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February 7, 2014

Logistics in the Food Industry

There are many variables to consider when managing logistics in the food industry. The first is always the big picture. You have to balance all the different aspects of a business, such as sales and marketing, with logistics. This can be a challenge. Logistic managers also need to consider food safety, traceability of the products, and transportation costs. Additionally, the freshness of the product can affect the products performance. Often, the quicker a product can get to its destination the better. Finally, there is a growing trend for logistic mangers to look for environmentally friendly options.

Safe Practices

When you’re dealing with food logistics, cleanliness and safety are two big concerns. Logistic managers need to be sure their food and liquid is being shipped and stored at safe temperatures and delivered in the right amount of time. If not, there can be serious consequences such as an E. coli contamination. Audits are often conducted at food distribution facilities to ensure every batch is safe and contamination-free. Kan-Haul is the industry leader in cleanliness and product safety. Our experience and strict standards ensure that we do our part in protecting your food-grade product from contamination.

Traceable Loads

Track and trace capabilities in food logistics became mandated by the Bioterrorism Act of 2002. As a result, products can be recalled at a moment’s notice. In logistic operations, it is extremely important to have a reliable tracking system in place. This is especially important in the event of a recall. Kan-Haul’s LoadTracker system can work with your company’s logistic manager to be sure all loads are where they need to be. Our system is easy to work with. You can receive e-mail updates for different points in the haul.

Transportation costs

One of the biggest challenges for managers in logistics in the food industry is finding ways to haul their product safely while keeping costs down. Kan-Haul has several options to save money for companies in food distribution. Bulk transport can greatly reduce the cost of shipping a product. Steel drums or wooden bins have been used in the past to move liquid product, but that wasted space and packaging. Today, more and more companies are shipping their product in bulk using Flexi-tanks or ISO tanks. Bins and drums weigh more and hold less liquid than tanks. Also, it takes more man-power, time, and yard space to haul liquid product by drums and bins. Kan-Haul has tanker options that are save our customers valuable time and money.

Faster Haul Times

Another important part of planning food logistics is the speed of the haul. Most of the time, it is better to get the product to its destination as quickly as possible. This includes training drivers to streamline the process. Some obstacles to faster cycle times are road and weather conditions. Kan-Haul is proud to be one of the most prompt and dependable shipping companies for food-grade solids and liquids. Our experience has given us the ability to handle difficult situations to make sure the load is delivered on time.

Environmentally Friendly

Companies are trying to cut down on their greenhouse gas emissions and energy use. This includes keeping packaging down to a minimum and using more fuel-efficient transportation. Kan-Haul can help with both of these endeavors. With our tanks, you eliminate the need for multiple loads. This reduces the fuel used. Also our tanks and boxes allow many different methods of transport which gives the customers the ability to choose the most earth friendly option for their haul.

Kan-Haul has been working in logistics in the food industry for decades. We can help you problem solve to come up with the best solutions for your business. Call Kan-Haul and let us show you how we can help.

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