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Ryder and Fresh & Easy Receive LQ Magazine’s Best 3PL Performer in Sustainability Award

  Ryder and Fresh & Easy Receive LQ Magazine’s Best 3PL Performer in
  Sustainability Award

     Recognized for Sustainable Supply Chain Collaboration and Execution

Business Wire

MIAMI -- August 29, 2012

Ryder System, Inc. (NYSE:R), a leader in supply chain, warehousing and
transportation management solutions, today announced that the company and its
customer, Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market, a leading grocery retailer, have
received the prestigious LQ (Logistics Quarterly) 2012 Best Third Party
Logistics (3PL) Performer in Sustainability Award. This 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. “Ryder and Fresh & Easy have demonstrated that sustainable logistics and
transportation practices can contribute positively to a company’s business
operations, profitability, and reputation.”

Fresh & Easy currently 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, California
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 miles run and thereby reduced fuel consumption and
emissions. Ryder also provides Fresh & Easy with carbon footprint data,
including CO[2] 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 —
the first of their kind in the grocer’s fleet. 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 versus what the
emissions would have been if the miles had been run with diesel units.

“As a good neighbor we have made a commitment to innovate and invest in
environmentally-friendly technologies,” said Fresh & Easy CEO Tim Mason. “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.”

The LQ 3PL Sustainability Award Evaluation Committee was comprised of leading
executives and academics from the U.S. and Canada. Ryder and Fresh & Easy were
selected as the Best 2012 3PL Performers in Sustainability following
presentations from four finalists on July 17th at LQ’s Symposium in Toronto,
Canada. In addition to collaboration, LQ’s Evaluation Committee considered
each 3PL finalist’s strategic vision in this area, as well as their
performance in economic, environmental and societal areas of sustainability.

“More than ever, companies are realizing the environmental benefits that come
from outstanding supply chain execution,” said John Williford, President of
Global Supply Chain Solutions for Ryder. “Our collaboration with Fresh & Easy
demonstrates that applying creative engineering expertise and state-of-the art
technology can result in measurable and sustainable value.”

Ryder has been a LQ Top North American 3PL Supplier for eight consecutive
years.

                                 About Ryder

Ryder is a FORTUNE 500® commercial transportation, logistics and supply chain
management solutions company. Ryder’s stock (NYSE:R) is a component of the Dow
Jones Transportation Average and the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index. Inbound
Logistics magazine has recognized Ryder as a top third party logistics
provider and green supply chain partner. Ryder has also been ranked two years
in a row as one of the top 250 U.S. companies in the Newsweek Green Rankings.
In addition, Security Magazine has named Ryder one of the top companies for
security practices in the transportation, logistics, supply chain, and
warehousing sector. Ryder is a proud member of the American Red Cross Annual
Disaster Giving Program, supporting national and local disaster preparedness
and response efforts. For more information, visit www.ryder.com and follow us
on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.

                    About Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market

Fresh & Easy operates more than 190 stores in Arizona, California and Nevada.
All of Fresh & Easy’s products, including the freshly prepared meals, are made
with the highest quality ingredients and contain no artificial colors,
flavors, high-fructose corn syrup or added trans fats. Fresh & Easy also
offers fresh baked goods, meats and produce, as well as favorite national
brand products and household items, all at great low prices. For more
information about Fresh & Easy, visit www.freshandeasy.com. Also follow the
company on Twitter at twitter.com/freshandeasy and become a fan on Facebook at
www.facebook.com/freshandeasy.

                                   About LQ

LQ's mandate is to provide ideas for leadership in logistics and
transportation for logisticians, supply chain management practitioners,
transportation management and other senior-level executives in the United
States and Canada who are engaged in leading and transforming their
businesses. Since its founding in 1995, LQ has upheld a tradition to be
logistics and transportation publication written by professionals for
professionals in the field - affording authoritative thinking on the complex
and fast-changing work of the logistics and transportation business in Canada
and the United States.

                    About the LQ 3PL Sustainability Study

LQ's Sustainability Study and Awards Program, which features North America’s
Best 3PL Performers in Sustainability, continues to be a mark of excellence
for private and publicly held 3PLs in the United States and Canada. The
members of LQ’s 3PL Sustainability Study and Awards (2012) Evaluation
Committee included: Dave Closs, PhD, LQ Executive Editor, and Professor,
Michigan State University; Bill Horrocks, Vice President, Supply
Chain/Logistics at Rogers Communications Inc.; Cliff Lynch, C.F. Lynch &
Associates; Loray Mosher, PhD., Assistant Director at the Supply Chain
Management Research Center (SCMRC), Sam M. Walton College of Business,
University of Arkansas; Kate Vitasek, Founder, Supply Chain Visions and a
faculty member at the University of Tennessee’s Center for Executive
Education. The four finalists were selected by LQ’s Executive Editors, based
on applications submitted earlier this year by 3PLs and their clients
documenting their best practices together. This year, 30 leading North
American 3PLs registered to participate in LQ’s 3PL Study and Awards Program.
More information on LQ’s 3PL Sustainability Study and Awards Program is
available at: www.LQ3PLstudy.com

Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements: Certain statements and information
included in this news release are "forward-looking statements" within the
meaning of the Federal Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These
forward-looking statements are based on our current plans and expectations and
are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Accordingly, these
forward-looking statements should be evaluated with consideration given to the
many risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and events to
differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements including those
risks set forth in our periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange
Commission. New risks emerge from time to time. It is not possible for
management to predict all such risk factors or to assess the impact of such
risks on our business. Accordingly, we undertake no obligation to publicly
update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new
information, future events, or otherwise.

Contact:

Ryder System, Inc.
Cindy Haas, 305-500-4526
Cindy_Haas@Ryder.com
or
Marilu Del Toro, 305-500-3161
Marilu_DelToro@Ryder.com
 
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