3PL Supply Chain Management

Ryder is the only third-party logistics provider (3PL) in the industry to offer fully integrated port-to-door supply chain solutions powered by proprietary technology and an expert workforce. We optimize your supply chain with customized warehouse & distribution management, transportation management, dedicated transportation solutions, e-commerce fulfillment, and last mile delivery. Our vast North American footprint puts your products where you customers are, giving you flexibility and speed. With our 3PL supply chain solutions you get 100% real-time visibility across your entire supply chain, 99% on-time delivery and 100% order accuracy. It is why more than 41,000 companies, from the world’s most known brands to emerging businesses trust us to manage their supply chain needs.

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Why Ryder?

Innovation from Port-to-Door

Experience the most comprehensive, end-to-end supply chain and transportation solutions in North America, from a lead logistics provider, that is always customized to your needs and provides the proprietary technology and experienced workforce to perfect your operation.


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The Ryder Difference

Supply Chain Solutions Customized for You

Whether you’re an emerging or well-established business, we assess your operation, data, and goals to engineer a unique technology-driven solution to optimize your supply chain versus fitting you into a one-size-fits-all solution. You can choose an all-in-one third-party logistics solution or select services including warehouse fulfillment, order fulfillment, distribution management, transportation management, e-commerce or omnichannel fulfillment, or last mile delivery. You can also leverage value-added services like kitting, embroidery, labeling, co-packaging, co-manufacturing, as well as research and development to help you meet customer expectations.

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Warehousing & Distribution Management

Our warehouse and distribution management solutions help you gain better control of inventory, while giving you 100% real-time visibility of your supply chain. Our flexible solution includes dedicated or multi-client facilities, as well as long- and short-term options. Whether it’s designing and building out a new facility or using an existing warehouse, our warehouse management solutions include engineering and implementing processes, equipment, warehouse automation where necessary, and technology platforms to help you improve efficiency and customer service levels. We hire and train personnel, which can include your current warehouse employees who know your business best. We implement proprietary technology systems or integrate with your warehouse management system (WMS) to deliver actionable analytics and data and create a culture of continuous improvement. You can also benefit from our cross-dock network to expedite freight movements.

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Transportation Logistics

Whether you want a dedicated transportation solution with customized trucks and trained drivers, transportation management services, or freight brokerage we have you covered. We have the most reliable transportation solutions in the industry, powered by proprietary technology that gives you complete visibility and data for every load no matter if you need inbound, outbound, truckload (TL), less than truckload (LTL), dedicated routes, or reverse logistics. 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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E-commerce Fulfillment

Our unique combination of innovative technology, strategically located fulfillment centers, robust partnerships ecosystem, and data-driven insights provide an e-commerce fulfillment solution designed to fit your current needs while scaling as your business grows. With over 125 e-commerce warehouses across North America and our proprietary technology RyderShip™, we enhance customer experience with customized and scalable e-commerce fulfillment solutions and advanced operational expertise for seamless fulfillment. Ryder offers 3PL fulfillment services that are designed to meet your unique needs, and include inventory management, order fulfillment, transportation, returns management, and value-added services engineered to scale for long-term growth, peak volumes, seasonal upticks, and unexpected surges.

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Last Mile Delivery

From tiered delivery options to integrated returns management, Ryder Last Mile delivers flexible solutions, so you can focus on your core business. As one of the largest providers of last mile delivery for big & bulky products, we give you extended market reach with predictable costs, network visibility, and consistent customer satisfaction. Our solutions are customized, so you only pay for what you need. You choose the tier of service that’s right for you. You can also opt for a variety of value-added services such as white glove delivery and returns management to maximize order fulfillment, reduce returns, and create savings. With Ryder Last Mile, you get efficient, outsourced solutions that extend your network reach while maintaining brand integrity.

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Technology & Innovation

We give you the future of logistics today through our investments and development of innovative technology to power your supply chain. By forming strategic partnerships with automation OEMs, and piloting new technology to implement it where it makes sense, we are creating customer centric solutions that drive value. It’s how we provide you visibility to proactively manage exceptions on goods as they moves through your supply chain. And, how we connect multiple people to collaborate in real-time to solve in minutes, what previously took days or weeks to fix. Along with our proprietary technology platforms—RyderShare™, RyderShip™, RyderView™, RyderConnect™,—since 2021, we have researched more than 250 technologies that includes automating 21M sq. ft. of warehouse space, increasing goods-to-person technologies 800%, implementing over 1,000 autonomous warehouse robots, and mobilizing more than 300 autonomous forklifts.

Ever better™ World of Logistics

Discover how Ryder Supply Chain Solutions can make you Ever better™.

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Ever Optimizing

Inside the most successful supply chains are intricately engineered processes and solutions created to overcome any disruption, meet consumer demand, and foster business growth. At Ryder, we work behind the scenes creating the most detailed and smoothest running supply chains with customized warehousing, transportation services, e-commerce fulfillment, last mile delivery, and innovative technology. This way, you can focus on creating your products as we design ways to get them to market quicker.

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  • Warehousing - Refrigerated / Frozen
  • Transportation - Dedicated
  • Transportation - Transportation Management
  • Transportation - Freight Brokerage
  • Transportation - Inbound and/or Outbound
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  • Fulfillment - Retail
  • Fulfillment - Wholesale
  • Last Mile Delivery
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Supply Chain FAQs

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    • Yes, Ryder is a third-party logistics provider, which is also referred to as a logistics service provider (LSP). As a leading 3PL, we provide port-to-door supply chain logistics and transportation solutions that include warehousing and distribution management, inbound and outbound transportation management, dedicated contract carriage/dedicated transportation solutions, e-commerce fulfillment, last mile delivery and freight brokerage.

      Our solutions include proprietary technology platforms, warehouse management systems (WMS), transportation management systems (TMS), and telematics. We also hire, train, and manage your workforce including supply chain engineers, warehouse workers, and professional truck drivers. Ryder works behind the scenes for companies of all sizes, from startups to some of the world’s biggest brands, helping perfect their supply chains so their customers can get the products they rely on.

    • A 4PL, or Fourth-Party Logistics provider, typically takes on a broader role compared to a 3PL. While a 3PL primarily focuses on physical logistics services like transportation and warehousing, a 4PL operates at a higher level of coordination and integration. A 4PL acts as a supply chain integrator, overseeing and managing the entire supply chain on behalf of the client. This can involve not only managing 3PLs and other logistics service providers but also optimizing processes, leveraging technology, providing strategic planning, and offering consulting services to improve overall supply chain efficiency and effectiveness.

      Ryder acts as a 4PL in some industries such as automotive, industrial, and aerospace, where we coordinate our solutions with other vendors in addition to the solutions that we provide. However, we are considered more a 3PL.

    • Supply chain management (SCM) is the strategic orchestration of activities involved in producing and distributing goods and services. It encompasses a network of organizations, resources, and technologies aimed at creating and delivering products or services to customers efficiently.

      Process Integration: SCM integrates various business processes such as procurement, production, inventory management, logistics, and distribution to optimize the flow of materials, information, and finances throughout the supply chain. Its goals include maximizing efficiency, reducing costs, improving quality, enhancing customer satisfaction, and gaining a competitive edge.

      Communication and Collaboration Among Partners: SCM involves planning, sourcing, manufacturing, inventory management, logistics coordination, and utilizing information systems to facilitate communication and collaboration among supply chain partners. Successful SCM relies on effective collaboration among suppliers, manufacturers, distributors, and customers, along with continuous monitoring and improvement of processes to adapt to market changes and maintain competitiveness.

    • Supply chain management (SCM) and logistics management are closely related concepts, but they focus on different aspects of the broader process of managing the flow of goods and services from the point of origin to the point of consumption.

      Supply Chain Management encompasses the entire network of activities involved in delivering a product or service to customers. This includes sourcing raw materials, production, distribution, and customer service. The primary goal of SCM is to coordinate and integrate all these activities to optimize the overall performance of the supply chain.

      Logistics Management, on the other hand, specifically focuses on the planning, implementation, and control of the movement and storage of goods and services within the supply chain. It involves activities such as transportation, warehousing, inventory management, and order fulfillment.

      Supply Chain Management emphasizes the integration of various functions within an organization as well as collaboration with external partners, including suppliers, manufacturers, distributors, and customers. The goal is to optimize the flow of materials, information, and capital across the entire supply chain.

      Logistics Management also involves coordination with internal departments and external partners, but its primary focus is on the physical movement and storage of goods. However, it increasingly incorporates aspects of information flow and coordination with other supply chain functions.

    • Businesses opt to outsource to 3PL providers for various compelling reasons:

      1. 3PLs bring specialized expertise and experience in logistics services, offering insights into industry best practices, regulations, and technological advancements that may not be available in-house. This expertise can lead to more efficient and effective logistics operations.

      2. Outsourcing to a 3PL often results in cost reduction. By leveraging the 3PL's existing infrastructure, resources, and network, companies can avoid hefty capital investments required for developing and maintaining their logistics capabilities. Moreover, 3PLs can capitalize on economies of scale, translating to lower transportation, warehousing, and labor costs for their clients.

      3. 3PLs provide scalability and flexibility, allowing businesses to swiftly adapt to changes in demand and business growth without the need for significant investments in excess capacity or infrastructure.

      4. By outsourcing logistics, companies can concentrate on their core competencies and strategic priorities, freeing up resources and time to focus on activities that directly contribute to their competitive advantage and business success.

      5. Partnering with a 3PL grants access to advanced technologies and innovation aimed at enhancing efficiency, visibility, and performance in logistics operations. Many 3PLs boast extensive global networks, enabling businesses to expand their market reach and access new regions and customers seamlessly.

      Overall, outsourcing to a 3PL enables businesses to streamline logistics operations, reduce costs, improve flexibility, and enhance competitiveness, ultimately meeting customer demands more effectively.

    • Incoming-goods logistics entail the verification of shipments against purchase orders by logistics service providers (LSPs), ensuring materials are allocated to their correct destinations. This process is crucial for companies with multiple production facilities, as it prevents delays by balancing inventory levels across sites.

      Some advanced LSPs may also manage the ordering process alongside incoming logistics. Inventory management involves overseeing the entire inventory lifecycle, from raw materials to finished products. LSPs aid businesses in identifying and responding to trends, ensuring adequate stock levels to meet customer demands and providing timely warnings of shortages.

      Warehousing services extend beyond mere storage, encompassing proper cataloging to facilitate quick picking and shipping of goods. Accurate labeling is essential to prevent order fulfillment errors and maintain customer satisfaction, especially in multi-tenant warehouses where goods from different clients must be meticulously organized and accounted for separately. Order tracking is another critical aspect handled by LSPs, ensuring seamless management and fulfillment of orders. Integration with a business's enterprise resource planning (ERP) system allows for effective order tracking, preventing fulfillment delays or duplicate shipments.

      Picking and packing are managed by LSPs upon receiving orders, utilizing internal track-and-trace systems to maintain order integrity. These systems, often employing "license plate numbers" (LPNs), track items and packages, keeping inventory counts accurate. Shipping services may involve LSP-owned fleets or outsourcing to ensure timely delivery of orders. Businesses with specific delivery requirements, such as time-sensitive or temperature-controlled shipments, find LSPs a cost-effective solution, particularly when specialized deliveries form a small portion of their sales.

      Returns, or reverse logistics, pose challenges, especially for margin-sensitive companies. Many LSPs handle both customer returns and raw materials returns to suppliers, leveraging their extensive network for cost-effective and convenient returns processing. Streamlined return policies boost customer confidence and encourage repeat purchases. Payment and finance management responsibilities, including shipping and warehousing costs, are often outsourced to LSPs, allowing businesses to focus on core activities. Through detailed analysis of logistics KPIs, LSPs optimize shipping methods, minimize waste, and reduce costs for themselves and their clients. Additionally, businesses benefit from bulk discounts negotiated by LSPs, freeing up capital for other financial needs like growth and investments.

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