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More Home Time Attracts Truck Drivers to Careers at Ryder

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MIAMI--uly 8, 2013: In a competitive marketplace where professional drivers are a hot commodity, Ryder System, Inc. , a leader in commercial transportation and supply chain management solutions, has found that more home time, a stable schedule, and predictable pay are benefits resonating with job candidates looking for professional driving careers. Ryder employs approximately 6,000 drivers in the U.S. and Canada and a majority of those positions are within the Ryder Dedicated business. Ryder Dedicated helps balance dynamic routes with more home time by scheduling its deliveries regionally, so that its drivers return to a home base on a daily or weekly basis. This model helps to provide drivers with more predictable schedules and compensation, in addition to the rewarding experience of being part of a dedicated team serving one customer.

“Ryder Dedicated matches private fleets with professional drivers who can manage their specialized equipment and product handling needs, as well as complex routes, and rigorous service commitments”

"Ryder Dedicated matches private fleets with professional drivers who can manage their specialized equipment and product handling needs, as well as complex routes, and rigorous service commitments," said John Sonia, Senior Vice President, Ryder Dedicated. "Because our dedicated model enables us to offer the home time, stability, and safety culture that drivers are looking for, we recruit and retain the best talent. This, in turn, allows us to support our customers and other private fleets who are struggling with their own driver staffing challenges. Ryder Dedicated enables customers to be nimble, run lean and stay safe."

Ryder's commitment to keeping the best drivers is demonstrated by its "Promise to Our Drivers." This mission statement states the company's commitment to strive to: treat each driver with respect; provide predictable and fair pay; provide clean, safe and reliable equipment; provide work-life balance by being home most nights; and provide drivers with a say in their work assignments. The "Promise to Our Drivers" helps Ryder to achieve one of the best driver retention rates in the industry, with annual turnover at one-fifth of what's typical for a long-haul trucking company. Employers, like Ryder, that treat their drivers well are being sought out at a time that the industry is facing a significant talent shortage.

Ryder continues to step up its recruiting efforts to meet increased demand for drivers that is being seen across the entire transportation industry. At any given time, Ryder has several hundred open driver positions due to business growth. Because of the company's strong safety culture and onboarding program for new drivers, Ryder continues to attract qualified candidates eligible to apply for driver positions. In addition, Ryder continues to recruit drivers with military experience. The company's military recruiting website at helps veterans easily match their military skills with open positions at Ryder. For example, a military veteran with experience as a Motor Transport Operator can enter his or her "88M" Military Occupation Code to find open truck driving jobs at Ryder. Ryder has also become a Corporate Member of the Women in Trucking Association to help connect company recruiters with women interested in truck driving careers.

To be eligible to drive for Ryder, candidates are required to have a Commercial Drivers License and an outstanding safe driving record. Interested candidates can visit Ryder's Online Career Center or Drive 4 Ryder for more information on truck driving jobs available at Ryder.