Horizontal Collaboration by Collaborative Sourcing

Did you know the total cost of road freight transport inefficiency is estimated at €160 billion, or 1.3% of EU27 CO2 footprint per annum? Meanwhile, the pressure is on for the EU to remain competitive as the world’s largest exporter and biggest trader in goods.

The good news is, matching capacity and demand can contribute towards eliminating empty miles while securing growth.

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Our latest white-paper aims to help realize the possibilities for closer vertical and horizontal collaboration through sharing valuable insight and best practice based on successful joint initiatives.

Global Supply Networks Coordination and Collaboration is one of five pillars ALICE has identified as key drivers towards more sustainable and efficient logistics. Horizontal collaboration on a strategic or execution level is an initiative designed to tackle inefficiencies in the supply chain that convert into a high number of empty miles, wasted costs, congestion and around 25% of EU CO2 emissions (7% of which is attributed to Heavy Goods Vehicles).

This white-paper recaps widely known inefficiencies characteristic of logistics, scenarios in which EU-backed joint tenders have been successful, and provides commentary on collaborative sourcing efforts that haven’t performed to define best practice and enable greater efficiency that benefits the whole supply chain, and our whole planet. 

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How will you benefit?

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Deepen your understanding of new approaches 

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Gain a balanced view of critical success factors: what works, what doesn’t, and why to ensure universal stakeholder satisfaction

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Learn about emerging best practices

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Apply new insight to enable closer vertical and horizontal collaboration between different network owners in Europe

I hate empty miles because it's a proposition which makes no sense from any point of view. The aim is to eliminate or re-use empty miles and this will require more collaboration.”

— Pietro d’Arpa,
Vice President Supply Chain-Europe Logistics & End to End Strategic Planning at Procter & Gamble

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Key conclusions include:

  • Transparency is non-negotiable to ensure robustness of tender exercises, clear contract communications, and flexibility for deviating conditions

  • Success is in Shippers’ hands - their full commitment is a game-changer

  • A powerful tool for analysis, tendering and lane bundling is key 

  • Higher volumes and lower volatility are ideal suitability factors for joint tender exercises