Ryder System announced that True Value Company is in the process of converting its fleet of leased and company-owned vehicles to now include professional drivers, routing, and scheduling services provided under a Ryder Dedicated Transportation Solutions (DTS) agreement.
Under the DTS agreement, Ryder has begun to manage the transportation services at 10 of True Value’s 12 distribution centers across the U.S. and is providing the company with access to professional drivers, specialized vehicles, and maintenance, the company said.
Prior to 2015, True Value leased or owned its fleet, consisting of 275 tractors and 700 trailers. Due to the driver shortage facing the industry as a whole, it became increasingly difficult for the company to recruit its own drivers. True Value said it can leverage Ryder’s expertise in driver recruiting and retention so that it is better able to focus its time and resources on its business and what it does best.
“Our busiest season is in the spring, which is when we need the greatest level of flexibility,” said Rob Saper, divisional vice president supply chain operations, True Value. “Given the inability to lease tractors on a seasonal basis and with drivers being tougher to source, we needed a company like Ryder to step in to help us better serve our retailers through greater flexibility with access to more resources.”
“Ryder has been extremely responsive to our service needs, which makes us both confident and excited about our continued partnership with them and the future of our business,” Saper added.