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September 20, 2018 – As Breakthrough, a pioneer in the field of transportation energy and information management, continues to grow and expand its service lines, the organization is proud to name Heather Mueller chief operating officer of Breakthrough Supply Chain. She currently serves as the vice president of new client experience and will begin...
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August 9, 2018 – To better align long-term business goals and all service lines, Breakthrough Fuel, a pioneer in the field of transportation energy and information management, is excited to announce it will now be known solely as Breakthrough. The new name was selected to further integrate and embody Breakthrough’s comprehensive services, including the...
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April 24, 2018 – Breakthrough is excited to announce Daniel R. Elliott, a leader in the transportation economic and railway labor industries, and John A. Schmidt, longtime recognized industry leader and philanthropist, have been appointed to the organization’s Board of Directors. Elliott and Schmidt join Craig Dickman, former Breakthrough CEO, who serves as the chairman of the...
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April 9, 2018 – Breakthrough, a pioneer in the field of transportation energy and information management, is excited to announce the launch of its latest service offering, Breakthrough Supply Chain. The new service was created to support shippers on the freight side of their transportation spend through data-based supply chain optimization. “As a leader in...
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March 21, 2018 – Breakthrough, a pioneer in the field of transportation energy and information management, is excited to announce Daniel Cullen, Vice President of Advisory Services, has been selected to appear on Supply & Demand Chain Executive’s 2018 Pros to Know list. The annual award recognizes professionals who will help organizations meet significant...
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January 23, 2018 – Breakthrough, a pioneer in the field of transportation energy and information management, is excited to announce Doug Mueller, who currently serves as the organization’s president, as the new CEO. Mueller began the transition to the new position this month. Since joining Breakthrough in 2007, Mueller has advanced all aspects of the...
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September 21, 2017 – Breakthrough, a pioneer in the field of transportation energy management, has joined the BlockChain in Trucking Alliance (BiTA), formed by experienced technology and transportation professionals who will work to build the first set of freight industry blockchain standards. BiTA’s goal is to establish direction for the development of blockchain in the...
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August 30, 2017 – Breakthrough, a Green Bay-based transportation energy management firm, was honored with the Supplier of the Year Award from Nestlé in the USA for their contributions to the food and beverage company. The award is given through Nestlé’s North America Procurement Supplier Relationship Program, which ensures that the company and their suppliers...
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June 30, 2017 – The Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (TSA), a collaborative forum for ocean container shipping lines serving the trade lane between Asia and North America, will discontinue publishing its guideline formula for calculating fuel costs in a matter of days. Beginning July 1, 2017, the TSA will offer only a single weekly average...
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May 16, 2017 – Breakthrough, a Green Bay-based company working in transportation energy management, recently made an investment in a Silicon Valley startup. Peloton Technology, of Mountain View, is working on a “platooning” platform which uses automated vehicle technology to sync two semi-trucks, so that both vehicles’ braking and acceleration happen simultaneously. The startup says...
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March 13, 2017 – Since 1938, the Mexican fuel market, which has been subject to a state-run monopoly, has not seen fuel prices change more than once per month. That changed over the weekend as the Mexican government implemented a new energy reform policy. The result:  daily price changes in 90 separate zones throughout the...
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In the News

Store Brands: August 14, 2018 – Retailers are finding the fresh section a fine opportunity for store brand growth, especially as the center store continues to shrink. That’s all good, but it poses severe challenges when it comes to the transportation and logistics of fresh products. Breakthrough’s Jennifer Vander Zanden shares her perspective.
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Inbound Logistics: April 25, 2018 – Doug Mueller was enjoying a long, happy career at Schneider National when Craig Dickman, a former colleague, proposed Mueller join him in a new kind of business.
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Green Bay Press Gazette: February 12, 2018 – If Doug Mueller has a regret about his tenure with Breakthrough, it’s that it didn’t begin sooner. Mueller, the company’s newly appointed CEO, joined the Green Bay-based energy and information management company in 2007, about three years after Craig Dickman founded the fuel management company.
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Journal of Commerce: January 25, 2018 – The closing of the once-influential discussion group of carriers in the trans-Pacific after nearly 30 years underscores not only how proposed rate increases — often undercut by members themselves — no longer faze shippers, but also the heightened scrutiny by global regulators.
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SupplyChainBrain: December 22, 2017 – Improved aerodynamics and vehicle add-ons, further engine improvements, the promise of alternative fuels and the advancement of automated driving technologies — all of these add up to exciting developments in truck technology.
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FreightWaves: November 13, 2017 – Fuel costs may have been eclipsed by driver pay and benefits as the top cost item for trucking fleets, but that doesn’t mean they are not top of mind for savvy fleets.
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Food Logistics: October 31, 2017 – In a time of cost trimming and zero-based budgeting every penny counts, and volatile costs can be devastating.
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Insight on Business: October 2, 2017 – The bumper-to-bumper truck traffic coming to a highway near you is not necessarily reckless driving. See how companies are investing in emerging truck platooning technology.
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Journal of Commerce: September 13, 2017 – The US ports that closed ahead of Hurricane Irma’s landfall are preparing to reopen, but with fuel store low, many still without power and roads and rail lines in disrepair, it will be days before shippers see supply chains in Florida and the Southeast totally restored.
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Freight Waves: August 31, 2017 – With the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey still keeping a large portion of southeast Texas basically closed for business, that means that the nation’s oil supplies are being disrupted.
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Wisbusiness.com: August 28, 2017 – Breakthrough was honored with the Supplier of the Year Award from Nestlé in the USA for their contributions to the food and beverage company.  
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Freight Waves: August 29, 2017 – More flooding and higher fuel prices as the week moves on, and many roads in Houston area will likely remain closed as cresting rivers lead to additional flooding later this week
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DC Velocity: July 24, 2017 – Autonomous trucks could spell the end for railroads’ intermodal cost advantages. But the jury on self-driving vehicles is still out.
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Freight Business Journal North America: July 5, 2017 – The Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (TSA), a collaborative forum for ocean container shipping lines serving the trade lane between Asia and North America, has discontinued publishing its guideline formula for calculating fuel costs.
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China Network Supply Service: June 21, 2017 – The cross-Pacific discussion group has had a wide impact and is now of little significance. Recently, with the members agreed to stop the meeting to discuss the market tariffs, surcharges guidance information, such organizations exist value, the future is uncertain. Read the original version (in Chinese).
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Journal of Commerce: June 19, 2017 – The future of a once-influential and now-shrunken discussion group of carriers in the trans-Pacific is uncertain after members agreed to stop discussing rate and surcharge guidance, according two executives from member carriers.
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American Journal of Transportation: June 13, 2017 – The Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (TSA), a collaborative forum for ocean container shipping lines serving the trade lane between Asia and North America, will discontinue publishing its guideline formula for calculating fuel costs.
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Wisbusiness.com: June 2, 2017 –Breakthrough recently made an investment in a Silicon Valley startup. Read about the partnership and more.
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Clean Technica: May 22, 2017 – The semi truck platooning technology firm that we reported on recently, Peloton Technology, has successfully closed a $60 million Series B funding round.
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DC Velocity: April 13, 2017 – Automated vehicle systems developer Peloton Technology has landed $60 million in funding to accelerate development of its technology that coordinates truck driving controls so they can cruise in highly efficient pairs called “platoons,” Peloton said Wednesday.
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Fortune: April 13, 2017 – Peloton Technology, a vehicle technology focused on freight transportation, raised a $60 million Series B funding round led by Omnitracs, a fleet management company, alongside existing investors Intel Capital, DENSO International America, BP Ventures, Lockheed Martin, Nokia Growth Partners, UPS Strategic Enterprise Fund, Volvo Group, Sand Hill Angels, Band of...
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Axios Pro Rata: April 13, 2017: Peloton Technology, a Mountain View, Calif.-based developer of connected and automated vehicle technology for freight transportation, has raised $60 million in Series B funding. Omnitracs led the round, and was joined by B37 Ventures, Misui USA, Shlumberger, US Venture, Breakthrough and return backers Intel Capital, DENSO International America, BP...
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A History of Innovation

Since 2004, Breakthrough has revolutionized the market by developing custom transportation energy management strategies for the world’s leading shippers. We founded the business with a passion to challenge the status quo in supply chain fuel management, develop technology to help shippers, and achieve transparency in the fuel that moves goods to market. Read more about our history below.

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The initial
Breakthrough idea;

patent filed and technology built

Launched
Breakthrough
Advisor

Launched flatbed/heavy haul
over-the-road fuel recovery

Expanded over-the-road fuel
recovery to North America

Rebranded logo
Breakthrough®Fuel Logo

Launched rail intermodal
fuel recovery services

The first
natural gas
movements
for a client

Managed natural gas (CNG) fuel program
with a station build

Launched
Breakthrough Insight

Launched
Global Fuel Recovery

Global marine fuel
recovery solutions

became operational

Moved into Backstage at
the Meyer June 25, 2015

Breakthrough launched
data sciences capability

Launched Breakthrough
Supply Chain

Hosted the 10th Annual
Mercury Group

First commercial
client;
over-the-road
fuel recovery

Mercury Group was founded
as a shipper-fuel study
and collaboration group

Moved into the Milwaukee
Railroad Train Depot
May 1, 2011

Created T-Fuel®
to manage transportation energy risk

Trademark: 3,288,706
Breakthrough®
Registered September 4, 2007

US Patent:
7,729,998 Shipper
Fuel Management
(Physical Method)
Issued June 1, 2010

Trademark:
4,070,466 Experience
A True Breakthrough®
Registered December 13, 2011

US Patent: 8,190,533 Shipper Fuel
Management (Virtual Method)
Issued May 29, 2012

US Patent: 20120158609
Issued June 21, 2012

US Patent: 20120239587
SMART Fuel Management
Issued September 20, 2012

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