Omnichannel Fulfillment

Ryder is the only third-party logistics provider (3PL) in the industry to offer fully integrated omnichannel fulfillment solutions to meet your needs when shipping to wholesalers, brick-and-mortar retail, or direct to consumer (D2C). We optimize your supply chain with technology-driven outsourced fulfillment solutions that include warehouse & distribution management, managed transportation solutions, e-commerce fulfillment, and last mile delivery. Our strategically placed facilities across North America put your products where your customers are giving you flexibility and speed. And, our warehouse automation and proprietary technology platforms give you 100% real-time visibility across your entire supply chain, 99% on-time delivery and 99% order accuracy.

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Why Ryder?

Customized Solutions for You

Whether you’re an emerging startup or an established enterprise, we evaluate your operations, data, and objectives to create a technology-driven solution that optimizes your supply chain—avoiding the limitations of one-size-fits-all approaches.

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D2C & B2B Order Fulfillment

Our order fulfillment solutions provide you with enhanced control over your inventory management and 100% real-time visibility into your supply chain. By implementing our proprietary technology systems or integrating with your existing warehouse management system (WMS), we deliver actionable analytics across all your channels and foster a culture of continuous improvement. We monitor your business cycles and distribution patterns to adapt to supply chain demands, ensuring flexibility for product launches and promotions while maintaining cost control. Our team develops tailored processes for your program: timely receipt of your products, picking cases, cartons, or pallets, packing individual DTC orders or palletizing bulk retail orders.

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Technology & Innovation

We deliver the future of logistics today through our investments in cutting-edge technology to power your omnichannel supply chain. By forming strategic partnerships with automation OEMs and piloting innovative technologies, we create customer-centric solutions that drive value. This approach provides you with the visibility to proactively manage exceptions in the movement of goods and enables real-time collaboration to solve issues in minutes that previously took days or weeks. Our proprietary technology platforms—RyderShare™, RyderShip™, RyderView™, and RyderConnect™—are at the forefront of these advancements. Since 2021, we have researched over 250 technologies, automated 21 million sq. ft. of warehouse space, increased goods-to-person technologies by 800%, implemented over 1,000 autonomous warehouse robots, and mobilized more than 300 autonomous forklifts.

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Storage & Handling

Our flexible storage and handling solutions include dedicated or multi-client facilities with both long- and short-term options. Temperature controlled warehouses are available for products that require heating or cooling to ensure product quality and maintain longevity. With more than 350 supply chain engineers, 100 million square feet of warehouses managed, and one million linear feet of packing lines, we have the expertise to manage both simple and complex operations. Whether we design and build a new facility or utilize an existing warehouse, our comprehensive solutions cover process design and implementation, equipment setup, necessary warehouse automation, and advanced technology platforms to boost efficiency and customer service levels. We manage the hiring and training of personnel, including the integration of your current employees who are familiar with your business. Additionally, you can leverage our cross-dock network to expedite freight movements, ensuring your operations run smoothly and efficiently.

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Returns & Reverse Logistics

Optimize your returns and reverse logistics to enhance customer experience and reduce returns processing time. Our returns capabilities include disposition, processing, and returning inventory to stock. Benefit from our customized reverse logistics and leading returns management platforms, maximizing revenue, reducing costs, and enhancing customer satisfaction.

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Value-Added Services

We offer a comprehensive suite of value-added services that complement our omnichannel fulfillment solutions. These services, including kitting, assembly, tagging, and bundling, accelerate your products' time to market for just-in-time and line-side delivery. Our offerings also encompass product customization and testing, sequencing, light/sub-assembly, packaging, re-packaging, labeling, system configuration, reverse logistics, and material supply management. Trust Ryder to streamline your operations and meet the demands of today's dynamic market.

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Transportation Management

Our industry leading outbound distribution and transportation management gets your products to your customers when and where they are expected. We have the most reliable transportation solutions in the industry, powered by proprietary technology that gives you complete visibility and data for every load, whether it is full truckload (FTL), less than truckload (LTL), parcel, last mile delivery, or managing a carrier network. Omnichannel distribution channels integrate seamlessly with outbound transportation, ensuring efficient delivery and optimal customer satisfaction for your e-commerce, retail and wholesale products. We can help you with network design, scheduling, freight consolidation, and freight bill audit and payment. With a fleet of more than 13,000 dedicated vehicles, 13,000 professional drivers, more than $10.7 billion in freight under management, and more than 85,000 vetted carriers, we can keep your business moving.

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  • Fulfillment - E-commerce
  • Fulfillment - Retail
  • Fulfillment - Wholesale
  • Last Mile Delivery
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Omnichannel Fulfillment FAQ's

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    • Omnichannel fulfillment refers to a strategy employed by supply chains to seamlessly integrate and fulfill customer orders across multiple sales channels, such as online/e-commerce stores, brick-and-mortar retail locations, wholesale, and mobile apps. In an omnichannel approach, customers have the flexibility to interact with a brand and make purchases through various channels, and the supply chain is designed to efficiently fulfill these orders regardless of the channel through which they were placed.

      One key aspect of omnichannel fulfillment is inventory visibility and availability. It involves centralizing inventory data from all sales channels to provide real-time visibility into stock levels across the entire supply chain network. With this visibility, businesses can effectively manage inventory allocation, ensuring that products are available for sale and can be fulfilled from the most optimal location, whether it's a warehouse, distribution center, or retail store.

      Another important component of omnichannel logistics is order orchestration and fulfillment. This involves the coordination of order processing, picking, packing, and shipping across different fulfillment locations to ensure timely and accurate delivery to customers. Advanced order management systems are often used to orchestrate orders and allocate inventory based on factors such as proximity to the customer, inventory levels, shipping costs, and service level agreements.

    • Omnichannel fulfillment and multi-channel fulfillment are two approaches used by supply chains to manage customer orders across multiple sales channels, but they differ in their focus and strategy.

      Multi-channel fulfillment: involves managing orders separately across different sales channels, such as online stores, brick-and-mortar retail locations, and wholesale distribution. Each channel operates independently, with its own inventory, fulfillment processes, and customer service. While this approach allows businesses to reach customers through various channels, it can result in siloed operations, disjointed inventory management, and inconsistent customer experiences across channels.

      Omnichannel fulfillment: takes a more integrated approach, aiming to provide a seamless and consistent shopping experience for customers across all channels. In an omnichannel strategy, inventory, orders, and fulfillment operations are centralized and synchronized across all sales channels. This allows customers to interact with a brand and make purchases through any channel, and orders can be fulfilled from the most optimal location, whether it's a warehouse, distribution center, or retail store.

      One of the key differences between omnichannel and multi-channel fulfillment lies in inventory management and visibility. Omnichannel fulfillment requires real-time inventory visibility across all sales channels to ensure accurate stock levels and efficient order allocation. In contrast, multi-channel fulfillment may involve separate inventory pools for each channel, leading to inventory discrepancies and potential stockouts.

    • Outsourcing fulfillment to a Third-Party Logistics (3PL) provider like Ryder offers several advantages for businesses:

      1. 3PL providers specialize in logistics and fulfillment services, bringing expertise, experience, and industry best practices to the table. Ryder, possesses a deep understanding of supply chain operations and can offer innovative solutions to optimize fulfillment processes. This specialized knowledge can lead to improved efficiency and effectiveness in managing fulfillment operations.
      2. Cost savings are another significant advantage of outsourcing fulfillment to a 3PL like Ryder. By leveraging their scale and infrastructure, providers such as Ryder can negotiate lower rates with carriers, reduce transportation and warehousing costs, and minimize overhead expenses associated with managing fulfillment operations in-house. This can result in substantial cost savings for businesses, allowing them to allocate resources more strategically.
      3. Scalability and flexibility are key benefits offered by 3PL providers like Ryder. Their fulfillment services are designed to scale with the needs of businesses, enabling them to handle fluctuations in demand, seasonal peaks, or sudden growth without the need for significant capital investment. Ryder can quickly adjust resources, such as warehouse space, labor, and transportation capacity, to meet changing needs, providing businesses with the flexibility to adapt to evolving market conditions.
      4. Technology and innovation play a crucial role in modern fulfillment operations, and 3PL providers like Ryder invest in advanced technologies to enhance efficiency, visibility, and performance. Ryder offers proprietary warehouse management systems (WMS), order management platforms, and transportation management systems to optimize processes and improve customer service. This technological edge can give businesses a competitive advantage in today's fast-paced marketplace.
      5. Outsourcing fulfillment to a 3PL allows you to focus on your core competencies and strategic priorities. By entrusting fulfillment operations to Ryder, you can redirect resources and attention to activities that directly contribute to their competitive advantage and business success.
      6. Finally, outsourcing fulfillment to a 3PL like Ryder can enhance customer service and satisfaction. With efficient order processing, accurate inventory management, and timely delivery, businesses can deliver a superior customer experience, leading to increased customer loyalty and repeat purchases. By partnering with Ryder, you can ensure that your fulfillment operations are aligned with customer expectations, ultimately driving positive brand experiences and long-term success. 
    • Fulfillment and warehouse management are two distinct but closely related aspects of supply chain operations, each serving different functions and objectives. Ryder offers both fulfillment and warehouse management.

      Fulfillment primarily involves the processes of receiving, processing, and shipping customer orders. It encompasses activities such as order picking, packing, labeling, and shipping, with the goal of ensuring that orders are accurately fulfilled and delivered to customers in a timely manner. Fulfillment operations are focused on meeting customer demand and delivering a positive customer experience, often involving tasks such as order tracking, inventory allocation, and coordination with carriers for delivery.

      On the other hand, warehouse management is primarily concerned with the efficient operation and optimization of warehouse facilities and resources. It involves activities such as inventory management, space utilization, layout design, and workforce management, with the goal of maximizing warehouse efficiency and productivity. Warehouse management encompasses tasks such as inventory tracking, stock replenishment, cycle counting, and warehouse organization to ensure that goods are stored, handled, and retrieved effectively within the warehouse.

      One key difference between fulfillment and warehouse management lies in their scope and focus. Fulfillment is more customer-centric and externally focused, focusing on meeting customer orders and delivering products to customers. In contrast, warehouse management is more internally focused, concentrating on optimizing warehouse operations and resources to support fulfillment activities effectively.

      Another difference lies in their respective objectives and priorities. Fulfillment is primarily concerned with order accuracy, timeliness, and customer satisfaction, aiming to fulfill customer orders quickly and accurately to meet customer expectations. Warehouse management, on the other hand, is focused on maximizing warehouse efficiency, reducing operating costs, and optimizing inventory levels to support fulfillment operations while minimizing waste and inefficiencies within the warehouse.

      Additionally, while fulfillment and warehouse management are closely intertwined, they involve different sets of processes, technologies, and skill sets. Fulfillment operations often require specialized order management systems, picking and packing technologies, and logistics capabilities to manage the flow of goods from the warehouse to the customer. Warehouse management, on the other hand, involves the use of warehouse management systems (WMS), barcode scanning technologies, and material handling equipment to optimize warehouse operations and manage inventory effectively.

    • Yes, Ryder offers picking, packing, and shipping as part of its fulfillment and comprehensive supply chain solution. The pick-pack-ship process is a crucial component of order fulfillment within a supply chain, involving several sequential steps to prepare and dispatch customer orders accurately and efficiently.

      The "pick" stage involves retrieving items from inventory to fulfill customer orders. This typically occurs in a warehouse or distribution center, where products are stored in designated locations. Using either manual or automated picking methods, warehouse personnel locate the items specified in each order and gather them from their respective storage locations. This stage may involve techniques such as batch picking, where multiple orders are picked simultaneously to improve efficiency, or zone picking, where each picker is assigned a specific area of the warehouse to optimize productivity.

      Following the pick stage, the "pack" stage involves preparing the selected items for shipment to the customer. This includes packaging the items securely to protect them during transit, as well as adding any necessary packaging materials such as bubble wrap, packing peanuts, or void fill to cushion fragile items. Additionally, this stage may involve labeling each package with shipping labels, packing slips, and any other required documentation. Depending on the nature of the products and the shipping method chosen by the customer, the packing process may vary in complexity and may require adherence to specific packaging guidelines or regulations.

      The "ship" stage involves dispatching the packaged orders to the customer's designated shipping address. This typically involves coordinating with outbound transportation to stores or e-commerce parcel shipments through carriers such as FedEx, UPS, USPS, or other logistics partners to arrange for pickup or drop-off of the packages.

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