Ryder System, Inc. (NYSE: R), a leader in commercial fleet management, dedicated transportation, and supply chain solutions, today announced that it has been named a Partner-level supplier for 2016 in John Deere's Achieving Excellence Program. This is the second year in a row that Ryder earns the Partner-level status, Deere & Company's highest supplier rating. Ryder was selected for the honor in recognition of its dedication to providing products and service of outstanding quality, as well as its commitment to continuous improvement. TWEET THIS: @RyderSystemInc Earns Highest Supplier Rating from @JohnDeere for Second Year in a Row "Ryder is honored to be named a Partner-level supplier by John Deere," said Steve Sensing, President of Global Supply Chain Solutions, Ryder. "We focus not only on creating customer relationships, but also maintaining and growing those relationships. John Deere is a testament to that notion, as they've trusted and relied on Ryder to help them serve their customers for the past two decades." Ryder provides supply chain solutions, including distribution management and dedicated transportation, to John Deere's agricultural tractor manufacturing operations in Waterloo, Iowa. Following LEAN guiding principles, Ryder's Distribution Management solution helps streamline distribution networks, from design and implementation to operations management. Under a Ryder Dedicated Transportation Solutions agreement, the Company 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. About Ryder Ryder is a FORTUNE 500® commercial fleet management, dedicated transportation, and supply chain solutions company. Ryder's stock (NYSE:R) is a component of the Dow Jones Transportation Average and the Standard & Poor's 500 Index. Ryder has been named among FORTUNE's World's Most Admired Companies, and has been recognized for its industry-leading practices in third-party logistics, environmentally-friendly fleet and supply chain solutions, and world-class safety and security programs. The Company is a proud member of the American Red Cross Disaster Responder Program, supporting national and local disaster preparedness and response efforts. For more information, visit www.ryder.com, and follow us on our Online Newsroom, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and YouTube. 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.