Transportation Insight to Introduce Extended LEAN® to Manufacturers at AME

HICKORY, NC (October 12, 2012) — Nationally-recognized third-party logistics (3PL) provider Transportation Insight will introduce Extended LEAN® to America’s manufacturers at AME, the Association for Manufacturing Excellence Conference in Chicago, Illinois October 15–19. The AME event is the world’s largest LEAN conference organized by a premier group focused on the exchange of knowledge in enterprise excellence.

Transportation Insight’s Extended LEAN approach allows clients in manufacturing to improve the overall value of their organizations by tackling the hidden wastes throughout the supply chain. Eric Lail, Vice President of Performance Solutions at Total Insight, Transportation Insight’s sister company, is a Shingo Prize Examiner and an expert on Extended LEAN.

“Most companies today are looking at the value stream within their four walls,” says Lail. “While we continue to see huge gains from those efforts, the reality is that portion of the value stream is typically a very small piece of their total supply chain. Extended LEAN looks at the entire value stream from originating supplier through manufacturing and distribution to the end consumer. Ultimately, linking supply chain value streams from multiple customers creates industry-wide value networks, which is where true competitive advantage by participants is realized.”

With an overarching focus on continuous improvement, Transportation Insight offers logistics solutions and value-added services tailored for manufacturers. The 3PL’s core competencies include Co-managed Logistics™, carrier sourcing, freight bill audit and payment services, transportation management system (TMS) applications, and supply chain analytics.

“We find a very wide range of levels of optimization and efficiency in the manufacturing sector,” says Transportation Insight CEO Paul Thompson. “It’s in this industry segment that we can make the most immediate impact by bringing best-of-breed technologies, processes and people to improve cost, time, and ultimately, enhance their service to bring real value.”

Transportation Insight, along with sister companies Total Insight and United Sourcing Alliance, help manufacturers achieve enterprise excellence. The organizations focus their strategic services on LEAN expertise in logistics operations, performance management and sourcing. This combination gives clients something not easily found in LEAN or logistics communities. Extended LEAN transforms the total supply chain, taking companies on a path to maximized profits and positive, lasting change.

About Transportation Insight, LLC
Transportation Insight is a global lead logistics provider with more than $1.2 billion in supply chain spend under management. For over a decade, the 3PL has helped companies improve profitability and competitive advantage by providing customized supply chain solutions. Transportation Insight offers a co-managed logistics form of 3PL, carrier sourcing, freight bill audit and payment services, state-of-the-art transportation management system (TMS) applications and business intelligence. Additional competencies include international transportation, warehouse sourcing, LEAN consulting and supply chain sourcing of indirect materials. For more about Transportation Insight, visit

About Total Insight, LLC
Total Insight designs customized, enterprise-wide LEAN solutions to help businesses navigate turbulent economic times while also improving operation performance, execution strategies and corporate culture. By combining LEAN principles with a non-invasive, diagnostic approach, Total Insight helps companies maximize profit by removing waste, reducing costs, streamlining processes and achieving supply chain excellence. By taking the Wholistic Path to excellence, organizations can achieve positive and lasting change within the extended supply chain. For more information about Total Insight, visit

About United Sourcing Alliance, LLC
United Sourcing Alliance (USA), LLC, provides procurement services while leveraging the collective annual purchases of indirect, packaging, and maintenance, repair, and operational (MRO) supplies for member companies. USA’s goal is to create cost savings, efficiencies, and value added services, while continually striving to adhere to USA’s principles of commitment and compliance for both clients and suppliers. For more information about United Sourcing Alliance, please visit