: Understanding Their Role in the Cost of Doing Business

As logistics and transportation expenses take a larger bite out of every sales dollar, companies must continually analyze their freight expense relationship to their overall cost of doing business.  Unfortunately, many companies lack the technical expertise to accomplish these analyses and therefore usually end up spending more on transportation services then they really need to.  To add insult to injury, they also rarely have reporting mechanisms to properly monitor those expenses.

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#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).

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