Ryder Executive Named One of 2012 ‘Pros to Know’ by Supply & Demand Chain Executive Magazine

RYDER125Ryder System, Inc. (NYSE: R), a leader in supply chain, warehousing and transportation management solutions, today announced Supply & Demand Chain Executive magazine has named Ryder’s Vice President of Lean Supply Chain Solutions Robert (Bob) Arndt to the 2012 list of “Provider Pros to Know.” The Pros to Know Awards recognize supply chain executives who are leading initiatives to help prepare their companies’ supply chains for the significant challenges of today’s business climate.

“Our annual list of Provider Pros to Know highlights the many thought-leaders who are helping to shape the supply chain industry and advance supply chain as a respected discipline in the enterprise,” said Barry Hochfelder, editor of Supply & Demand Chain Executive. “Their efforts in developing the tools, processes and knowledge base necessary for supply chain transformation, and in promoting new approaches to supply chain enablement, have earned them a place on this year’s Provider Pros listing.”

With his broad experience in Lean methodologies and practices, Mr. Arndt developed the Ryder Lean Warehouse Template – a set of warehousing best practices that are replicated across Ryder’s distribution centers to ensure maximum employee engagement, productivity, efficiency, and cost-savings for customers. Lean practices improve quality by striving to take cost and waste out of all the facets of an operation, from the procurement of raw materials to the shipment of finished goods. With the successful implementation of the Ryder Lean Warehouse Template, Ryder’s customers have been able to realize tangible benefits, such as improving order fill rates, inventory accuracy, on-time delivery, and vendor compliance. The same Lean guiding principles that serve as the basis for the Lean Warehouse Template are also now being applied to other areas of the Company to enhance functions such as transportation management and fleet management.

“Bob has identified and implemented the most effective Lean principles and tools from his experience working with some of the most complex manufacturing supply chains in the world,” said John Williford, President of Global Supply Chain Solutions for Ryder. “We have adapted these practices across all the industries we serve and even other functions within the Company to continue to raise productivity and efficiency. Bob’s leadership has been instrumental in guiding this process, especially in helping to cultivate a Lean mindset and culture. While Lean processes are the foundation, it’s our people who bring those processes to life, and Bob has played a key role in motivating our teams to strive for and achieve excellence in execution.”

Supply and Demand Chain Executive received more than 300 entries for the 2012 Pros to Know Awards. The full listing of the 2012 Pros to Know is available online. An expanded listing will appear in the March 2012 issue of Supply & Demand Chain Executive magazine and online thereafter.

About Supply & Demand Chain Executive

Supply & Demand Chain Executive is the executive’s user manual for successful supply and demand chain transformation, utilizing hard-hitting analysis, viewpoints and unbiased case studies to steer executives and supply management professionals through the complicated, yet critical, world of supply and demand chain enablement to gain competitive advantage. Supply & Demand Chain Executive is a publication of Cygnus Business Media. Visit us on the Web at www.SDCExec.com and on smartphones and tablets at www.SDCExec.com/mobile.

About Ryder

Ryder is a FORTUNE 500® commercial transportation, logistics and supply chain management solutions company. Ryder’s stock (NYSE:R) is a component of the Dow Jones Transportation Average and the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index. Inbound Logistics magazine has recognized Ryder as a top third party logistics provider and included Ryder in its 2011 and 2010 “Green Partners” listing. Ryder has also been ranked two years in a row as one of the top 250 U.S. companies in the Newsweek Green Rankings. In addition, Security Magazine has named Ryder one of the top companies for security practices in the transportation, logistics, supply chain, and warehousing sector. Ryder is a proud member of the American Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program, supporting national and local disaster preparedness and response efforts. For more information, visit www.ryder.com and follow us on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.

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