Transportation Insight Receives U.S. Environmental Protection Agency SmartWay Excellence Award
Enterprise Logistics Provider Saluted as Top Environmental Performer and Leader for Freight Supply Chain Efficiency
HICKORY, NC (September 27, 2016) – Transportation Insight, a global lead logistics and end-to-end supply chain solutions provider, was awarded with a 2016 SmartWay® Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as an industry leader in freight supply chain environmental performance and energy efficiency. The award recognizes Transportation Insight’s efforts to work with client partners to implement supply chain network and transportation strategies that move goods in the cleanest, most energy-efficient way possible while reducing the impacts of carbon pollution.
“Transportation Insight is focused on eliminating waste and facilitating supply chain improvements in ways that allow our client companies to become significantly better. By combining state-of-the-art technology, logistics expertise and LEAN-based continuous improvement methodology, we help craft strategies that streamline processes to reduce fuel usage, air emissions, vehicle miles and energy consumption,” says Transportation Insight President and CEO Chris Baltz. “In doing so, we help our clients not only increase their long-term sustainability, but we help them reduce their impact on the planet’s resources. We’re honored to be recognized with this prestigious award for our practices focused on improving the efficiency of the global supply chain in ways that help our clients dominate their market.”
Transportation Insight is one of only two logistics providers that join 51 carriers and shippers receiving the 2016 SmartWay Excellence Award. Based on quantifiable data and reporting tools submitted to the EPA, the award recognizes the top 1-2 percent of environmental performers among more than 3,500 partners in the SmartWay Transport program, an innovative partnership of the U.S. EPA that reduces greenhouse gases and other pollutants and improves fuel efficiency. In addition, for logistics providers, the award screening process requires evidence of environmental leadership impacts within the recipient company and the community. Transportation Insight Chief Operating Officer Laura Easley accepted the award during the 2016 Council of Supply Chain Management & Professionals’ Annual Conference held in Orlando, FL on Sept. 27.
“Our clients are striving to become better companies, and as part of our partnership with them, we are committed to helping them drive efficiencies that not only reduce their environmental impact, but that also facilitate growth. Working alongside our clients, we’re able to develop the relationships and awareness of their operations required to proactively examine their end-to-end supply chain and eliminate waste not only for them, but also for their suppliers and consumers,” Easley says. “It is an honor to be recognized as one of the top environmental performers among thousands of SmartWay Transport partners providing supply chain solutions.”
A SmartWay Transport partner since 2008, Transportation Insight’s robust portfolio of solutions is designed to identify and reduce waste throughout the end-to-end supply chain. The company’s Extended LEAN® continuous improvement methodology blends traditional LEAN process improvement principles with logistics expertise and technology to help clients reduce carbon emissions and lower mileage and fuel consumption. Its bundled technology solutions, which include Insight TMS®, helps clients achieve environmentally friendly supply chain results through shipping consolidation, calculated distribution center and warehouse locations, and optimal mode and carrier alignment.
Transportation Insight’s comprehensive data management, logistics reporting and analysis capabilities enable clients to streamline their supply chain network and reduce energy costs based on historical data. Likewise, the company administers dimensional analysis to engineer packaging solutions that reduce wasted space in packages, and ultimately, package sizes.
“We’re operating in an age when identifying and eliminating waste from the end-to-end supply chain requires a deep understanding and analysis of data associated with every step, from procurement through shipping to the end customer. Our analysis helps identify opportunities for clients to enhance their performance, enact efficiencies and achieve corporate goals,” says Transportation Insight Vice President of Supply Chain Analytics John Richardson. “This award comes thanks to the diligent efforts of our team of engineers and analysts who are committed to crafting strategies, with detailed steps and timeframes, which help our clients transform their enterprise.”
Transportation Insight’s ability to optimize supply chain and transportation strategies has prepared clients to achieve critical operational efficiencies necessary to a sustainable business model that’s capable of serving end customers over the long term. One of North America’s largest snack food manufacturers leverages Transportation Insight’s Integrated Analytics program to constantly measure network throughput and adjust production and inventory levels to minimize unnecessary transportation of raw materials and finished goods. Transportation Insight worked alongside a consumer goods distributor to reduce logistics-related costs and fuel requirements by consolidating distributions centers so the client can buy in larger quantities and full truckloads. Another client saved millions of dollars by implementing Transportation Insight solutions that improved less-than-truckload economics, which also resulted in lower mileage, reduced carbon emissions and lower fuel costs.
Achieving this level of success in producing sustainable solutions has resulted in widespread recognition for Transportation Insight across the transportation and supply chain industry. Prior to receiving the 2016 SmartWay Excellence Award, Transportation Insight was named a 2015 Logistics Quarterly Top 3 Finalist for Best 3PL Supply Chain Sustainability Performer Awards; an Inbound Logistics G75 Green Supply Chain Partner for three consecutive years; a Food Logistics Top Green Provider for two consecutive years; and a Supply and Demand Chain Executive Green Award winner three consecutive years.
“SmartWay Shipper Partners understand that by improving supply chain efficiency they not only reduce freight transportation costs, but also reduce emissions of the carbon pollution that contributes to climate change,” says EPA Director of the Office of Transportation and Air Quality Christopher Grundler. “Participating in EPA’s SmartWay Transport Partnership helps these businesses move goods in a manner that is better for business and helps protect our climate.”
About Transportation Insight, LLC
Transportation Insight is a multi-modal, global lead logistics provider with more than $4.6 billion in supply chain spend under management. For more than 15 years, 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, parcel shipping solutions, 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 Atlanta, GA, Bentonville, AR, Boston, MA, Charlotte, NC, Omaha, NE and Salt Lake City, UT, as well as more than 50 client support offices across North America. For more about Transportation Insight, visit www.transportationinsight.com, email or call 877-226-9950.
EPA’s SmartWay Transport Partnership is a market-driven initiative that empowers businesses to move goods in the cleanest, most energy-efficient way possible, while protecting public health and reducing the impacts of climate change. Demonstration of a commitment to corporate sustainability and social responsibility through SmartWay provides for a more competitive and environmentally-friendly business environment. Since 2004, SmartWay Partners have saved 170.3 million barrels of oil—the equivalent of eliminating annual energy use in over 6 million homes and $24.9 billion in fuel costs. SmartWay’s clean air achievements (72.8 million metric tons of carbon dioxide, 1,458,000 tons of nitrogen oxides, and 59,000 tons of particulate matter emissions avoided) help to protect the well-being of citizens. For more information on SmartWay visit www.epa.gov/smartway.