Ryder Recognized as John Deere “Partner-level Supplier”



Ryder System has once again earned recognition as a “Partner-level supplier” in John Deere’s 2019 Achieving Excellence Program. The honor represents Deere & Company’s highest supplier rating and is reserved for those that exceed performance standards, reaching “world class” status. Ryder was selected for its dedication to providing products and service of outstanding quality, as well as its commitment to continuous improvement.

“This recognition is a testament to the relationship that our teams have built over the past two decades,” said Steve Sensing, president of global supply chain solutions for Ryder. “We work seamlessly as one team to drive efficiencies in the supply chain while simultaneously keeping service levels high. Together, we continuously exceed customer expectations.”

Ryder provides supply chain solutions, including production line replenishment and value-added services associated with interfactory packaging and shipping, as well as dedicated transportation solutions to John Deere’s agricultural tractor manufacturing operations in Waterloo, Iowa. Additionally, Ryder recently expanded operations serving John Deere in Augusta, Ga. and Moline, Ill. Following LEAN guiding principles, Ryder helps streamline distribution networks, from design and implementation to operations management. Ryder also provides professional drivers, specialized equipment, and engineering support.

Suppliers who participate in the John Deere Achieving Excellence Program are evaluated annually in several key performance categories, including quality, cost management, delivery, technical support, and wavelength, which is a measure of responsiveness. John Deere Supply Management created the program in 1991 to provide a supplier evaluation and feedback process that promotes continuous improvement.

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