Breakthrough Named to Fast Company’s Annual List of the World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2021

March 9, 2021


Breakthrough among top-ranked in the Logistics category

Green Bay, Wis. – Breakthrough has been named to Fast Company’s prestigious annual list of the World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2021.

The list honors the businesses that have not only found a way to be resilient in the past year, but also turned those challenges into impact-making processes. These companies did more than survive, they thrived—and made an impact on their industries and culture as a whole. This year’s MIC list features 463 businesses from 29 countries.

“Breakthrough has spent nearly two decades empowering our team to challenge the status quo in pursuit of more effective solutions for our clients,” said Doug Mueller, CEO and president of Breakthrough. “As we celebrate the innovation that brought Network Intelligence to life in our FELIX platform, we remain relentlessly focused on driving the industry forward, creating new value for our clients, and continuously innovating for a brighter future.”

Breakthrough’s Network Intelligence offering is the only unbiased contract freight solution that creates stable and intuitive transportation networks. This solution help shippers optimize their transportation networks by uncovering inefficiencies, serving strategic recommendations for improvement, and providing rate and partnership guidance. Powered by a robust ecosystem of data, Breakthrough uses its comprehensive industry expertise to help shippers navigate the dynamic freight environment.

Network Intelligence comes to life in Breakthrough’s platform, FELIX (Freight, Energy, Load, Information, and eXperience), which launched early in 2020. FELIX is a first-of-its-kind strategic transportation platform that provides shippers with a superior approach to managing their transportation network. Shippers use FELIX’s actionable, data-driven recommendations to evolve their procurement strategies by intelligently procuring freight, analyzing network performance, and nimbly adjusting partnerships and price as needed. It is the bridge between transportation procurement and operations.

Breakthrough was founded on a commitment to disrupt a niche portion of transportation spend—fuel reimbursements—which paved a path of innovation that led to the development of Network Intelligence and FELIX. As these new solutions grow, Breakthrough remains committed to continued innovation that brings powerful data and informed strategies to the transportation industry.

Fast Company’s editors and writers sought out the most groundbreaking businesses across the globe and industries. They also judged nominations received through their application process.

The World’s Most Innovative Companies is Fast Company’s signature franchise and one of its most highly anticipated editorial efforts of the year. It provides both a snapshot and a road map for the future of innovation across the most dynamic sectors of the economy.

“In a year of unprecedented challenges, the companies on this list exhibit fearlessness, ingenuity, and creativity in the face of crisis,” said Fast Company Deputy Editor David Lidsky, who oversaw the issue with Senior Editor Amy Farley.

To coincide with the issue launch, Fast Company will host its first-ever Most Innovative Companies Summit on March 9 and 10. This virtual, multiday summit will celebrate the Most Innovative Companies in business, provide an early look at major business trends, and offer the inspiration and practical insights on what it takes to innovate in 2021.

Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies issue (March/April 2021) is now available online, as well as in app form via iTunes and on newsstands beginning March 16, 2021. The hashtag is #FCMostInnovative.



Breakthrough is a leading innovator in energy and transportation management, dedicated to creating transparent strategies for the world’s leading shippers. By leveraging their robust dataset of over $20 billion in freight spend and more than 1 billion gallons of fuel, Breakthrough uncovers freight optimizations and removes distortion from traditional transportation practices. Together, with their shipper clients, Breakthrough is transforming the transportation industry by building a more effective freight ecosystem. The company has received the prestigious “Winning Through Innovation” award from Unilever and is a five-time recipient of Procter & Gamble’s “External Business Partner Excellence Award.” Learn more on Breakthrough’s website.


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