Ryder announced that it was awarded SAFETY Act Certification from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for its global supply chain security program. Here are some details from the press release:
The SAFETY (Support Anti-terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies) Act provides important liability protections for providers of products and services with anti-terrorism benefits. The SAFETY Act award is not only a validation of Ryder’s effective anti-terrorism security practices, but it also affords liability protections from third-party claims arising from an act of terrorism to Ryder customers who employ the company’s certified supply chain services.
Ryder received the Certification for the physical, technical and procedural security measures the company has put in place to ensure the secure shipment of goods transported across international borders into the United States. This includes conducting supply chain risk assessments; policies and procedures for selecting and monitoring business partners; a detailed record-keeping and shipment monitoring program; vetting new hires and training Ryder personnel on global supply chain security threats; and a comprehensive auditing program. The Certification also recognized Ryder’s risk assessment processes; cargo security methods; physical security systems; on-board technologies; and suspicious activity targeting program.
Supply chain management is all about risk management, and this is a great example of how third-party logistics providers (3PLs) need to redefine themselves. Yes, 3PLs provide customers with multiple logistics services like transportation management and warehousing, but that definition is stale and limiting. 3PLs are also in the risk management business, helping customers to minimize or eliminate supply chain risks, and more importantly, helping them recover from supply chain disruptions faster and with less impact. The sooner 3PLs start positioning themselves as risk management experts and providers of related services, the sooner they’ll get the attention of CEOs and CFOs.