Virginia newspaper renews contract with Ryder

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Ryder System announced that The Roanoke (Va.) Times, a Landmark Communications newspaper with a daily circulation of about 100,000, has renewed a three-year Dedicated Contract Carriage (DCC) transportation contract with Ryder.

Ryder — a Miami-based provider of supply chain, warehousing and transportation solutions — will manage delivery of The Roanoke Times from its printing plants to its circulation distribution centers, providing a turnkey package that includes customized vehicles, drivers, fleet management, dock operations management and preventive and programmed maintenance for the equipment.

Ryder’s DCC service is a customized suite of transportation management services for the delivery of a customer’s products that optimizes its fleet operations and allows its management to be more focused on core business issues.

“We’ve been pleased with our partnership with Ryder over the past several years,” said Wendy Zomparelli, president and publisher of The Roanoke Times. “Ryder has improved the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of our transportation operation. They’ve been responsive not only in helping us deal with problems but also in anticipating change and looking for ways to save us money.”

Ryder has business relationships with 70 newspapers nationally, including the Chicago Tribune, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Los Angeles Times and The Miami Herald.

“Ryder has been serving the newspaper and publishing industry for more than 53 years, and we are honored with the trust The Roanoke Times has placed in us and in our ability to deliver higher levels of operational excellence and customer satisfaction,” said Jim Isaacson, Ryder’s vice president of operations for high-tech and consumer industries.