Ryder rolls out last-mile expansion plans

Freight transportation and logistics services provider Ryder System Inc. recently announced it has expanded its Ryder Last Mile service.

Ryder describes this service as a home delivery and white glove installation offering for big and bulky goods in 11 North American markets.

Through this expansion, Ryder is upping the square footage at its last-mile fulfillment facilities in Toronto, Atlanta, Ga., and Lathrop, Calif., with the expansion also including partnerships in eight “strategically located U.S. cities. What’s more, Ryder said that the company’s e-fulfillment network is now comprised of 136 facilities that cover 95% of the U.S. and Canada within a two-day window. And the company also noted that this expansion augments Ryder’s standing at the second-largest last-mile provider of big and bulky goods, based on an independent audit by Simon-Kucher, a global consulting firm.

“In this “now” economy, consumer expectations are increasing which means our customers’ e-fulfillment needs are more demanding,” said Patrick Coughlin, vice president and general manager of Ryder Last Mile, in an interview. “That’s why Ryder Last Mile is constantly finding ways to get closer to the customer, allowing us to reduce delivery timeframes and position our customers to stay ahead of the curve.”

Coughlin added that this expansion of Ryder Last Mile puts its customers even closer to their customers, well positioning them to deliver on their promises.

And he also pointed out the biggest competitive advantages of this news from a Ryder perspective.

“With this latest expansion, Ryder Last Mile continues to strengthen its position to lead the charge in delivering a complete turnkey solution that not only includes last-mile delivery and white-glove installation, but also warehousing, distribution, and transportation management,” he said.