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Supply & Demand Chain Executive Names Ryder a Green Supply Chain Award Winner


Ryder System, Inc., a leader in commercial fleet management and supply chain solutions, announced that it was named a 2014 Green Supply Chain Award winner by Supply & Demand Chain Executive(SDCE). The Green Supply Chain Awards recognize companies making green or sustainability a core part of their supply chain strategy and working to achieve measurable sustainability goals within their own operations and/or supply chains. Ryder has received the award for six years now.

“Ryder offers a range of fleet and supply chain solutions that help customers improve efficiencies and reduce environmental impacts,” said Ryder President of Global Supply Chain Solutions, John Williford. “We are proud to be recognized again for helping our customers achieve their business and sustainability goals.”

Advanced fuel solutions are one area where Ryder’s impact is evident. The Company is the leader in natural gas vehicle solutions for the commercial transportation industry, with more than 27 million miles of experience, 14 natural gas vehicle maintenance facilities, and 260 natural gas vehicle trained technicians. Ryder has deployed Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) vehicles into the fleets of Ryder customers in California, New York, Michigan, Texas, Arizona, Utah, Maryland, Georgia and Louisiana as well as in Canada. The Company operates Liquefied to Compressed Natural Gas (LCNG) fuel stations at its Fontana and Orange, Calif., service locations. Ryder also operates an LNG fuel station at its Fulton, Ga. maintenance facility.

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. By designing a supply chain network with the reduction of the carbon footprint as one of our primary focuses, 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. For the use of buildings and facilities, Ryder offers lighting efficiencies, cutting-edge energy technologies, alternative use of by-products, and other strategies to reduce waste and carbon emissions. In transportation, customers are not only able to take advantage of Ryder’s engineering expertise optimizing shipments, routes, and modes, but can also tap into Ryder’s industry leading natural gas vehicle program.

Supply & Demand Chain Executive received almost 100 entries for the 2014 Green Supply Chain Award. Submissions were judged based on the clarity and content of the goals and strategy, the extent of the steps being taken, the impact of the results to date and projected results, and the form and presentation of the information submitted. Honored companies are recognized in the areas of Sourcing/Procurement, Fulfillment/Logistics, Operations, Product Lifecycle Management, and other areas of the supply chain. The awards also spotlight providers of supply chain solutions and services, such as Ryder, that assist their customers in achieving measurable sustainability goals.


Siemens H-class turbine en route to FPL's Port Everglades Next Generation Clean Energy Center

The third of three Siemens H-class gas turbines is en route to FPL's Port Everglades Next Generation Clean Energy Center in Florida. At the core of the advanced technology power plant are three Siemens SGT6-8000H gas turbines and one Siemens SST6-5000 steam turbine, all of which were constructed in the Siemens manufacturing center in Charlotte, North Carolina. This turbine is the ninth H-class unit from Siemens that will go into operation in the U.S.A. With a weight of 637,120 pounds and a length of 442 inches, the turbine is being transported by rail, barge and multi-wheeled vehicle before it arrives at the plant site.


Ryder Signs Alliance with Mansfield Clean Energy Partners to Provide Natural Gas Vehicle Solutions to Bulk Fuel Haulers


Ryder System, Inc. a leader in commercial fleet management and supply chain solutions, announced that it has signed a strategic alliance agreement with Mansfield Clean Energy Partners, a joint venture founded by Mansfield Energy Corp., one of the nation’s largest providers of transportation fuel, and Clean Energy Fuels. With the alliance, Ryder and Mansfield will partner to offer a compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicle and fuel solution to bulk fuel haulers, a segment of the transportation industry that consumes over 500 million gallons of fuel annually. The solution includes truck leasing and maintenance services for natural gas vehicles from Ryder, and CNG fueling from Mansfield. The companies have worked collaboratively with tractor and engine manufacturers to develop an optimized CNG vehicle design specifically for bulk fuel hauling applications.


3 Big States Lead Record Vote For Land Conservation

Florida, New Jersey and California Pass Land & Water Protection Measures

A record $13 billion for land conservation was approved by voters across America on November 4, including large statewide measures in Florida, New Jersey, and California, The Trust for Public Land announced.

"Tuesday was a remarkable day for land conservation in states and cities across America," said Will Rogers, President of The Trust for Public Land, the nation's leader in creating public funding for parks and open space. "Voters in Florida, New Jersey and California all approved measures which will mean billions of dollars will be spent to preserve the special places which are important to them and their families. And that approval came from voters regardless of their party affiliation."


Suja Juice Wins 2014 SMB Market Award for Use of Flowfinity Retail Audit

Suja JuiceFlowfinity customer recognized by Consumer Goods Technology Magazine for empowering its sales and merchandising team with mobile technology to achieve substantial growth

Flowfinity Wireless Inc., a proven provider of enterprise mobile apps, today announced that its customer, Suja Juice, has been selected as the first place winner of Consumer Goods Technology Magazine's 2014 SMB Market Award. The award recognizes a small to mid-sized consumer goods firm that is best utilizing technology to achieve substantial growth in size and/or revenue.


$1 Million Donation Helps UCF Study Health Benefits of Humans Living Amidst Nature, Animals

$1 Million Donation Helps UCF Study Health Benefits of Humans Living Amidst Nature, AnimalsThe UCF College of Medicine received a $1 million donation Tuesday from the Harmony Institute to research whether living in a community that encourages interaction between residents, animals and nature improves public health.

The Harmony Institute inspired the creation of the town of Harmony in Osceola County in 1998 as a master planned community designed to accommodate and encourage routine interactions with animals and the natural environment. The community includes 7,700 acres of preserved, natural space, two sand-bottom lakes and 12.5 miles of walking trails that give residents easy access to parks, open areas and a town center within a short walk. Harmony also features full cut-off, dark sky lighting, Energy Star homes and limits boat use on its lakes to non-fossil fuel crafts.


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