Mazda renews, expands logistics contract with Ryder

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Ryder System announced that Mazda North American Operations is extending and expanding its contract with Ryder for the distribution management of auto parts throughout its Mexico network of dealers. Under the expansion, Ryder will manage cross-border transportation of Mazda parts into Mexico and distribution to all Mazda dealers in Mexico. The extended contract will run through October 2011.

“Ryder’s team has consistently demonstrated its ability to drive process improvements throughout our operations, both in the U.S. and Mexico,” says Bobbie Rooney, manager of transportation and logistics for Mazda. “The decision to continue and expand our relationship with Ryder in Mexico is based on their ability to provide the services with speed and reliability at the lowest cost.”

Ryder has provided distribution services to Mazda in the United States since 1991 and in Mexico since 2005. Over the years, as Mazda’s dealer network in Mexico has grown, delivery frequencies and the need for dedicated routes have increased. Under the new contract, Ryder will handle distribution of parts from Mazda’s distribution center in Olive Branch, Miss., to Ryder’s cross-dock in Monterrey, Mexico, and then through to delivery at all of Mazda’s dealers in Mexico.

“Our goal is to simplify Mazda’s parts operations and improve our responsiveness in serving their trade partners and consumers,” says Jorge Salas, director of cross-border and automotive operations for Ryder, based in Miami. “We are honored to know Mazda feels we have been successfully serving their needs.”