Transportation Insight’s Shingo Prize Examiner Eric Lail Named Supply Chain Pro to Know

HICKORY, NC (February 25, 2015) – Transportation Insight, a leading global third-party logistics (3PL) provider, announces that Eric Lail, Vice President of Client Services and Continuous Improvement, has been named a Provider Pro to Know by Supply & Demand Chain Executive magazine. Lail was chosen for his extensive knowledge in LEAN Enterprise Solutions and has led hundreds of companies, ranging from mid-size to Fortune 500 organizations, along their LEAN journey. He developed Transportation Insight’s Extended LEAN® offering, which implements LEAN strategies across the entire supply chain, connecting the end-to-end customerShingo Prize Examiner 2015_ProstoKnowLogo_small jpg value stream from raw materials to delivery to end customer.

“The fiber of Eric Lail matches the DNA of our enterprise,” says Transportation Insight Founder and Chairman, Paul Thompson. “As Vice President of Client Services, Eric generously shares his passion for continuous improvement with his clients and his staff. He has worked to teach and train a whole army of LEAN practitioners who can go out and help our customers accomplish big things using his philosophy.”

Lail has conducted more than 400 kaizen events in dozens of companies throughout North America, helping businesses see marked improvement in their operations by teaching those companies how to go to the GEMBA (where the truth can be found) and find the best ideas for process improvement. Transportation Insight’s Extended LEAN® approach combines LEAN principles with logistics know-how and state-of-the-art technology to help clients eliminate waste, reduce costs and streamline processes across the extended supply chain. Lail leads a team that designs customized enterprise-wide LEAN solutions to help clients get through turbulent economic times while improving operational performance, execution strategies and corporate culture.

“Since our founding in 1999, we have been committed to accelerated growth and continuous improvement for both our clients and our company,” says Transportation Insight CEO, Chris Baltz. “As one of only 200 worldwide Shingo Prize auditors, Eric is one of the top LEAN experts in North America and plays a vital role in providing our clients with unprecedented insight into how they can transform their supply chains into a sustained competitive advantage to dominate their markets.”

The Pros to Know Award recognizes supply chain executives and manufacturing and non-manufacturing enterprises that are leading initiatives to help prepare their companies’ supply chains for the significant challenges of today’s business climate. This year’s list includes the 2015 Provider Pros to Know—individuals from software firms and service providers, consultancies or academia, who have helped their supply chain clients or the supply chain community at large prepare to meet these challenges. Over 300 companies were nominated for this prestigious award.

“Our annual list of Provider Pros to Know highlights the many thought-leaders who are helping to shape the Supply Chain industry and advance Supply Chain as a respected discipline in the enterprise,” said Barry Hochfelder, editor of Supply & Demand Chain Executive. “Their efforts in developing the tools, processes and knowledge base necessary for Supply Chain transformation, and in promoting new approaches to supply chain enablement, have earned them a place on this year’s Provider Pros listing.”

About Transportation Insight, LLC
Transportation Insight is a global lead logistics provider with more than $1.8 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. For more about Transportation Insight, visit

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