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Supply Chain
As a part of the ever-evolving cold supply chain, Hanson Logistics is always looking for opportunities to meet new customers and better ways to serve existing customers in the food and beverage industry. By attending this year’s AFFI Frozen Food Convention (AFFI-CON), Hanson Logistics will be among more than 1,400 processors, logistics providers, suppliers, retailers,...
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Americans consume nearly 225 lbs. of fruit per person every year, much of which has been stored and distributed through the cold chain. Logistics plays an important role keeping these products as fresh as possible. The Michigan agricultural industry contributes $101.2 billion each year to the state’s economy. As the number one producer of blueberries...
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Ever since the first third party logistics (3PL) firm opened its doors 40 years ago, 3PLs and cold storage providers like Hanson Logistics have evolved and transformed to meet their customers’ needs. With more businesses paying close attention to the environmental impact of their supply chains—and finding ways to offset the carbon footprint associated with...
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Temperature sensitivity and the complex logistics from manufacturer to customer present many challenges to the temperature-controlled supply chain. Failure to maintain the correct temperature in moving food or beverage can result in degradation, spoiling, and microbial growth. While countries like the United States have advanced temperature-controlled warehouse and transportation technology, less-developed countries do not. The...
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The best cold chain practices have evolved significantly over the past ten years in parallel with the evolution of the global supply chain. This evolution was the result of free enterprise at work; the best got better. Now, the FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act) will add an addditional metric to frozen product distribution. This act is...
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With the influx of transportation rules and regulations, navigating the temperature-controlled logistics industry is more challenging than ever. In order to properly manage the ultra-sensitive cold chain, shippers are finding it more and more attractive to leverage the specialized knowledge of a third-party logistics provider (3PL). In the cold chain, a single upstream error can...
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Hanson Logistics has achieved many milestones, thanks to the effort and commitment of all Hanson associates, including warehouse staff, administration, drivers and supply chain directors. With the recent addition of two new members—Terry Brown and Mark Eriks—to the Hanson Logistics Board of Directors, it’s important to acknowledge the value our board adds to our company....
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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...
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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...
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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...
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ABOUT HANSON LOGISTICS

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.