Supply Chain Executives are Utilising Horizontal Collaboration to Cut Transportation Costs and Maximise Efficiency – New Report Reveals How and Why

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A new eyefortransport report – the first of it’s kind – collates the current views of shippers, 3PLs and carriers regarding horizontal collaboration – an area of increasing media and industry attention. Otherwise known as when semi/direct competitors consolidate portions of their supply chain together for mutual benefit, horizontal collaboration is being hailed as this most profitable supply chain innovation to surface this year.

Already predicted to save the logistics industry €28 billion a year, horizontal collaboration in the supply chain is fast becoming the new "buzzword" for 2010.

The eyefortransport 2010 European Supply Chain Horizontal Collaboration Report is the result of survey responses from over 580 European supply chain executives, providing crucial insight from 3PLs, carriers and shippers (manufacturers & retailers) in regards to the current key issues of horizontal collaboration, including: expected timescales for widespread implementation, types of horizontal collaboration being utilised, industries leading the way in horizontal collaboration development, key drivers for initiation as well as common barriers.

The report reveals that widespread implementation of horizontal collaboration in the supply chain is expected by 88% of 3PLS, 86% of carriers and 85% of shippers. The projected timescales of widespread implementation varied with the majority of shippers (43%) estimating it would take over 5 years, whilst 3PLs (35%) and carriers (36%) estimating it would happen in the next 3 years.

Demonstrating the ever-increasing pressure to be more cost-efficient, 66% of shippers and 47% of carriers identified “cutting their transport costs” as the key driver to researching or implementing horizontal collaboration within their supply chain. Interestingly, the key driver for 3PLs was “cutting transport costs for their customers” at 48%, with only 38% identifying cutting their own transport costs as a significant driver.

Drivers that would prompt their companies to further invest in horizontal collaboration included: establishment of a legal/contractual framework (29% shippers, 21% 3PLs and 25% carriers), establishment of a regulatory framework (26% shippers, 14% 3PLs, and 23% carriers), establishment of gain-sharing models (34% shippers, 32% 3PLs, and 27% carriers) and more industry case studies (42% shippers, 33% 3PLs, and 29% carriers).

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Legal/contractual/regulatory framework, gain-sharing models, industry case-studies are available and will be on the agenda at the Horizontal Collaboration in the Supply Chain Summit, taking place June 1-2 at the Hilton Hotel in Brussels. The Summit is a one-stop-shop for learning how you can profit from horizontal collaboration and apply it to your business and features leading case studies from Procter & Gamble, HJ Heinz, Henkel, Colgate-Palmolive, Bridgestone, Kimberly-Clark, Unilever, Baxter, General Mills, Nestlé, TDG, Damco and Norbert Dentressangle, all of whom will be sharing their mistakes and best practices.

Full details, including the agenda and speaker list, can be found at

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