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Hanson Launches Pick, Pack, and Parcel

Hanson Launches Pick, Pack, and Parcel

Hanson Logistics has recently expanded its multi-channel distribution offering by launching a new consumer ecommerce fulfillment program titled “Pick, Pack, and Parcel.” Being a leading provider of temperature controlled logistics, Hanson has recognized the growing demand for home delivery of groceries (including frozen and refrigerated foods) and is implementing a service that will help food manufacturers keep up with the market.

ecommerce fulfillmentPick, Pack, and Parcel gives frozen food manufacturers that extra channel to sell their products in a “right to your door” manner, which is becoming increasingly more popular by consumers.

The steps to this program are very simple. Manufacturers ship inventory by truckload to Hanson’s Logansport, Indiana warehouse (we can handle transportation for you as well) where frozen and refrigerated products are kept in top-notch condition until ordered. Then the individual orders are picked, mixed if necessary, packed in usable coolers, and handed off to a parcel carrier for delivery.

The Logansport facility (Lafayette too) is strategically located for parcel delivery to 60% of the United States between one to three days with ground service, assuring efficient coverage of the final mile.

There are very few third-party logistics (3PL) providers in the industry that are qualified to step in and be of assistance with the accuracy, safety, and transparency that is required for consumer frozen and refrigerated food fulfillment.

However, for Hanson these requirements fall right into the sweet spot of what we specialize in when it comes to national retail fulfillment.

Learn how we can specifically help your business streamline operations by contacting us today.

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5 Reasons to Bundle Transportation and Warehousing with One Provider

5 Reasons to Bundle Transportation and Warehousing with One Provider

Siloed logistics approaches don’t work in today’s cold chain shipping environment. Here’s how to centralize those functions and get back to doing what you do best.

With organizational silos rapidly giving way to more open and collaborative business styles, being able to “flatten out” the logistics function and bundle multiple services with a single provider is becoming more and more important.

“For both small and large transit companies, maintaining multiple locations or expanding into new markets involves lots of variables,” FleetOwner reports. “Exploring costs and service-bundling options could mean greater efficiencies and money saved—and a better chance of success.”

Here’s how cold chain shippers can benefit from bundling:

  1. Focus on your core competencies. No more running around, trying to oversee and micromanage multiple providers and getting them to “talk” to one another. When it’s all under one roof, your central transportation, warehousing, and logistics provider will handle it all for you and allow you to focus on what you do best: supply customers with refrigerated and frozen goods.
  2. Use your provider’s infrastructure to save time and money. Delegating multiple company functions—such as warehousing and distributing—to a single service provider can result in significant time and cost savings. “Bundling these services together with one provider serves to reduce the resources required for oversight as well as provides for economies of scale,” FleetOwner notes, “as a transportation and distribution provider can often utilize their infrastructure and purchasing power to reduce distribution and fleet cost.”
  3. Have a single point of contact. Bundling logistics services with a single provider means you need only make one phone call, send one email, or schedule one meeting to get everything you need. Because this provider will serve as your focal point, you’ll avoid the wasted time, effort, and cost associated with tracking down multiple providers to get your questions answered or problems solved.
  4. Get consistent results. If you’ve historically used multiple providers for your cold chain transportation and warehousing needs, then you probably understand pains like inconsistent service levels, fluctuating rates, and unpredictable outcomes. By bundling these services with a single provider, you can avoid these uncertainties and focus on getting consistent results from one business partner.
  5. Create a win-win partnership. When companies skip around from supplier to supplier, they never really get the chance to create true, lasting partnerships with those providers. By putting the time and effort into working with one logistics provider, companies can create win-win collaborations that can help them shepherd their cold chains through even the toughest logistics environments (i.e., the current driver shortage and capacity crunches).

Demand for next-day delivery, the driver shortage, and rising transportation rates are all pushing cold chain distributors to find ways to work smarter, better, and faster in today’s transportation environment. In their quest to manage more volume and deal with more complex customer demands than they’ve ever faced in the past, more shippers are bundling fulfillment, warehousing, and shipping with single providers that can meet all of their current needs while also helping them prepare for the future.

To improve your cold chain shipping efficiency, contact us today to learn how Hanson can help.

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U.S. Growers Thrive as Consumers Load Up on Fruits and Veggies

U.S. Growers Thrive as Consumers Load Up on Fruits and Veggies

Spring planting time is here and as the produce season kicks into full gear it looks as if 2018 will be another good year for the nation’s food growers. With consumer tastes continuing to tilt in the direction of fresher, local, and more wholesome meal options, the companies that supply fruits and vegetables are in high demand. According to Packaged Fact’s Fresh Produce: U.S. Market Trends and Opportunities report, consumers’ consumption of fresh produce grew steadily—albeit modestly at about 1.3%— between 2011 and 2016. Those moderate annual gains are expected to continue over the next several years through 2021. “Fruit and vegetable producers benefited from steady growth among the U.S. population, as well as from the fact that all age groups have high usage rates, especially Gen X adults,” says Packaged Facts’ David Sprinkle in a press release. “Fruits and vegetables are expected to continue experiencing growth in niche areas as consumers persist in seeking out novel flavors from around the world. Increases in disposable personal income will support purchases of premium fruits and vegetables, including non-GMO, organic, and locally grown types. Also, marketing strategies focusing on health and the delicious taste of fresh produce will help fruits and vegetables to expand their appeal and per capita consumption.”

Millennials Love Frozen Foods

Frozen foods are on a tear this year, and both fruit and vegetable growers are benefitting from consumers’ renewed interest in frozen options. Forty-three percent of Millennial shoppers said they have purchased more frozen foods this year than last year, according to a new report from Acosta. The frozen food revival also crosses generational lines, with 27% of GenXers, 19% of Baby Boomers, and 19% of the Silent Generation are also buying more frozen this year. Acosta attributes the growth to several industry trends, including:
  • Convenience drives prepared meals, and frozen meals enable consumers to have a stock of meals whenever they are out of time/ ideas/ fresh ingredients
  • Health and wellness – frozen food enables companies to offer longer shelf life without preservatives; textures are maintained without the use of artificial ingredients, and manufacturers are able to offer niche products at a better price point, including vegan options.
  • Better value for the money – hectic, unpredictable meal consumption leads to a staggering amount of food waste, and frozen food decreases the amount of food spoilage.
  • The rise of breakfast – with the search for new breakfast options, consumers are warming up to breakfast sandwiches and other frozen baked goods.

Nutritious and Natural Both Rank High

Right now, Food Industry Executive says grocery shopping preferences are “trending heavily toward nutritious, natural foods from transparent manufacturers that share their health goals.” Successful manufacturers are following suit, the publication reports, while convenient and healthy frozen options from restaurant-style appetizers to full dinners and desserts are “revitalizing the frozen food aisle, despite the common belief that fresh trumps frozen.” Packaged Facts points to the Green Giant brand as a good example of how frozen food marketers are getting back on track. The brand changed hands in November 2015, when B&G Foods purchased it from General Mills for $765 million and began breathing new life into the brand. In less than a year it was rolling out a series of new and innovative Green Giant frozen products, including veggie tots, a “kid-friendly, mom-approved alternative to potato tots and French fries that are filled with vegetables such as cauliflower or broccoli instead of potatoes; riced veggies, made from 100% vegetables and with no sauce or seasoning, are positioned as alternatives to traditional rice; and mashed cauliflower, an alternative to the typical potato side dish. “Since the acquisition of this iconic brand, we have been working tirelessly to meet consumer desire for new, delicious ways to incorporate more vegetables into their daily lives,” Robert Cantwell, chief executive officer of B&G Foods told Packaged Facts. “This consumer desire has inspired the creation of new Green Giant frozen innovations, as well as the brand’s modernized persona, with the intention of bringing back the Green Giant with a purpose — adding more vegetables to America’s plates.”

Addressing Logistics Challenges

As produce season heats up, both manufacturers and their logistics providers are keeping an eye on capacity, rates, regulatory changes, and other issues that could impact their supply chains. With U.S. crop volumes growing between May and July—and due to the time-sensitivity of such shipments—expect available frozen and refrigerated capacity to shrink and rates to rise accordingly. “Tight U.S. truck capacity and rising rates marked the first quarter of 2018, and the outlook for the remainder of the year is more of the same, if not worse,” JOC reports. “That is the dilemma for shippers of perishable goods, especially food, who are seeing growing demand from buyers, on the one hand, tempered by a capacity crunch on the other.”
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Maximizing Quality in the Global Cold Supply Chain

Maximizing Quality in the Global Cold Supply Chain

Moving a shipment across the supply chain without suffering any setbacks or temperature anomalies requires the establishment of a comprehensive logistical process to maintain the shipment integrity.

The cold supply chain, for example, is getting more and more difficult to manage as regulatory issues, carrier capacity crunches, the need for sophisticated technology platforms, and driver shortages all take a toll on a firm’s ability to make the best possible transportation decisions.

In fact, these challenges can make maintaining the in-house expertise needed to stay profitable nearly impossible. Maximizing Quality and Profits in Cold Chain Logistics, author Pat Hughes notes that the most common causes of profit loss in the cold supply chain include temperature abuse, humidification abuse, ethylene/CO2 abuse, microbial growth damage, and damage due to mishandling.

5 Key Considerations

In The Geography of Transport Systems, Hofstra University’s Jean-Paul Rodrigue notes that the process includes several phases that range from the preparation of the shipments to final verification of the integrity of the shipment at the delivery point. Each of these can impact the supplier’s profits:

  • Shipment preparation. When a temperature sensitive product is being moved, the shipment itself should already be at the desired temperature.
  • Modal choice. “Distance between the origin and the final destination (which often includes a set of intermediary locations), the size and weight of the shipment, the required exterior temperature environment and time restrictions (perishability) of the product all affect the available transportation options”, Rodrigue points out.
  • Customs procedures. “If the freight crosses boundaries, custom procedures become critical”, Rodrigue writes, “since cold chain products tend to be time sensitive and more subject to inspection than regular freight (e.g. produce, pharmaceuticals, and biological samples).
  • The last mile. “Key considerations when arranging a final delivery concern not only the destination,” he notes, “but also the timing of the delivery so the critical labor and warehousing space is available.”
  • Integrity and quality assurance. “After the shipment has been delivered, any temperature recording devices or known temperature anomalies must be recorded and made known”, Rodrigue points out.

“The setting and operation of cold chains is dependent on the concerned supply chains since each cargo unit to be carried has different requirements in terms of demand, load integrity, and transport integrity,” Rodrigue concludes. “Because of the additional tasks involved as well as the energy required for the refrigeration unit, transportation costs for cold chain products are much higher than for regular goods.”

As one of the fastest growing 3PLs in the cold chain industry, Hanson Logistics moves millions of pounds of freight across the country for many of the most respected brands. Leverage Hanson’s extensive transportation carrier network, technology, and expertise to assure efficiency and service are delivered on time and at rates that allow your company to exceed its own profit expectations.

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Smaller, Smaller, Faster, Faster

Smaller, Smaller, Faster, Faster

The recent issue of Refrigerated & Frozen Foods cited a report by the ACOSTA, entitled Bricks & Clicks – Understanding the Omni Channel Landscape. It’s an interesting read if you have a moment.

The report called out that for Millennial and Gen Z shoppers technology has trumped brand loyalty. Tips to the brick-and-mortar retail is not as necessary or as entertaining as it is or was for their parents, who often perused fresh meats, cheeses and other chilled categories to ensure the right selection. From the report:

  • 40% of U.S. grocery shoppers use a retailer mobile app, and 23% of these users spend time seeking deals before visiting the store.
  • More than 58% of U.S. grocery shoppers are interested in scan-and-go technology in store, with usage and interest decreasing with age.
  • 15% of frequent e-commerce grocery shoppers use auto-replenish digital platforms.
  • 56% of male e-commerce grocery shoppers are influenced by social media when shopping online vs 39% of females.

As consumers and logisticians we’ve all seen dramatic, if not radical, changes on the retail front, and that’s beginning to include more and more grocery stores and a wider range of foods. The ease of purchasing groceries on your phone, voice control, system or Bluetooth refrigerator is impacting the ‘hands on selection’ made at the store.

One paragraph in the report came close to home: “There is a discrepancy between the volume ordering of online retailers and brick-and-mortar retailers. E-tailers typically order less product, which can disrupt manufacturer logistics. Some retailers are also compiling eCommerce orders from stores – it can be difficult to effectively manage on-shelf availability.”

A walk through our Chicago Consolidation Center in Hobart, Indiana reveals an amazing assortment of frozen foods on their collective way to distribution centers throughout the U.S., which loads and departs more than 125 truckloads a day. Hanson Logistics has invested significantly in a replenishment strategy designed to help food manufacturers address this disruption cost-effectively.

How many retail stores will become hubs for home delivery or strategically-located click and collect distribution centers? How can logisticians in the cold supply chain provide value-added services to these new, near-inventoryless service centers?  How small will orders become?

Says Retail Systems Research, “People need stores. They like stores. They love shopping online, but there are things that online just can’t do – and likely never will.”

Right or wrong, food manufacturers and distributors must continue to be diligent and innovative in finding new ways to serve the blurred lines of the looming grocery omni-channel.

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Six Frozen Food Facts for 2017

Six Frozen Food Facts for 2017

Humans have used freezing as a means of safely preserving food for thousands of years, but it took the technological genius of Clarence Birdseye in the 1920s to harness the preserving power of freezing food by making the process practical. According to the Frozen Food Foundation, this pioneer’s development of the double-belt freezer recreated nature’s freezing process and expanded its potential by moving it beyond the limits of climate and season, the foundation reports.

“Building on this ability to freeze food anywhere, any time of year,” the Foundation notes, “Birdseye introduced the first line of frozen foods for sale to the public in 1930 and the frozen food industry was born.”

Key Trends to Watch

Having withstood the test of time, frozen foods remain a popular choice for consumers in search of a viable, affordable alternative to fresh options. Take a look at some of the trends that are shaping the industry this year. Here are six to be aware of be aware of as we progress further into the New Year:

  1. The frozen food industry has a major impact on the U.S. economy.  Based on the American Frozen Food Institute’s (AFFI) most recent numbers, the frozen food industry:
    • Employs 670,000 individuals nationwide
    • Has a current market value of over $53 billion
    • Provides $35 billion in income to those workers
    • Makes $7.2 billion in federal tax payments annually
    • Makes $4.1 billion in state and local tax payments every year
  2. And the buck doesn’t stop there… AFFI says that due to the capital-intensive nature of frozen food production, firms in this sector buy many goods and services from other sectors of the nation’s economy. For example, growers provide the fruit, vegetables, and other fresh foods and frozen food companies then use refrigerated transportation, rapid truck, rail, ship, and air transport and refrigeration and other machinery to create frozen foods. Planning these logistics requires management consulting and supply chain experts, AFFI points out, and freezing and preserving these foods requires specialty machinery, specialty buildings, and electricity to run the refrigeration equipment. “All of these sectors – from the growers to the electric utility – benefit from U.S. frozen food production.”
  3. Nestle USA is leading the charge.  The most significant player in the frozen food segment is Nestlé USA, which manufactures products for almost every single category, according to Statista. Sales of Nestlé USA in the frozen pizza segment, for example, amounted to $411.71 million (USD) in 2016. In addition, retailers’ frozen aisles are carrying brands like DiGiorno (pizza), Stouffer’s (frozen dinner), or Nestlé Drumstick (frozen novelties).
  4. Frozen continues to offer unsurpassed value for today’s consumers. By their very nature, frozen foods are often lower in cost-per-serving—and have a much greater shelf life—than their refrigerated counterparts. Frozen fruits and vegetables can be more easily portioned and stored for later use, thus reducing the risk of spoilage and food waste while further increasing consumer value.
  5. No one wants to cook anymore. Over the past 50 years, as the amount of time Americans spent in meal preparation has steadily declined, frozen foods have remained a convenient staple, according to the Frozen Food Foundation, adapting its packaging and products to better accommodate new developments, such as the microwave oven.
  6. Consumers see frozen foods as a healthy choice. Health-conscious Americans have discovered the nutritional advantages of frozen vegetables and fruits to be easy-to-use key components to a healthy family menu. “Waistline watchers have found a friend in the numerous low-fat frozen food offerings,” the Frozen Food Foundation points out, “while the economically conscious continue to value the diversity of frozen food possibilities that tempt the taste buds without breaking the bank.”
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You Don’t Have to Go it Alone: Why Outsourcing Transportation is a Smart Idea in 2017

You Don’t Have to Go it Alone: Why Outsourcing Transportation is a Smart Idea in 2017

Depending on which industry you’re working in, transportation logistics account for between 5% and 50% of your product’s total landed cost. That’s a significant outlay for any company that wants to remain profitable and viable in today’s constantly-changing logistics environment, where “going it alone” isn’t always necessary or financially feasible.

The cold supply chain, for example, is becoming more and more challenging to manage as regulatory issues, carrier capacity crunches, the need for sophisticated technology platforms, and driver shortages all take a toll on a firm’s ability to make the best possible transportation decisions. In fact, these challenges can make maintaining the in-house expertise needed to stay profitable nearly impossible.

The question is, how do you know when it’s time to stop handling transportation internally and turn some or all of it over to a reputable third party? Here are three obvious clues:

1. You can’t keep up with increased and/or fluctuating order volumes. If the 2016 holiday season hit you hard, or if your company is growing but not keeping up with the new order volume, it’s time to take a good hard look at how you’re managing transportation.

2.You’re not focusing on your company’s core competencies. Spending too much time and effort managing the complicated transportation process? It’s time to re-center your focus and outsource transportation to a trusted business partner.

3. Your labor costs are skyrocketing. Labor is one of the most expensive aspects of running a cold supply chain. When you outsource the task to a third party like Hanson Logistics, many of these labor worries and expenses will disappear.

The Power of One

It’s no secret that transportation buyers who move high volumes of freight have more buying power in the marketplace. As one of the fastest growing 3PLs in the cold chain industry, Hanson Transportation Logistics moves millions of pounds of freight across the country for many of the most respected brands. As an LTL shipper, you can leverage Hanson’s extensive transportation carrier network, technology, and expertise to assure efficiency and service are delivered on time, at very competitive rates.

Outsourcing transportation also allows you to:

• Drive the complexity out of transportation. From our TMS portal to your point of contact, we remove the complexity from your transportation and make it simple. We solve customer problems, deal with carrier performance, and make things happen.

• Leverage better rates. Our negotiated rates are far less than most smaller shippers can hope to achieve; and that savings goes right to your bottom line. You’ll save in many ways, including lower rates, better audits, and lower overhead.

• Tap into sophisticated technologies. Leverage our market-leading transportation management systems (TMS) technology and gain complete transparency into rates, capacity, carriers, and documentation.

• Better allocate your time. Entrusting us with your entire transportation spend allows you to devote your resources to your operational tasks and to your firm’s core competencies.

• Utilize a wide range of services. Inbound, outbound, multi-temperature, parcel; standard, expedited, guaranteed, white glove, and flatbed; we have the expertise, carriers, and competitive rates you need to thrive in today’s logistics environment

• Tackle transportation from concept to completion. From rating to scheduling, track and trace, exceptions, audit, and freight bill payment, we serve as your dedicated resource to handle the entire process.

For more information, please contact us today.

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7 Ways to Ensure a Safe “Cold Chain” in the New Year

7 Ways to Ensure a Safe “Cold Chain” in the New Year

If food manufacturers learned just one thing from 2016, it’s that even the most consumer-friendly, beloved brands can quickly fall prey to poor fresh, refrigerated, and frozen food handling. From Chipotle to General Mills, the list of companies that made headlines due to foodborne illnesses was both varied and well documented in industry publications like Food Safety News.

As organizations like The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) learned last year, prevention is not only about pinpointing and mitigating a single culprit; it’s also about keeping the entire end-to-end supply chain safe. In total, about 48 million people (1 in 6 Americans) get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die each year from foodborne diseases. This is a significant public health burden that is largely preventable, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The FDA thinks the answer lies in more stringent regulation of the cold supply chain. On July 14, 2016, it issued a final rule to amend and update the agency’s food facility registration requirements, and implement revisions mandated by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). According to the National Law Review, all FSMA comments submitted by March 27, 2017—for both the November 2016 and December 2016 draft guidance documents—will be considered in the drafting of the final version of the guidance.

What’s Behind the FSMA?

According to the FDA, the FSMA will be important for the health of both people and animals, and points to high-profile outbreaks of foodborne illness over the last decade—and data showing that such illnesses strike one in six Americans each year—as the driving force behind the following five core elements:

Preventive controls – For the first time, the FDA has a legislative mandate to require comprehensive, prevention-based controls across the food supply to prevent or significantly minimize the likelihood of problems occurring.

Inspection and Compliance – The legislation recognizes that inspection is an important means of holding an industry accountable for its responsibility to produce safe food.

Imported Food Safety – The FDA has new tools to ensure that imported foods meet U.S. standards and are safe for consumers.

Response – For the first time, the FDA has mandatory recall authority for all food products.The FDA expects that it will only need to invoke this authority infrequently since the food industry largely honors its requests for voluntary recalls.

Enhanced Partnerships – The legislation recognizes the importance of strengthening existing collaboration among all food safety agencies—U.S. federal, state, local, territorial, tribal, and foreign–to achieve our public health goals.

Staying Safe in the New Year

As the FDA nails down the fine points of the FSMA, and as more companies pay attention to the food safety aspects of their refrigerated/frozen supply chains, Hanson Logistics is paying more attention than ever to GFSI protocols, ASI Excellence, and GFM practices in the handling, storage, and delivery of food products. And while food safety has always been a priority, increasing regulation has made food safety a legal issue and the responsibility falls squarely on the shoulders of manufacturers, retailers, and their trading partners.

Here are seven ways that you and your logistics provider(s) can ensure a safer cold chain in the New Year:

  1. Audit your distribution facilities to ensure that safe food handling practices are being implemented and used (i.e., warehousing and storage facilities have their own criteria for audits, especially if they are third-party owned).
  1. Identify risks, focus on any potential problem areas, and put actions in place to fix any issues.
  1. Train all employees on the procedures for safe refrigerated and frozen food handling and distribution. Under the Sanitary Transport Rule guidelines, for example, employees must be trained so they are aware of proper handling and know how to prevent or recognize contamination.
  1. Document all procedures related to the above step and revise/update regularly
  1. Perform all preventative and routine maintenance on a predictable schedule
  1. Utilize technology (applications, software, cloud-based platforms, etc.) to more efficiently manage and track your refrigerated/frozen supply chain
  1. Know, understand, and following the ever-changing regulatory standards associated with the cold chain.

On a final note, the complexity of food safety regulatory standards requires dedication and expertise, and is a critical part of keeping your company up to date with improvements even before they become a law. This forward-looking mentality will give your company a competitive edge and ensure the safety and quality of its refrigerated/frozen supply chain in 2017…and beyond.

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The Future of Cold Chain Logistics

The Future of Cold Chain Logistics

The future of cold chain logistics is almost always in transition: from growth to slow-downs, modified trends to shifted needs from customers. After two considerably slow years for the industry in 2014 and 2015, shipping providers are eager to see a new era for logistics.

That new era might be closer than we think: the Council of Supply Chain Logistics released its 27th Annual State of Logistics Report and suggested a shift to a more sound logistics industry. The report documented the positive changes in the logistics market from last year. This showed providers it may be time to accommodate accordingly.

The Findings

In this year’s report, what began as lulls in traffic and a rise in costs for businesses has accelerated into a cost efficient system. This includes having services available in plenty, with agreeable pricing and rationalized demand. The report mentioned an increase in supply chain transparency as it continues to grow. Another highlight was technological changes for 3PLs, helping enable more efficient production of data to drivers and coordinators alike.

Interpretations

What does this mean for providers? An air of excitement looking forward into a stronger industry. This also infers more promising results as the next few months finish out the quarter.

Partner with us in the new era for cold chain logistics. At Hanson, no matter the change in industry, we are always saying “Yes, We Can!” to providing solutions and pursuing excellence.

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Looking for a Supply Chain Solution?

Looking for a Supply Chain Solution?

…You’ve come to the right place.

Working with Infor and MercuryGate, Hanson Logistics offers supply chain solutions to its customers that covers every step – from order to warehouse to transportation. By leveraging our investment in technology, you can work smarter, better, and faster without the need for significant investments in IT infrastructure, implementation, administration, and maintenance.

Infor’s Supply Chain Execution (SCE) and the MercuryGate Transportation Management System (TMS) provide a robust supply chain execution solution for manufacturers, logistics providers, and companies with transportation management needs.

The two systems work together to provide secure access to your own inventory information, in addition to real-time order status visibility, inventory availability, and shipment status. The supply chain solutions comes with built-in parameters that are triggered in the event of back orders, order acknowledgement, shipments, or delays, the system also enables:

  • Multimodal, multi-leg planning, optimization, and execution
  • Control tower visibility and decision support
  • Reusability for setup, on-boarding, and repetitive moves
  • Highly configurable TMS in the cloud and on mobile devices
  • Adaptability to support and improve the workflow you want
  • Procurement, allocation, invoicing in a closed-loop process
  • Track & trace for all shipments through delivery
  • Secure access that gives shippers and authorized consignees tracking ability for transparent customer service
  • An easy-to-use interface for customizing event management and notification preferences
  • 24/7/365 access to instant rate information, carrier performance, and costing matrix, and reporting by carrier, location, date, activity, etc.

A single platform transportation management solution that enables companies to manage their multi-modal, multi-leg transportation across geographies while providing control tower visibility and decision support and managing fully-loaded transportation costs, MercuryGate TMS works with Infor SCE to rapidly customize solutions and select the delivery option that is right for each customer.