Transportation Insight Presents Extended LEAN® at Best Plants Conference

HICKORY, NC (April 19, 2013) — Nationally-recognized third-party logistics (3PL) provider Transportation Insight will present Extended LEAN® to America’s manufacturers at the IndustryWeek Best Plants Conference in Greenville, South Carolina April 22-24. The IndustryWeek event provides attendees with tools, techniques and ideas to help them in their pursuit of operational 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, Transportation Insight’s Vice President of Continuous Improvement, is one of 200 Shingo Prize Examiners worldwide and an expert on Extended LEAN. He will present in a case study format on the transformational benefits of Extended LEAN, detailing how one of Transportation Insight’s long-term clients has successfully employed the methodology to significantly reduce costs throughout its supply chain while improving service to its customers.

“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 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 Founder and Chairman Paul Thompson. “It is 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 savings, 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, respectively. 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 $1.4 billion in supply chain spend under management. For over a decade, the 3PL has partnered with hundreds of manufacturers, distributors and retailers to achieve significant cost savings, reduce cycle times and improve customer satisfaction rates 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. Its logistics services include domestic transportation, international transportation, warehouse sourcing, LEAN consulting and supply chain sourcing of indirect materials. For more about Transportation Insight, visit