Recent industry analysis determined that 28% of all truck traffic is comprised of empty trailers. Given the context of today's rising fuel costs coupled with sustainability efforts, this is a terrific opportunity for companies to make long-term impact to their bottom line while being a good steward to the earth.
VICS (Voluntary Interindustry Commerce Solutions) introduced a program called Empty Miles to address this issue. The new service helps reduce empty trailers and carbon footprint by enabling supply chain collaboration on route planning.
"Collaboration is the solution," says Chris Kane, Chief Customer Strategy Officer for Kane Is Able. "We've been a member of VICS for years and we're excited to join this program as well. It's a win for all involved—reduced emissions, fuel and labor savings, and increased asset utilization. People know where the empty miles are, it's a matter of getting companies together to drive real change."
The Empty Miles program is a low cost collaborative solution providing visibility to shippers and carriers by identifying potential opportunities to reduce empty backhaul capacity. It is a web based service to match carrier availability (empty miles) with transportation demand (loads) delivered through a members only internet portal. All agreements are proprietary and not accessible to VICS.
The Empty Miles program was recently featured in a New York Times article.