Transportation Insight Presents Next-Level Analytics to Manufacturing Leaders

HICKORY, NC – (November 7, 2014) – Globally-recognized enterprise third-party logistics (3PL) provider Transportation Insight will demonstrate the transformative integration of two enterprise improvement disciplines at the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) International Excellence Inside Conference in Jacksonville, FL from November 10-14. By marrying best-in-class supply chain analytics and Big Data business intelligence solutions with its Extended LEAN® continuous improvement methodology for the supply chain, the 3PL brings a unique perspective to measuring enterprise improvement. The implementation of these best practices results in marked increases in end-to-end supply chain productivity and direct value creation for end customers.

“Transportation Insight continues to move beyond traditional supply chain initiatives to provide multi-faceted solutions that advance network optimization and enable proactive decision-making for clients who are looking to leverage the massive amount of data that they generate,” says Chris Baltz, Transportation Insight President and Chief Executive Officer. “We have architected an industry-leading data model and fully integrated it with Extended LEAN thinking to become a key resource for data management, supply chain design and continuous improvement methods that companies can use as a distinct competitive advantage in today’s hyper-competitive global marketplace.”

Transportation Insight will demonstrate the power of Extended LEAN across complex global supply chains by creating a value stream map of a company’s end-to-end supply chain, from raw material supplier to end customer. This map of the entire enterprise and its many moving parts shows the importance of a tightly aligned network between all supply chain components to improve their ability to sustain competitive advantage.

“By combining our vast supply chain analytical expertise with the Extended LEAN thought process, we are meshing industry-leading tools from two disciplines that many people do not associate with each other,” says Transportation Insight Vice President of Client Services and Continuous Improvement Eric Lail, the creator of the Extended LEAN methodology. “We work with our clients to visualize the current state of their entire supply chain from a data perspective. Then, we apply LEAN principles to that picture to help these companies validate the areas where their business is doing well and uncover opportunities for improvement that may have otherwise never been discovered. All of this occurs while keeping the needs and demands of the customer at the forefront, true to traditional LEAN principles.”

Transportation Insight was recently recognized as a Top 10 3PL for excellence in technology by Global Trade magazine, and as a recipient of the SDCE100 Award from Supply & Demand Chain Executive magazine for its development and implementation of Extended LEAN. The company’s integrated approach to logistics management, deep data analysis and continuous improvement initiatives enables its clients to bring higher service levels and better quality products to their end customers.

The AME International Excellence Inside Conference brings together continuous improvement thought leaders from a variety of manufacturing industries to learn more about enterprise excellence, LEAN practices, continuous improvement initiatives and elimination of non-value-added activities. Transportation Insight will be showcasing its enterprise solutions during the conference at Booth 26 in the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville.

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, supply chain analytics, international transportation, warehouse sourcing, LEAN consulting and supply chain sourcing of indirect materials. Headquartered in Hickory, NC, Transportation Insight has secondary operating centers in Charlotte, NC, Bentonville, AR and Atlanta, GA, as well as more than 40 client support offices across North America. For more about Transportation Insight, visit