Business View Magazine | December 2018

260 261 HELPING HIGH-VOLUME SHIPPERS W hen a company that started in the broom closet of a North Carolina surf shop in 2008 can boast, ten years later, of having made the Inc. 5000 Fastest-Growing Companies list six years running (and Inc.’s Best Work- places twice),with projected 2018 reve- nues of $40 million and customers like Georgia-Pacific, NASCAR,Tiger Direct, and Subway, it’s clear this Emerald Isle, North Carolina, business, a supply chain spend management company that provides small parcel negotiations and freight management, has been riding a big wave. Transportation Impact was co-founded by friends Keith Byrd and Travis Burt in 2008. Both had worked at UPS (Byrd, 20 years; Burt, 23 years) as executives, ne- gotiating pricing agreements on behalf of the carrier. “We thought one day how good this would be if we were working directly with the customers,” says Byrd. “The carrier would still be profitable, but we would get paid from the savings we’d generate.We took our knowledge, AT A GLANCE TRANSPORTATION IMPACT WHAT: A supply chain spend management company WHERE: Emerald Isle, North Carolina WEBSITE: Transportation Impact