VICS, GS1 Canada and GS1 US Launch Empty Miles Service

    New system saves money and the environment

    LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ, Jan. 26 /CNW/ - The Voluntary Interindustry Commerce
Solutions (VICS) Association, GS1 Canada and GS1 US are launching a North
American solution to optimize truck transportation by reducing the number of
trailers traveling without loads throughout the continent. The Empty Miles
Service ( matches a company's trailers that are returning
empty with potential loads that can be collected and delivered along the
return route. For participating companies, the VICS Empty Miles service will
save money, produce revenues and reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fuel
consumption across North America.
    "The Empty Miles Service addresses a persistent problem facing shippers
by reducing the number of trailers on the road without any product," said
William Merrigan, Vice President, Global Supply Chain, International Paper.
    VICS members using real data in a structured pilot program have tested
all functions of the Empty Miles Service. Pilot participants, which include
several of North America's largest retailers, consumer goods suppliers and
transportation carriers, have found the Empty Miles Service easy to use,
simple to operate and powerful in terms of results.
    "Macy's is examining every aspect of our supply chain to ensure that
product arrives at our stores in the most efficient manner. Empty Miles is a
key tool to help us accomplish this goal," said Pam Sweeney, Senior Vice
President - Systems, Macy's Logistics & Operations.
    VICS Members can participate in Empty Miles for $1,600 per year.
Non-Members will be charged $1,850 per year. Pricing is by year, not by
shipment or mile, which encourages companies to take maximum advantage of
Empty Miles. By registering more routes in the Empty Miles system, companies
can dramatically increase the savings derived while minimizing cost per
    "Pricing for Empty Miles offers an excellent value for companies. Empty
Miles subscribers will include companies with unused capacity and shipping
requirements that can be satisfied through a repetitive commitment, like
regularly traveled backhauls," said Joe Andraski, President and CEO of VICS.
"Both VICS Members and Non-Members will be permitted to use the system since
the more participants Empty Miles has, the more closely it will match loads
with return routes."
    To help companies build a business case for Empty Miles, the development
group at VICS created a ROI calculator to measure direct financial benefits.
The ROI calculator also determines the benefits of reduced CO(2) emissions,
which will help participants report carbon footprint improvements to
management, trading partners and the public.
    Other Empty Miles Service features include easy to use and convenient
web-based access, a secure collaborative environment between shippers and
carriers, user authentication and real-time searching for available lanes.
    "The goal of the Empty Miles Service is to make it as easy as possible
for VICS members and others to use, so the interface was designed with that in
mind. With a minimal amount of training and configuration, transportation
managers will quickly be reaping the benefits of the technology and saving
their companies money while reducing greenhouse gas emissions," said Art
Smith, President and CEO of GS1 Canada.

    About VICS

    The Voluntary Interindustry Commerce Standards (VICS) Association has
enabled companies in the retail and consumer-focused industries to eliminate
billions of dollars of waste and delay. By creating voluntary guidelines,
often referred to as "standards," VICS has created new best practices that
ultimately lead to lower costs and better availability of products for
consumers. VICS' volunteer members improve the flow of products and
information throughout retailing and the consumer-focused industries that
supply retail. The Association provides leadership and an environment in which
executives can make a difference in their industry, their company performance
- and their personal commitment to make the world work a little bit better.
VICS' members help define the next best practices in the industries and thus
anticipate and optimize business processes and costs. Additional information
can be found at

    About GS1 Canada

    GS1 Canada is a neutral, not-for-profit organization that promotes and
maintains global standards for the identification of goods, locations and
related e-commerce communication, and provides education and awareness of
these global standards. Learn more at

    About GS1 US(R)

    GS1 US is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the adoption and
implementation of standards-based, global-supply chain solutions. Its
solutions, including business processes, XML standards, EDI transaction sets,
and the barcode identification standards of the GS1 System are currently used
by more than 1 million companies worldwide.

For further information:

For further information: Ron Margulis, VICS, T (908) 272-3930, E; Sarah Charuk, GS1 Canada, T (416) 510-8039 ext. 2229, E

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