Ryder System announced that it has been awarded a Dedicated Contract Carriage transportation contract with Marco’s Pizza Distribution, the distribution service of Marco’s Pizza. Marco’s launched Marco’s Pizza Distribution in January, opening its first distribution center in Maumee, Ohio. The center will serve more than 100 Marco’s Pizza locations in the Midwest region, adding more stores and territories over time.
“Marco’s Pizza is growing exponentially, and we needed a qualified partner who could support the startup of our distribution center and provide a turnkey solution to support direct-to-store delivery for franchises in the Midwest region,” says Don Vlcek, vice president of purchasing for Marco’s Pizza. “We have confidence that Ryder’s transportation and logistics expertise will support Marco’s Pizza Distribution’s standards of excellence for operations, efficiency and service.”
Ryder’s Dedicated Contract Carriage service is a customized suite of transportation management services that optimizes fleet operations and allows the customer to be more focused on core business issues. Under the multiyear contract, Ryder purchased tractors and refrigerated trailers, and hired a team of drivers and an on-site manager to orchestrate the timely delivery of products from Maumee to franchise stores in the Midwest. In addition to providing the drivers, equipment, management and ongoing engineering support, Ryder will support Marco’s peak shipping periods, drawing upon vehicles and other Ryder resources available in the local area.
“The Ryder sales and operating teams worked closely to engineer an innovative solution that was cost-effective in meeting the transportation goals of Marco’s Pizza,” says John Sonia, vice president of Dedicated Contract Carriage for Ryder. “Ryder looks forward to implementing best practices and processes throughout Marco’s transportation operations to support their rapidly growing business.”