Who wants an iPad2? or $500 cash?! Enter here!



I seriously can’t believe I’m leaving for BlogHer TOMORROW. I’m in disbelief, but definitely ready for the sun, the fun, the friends, the parties, the brands and the swag. Speaking of SWAG……..

Me and my awesome bloggy friends that I met at BlogHer last year (Becca from Mama B and Christa from Little BGCG) will be representing Shari Criso at BlogHer this year!

Shari Criso is the “real mom, real expert” giving real advice at the awesome weekly live web TV show, My Baby Experts. The show is dedicated to helping moms and every week there’s a new topic and great prizes. Previous topics have included: breastfeeding, cloth diapering, vaccines, pregnancy health, multiples, VBACs and c-sections, etc. Shari routinely has special expert guests on the show and takes YOUR reader questions for Q&A during the show. There is so much awesome and useful information, not to mention awesome prizes. Past prizes have included Britax strollers, Dutailier Gliders, cloth diapers, breast pumps, and much more.

The next show is Tuesday, August 9th, from 9-10 pm EST on the My Baby Experts Ustream channel. If you want to be eligible for the fabulous prizes you must RSVP here AND attend the show.

In honor of our partnership with Shari and our trip to BlogHer we have an incredible giveaway for all of you! One super duper lucky person is going to win an iPad2 or $500 cash, their choice! What an amazing prize!! I reallllly wish I could win, haha. What would you choose if you won?!?! I think I’d go for the iPad2 ;)

Using the rafflecopter form below (because it’s oh-so-easy!) enter the giveaway by becoming a fan of Shari Criso on facebook and subscribing to the Shari Criso newlestter. Any other entries are totally optional, but I’m sure you’ll want to take advantage of them! ;)
*the button codes for the optional entries are located in my sidebar for you to grab!*

Uniformity benefits all parties: shippers and brokers should find comfort in standard bill. (Sound Law).

Commercial Carrier Journal October 1, 2002 | Seaton, Henry Q I read your article concerning the Standard Truckload Bill of lading. As a carrier, our bill of lading has rules outlined on the back, but I am concerned when we do a broker load. Most broker contracts state that their terms and conditions shall govern, and not the carrier’s bill of lading. Do you have any suggestions on dealing with brokers?

A Correctly seen, the broker and shipper–as well as the carrier–are protected by using the Standard Truckload Bill of Lading or the Uniform Bill of Lading published by the National Motor Freight Traffic Association. The terms and conditions of both bills generally track the regulatory provisions applicable to rail moves and incorporate general rules of commerce traditionally accepted as industry standards by sophisticated shippers.

A broker and shipper’s legitimate concern is not that the carrier would use a standard or uniform bill, but that the carrier would attempt to impose terms and conditions of a bill of lading that were substandard or biased in some material respect. All too frequently, abbreviated broker contracts waive the terms and conditions of the carrier bill of lading, but leave unaddressed the basic issues of transportation law that a standard or uniform bill covers. It is this void which the Standard Truckload Bill of Lading seeks to fill. go to website bill of lading

Whether initiated by the broker or the shipper in their initial draft of the contract, or included by the carrier as an amendment before the contract is signed, the STBOL should be incorporated by reference to insure that customary and accepted standards apply. Neither the broker nor the carrier can rely upon the terms and conditions of the dock receipt prepared by the consignor and given to the driver at time of pickup. (Your driver is no lawyer and cannot read the document for hidden provisions. And the broker sure does not want to be bound by a document it has never seen.) In this context, it is important that the shipping community understand the importance of standard bill of lading terms and conditions. The STBOL meets the shipper’s need for uniformity and bar codes in that the front page replicates the Voluntary Interindustry Commerce Standards (VICS) bill of lading endorsed by shipper groups. The back side is simply a rendition of the traditionally accepted industry terms and conditions to which no sophisticated shipper or broker should have any principal objection.

In fact, since my earlier column in June, the STBOL has been endorsed in principle by Delta Nu Alpha, a transportation fraternity composed of shippers and brokers, as well as carrier representatives. The STBOL can now be found on their website at www.deltanualpha.org. In addition, the STBOL is being used by a number of brokers as well as scores of truckload carriers including two of the largest. this web site bill of lading

In sum, adoption of the Standard Truckload Bill of Lading by reference in shipper and broker contracts is not a controversial issue. Uniformity is needed in the issues it covers. Since truckload carriers cannot use the uniform bill without bureau participation, broader industry acceptance of the STBOL is an even-handed way to ratify rules of commerce that the industry long ago accepted. Once the shipping and broker community understands this, it should be easy to overcome a hesitation to include the STBOL in contracts.

Seaton, Henry

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