Since the term — and the market — originated in the ‘70s, 3PLs providers have evolved to offer a variety of niche and broad-based supply chain services. Today, with the need for sophisticated technology, access to capacity and increasing compliance issues, even those companies that may have been hesitant to outsource logistics to a third party are acknowledging the growing value. A 3PL offers many benefits, some of which include:...Continue Reading
Every manufacturer likes to see a truckload of product leaving the dock, destined for the retail shelf. They probably look the other way, however, when it’s a hotshot load of a few pallets. In today’s market, vendors face the challenge of meeting the on-demand replenish requirements of large regional and national retail customers. Order frequency is higher; order size is smaller. The question becomes, how much does that level of...Continue Reading
You may debate the virtues of the FDA’s proposed Sanitary Food Transportation Act all day. But as any trucking, warehousing or logistics professional will tell you, it’s simply not needed. There’s no question that warehousing and transportation have always played an important role in the quality of our country’s food chain and food safety in general. Just ask a grower who needs IQF and storage for a bumper crop and...Continue Reading
As we near the completion of our Chicago Consolidation Center expansion, we’ll touch upon several reasons why frozen food load consolidation programs, such as Velocities MVC, are considered best practices. Lower Overall Transportation Costs Load consolidation can significantly reduce overall shipping costs because manufacturers no longer pay for the inefficiencies of single LTL rates. Instead, their orders are paired with those of other manufacturers with similar LTL shipping needs (all have...Continue Reading
There was a time when the naysayers claimed the days of EDI were numbered, soon to be replaced by web-based XML transactions. The fact is, EDI is well entrenched in the supply chain, and EDI transactions of warehouse orders, ASNs and routing documents continue to grow, especially among larger shippers. While EDI implementation can be intimidating, a deployment that follows clear mapping is certainly obtainable and offers a considerable and...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.