When we first wrote about the Voluntary Interindustry Commerce Solutions Association, or VICS, Empty Miles program many months ago it was simply full of promise. Now, according to The New York Times, the effort, which helps truckers and shippers find cargo for return trips, is beginning to pay off. In a piece called “Keeping Trucks Full, Coming and Going,” Times writer Ken Belson even gets down to specifics, including the kind of money shippers like Macy’s, J. C. Penney and Levi Strauss can save and have already starting saving. For example:
Macy’s has seen immediate savings. The company posts more than 328 routes — lanes, in industry argot — on the Empty Miles site. So far, Macy’s has found other shippers for 70 of its empty truck routes. Each empty route used by another shipper is expected to save Macy’s about $25,000 a year, said Bill Connell, the company’s senior vice president for transportation, reverse logistics and collaboration.
By contrast, the article notes, it only costs $1,600 a year for access to the Empty Miles web site that VICS and GS1 US created. You can see The Times article in its entirety here.