Hanson Logistics announced that it has been accepted as a third-party consolidator for Wal-Mart suppliers, serving the nation’s largest retailer through its Chicago consolidation center and Velocities Multi-Vendor Consolidation (MVC).
Launched in 2006, the Hanson Velocities MVC program is designed to leverage Hanson Transportation management services and the strategic location of the Chicago consolidation center to provide cost-effective truckload distribution services to leading retailers and foodservice companies. In the Wal-Mart vendor pool, refrigerated and frozen-food suppliers maintain forward inventory at the Hanson Logistics Chicago consolidation center; when Wal-Mart places replenishment orders, Hanson picks those orders from all suppliers and consolidates them into truckload shipments.
Hanson Logistics says it works directly with Wal-Mart to relieve suppliers of the tedious tasks associated with order fulfillment and provides transparency through Web-based order management; food manufacturers share truckload savings when shipping smaller higher-frequency orders, and Wal-Mart receives scheduled, consolidated truckload deliveries consistent with its continuous fulfillment strategies. According to Hanson Logistics, the efficiencies contribute to sustainable supply chain initiatives.
“As a third-party consolidator for Wal-Mart suppliers, we are able to offer suppliers the benefit of collaboration achieving MABD metrics and in sharing final-mile costs,” says Matt Luckas, vice president of supply chain services for St. Joseph, Mich.-based Hanson Logistics. “We are committed to providing best-of-class logistics services to the Wal-Mart supplier community.”
Hanson Logistics says it has established a set sailing schedule to all 41 Wal-Mart distribution centers in the United States.