White Papers

Eliminate waste and cut costs with a LEAN supply chain Eliminate waste and cut costs with a LEAN supply chain

Ryder experts unveil the five leading principles for a LEAN supply chain, which leads to a culture of continuous improvement, increased efficiency and less waste. In the supply chain arena, creating a LEAN culture offers tremendous opportunities for companies seeking continuous, incremental gains in quality and efficiency. Experts also identify the seven types of waste that can weaken a supply chain. In a LEAN culture, if something doesn't add value, it is eliminated. Rather than deploying ambitious programs with sweeping reforms, a LEAN operation makes incremental improvements daily.


Presented by: Ryder
Date: October 2018
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The Value of Customer Service for Your Supply Chain The Value of Customer Service for Your Supply Chain

To meet rising customer demands in new markets, Express Furniture Rental needed a reliable fleet of vehicles. That's why in 2005, the leading furniture provider turned to Ryder for a customized fleet of 20 vehicles. In this report, learn how Express Furniture was able to maximize their fleet through custom spec'ing, saved between 30 and 40 percent on their transportation spend, and benefitted from 98 percent uptime.


Presented by: Ryder
Date: October 2018
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Sherwood Foods Solution Showcase Sherwood Foods Solution Showcase

Shipping 20 million pounds of food products weekly in perfect condition and on-time is key to Sherwood Food Distributors serving its 8,000 customers. Missing one tight delivery window can significantly impact customer satisfaction and business operations. Through Ryder's Full Service Lease and On-Site Maintenance program, trucks are running, shelves are stocked and customers are happy. Ryder's Full Service Lease solution provides the management expertise and fleet leverage to deliver outstanding service to Sherwood Food Distributors. In addition, Ryder's on-site maintenance operation and team of expert technicians ensure optimal fleet performance.


Presented by: Ryder
Date: October 2018
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How Technology Can Improve Operations and Bring You Closer to Your Customer How Technology Can Improve Operations and Bring You Closer to Your Customer

Operating a business in the global economy has become increasingly difficult over the last few years. With companies operating globally on at least some level, the impact of these challenges is being felt across all industries and involves entities of all sizes.

New compliance and regulations, changing consumer demands, rising transportation costs, and the need for good technology and communication can all impact how goods move around the globe.

Gaining visibility over supply chains while achieving profitability goals while meeting the needs of customers is an ongoing challenge for most companies.

To better understand the challenges that global organizations are facing, and which strategies are being embraced to streamline and improve transportation and logistics operations, Honeywell and Logistics Management conducted a study examining these issues.

Learn more about how technology can address these challenges by improving operations and bringing your business closer to your customer. You'll learn where companies will be investing in the next 12 months, understand what other businesses hope to gain with an investment in mobile device technology, and see how DCs are planning to use Big Data.


Presented by: Honeywell
Date: October 2018
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Five Unexpected Applications for AGV Success Five Unexpected Applications for AGV Success

Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) have a long history of proven worth when it comes to automatically transporting loads within a production or distribution environment.

The thing is, AGVs can do a lot more. There are many activities where these autonomous mobile robots can be used to bring further value to your operation. Here are five areas that you might not have been aware of where AGVs can help you today.


Presented by: Dematic
Date: October 2018
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Debunking the Myths about AGVs and AMRs Debunking the Myths about AGVs and AMRs

AGVs have long been recognized as a successful solution to automatically move material to, from, and through manufacturing facilities, warehouses, distribution centers, and everything in-between.

Over the past few years, a new name began appearing: AMR (Autonomous Mobile Robot). As the new kid on the block, AMRs have received a lot of attention, claiming to be the next great thing in automatic, driverless mobile vehicles/robots. The reality is that AMRs are a subset of AGVs focused on a specific navigation technology, physical size/payload capabilities, environment, and routing abilities. This white paper dispels the myths that claim AMRs as superior to AGVs.


Presented by: Dematic
Date: October 2018
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Achieving Revenue Gains from Distributed Logistics – The Value of Inventory Proximity to Customers Achieving Revenue Gains from Distributed Logistics – The Value of Inventory Proximity to Customers

Does positioning eCommerce inventories closer to customers yield more sales? Achieving Revenue Gains from Distributed Logistics – The Value of Inventory Proximity to Customers, co-authored by Gene Tyndall, President of MonarchFx, Stephen Timme, President of Finlistics Solutions, and Alex Baker Vice President of MonarchFx, addresses this recurring question. Also, providing guidance to the management of retailers, wholesalers, brands, and other companies that sell products to online buyers. Based on research, surveys, interviews, and experiences, the authors suggest estimates of revenue gains as order fulfillment speed increases and operating costs are managed effectively. This whitepaper has significant implications for all companies looking to drive incremental sales, increase profit, and execute a best-in-class customer experience.


Presented by: MonarchFx
Date: October 2018
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Zone Skipping Strategies to Reduce E-commerce Shipping Costs Zone Skipping Strategies to Reduce E-commerce Shipping Costs

E-commerce customers want orders delivered faster than ever, but paying extra for shipping is a deal breaker.

In fact, shoppers abandon orders online half the time due to unexpectedly high shipping costs.

An innovative sortation strategy called zone skipping can reduce shipping costs and boost both profitability and customer retention. Fulfillment centers can assume some of the sortation steps typically required of parcel carriers by taking advantage of latent capacity – offering big results:

  • Faster delivery
  • Reduced shipping cost (25-75 percent less per parcel)

See what zone skipping can do for your operation!


Presented by: Honeywell
Date: September 2018
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Voice of the Driver 2: Best Practices for Recruiting and Retention Voice of the Driver 2: Best Practices for Recruiting and Retention

For the past decade and a half, those who predicted the driver shortage have offered their advice on curbing the shortage. While an abundance of information like this exists, it lacks one of the main insights companies can use to overcome the shortage and high turnover – the voice of truck drivers. In this report, you'll learn how driver surveys, exit interviews, and conversations with current drivers, can improve recruiting and retention strategies in today's labor market.


Presented by: Ryder
Date: September 2018
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Reduce Risk and Cost with Your Fleet Safety Strategy Reduce Risk and Cost with Your Fleet Safety Strategy

The benefits of having a safer fleet can go beyond accident avoidance. In this report, discover how safety is taking a more prevalent place in the transportation industry than ever before. You'll learn about innovative technology providing new and more comprehensive ways to keep vehicles and people safer, as well as ways to avoid the risk and high costs that unsafe transportation practices create.


Presented by: Ryder
Date: September 2018
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Ryder and W.B. Mason: A Secret Weapon For Your Fleet and Business Growth Ryder and W.B. Mason: A Secret Weapon For Your Fleet and Business Growth

Consumer demand, e-commerce, and omni-channel, among other aspects demonstrate the need for reliable transportation in the retail industry. If your products aren't getting to customers when they want it, they are buying from a competitor. In our new case study with W.B. Mason you will learn how we combined several models of uniquely customized and branded trucks – including tractors, trailers, reefers, and supply trucks – arming W.B. Mason with a fleet of "Weapons of Delivery Excellence." Coupled with a preventive maintenance service from Ryder, W.B. Mason's fleet of reliable trucks keep products moving efficiently, with a 99% on-time delivery, while allowing the company to expand its operations.


Presented by: Ryder
Date: September 2018
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Achieving World Class Logistics Through Cross-Border Capabilities Achieving World Class Logistics Through Cross-Border Capabilities

For more than a generation, China was the destination of choice for offshore supply chains. The reasons made sense. An abundant and low-cost labor pool, cheap oil, and production costs generally less expensive than those found in the U.S., encouraged many manufacturers to relocate industrial operations overseas. Additionally, trade routes to and from Asia were many and reliable, albeit no faster than the speed of a freighter or container ship crossing the Pacific Ocean. Yet, rising wages and real estate costs in China, increases in oil prices, the delays inherent to transpacific shipping, and even shutdowns and logjams at U.S. seaports, forced some manufacturers to look elsewhere.

In this report, you'll learn why companies are making a move to nearshoring operations in Mexico, challenges companies face in the industry today when it comes to cross-border logistics, and solutions to overcome the disruption and achieve a world class logistics operation.


Presented by: Ryder
Date: August 2018
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Untangling the Complexities of efulfillment Untangling the Complexities of efulfillment

As consumers gain greater connectivity to retailers by means of e-commerce, their already high demands become increasingly challenging for businesses to meet. Until recently, order fulfillment was a simple function for supply chains. But with the increasing expectations, the changing nature of order fulfillment presents a whole new set of complexities. We surveyed the industry's top executives to learn what their toughest hurdles are and how they plan to meet customer expectations. See the results.


Presented by: Ryder
Date: August 2018
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Benefits of Leasing vs Owning Benefits of Leasing vs Owning

From cash flow benefits to asset management, and from reducing administrative burdens to having access to fleet management tools, leasing a fleet has more benefits than owning. In this report, you'll learn how leasing a fleet gives companies choice, flexibility, and confidence, as well as the ability to focus more on fulfilling the company's mission to provide products and services to customers. Discover how leading North American companies benefited from leasing their fleet instead of owning.


Presented by: Ryder
Date: August 2018
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The Connected Truck: Advanced Vehicle Technology Transforms the Trucking Industry The Connected Truck: Advanced Vehicle Technology Transforms the Trucking Industry

Innovation and technology are reshaping the transportation industry. From electric and hydrogen powered engines to the ability to capture real-time data and improve the safety of drivers, advanced vehicle technology can give companies a competitive edge. In this report, you'll learn about new technology that is revolutionizing the industry, the benefits it has for your fleet, and how you can take advantage of it.

Discover how advanced vehicle technology can:

  • Ensure compliance with changing regulation
  • Give you real-time visibility into you fleet
  • Improve driver safety and insights
  • Lower your carbon footprint
  • Drive fleet intelligence through predictive analytics.

Presented by: Ryder
Date: July 2018
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How to Maximize New Tax Benefits for Your Fleet How to Maximize New Tax Benefits for Your Fleet

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that went into effect this year, brings many positive changes for companies with fleets. Because the reform is lengthy and cumbersome, we wanted to make it simple for you to understand how these changes will effect your fleet. In this report, you'll learn about the main components of the new tax reform legislation and the impact these will have on a lease versus own decision.


Presented by: Ryder
Date: July 2018
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Overcoming the Capacity Roadblock Overcoming the Capacity Roadblock

The truck capacity crunch, which is one of the top concerns of executives in 2018, is tightening its grip on the transportation industry. This is leaving many companies scrambling to meet the rising demands of their customers. In this report, you'll learn why executives consider the capacity crunch the top transportation concern of the year, what is causing this industry crippling trend, and how to keep your fleet and business moving through this disruption.


Presented by: Ryder
Date: July 2018
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Private Fleet vs. Dedicated: Which one is right for you? Private Fleet vs. Dedicated: Which one is right for you?

As companies look for ways to remain competitive, they need to re-evaluate their fleet. For shippers, there are many differences between owning a private fleet and using a dedicated fleet. Some of these differences include cost, service, reliability, and the time taken away from their core competencies. This report focuses on these differences, and shows how the right fleet can be your competitive advantage.


Presented by: Ryder
Date: May 2018
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Ryder and Conagra: Lean Warehouses Simplify Complicated Distribution Ryder and Conagra: Lean Warehouses Simplify Complicated Distribution

Effectively addressing the issues of wide-ranging and complex distribution for companies that operate 24/7 in multiple locations throughout the U.S. takes a holistic and custom-made approach. This prioritizes and delivers the simplification of supply chain processes and operational efficiency in each one on a constantly improving basis. If managed correctly, businesses can achieve cost savings at the same time. This report illustrates how leading packaged food retailer Conagra is able to achieve both greater efficiency and cost savings by using a combination of supply chain and dedicated transportation solutions by partnering with Ryder.


Presented by: Ryder
Date: May 2018
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Re-evaluating the Total Cost of Fleet Ownership Re-evaluating the Total Cost of Fleet Ownership

Escalating costs are causing fleet owners to take a closer look at their total cost of ownership (TCO). But when doing so, many don't take into account all the factors that make up their TCO and make generic comparisons that can be misleading. In this report, you'll learn all the components that need to be calculated for an accurate TCO, and how a tool developed by Ryder helps fleet owners understand their costs, while saving money on their transportation spend.


Presented by: Ryder
Date: May 2018
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Best Practices for New Supply Chain Talent Strategies Best Practices for New Supply Chain Talent Strategies

Demand for top talent increases as supply chain volumes and complexity rise, but the supply of that talent is decreasing. The shortages are in every area of the supply chain, from material handlers to senior executives. This report highlights key challenges companies are facing with talent management, as well as best practices for recruiting, training, and retaining a strong warehouse workforce.


Presented by: Ryder
Date: May 2018
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Ryder Smart Warehouses: Transform the Digital Supply Chain Ryder Smart Warehouses: Transform the Digital Supply Chain

The groundwork for the warehouse of the future is in place. Powered by the digital supply chain, tomorrow's warehouse relies on a strategic mix of innovative technology to deliver end-to-end execution, control, and agility. See how Ryder is using innovative technologies to build smart warehouses that drive value, meet customer demands, and improve efficiency.


Presented by: Ryder
Date: May 2018
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Order Fulfillment Optimization Order Fulfillment Optimization

For the fulfillment operation considering making the transition from manual paper picking to paperless processes, two key questions inevitably arise:

  1. When is the best time to make the move from manual paper picking to paperless picking, such as RF, pick-to-light or voice picking?
  2. What can we expect if and when we make the move?

This white paper outlines the factors to consider, the benefits of current automated picking technologies available, and reviews some of the efficiency improvements and ROI these technologies can bring to an operation.


Presented by: Honeywell
Date: March 2018
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 The Shippers Guide to Transportation Management System ROI The Shippers Guide to Transportation Management System ROI

It's a well-established fact that Transportation Management Systems (TMS) have a good track record of delivering significant value. But are you doing everything you can to achieve and maximize the return on your TMS investment?

This informative white paper discusses the steps organizations can take to ensure a successful TMS implementation, while also achieving and maximizing ROI. Key takeaways include:

  • ROI for TMS is strong and growing, according to ARC Advisory research.
  • There is a sea change toward cloud-based TMS.
  • Technology alone cannot drive ROI.

Presented by: MercuryGate
Date: January 2018
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Electronic Invoicing: European Union directives bring new efficiencies and cost savings to shipping Electronic Invoicing: European Union directives bring new efficiencies and cost savings to shipping

Electronic invoicing has been mandated for public procurement by 2018 in the European Union. However, many companies have been slow to adapt due to the complexities of EU member states having different legal, financial and administrative rules.

Read this white paper to see how you can mitigate the risks and reap the benefits of e-invoicing sooner than required.


Presented by: U.S. Bank
Date: January 2018
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Soft Automation in the Warehouse Soft Automation in the Warehouse

Soft Automation offers the ability to hone an operation's best practices in order to create and execute a stream-lined system ensuring standards are met and repeated across the distribution network. With low up-front costs, this standardization of routine processes works to improve operational performance, with prompt ROI. Many complex processes are well suited for soft automation and the addition of advanced mathematics and optimization techniques adds significant value; warehouse slotting falls within this category.


Presented by: Optricity
Date: December 2017
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Calculating the True Cost of a Mispick Calculating the True Cost of a Mispick

Picking involves much more than grabbing an item off a static storage rack or shelf. In the typical manual distribution center, picking means an operator receives a paper list of instructions about what to pick and where, travels to the correct storage location, locates the correct item within the storage location, refers to the paper pick list to determine the number of items required from that pick face, picks the items, confirms the pick by marking the paper, then delivers the items for packing.

While most operations understand mistakes will happen, very few have taken the time to calculate the true cost of those mispicks, and how they impact the bottom line. This white paper outlines a calculation for estimating the true cost of mispicks in order fulfillment to an operation. It also presents technology solutions to improve pick accuracy, and shares a calculation for determining the savings they can deliver.


Presented by: Kardex Remstar
Date: December 2017
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The Corellation Between Service and Savings in the Supply Chain The Corellation Between Service and Savings in the Supply Chain

To increase savings, business leaders must concentrate on the total cost of the supply chain, rather than just transportation prices.

The right company acts like a business partner and takes into consideration transportation, operations and inventory costs to help a network operate more efficiently. What is your transportation and logistics provider doing for you? What should they be doing?

To learn more, download the whitepaper, The Corellation Between Service and Savings in the Supply Chain.


Presented by: Hub Group
Date: December 2017
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Enhancing Productivity through Safety Enhancing Productivity through Safety

Employees face more pressure than ever to meet productivity goals in today's fast-turn, customer satisfaction-driven economy.

With tight fulfillment deadlines, complicated picks and throughput-based incentives at the forefront, safety procedures can become an afterthought. According to OSHA, occupational injuries and illnesses cost businesses $170 billion per year, taking a bite out of profits.

However, workplaces with safety and health management initiatives can reduce these costs by 20-40 percent.

How can you improve safety in your operation?

Download the white paper to learn more


Presented by: Yale
Date: June 2017
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Positioning Your Order Picking Team For Success Positioning Your Order Picking Team For Success

When it comes to warehouse and distribution employees, more organizations are deploying ergonomically designed automation systems. These ergonomic solutions help workers complete picking and order fulfillment tasks while simultaneously eliminating the risk of injury. In addition to enhancing safety, the devices can boost productivity and reduce a variety of costs – positioning both workers and companies for operational success.

This white paper reviews the costs of injuries associated with overexertion, and explores three ways automated storage systems improve worker ergonomics and productivity. It also shares an overview of two different operations that implemented such a system and their results.


Presented by: Kardex Remstar
Date: September 2016
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Returns: The Dark Side of E-commerce. And How to Find the Light Returns: The Dark Side of E-commerce. And How to Find the Light

Consumers want their goods ordered online and delivered quickly, and they expect an easy way to return items. That's causing a great disturbance in the Force of traditional distribution operations. Any delay in getting their money back prevents consumers from spending it again — and retailers want this money to be re-spent with them. With return rates as high as 50 percent, businesses need to avoid additional costs to handle products customers return to the distribution center. In our new white paper, "Returns: The Dark Side of E-commerce. And How to Find the Light," learn five ways to ensure your returns management processes keep customers happy and meet your business needs.


Presented by: FORTE
Date: August 2016
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24 Ways to Extend Voice in the Warehouse 24 Ways to Extend Voice in the Warehouse

Vocollect solutions are attractive because payback is typically 9-12 months and mobile workers appreciate being equipped to succeed in their job, boosting worker retention.

Perhaps you are considering Voice to streamline order fulfillment tasks. Why not further leverage this investment and see how Voice could affect productivity across other workflows such as cycle-counting and replenishment?

Find out about the many performance benefits of Voice and extend the power of Vocollect to optimize your warehouse operations.


Presented by: Vitech
Date: April 2016
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Connecting Islands of Automation Connecting Islands of Automation

Through customer examples, this white paper will examine how AS/RS solutions function within a connected fulfillment process. More specifically, learn how solutions enable:

  • Rapid processing and picking of next-day shipments, while still being able to closely monitor and add to shipments while they are in progress.
  • Coordinating picking with host WMS or ERP systems so that picking from AS/RS can be consolidated with manually picked items from other zones.
  • Integration with order requirements from host ERP or WMS systems to support batch or zone picking.

Presented by: Kardex Remstar
Date: April 2016
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Optimizing E-commerce Returns With Automated Storage Systems Optimizing E-commerce Returns With Automated Storage Systems

Shopping online has been embraced in a big way. Actually, "big" might be considered an understatement. Yet with all those parcels arriving in the mailbox or on the doorstep of consumers, there are bound to be some returns. After all, unless a shopper is buying an item already seen in person elsewhere, e-commerce purchases are highly dependent on images and text that describes a product – whether generated by the online merchant or reviewers who have experienced it.

This white paper examines how the deployment of affordable, flexible automated storage and retrieval systems can simplify reverse logistics processing. Through the implementation of such a system, returns can be handled as another form of inbound shipping through efficient routing and restocking items to minimize inventory costs, labor requirements and space demands.


Presented by: Kardex Remstar
Date: February 2016
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