Ryder System announced it has been included in the Food Logistics magazine’s 2012 Top Green Providers list, which highlights companies in the food and beverage sector that have embraced sustainability practices as central to their operations.
“Despite a difficult business climate, the companies on this year's list have proven that making a commitment to sustainability in their operations not only delivers a measurable return on investment, but gives them a competitive advantage in the marketplace and in the eyes of their customers,” said Lara L. Sowinski, editor-in-chief of Food Logistics.
Ryder engages with customers to help them green their supply chains by focusing on carbon reduction in three critical areas: network design, facilities and building use, and transportation, according to a company announcement.
Ryder hails itself as a leader in alternative fuels for the commercial truck leasing and rental industry. In 2010, The San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) selected Ryder as its fleet partner in a natural gas project in Southern California — the first of its kind to deploy natural gas vehicles into a large commercial truck leasing and rental operation. The project included 202 heavy-duty natural gas vehicles and three strategically located maintenance shops in Rancho Dominguez, Orange, and Fontana.
Since 2010, Ryder has continued to build on its natural gas vehicle offering by providing natural gas vehicles in markets such as Tucson, AZ, and Livonia and Grand Rapids, MI. Today more than 250 natural gas-powered heavy duty tractors have been deployed in fleets across the country, including the fleets of leading consumer packaged goods, food, and beverage companies.
By designing a supply chain network with the reduction of the carbon footprint as a primary focus, Ryder advises customers on factors such as the location of distribution centers, miles to be traveled, amount of inventory, and size and number of facilities included in the network, Ryder said.
“Everything we do is about making our customers’ transportation and logistics operations more efficient,” said Darin Cooprider, vice president and general manager of Consumer Packaged Goods for Ryder Supply Chain Solutions. “Our customers can leverage our engineering for best-in-class supply chain execution, as well as our vehicle technologies to take their sustainability and carbon footprint reduction efforts to the next level.”
Companies on this year's Top Green Providers list are profiled in the June 2012 issue of Food Logistics, as well as online at www.foodlogistics.com.