Ryder gets patent for supply chain method

The U.S. Patent Office has granted Ryder System a patent for a system that integrates and optimizes supply chain performance via shipment planning and execution. The Logistics Release process involves gathering unique data from different supply chain operators and stakeholders. The system then configures the data for common use in an Internet-based application, creating an optimum shipment that takes into account weight, cube, packaging, stackability, pallet configuration and mode determination, Ryder says. The shipment then receives a "Release" plan comprising logistics information and instructions. The plan is put into action before goods start to move, and it controls all subsequent movements. Virtual product movements are monitored by a virtual control tower for real-time tracking and coordination. Ryder release