Ryder System, Inc., a leader in commercial transportation and supply chain management solutions, announced today that it has been awarded a managed maintenance contract by Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. the nation’s leading wine and spirits distributor.

Under the contract, Ryder will provide a combination of comprehensive maintenance and preventive maintenance services for Southern’s heavy duty fleet of 2,200 tractors, trucks and trailers, which supports the company’s various locations across the U.S.  Ryder’s comprehensive maintenance solution gives customers access to its nation-wide network of service locations and highly trained technicians for better fleet reliability and predictable costs.  The solution will provide Southern with regular inspections, rapid follow-up repairs, proactive parts replacement, emergency roadside assistance and online reports to track maintenance activity and history.  The solution offers 24/7 access to Ryder’s state of the art maintenance network, professional services of more than 5,000 skilled certified technicians and more than 700 service facilities across the U.S.  ryder’s preventive maintenance solution provides regularly scheduled maintenance when and where Southern may need it.

Today, Southern represents a vast array of wine, spirits, and beer products from its suppliers located around the world and distributes more than 110 million cases of product to its customers.  Southern operates in 35 states, including Florida, where its Miami-based corporate headquarters is located.

“By delivering on our promise of keeping Southern Wine & Spirits’ vehicles on the road, we are helping the company better serve its customers and get more out of its fleet,” said Dennis Cooke, Ryder’s President of Global Fleet Management Solutions.  “We are proud that the team at Southern Wine & Spirits has trusted Ryder by outsourcing this critical business function.”