Ryder Establishes Technology Lab Led by Founders of Startup Baton

Ryder System established Baton, a Ryder technology lab, based in Silicon Valley in California. The lab’s mission will be to pioneer a suite of customer-facing technologies designed to revolutionize how Ryder’s customers interact with transportation and supply chain networks and prepare Ryder for the coming artificial intelligence wave.

“The establishment of a Silicon Valley-based technology lab is a natural evolution for Ryder as we build on the $1.3 billion in strategic investments we’ve made over the past five years to develop, acquire and invest in innovative technologies, products and services that help make our customers’ logistics networks more efficient and resilient,” Karen Jones, chief marketing officer and head of new product development for Ryder, said. “To build on that success, it’s paramount we continue to invest in recruiting the brightest technology minds out there and provide them with a startup environment where they have the space and freedom to create, along with the resources of a $12 billion company.”

Andrew Berberick and Nate Robert, co-chief product and technology officers for Ryder, will lead the new innovation lab. The two founded San Francisco-based startup Baton, which was known for the development of a proprietary logistics technology focused on optimizing transportation networks. Ryder initially invested in Baton’s Series A funding round and then acquired the startup last year.

“What piqued our interest in Ryder then, and what keeps us excited today, is the fact that it’s the only fully integrated port-to-door logistics provider in North America managing the complex supply chains of many of the world’s biggest and best-known brands. That gives Ryder tremendous perspective and reach, and as engineers, it provides us with the unique opportunity to tackle some of the largest and most daunting problems in the industry today while preparing Ryder and its customers for the coming AI wave,” Berberick said.

Baton’s first challenge is to create an AI-powered digital platform and optimization engine that facilitates a new, integrated approach to managing transportation networks for customers for which seasonality and fluctuating demand inhibit the continuous use of resources.

“There is a massive amount of waste when supply chains do not communicate. We believe we can change that and bring deep transformation to an entire sector,” Robert said. “That’s why we’re now actively recruiting talented technologists from some of Silicon Valley’s most respected technology firms to help solve some of the most complex problems plaguing the nearly $2.5 trillion North American transportation and logistics industry. We’re looking for engineers excited by the challenge and who want the autonomy and nimbleness of a startup environment but with the power, reach and stability of a highly respected industry titan.”

Berberick previously worked for Google, Accenture and Mindtribe, while Robert previously worked for BuildZoom and Bain & Company prior to cofounding Baton. Other key members of the Baton technology lab bring experience from Apple, Meta, OpenAI, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Tesla, Loadsmart, Kinema Systems (acquired by Boston Dynamics), PlayStation, Zynga and LinkedIn.

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