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This is the first of a two part series where we talk about shippers of freight and the relationship with third party logistics providers or 3PLs, as they are commonly known. If you are curious to better understand the layers of logistics, make sure you read our very popular post regarding all of the layers of logistics explained.

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state of american manufacturing jobs

As a football fan you may have expected an exciting and nail biting Super Bowl. But that was not the case. Although the Super Bowl may have been a lot less exciting than most had expected from the #1 Offense in the Denver Broncos and the #1 Defense in the Seattle Seahawks. However, there is a more exciting event to watch: The Current State of American Manufacturing.

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logistics services

Yesterday we spoke about the rising use of niche logistics providers to allow freight shippers (manufacturers and distributors) to focus on their core, as the niche logistics providers focus on a specific set of processes and strategies, sometimes working with other niche logistics providers, to create effective, and sustainable positive logistics outcomes.

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freight invoice frustrations

In our first part of our freight invoice and bill of lading series, we talked about what was the difference between the two. We then dug deeper into what was a bill of lading, the importance of the bill of lading, the two different types, what can happen if you don’t use a bill of lading or have an inaccurate one, and then some possible solutions to decrease bill of lading errors.

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freight bill

This is the first post in a three part series around freight bills and bills of lading. In this first 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.

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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.