History

Since 1929, Evans Distribution Systems has operated as a leading third-party logistics provider in Southeast Michigan. Our customers and services have evolved but our dedication to developing innovative supply chain management solutions remains the same.

92 Years of 3PL Excellence

Since 1929, Evans Distribution Systems has operated as a leading third-party logistics provider in Southeast Michigan. The Central Detroit Warehouse opened on Fort Street in Detroit, Michigan during the height of the Great Depression. In the earliest years, all labor was manual—workers used push carts and dollies to move goods around. By 1930, Evans expanded its service offerings by opening a trucking company known as Merchants Forwarding Terminal Co., which still operates today. In 1932, Evans was recognized by local papers for our innovation in simplifying the distribution process. Our customers and services have evolved but our dedication to developing innovative supply chain management solutions remains the same.

Today, Evans Distribution Systems operates 3 million square feet of warehousing space in six facilities under a fourth-generation leadership. The warehousing division has diversified dramatically to provide fulfillment and order processing, value-add services, foreign trade zone storage, bonded storage, and quality control and testing services.

Our asset-based trucking division known as Alden Logistics Inc., has 175 trucks and 150 owner-operator drivers covering the greater Detroit area and regional Midwest area. Our U.S. and international freight brokerage known as Evans Logistics Inc., handles long-haul transportation. Finally, Evans Resource Solutions provide temporary staffing solutions specializing in warehouse labor, forklift driving, truck driving and light assembly.

In 2003, Evans commissioned a customer audit via in-depth interviews to gain deeper insights and perspectives on our customer service.  The conversations revealed a theme of how we simplify the supply chain and make the process easy for customers.  Ever since we received this feedback, we have embodied this philosophy and it transformed into our tagline: It’s easier with Evans.

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