Over the last five years, many temperature-controlled transportation companies have seen an increase in average load weight as well as a decreased number of loads shipped. This has impacted smaller carriers who struggle to survive. Rising transportation costs have increased the quantity of SKUs shipped per load well, in efforts to mitigate costs. However, for the mid-tier food supplier this is not always a feasible option. They may feel forced...Continue Reading
One of the biggest concerns facing food manufacturers and distributors is keeping their inventory safe across each stage of the supply chain. One technology found in warehouses close to growers is that of precooling foods. Hydrocooling is one of the quickest precooling methods available. Items such as fruits, vegetables, and other bulk foods can be cooled quickly by bringing them in contact with cold, moving water. Whereas some cooling methods...Continue Reading
There are many avenues underway to reduce the carbon footprint of food distribution. Consumers are quick to cite MPG of diesel trucks, but the truth of the matter is the greatest impacts are highway congestion and a growing population. There are more mouths to feed. One of the most recognized inefficiencies within our trade is the empty miles created by today’s on-demand order fulfillment. The best solution? A Multi-Vendor Consolidation...Continue Reading
Virtually every interstate system east of the Rockies has experienced some measure of disruption during the last month of Polar Vortex weather. From whiteout snowfall to gale force winds to fog as heavy as blanket wraps, truck drivers face an unprecedented upheaval in an already demanding occupation. Weather is an increasing threat to supply chain normality. In a recent Fleet Owner article, the Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty insurance company...Continue Reading
Food safety is a major concern not only during preparations, but especially while storing, transporting and distributing refrigerated or frozen food. The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) was formed a decade ago by a group of retailers in Europe in order to create benchmarks for different food safety standards or schemes – all around the world – against the GFSI defined set of standards. These methods receive recognition as sound...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.