MIAMI — Ryder System, Inc. a specialist in transportation and supply chain management solutions, announced on January 17 that it received a 2004 Golden Link Award for its outstanding service as a top supplier of Lucent Technologies’ Supply Chain Networks organization.The Golden Link Award, created in 2001, acknowledges suppliers who provide superior service and make significant contributions in key areas including delivery, technology, value, quality and overall relationship. Ryder received this award for its quality customer service and innovative solutions that continue to drive efficiencies and position Lucent’s Supply Chain Networks as a top-notch supplier organization. This is the third consecutive year Ryder has been a recipient of this award.Lucent’s Supply Chain Networks manages the full range of activities involved in delivering products and services customers expect from Lucent. This includes, order fulfillment, procurement, distribution, new product introduction, manufacturing and supplier management. Ryder has been a Lucent logistics service provider for nearly five years. Working with its partners, Ryder developed an outbound logistics network that streamlines the logistics link from the suppliers and manufacturers to the customer job site, thus reducing cycle times and cost. The solution has enabled Lucent to cover more than 94 percent of its U.S. delivery demand within 24 hours and 100 percent in two days. Ryder currently serves as the lead logistics provider for Lucent in the Americas.