Ryder honors Carrier Quality Award recipients for ’06

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Ryder System, a provider of transportation and supply chain management solutions, recently announced its top carrier selections for the 2006 Ryder Carrier Quality Award.

Ryder also announced that it recently was honored by Club Car, a division of Ingersoll Rand, with its Supplier Performance Excellence Award for driving value and performance in fleet operations in 2006. Ryder also was recognized for improving safety and driving techniques, tire management and fuel purchasing, and for supporting idle reduction initiatives.

The company also said it was recognized as a Hall of Fame Supplier by automotive supplier Lear Corp., for its superior performance in quality, service, technology and competitiveness in 2006.

Ryder also recently announced it has been recognized as the “Most Admired Logistics Company” in China by Modern Logistics News, one of China’s most influential logistics periodicals published by the China Federation of Logistics & Purchasing.

Carrier Quality Award

This award recognizes excellence through a variety of metrics, including on-time performance, claims handling, customer service, technology applications, economic value and innovation. Ryder places more than $3.1 billion of its customers’ freight on selected carriers in all modes of transportation. The 2006 Ryder Carrier Quality Award recipients:

  • New England Motor Freight, LTL Northeast Regional
  • PJAX Freight System, LTL Midwest Regional
  • Southeastern Freight Lines, LTL Southern Regional
  • Con-Way Western Express, LTL Western Regional
  • Roadway Express, LTL National
  • Estes Express Lines, LTL Super-Regional
  • Atlantic Container Lines, International Maritime Commerce
  • Eagle Global Logistics (EGL), International Forwarder
  • Pilot Air Freight, North American Forwarder
  • Mill Creek Motor Freight, Canadian Truckload
  • TST Overland Express, Canadian LTL National
  • DHL Express Canada, Canadian Courier
  • Swift Transportation, Truckload Dry Van National
  • A.N. Webber, Truckload Dry Van Regional
  • Riley Whittle Inc. (RWI), Truckload Specialized Equipment
  • Triple Crown Services, Intermodal
  • “Ryder is proud to recognize its top-performing carriers of 2006 who understand the demanding requirements of our supply chain solutions and transportation services and share our commitment to helping customers operate more efficiently,” says Todd Carter, vice president and general manager of global transportation management for Miami-based Ryder.

    Club Car honor

    Since 1974, Ryder has supported Club Car’s transportation operations with a Full Service Lease solution. Ryder currently provides a combined fleet of more than 240 tractors, trailers and straight trucks to support the outbound transportation of products from Club Car’s manufacturing facility in Augusta, Ga., to retail locations across the United States and Canada. As part of this customized solution, Ryder helped design and develop specialized trailers with a moveable floor to stack golf cars, allowing Club Car to optimize deliveries and drive efficiencies.

    “We are honoring Ryder as one of our top suppliers for their reliability and commitment to continuous improvement in our fleet operations,” says Phil Gaffney, vice president of sourcing for Club Car. “Ryder continues to be integral to the growth and success of Club Car and Ingersoll Rand, and a key factor in delivering our promises to our customers.”

    In addition to the more than 800 Ryder service facilities nationwide, Club Car relies on a nearby state-of-the-art Ryder maintenance facility and a mobile service truck dedicated to providing on-site maintenance services for Club Car’s fleet, resulting in greater up-time and operational safety. In 2006, the Club Car fleet traveled more than 10 million miles, making 22,000 deliveries covering the 48 states and Canada. Club Car reached an on-time delivery rate of 99.3 percent, making it Ingersoll Rand’s number one performer in the world for this metric.

    “Ryder is honored to be recognized by Club Car as a top supplier,” says Tony Tegnelia, president of U.S. fleet management solutions for Ryder. ” Club Car is a recognized industry leader worldwide, delivering on their promise of quality, innovation and superior performance for more than 30 years. We look forward to continuing our longstanding partnership and reaching higher levels of safety and customer service.”

    Ryder’s Full Service Lease and maintenance 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 specification, fleet management reporting tools, administrative support and driver safety programs.

    Lear Hall of Fame

    The Lear Hall of Fame Supplier Awards began in 1998 as a way to recognize the best-in-class suppliers to Lear’s North American operation. Since the program’s inception, 76 awards have been presented to Lear suppliers.

    “Best-in-class customer service and quality are hallmarks of Lear’s culture and key measures of the success of any supplier,” says Doug DelGrosso, president and chief operating officer of Southfield, Mich.-based Lear. “The Hall of Fame Award recipients exemplify the best traits of successful suppliers that provide the highest possible quality and service to Lear, our customers and ultimately the end users – automotive consumers. We congratulate Ryder for their dedication to excellence.”

    Ryder provides Lear with a comprehensive supply chain solution that includes network optimization, best practices and continuous improvement that has driven cost savings throughout Lear’s North American supply chain since 2005.

    “Ryder is honored to receive this special distinction from Lear Corporation, a recognized leader in providing quality products to the automotive industry,” says Vicki O’Meara, Ryder’s president of U.S. supply chain solutions. “We value our relationship with Lear and look forward to continuing to deliver continuous improvement and quality service for Lear and its customers.”

    Recognition in China

    The “Most Admired Logistics Company” award was presented to Ryder during the International Logistics and Supply Chain Development Forum in Suzhou, China.

    Zhang Wei, editor-in-chief of Modern Logistics News, stated that Ryder’s receipt of the award is based on “the outstanding supply chain management and customer service provided by Ryder globally, and especially for its great contribution to the development of automotive logistics expertise in China.”

    The China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing, China’s only official large-scale comprehensive logistics organization, was established with approval of the State Council and is directly administered by the State Economic and Trade Commission of the People’s Republic of China. The main goals of the CFLP are to further the development of the logistics industry in China, boost the development of the procurement process for private- and public-sector organizations, and to assume the tasks commissioned by the government.

    “Ryder is honored to receive this recognition by Modern Logistics News,” says Chris Woodward, vice president and managing director of China for Miami-based Ryder. “We hold this publication and the China Federation of Logistics & Purchasing in high regard, and look forward to sharing best practices and operational excellence to further develop state-of-the-art logistics capabilities in China.”