Sherwood Food Distributors renews, expands Ryder contract

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Ryder System, a provider of transportation and supply chain management solutions, has announced that Sherwood Food Distributors — a privately held national distributor of fresh and frozen meat, poultry and deli products — has renewed its contract and expanded its fleet through Ryder’s full-service-lease product offering.

“We have counted on Ryder since 1982, and they continue to be a solid partner that is a true extension of Sherwood,” says Phil Walega, Sherwood’s vice president of transportation. “They service our customers every day by providing quality, reliable equipment that ensures our ability to deliver goods to our customers where they want it, on time and at competitive prices. Ryder’s uncompromising, longstanding commitment to provide quality proactive fleet management services translates into our promise of customer service. That’s what a true partnership is all about.”

Under the multi-year contract, Ryder supports Sherwood’s transportation operations with a full-service lease solution, providing a combined fleet of more than 250 power units and refrigerated trailers; Ryder also provides contract maintenance services for the leased fleet and for refrigerated trailers owned by Sherwood at Sherwood’s locations in Detroit and Maple Heights, Ohio. Ryder’s FSL and maintenance service offering is a customized transportation solution that provides customers with vehicles and a variety of support services, including emergency roadside assistance, preventive maintenance services, fueling, equipment evaluations and specifications, administrative support and driver safety services.

“Ryder’s extensive experience in the food and beverage industry, coupled with the continuous support of Sherwood Food Distributors’ management, allows us to quickly assess each location’s specific transportation and maintenance needs and work accordingly to help meet key business objectives,” says Tony Tegnelia, president of U.S. Fleet Management Solutions for Miami-based Ryder. “We are confident that our solution will enable Sherwood to run a more efficient business with excellent customer service.”