Ryder System Inc., a commercial transportation and supply chain management solutions firm, announced it has received the 2011 Domino's Pizza Supplier of the Year Award.

The award was presented at Domino's recent annual supplier meeting held at the Mirage in Las Vegas. Domino's "ESP" (Excellence through Supplier Partnerships) program is a supply chain management program that develops relationships through a "360-degree" performance evaluation process that promotes communication and continuous improvement between Domino's and its suppliers.

Domino's has more than 100 suppliers system-wide, and this year, nine suppliers were recognized for Partner, Teamwork, and Innovation, with Ryder receiving top honors as Domino's 2011 Supplier of the Year.

This is the 21st year Domino's has been recognizing its partners with the Supply Partner Award. Selection of the winners is based on each partner's performance in areas such as vehicle uptime, safety, problem-solving capabilities, damage prevention, and equipment availability, among others.

"Ryder has a long and proud history with Domino's that is built on a strong partnership, dedication, and commitment to customer service," said Jim Murabito, vice president of Product Management, Domino's Pizza. "Ryder consistently does whatever it takes to keep Domino's on the road serving our customers' needs. We are grateful for the relationship with Ryder and honored to name them Supplier of the Year."

Ryder started doing business with Domino's in 1978 with a lease contract for one refrigerated straight truck. In 2007, Ryder was awarded all of Domino's leased transportation business, which includes a fleet of 213 tractors, 260 refrigerated trailers, and one refrigerated straight truck that services 18 Domino's supply chain centers in the U.S. and two locations in Canada.

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