Operational Excellence

Aria Logistics

By Karen Giberson & Kristen Spina

Fearless female leadership, paving the way to rapid growth.

The story of Arelis Bonilla and how she built a minority and women-owned trucking and home delivery service is one that defies stereotypes. It is a testament to grit, passion, and the audacity to dream big.

“This isn’t just my story; it’s a collective narrative for dreamers,” she said. “In the beginning, it was a one-person show. I wore every hat imaginable — sales, marketing, customer service — you name it. It was tough. There were moments when I questioned everything, but each challenge taught me something new.”

From the start, Bonilla had a knack for transforming setbacks into lessons; her refusal to let adversity dictate the course turned every obstacle into a stepping stone for growth.


The transformation of Aria Logistics from a solitary truck to a formidable fleet and the My Home Delivery App is a masterclass in strategic planning and operational finesse. “Being honored with the ACE award for operational excellence is not just a recognition of our achievements; it’s a validation of our relentless pursuit of excellence in every aspect of our operations,” Bonilla said. “It reflects our commitment to quality, efficiency, and exceeding customer expectations.”

Embracing innovation and sustainability has been crucial to staying competitive. Bonilla is a loud voice for environmentally conscious practices and technological advancements. “My journey is about creating a more inclusive and progressive future for the entire trucking community,” she added.

A normal day has Bonilla — who leans into her love of fashion and accessories — up at 3 am for a standing early morning meeting with her drivers. Her wardrobe, which she curates with a significant amount of thought and planning, is a reflection of her journey through life. “Fashion and accessories are not just about looking good,” she said. “They are about feeling authentic and empowered in my own skin.”

Being a female entrepreneur in a male-dominated industry does not come without its own set of challenges, but for Bonilla it has underscored the importance of fostering a workplace culture that values equal opportunities.


“Collaboration and the amplification of voices from all backgrounds are key aspects of my leadership style,” she emphasized. Actively involved in mentorship programs and outreach initiatives, she works to create pathways for aspiring female entrepreneurs in the trucking industry. Through these efforts, she aims to build a supportive network that encourages skill development and career advancement.

In this white glove, “last mile” service, no detail is left unattended, from the exceptional handling and placement of furniture, fitness equipment and appliances to final assembly, if needed. Aria Logistics drivers are uniformed, wear booties in clients’ homes and work in teams. It’s important to Bonilla that the teams are taught proper etiquette and that homeowners are treated with respect. As demand surged, the company scaled operations with precision, utilizing data analytics for logistics optimization. “Building a strong foundation was non-negotiable. We invested in our drivers, embraced technology for efficiency, and established rigorous maintenance protocols,” she said.

Additionally, through the My Home Delivery App, customers can access instant quotes and book on-demand pick-ups for substantial items like furniture and appliances. “It’s not just about moving things; it’s about making the entire process effortless for our customers,” she explained. An alternative to traditional services like U-Haul, MHD ensures same-day delivery with fully insured carriers. “We’re not just an alternative; we’re a step ahead, ensuring the security and safety of every item we transport.”

Looking ahead, Bonilla’s vision extends beyond personal success to contribute to a more seamless and advanced last-mile delivery ecosystem. Her dedication to pushing the boundaries of what is possible in digitization reflects an unwavering commitment to driving positive change in the industry. “We are inspired to continue innovating, collaborating, and striving for excellence in everything we do.” she said. “We aim to play a pivotal role in shaping the future of last-mile logistics.”