Multi-Vendor Consolidation: A ‘Green’ Approach to Transportation

Category: Consolidation February 13, 2014

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 (MVC) program, such as Hanson’s Velocities. By building critical mass in a central location, Velocities allows food manufacturers to leverage the economies and other benefits of load consolidation while also being able to more frequently fulfill smaller, higher frequency orders.

With Velocities MVC, trailers move with a higher cube density because food companies collaborate on their distribution. This results in fewer diesel trucks on the road, reducing carbon emissions and creating a more sustainable supply chain.

While companies may not choose consolidated shipping solely for the purpose of being ‘green’, it is an added benefit for second tier food manufacturers unable to build truckloads based on their own volume.

Consolidation with scheduled delivery is a win-win. Contact Hanson Logistics today to learn more about the benefits of our Velocities MVC program.

Hydrocooling: Keeping It Fresh

Category: Frozen Warehousing March 7, 2014

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 Read the full article…

Mitigating Recession-Altered Transportation Costs

Category: 3PL,Consolidation,Refrigerated Transportation,Trucking March 24, 2014

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 Read the full article…