Our purpose to help our customers is at the center of everything we do and is fueled by our continuous improvement culture. Realizing our vision of being a great third party logistics company is dependent on our team being unified & guided by our core company values every day.
Fulfilling Customer Orders & Expectations for 40 Years
In 1982 Sunland Distribution, Inc., was founded with an entrepreneurial spirit by Sam Cole in Greenville, SC, and established as a successful local public warehouse provider. After learning the business through his experience as Sunland’s Head of Sales, Arch Thomason purchased the company in 2008 and became CEO with a new vision for Sunland and the value we could provide customers.
Immediately afterward the economy took a dive and steering the ship in the rapidly changing supply chain industry quickly presented a tsunami of challenges. But with a loyal team and twin boys on the way, Thomason had an unwavering commitment to lead Sunland to become a great 3PL company. His first steps were focusing on quality, establishing service expertise, and building a diverse leadership team with both the experience and the heart to successfully scale the company while adhering to its core company values.
In 2013, a new senior leadership team of logistics experts started to be assembled to take the company from being a local provider to a competitive national provider. With Elijah Ray as Chief Customer Officer and Hari Sivaprakasam as Chief Operations Officer, the team embarked on a journey to become a Lean organization and developed the Sunland Management System to implement its growth strategy.
Celebrating 40 years in business in 2022, Sunland has grown into a national third party logistics provider and is recognized as a Top 100 3PL by Inbound Logistics Magazine. The Sunland team continues to expand its network of distribution and fulfillment centers along with the value they create for customers. Attributing success to its focus on attracting top industry talent, fostering a continuous improvement culture, and leveraging advanced technologies, Sunland serves as a strategic supply chain partner to industry-leading companies and is passionate about fulfilling its purpose of helping customers to do what they do better.
Continuous Improvement through the Years
Sunland is founded in Greenville, SC by Sam Cole.
Arch Thomason becomes CEO
Charleston, SC location is established
Sunland receives ISO-9001 Certification
Company name changed to Sunland Logistics Solutions
New executive leadership team launches Destination 2018 growth strategy.
The Quality & Innovations Council is established.
Sunland University begins
Established as a Foreign Trade Zone
Begin initial Lean Training with LeanCor
Locations established in Toledo, OH and Virginia
Voice of the Customer beings
LeanCor training for all associates.
McDonough, GA location established
2 Second Lean videos
SunTrans LLC formed
Innocreed LLC formed
Tier 1 WMS
It & Engineering Solutions Lab formed
Acceptance in SC Lean Alliance
Sunland Management Systems created
Launch of Designation 2023 growth strategy
Learning Management Stystem
Tuscaloosa, AL location established
Louisville, KY location established
Goose Creek, SC shuttle program established
Industrial park in Taylors, SC purchased and launched as a Return Center.
10 Deliverables for Process Leadership completed
Processes adjusted to adhere to CDC COVID-19 guidelines
Savannah, GA location established
Expansion to Chicago, IL
Lean Belt training program launched
Training & Problem Solving Dojo launched
Expansion to Fontana, CA
Expansion to Milan, TN
Expansion to Auburn, AL
Visual Daily Management