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Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits Reshapes Inbound Supply Chain

March 10, 2022

The largest distributor of beverage alcohol in North America turns to Ryder’s supply chain team and RyderShare visibility and collaboration technology to speed products to market

Ryder System and Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits (Southern Glazer’s), the world’s preeminent distributor of beverage alcohol has selected Ryder to restructure its inbound transportation and implement one-of-a-kind visibility and collaborative logistics technology RyderShare. The goal: to make Southern Glazer’s inbound supply chain more efficient and resilient, which ultimately means its suppliers’ products get to market even faster.

“We represent more than 1,700 wine and spirits suppliers and distribute more than 7,000 brands across 45 U.S. markets,” says Stephanie Silvestre, SVP of supply chain for Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits. “With that kind of complexity, we’re always looking for better solutions and the latest technology to continue streamlining our inbound transportation process, empowering our suppliers and carriers to communicate more efficiently and effectively, and enhancing visibility into our inbound inventory.”

With RyderShare, Southern Glazer’s will eliminate inefficiencies and know exactly what products will arrive and when, which means it can improve velocity in customer fill-rates and speed brands to market. And, with proprietary business intelligence and analytics tools built in to RyderShare, Ryder’s team of data scientists can apply predictive machine learning to inform future decisions, prepare for unexpected events, and speed recovery from disruptions—creating a more resilient supply chain for Southern Glazer’s.

“This transformation will allow us to better service the growth and demands of our global inbound transportation network,” adds Bobby Burg, SVP of operations & chief supply chain officer for Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits. “We’ve had a long-standing relationship with Ryder on the vehicle lease and maintenance side, so we believe it’s a natural next step to take advantage of Ryder’s technology as well as their expertise in managing carriers, both of which are of significant value to our suppliers and customers.”

Ryder manages a network of thousands of carriers to move more than $7 billion in freight on behalf of customers annually. For Southern Glazer’s inbound supply chain, Ryder’s transportation management team will handle transportation procurement; load planning and optimization; tender management; event management and visibility; and business intelligence, analytics, and reporting, among other things.

“Southern Glazer’s has a stand-out supply chain team, and if there’s one thing we’ve learned over the years, it’s that we share an unwavering commitment to continuous improvement,” says Steve Sensing, president of global supply chain solutions for Ryder. “That means employing the best technology available backed by engineers and operators with the experience and expertise to execute effectively today, all while preparing for whatever tomorrow may bring.”

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