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Watch the Tippmann Group’s time lapse video of the Chicago Consolidation Center Phase IV construction. While it looks like time went by quickly, the 85,000-square-foot expansion actually took many months of hard work to complete. We’re excited to see the finished buildout, now ready for 12,000 additional pallet positions of deep frozen storage.
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Supply chains have the potential to become too complicated over time with shifting markets, new product launches and promotions. Even the most streamlined supply chains face growing congestion, limited capacity, and fuel and driver uncertainty. Add to that the variability of regional distribution systems, getting the right products to the right place with the right balance of cost and service is a daily challenge. Often supply chain variability results in...
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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:...
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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...
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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...
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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.