Transport collaboration? Yes! But how to get started?

Transport collaboration? Yes! But how to get started?

February 19, 2021

How to get started with transport collaboration?

The logistics sector is increasingly aware about the impact that supply chains have on the environment. Avoiding empty kilometres is high on the agenda of many companies. Partnerships and supply chain collaborations gaining interest, including in the area of transportation. But (too) few steps are being taken. Because, yeah, how do you do that? What is there to consider? 

Bram Lefever Collaborative Transport Solutions Manager T&I Benelux

In Spain, the CHEP team recently set up another collaborative transport example between FMCG giant Henkel and dairy producer CAPSA FOOD. During three round trips per week between Madrid and Catalonia, both parties will share a duo-trailer; a truck pulling two standard trailers. Currently this is the largest road transport vehicle in Europe, emitting 25-30% less CO2 per trip than traditional trucks! In addition, this collaboration results in 250,000 fewer empty kilometres, which is equivalent to approximately 115 tonnes of CO2. 
 

So, I can undoubtedly say that collaborative transport works.

But how do you get started?
And what do you need to consider in order to set up such a partnership?

 

  • Willingness of both parties
    The basis for this type of cooperation is the data of product flows. Both parties must be willing to share certain data with each other or with a neutral facilitator. And they must commit to passing on orders in a timely manner. Putting the puzzle together could take some time.
     
  • Type of truck
    It is very important to know what type of truck is used for what lanes and what products are transported. How is this vehicle loaded? What is the load capacity? 
     
  • Price agreements with hauliers
    The hauliers should of course also be involved in the whole process. Price agreements largely determine the feasibility of the project.
     
  • Matching lanes
    And what lanes can eventually be combined? That is of course the key question. Good news: we can help you identify them.

As the market leader in pallet pooling, we have been able to build up a strong network. In Europe alone, our network comprises 315,000 delivery points and is therefore more than 15 times larger than the one of our biggest competitor. Our database of customer declarations counts 225,000 transport flows and 13.5 million shipments. We therefore have good insights into all kinds of product flows and transportation lanes.

Sounds cool, but what next?

With our own matching tool, we compare different lanes with each other and identify the most optimal round trips between our customers and a CHEP transport or between two customers, as in the case of Henkel and CAPSA. This enables us to pinpoint exactly where you can save money by working together.

After that, the discussions between the different parties can begin. Lanes are being combined and steps are being taken to make the supply chain more efficient and sustainable. 

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