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May 21, 2020 4:45 PM, EDT

Ryder Expands E-Commerce Fulfillment Network

Crew Bottle/RyderA Ryder employee inspects Crew Bottle Co. inventory at its e-commerce fulfillment facility near Los Angeles. (Business Wire)

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Ryder System Inc. added food-grade capabilities and additional locations to its e-commerce fulfillment network, the company announced May 20.

The Miami-based transportation and supply chain management products provider said the move was to meet evolving consumer buying trends. The company added food-grade capabilities to two existing facilities within the network and a new facility near Philadelphia.

“Now more than ever, people have become even more comfortable with ordering just about everything online,” Steve Sensing, president of global supply chain solutions, said in a statement. “With that trend expected to continue, our customers recognize the need to diversify their supply chains and the channels they use to take their products to market.”

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issues good grade certifications for facilities with conditions and procedures that are safe for food handling. Ryder was able to get the certification for the new facility along with two existing ones in Los Angeles and Dallas.

“They also want the flexibility to respond to surges in demand due to unexpected events or planned seasonality,” Sensing said. “People want the goods they rely on every day, and they want them delivered to their homes in a timely manner.”

The Philadelphia e-commerce fulfillment center was added by utilizing the existing last-mile network. The facility, which is 340,000 square feet, is scheduled to begin integration of automation technology this summer.

Ryder said in the announcement that the automation will allow it to scale the operation to fulfill more than 70,000 packages a day with future expansion of more than 136,000 packages in a three-shift operation.

Ryder Supply Chain solutions ranks No. 11 on the Transport Topics Top 100 list of the largest for-hire carriers in North America. — Transport Topics

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