Keeping Cool in the Temperature-Controlled Logistics Industry

Category: 3PL,Cold Chain,Refrigerated Transportation,Supply Chain November 5, 2015

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 U.S. imports 17 percent of the 650 billion pounds of food consumed each year, and some of those markets from which food is imported may have limited cold-storage infrastructure. Those nations’ varying infrastructures become just one barrier to the efficiency of cold chains in the U.S.

Empowered with advanced technology, the U.S. food industry is focused more on visibility and traceability as top priorities that can help prevent potential issues in the cold chain. With new advances in tracking and scanning technology, shippers and 3PLs can gain better visibility into temperature-controlled transportation, ensuring greater food safety and quality. Because the cold chain involves many steps, each manufacturer, 3PL and carrier should have a list of checks and balances, sharing the responsibilities of the process.

One way to reduce the risk of damaged product and waste is through consolidated loads, such as the Hanson Logistics Velocities program. Consolidated loads are handled less frequently, which lowers the risk of damage and decreases transit time. With state-of-the-art TMS technology, Hanson Logistics also provides end-to-end supply chain visibility. Customers and Hanson staff alike can track and trace shipments through delivery.

Choosing to partner with a knowledgeable 3PL allows retailers to rest assured that temperature-sensitive shipments will arrive on time and in the proper condition. Subsequently this will strengthen relationships between manufacturers and retailers, which is key to having an efficient overall cold chain.

Contact Hanson Logistics today to receive best-in-class temperature-controlled transportation expertise from the beginning of the cold chain through the end, keeping each partner cool in the process.

The Evolution of the 3PL Industry: You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby

Category: 3PL December 3, 2015

The logistics industry may have a robust and lengthy history, but the third party logistics (3PL) sector is less than 40 years old. Even on that shorter timeline, the evolution of the 3PL industry has grown over the years to meet better customers’ changing and complex demands. Today, these multifaceted, agile organizations provide a solid Read the full article…

Green Supply Chain Management and the 3PL

Category: 3PL,Supply Chain January 14, 2016

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 Read the full article…