Transportation Insight Presents Extended LEAN® at Emory University

HICKORY, NC (October 22, 2013) — Globally-recognized third-party logistics (3PL) provider Transportation Insight presented the Extended LEAN® methodology of continuous improvement to MBA candidates at the prestigious Goizueta Business School today at Emory University in Atlanta, GA.

Eric Lail, the 3PL’s Vice President of Client Services and Continuous Improvement, developed the Extended LEAN concept of removing non-value-added activity from the supply chain to help companies create industry-wide value networks across countries and across continents to gain true competitive advantage.

“It is an honor to share with such a highly regarded group what we truly believe is a game-changing philosophy for companies,” says Lail. “While we continue to see huge gains from traditional LEAN efforts inside the four walls, the reality is that portion of the value stream is typically a very small piece of the total supply chain. By applying LEAN principles to the entire supply chain, companies can shave years from their strategic journeys while reducing their logistics costs along the way.”

One of 200 Shingo Prize Examiners, Lail has helped many companies begin or further their LEAN journey in his 19-year career, having conducted more than 400 kaizen continuous improvement events and trained with Shingijutsu, a world-renowned leader in LEAN principles, including LEAN manufacturing, LEAN Process improvement and the Toyota Production System.

Transportation Insight, with headquarters in Hickory, NC and secondary corporate facilities in Bentonville, AR and Charlotte, NC, employs over 230 associates and has more than 40 sales offices throughout North America.

About Transportation Insight, LLC
Transportation Insight is a global lead logistics provider with more than $1.6 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