In-sourcing distribution is a challenge. Between warehouses, equipment, technology and staffing, companies must focus on (or worry about) a multitude of non-core functions. Not to mention it’s expensive, time-consuming, and just plain overwhelming for companies who don’t have the necessary resources or market-leading skills to make distribution a source of value. A well-balanced 3PL, on the other hand, does have market-leading skills in distribution. Supply chain providers are able to...Continue Reading
Time flies. It’s hard to believe that 7 (seven!) years ago, the Hanson Logistics food manufacturers management team broke ground on our 14,500,000 cu. ft. Chicago Consolidation Center. Since then, the building has received three expansions, each reflecting the growing momentum of the Velocities Multi-Vendor Consolidation program. We are now able to service surrounding areas with efficient logistics movement and trucking that isn’t influenced by nearby traffic or public transportation hold-ups. The...Continue Reading
Every year Michigan fruit growers and processors gather to forecast the yield they expect for the coming season. After a long and harsh winter, there was more than enough reason for concern coming into the 59th Annual Fruit Crop Guesstimate. However, Michigan farmers are cautiously optimistic for this year’s specialty crops. Andrew Janson, president of the Michigan Frozen Food Packers Association, said most in the industry expect overall yields to...Continue Reading
The ability to track inventory in transit from the manufacturer to its destination is extremely important. And yet this process can quickly and easily become convoluted if one step within that supply chain is mishandled. Because each link of the supply chain has its own schedule, budget, and projections, that information must be communicated and shared effectively to reduce risk for errors. When choosing to only focus on each department...Continue Reading
It’s no secret that leadership in supply chain management is key to global competitiveness. The big hurdle: finding and hiring talent with the necessary know-how. The growing demand is working its way into the curriculum of colleges and universities all around the country. Just last year, the Wall Street Journal reported more than a half-dozen universities have introduced “undergraduate majors, M.B.A. concentrations and even entire degree programs dedicated to procurement,...Continue Reading
Hanson Logistics provides end-to-end temperature-controlled distribution, transportation, warehousing and supply chain services, including multi-vendor consolidation services to the nation's major retailers. As one of the largest providers in the US, the company operates a growing refrigerated transportation fleet and 9 facilities in the central states, totaling 39 million cu. ft. with more than 200 Hanson teammates.