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Fresh & Easy, Ryder Share Logistics Award

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market here and third-party logistics provider Ryder System, Miami, have received the LQ (Logistics Quarterly) 2012 Best Third Party Logistics (3PL) Performer in Sustainability Award.

The annual awards program recognizes third-party logistics providers that work closely with their customers to demonstrate leadership and innovation in sustainable supply chain practices. Ryder and Fresh & Easy are being recognized for implementing innovative, sustainable practices that have resulted in improved service, environmental performance and cost effectiveness in Fresh & Easy’s supply chain operations.

“The LQ 3PL Sustainability Awards program is designed to recognize that some of the best sustainability practices are achieved through collaboration between 3PLs and their key customers,” said Fred Moody, editor and publisher, LQ, in a statement. “Ryder and Fresh & Easy have demonstrated that sustainable logistics and transportation practices can contribute positively to a company’s business operations, profitability and reputation.”

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Fresh & Easy operates 199 grocery stores in California, Arizona and Nevada and relies on a total fleet of 74 vehicles managed by Ryder to support grocery and perishable store deliveries from its Riverside, Calif., distribution center.

Services provided by Ryder include temperature-controlled dedicated transportation, inbound freight management and reverse logistics. Ryder has collaborated with Fresh & Easy to implement various technologies and multiple network design initiatives, such as route modeling and optimization, which have lowered the number of miles covered and thereby reduced fuel consumption and emissions.

Ryder also provides Fresh & Easy with carbon footprint data, including carbon dioxide savings, on the operations that Ryder manages, and vehicle emissions associated with the transportation of Fresh & Easy products.

Ryder’s dedicated fleet for Fresh & Easy includes on-board fleet management and mobile communications systems that help to monitor and correct driver behaviors such as speed, idling time and engine revving that impact fuel efficiency and emissions. Ryder is also currently running 27% of Fresh & Easy’s Southern California fleet with compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles. Ryder has implemented a CNG metrics dashboard for Fresh & Easy that measures the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from the number of miles run with the CNG units vs. what the emissions would have been if the miles had been run with diesel units.

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“As a good neighbor we have made a commitment to innovate and invest in environmentally friendly technologies,” said Tim Mason, Fresh & Easy’s chief executive officer, in a statement. “The sustainable supply chain and transportation initiatives we work on with Ryder not only help the environment, but also drive efficiencies in our operations that keep our prices low so our customers can continue to save money.”

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