As I write this, Outgoing Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration head Anne Ferro has finished defending her agency’s regulations limiting the amount of time drivers are allowed to work, during what probably was her last appearance before Congress as the agency’s chief. There continues to be ongoing debate on timing and extent of the Hours of Service, but regardless of your stance on the matter, everyone wants safer highways. No...Continue Reading
The capacity crunch is here, and many shippers find themselves forced to compete with one another for carriers. If you don’t own your own fleet and aren’t aligned with your core and contract carriers, you may find yourself with a dock staged with missed orders and upset customers. Here’s what we focus on to stay a shipper of choice: Tender Accordingly: Your carriers have their sweet spot just like everyone else....Continue Reading
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
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.