• Identification of collaborative shipping opportunities using BBaRT

      Creemers, Stefan; Woumans, Gert; Beliën, Jeroen; Boute, Robert (2017)
      A growing trend in improving logistics e ciency is to set up logistics partnerships with other companies. One can distinguish between vertical and horizontal supply chain collaborations. Vertical collaborations are established between suppliers and buyers. An example of vertical collaboration is sharing information on customer orders upstream the supply chain in order to reduce demand uncertainty for the suppliers. Horizontal collaborations are established between companies that operate at the same level in di erent supply chains, i.e., between suppliers or between buyers. Sharing transportation capacity when moving freight is an example of horizontal collaboration, an option that bene ts the environment and yields substantial network e ciencies. It is even possible that two co-opetitors set up a horizontal cooperation (Leitner et al., 2011). Horizontal partnerships in logistics have the potential to generate substantial gains by leveraging the overlaps in transport networks (Leitner et al., 2011). Whereas vertical collaborations have already been successfully established for many years, horizontal collaboration initiatives are more recent and are expected to become more widespread in the near future
    • Tri-Vizor uses an efficient algorithm to identify collaborative shipping opportunities

      Creemers, Stefan; Woumans, Gert; Boute, Robert; Beliën, Jeroen (Interfaces, 2017)
      Collaborative shipping programs, whereby companies bundle their transport loads, are a growing trend in logistics. By bundling shipments with other partners, available space in truck hauls for one company can be used to transport shipments for other companies. The benefits are reduced logistics costs and a lower carbon footprint. Although the advantages of collaborative shipping are clear, finding suitable collaboration partners is a major impediment. In this article we present a tool that enables the quick identification of potential partners based on their geographical compatibility, even when the database of shipment lanes is very large. The tool allows the detection of bundling, back-hauling, and round-trip opportunities, as well as “collect-and-or-drop” opportunities in which shipments are collected and (or) dropped off en route. Tri-Vizor, a facilitator and orchestrator of horizontal logistics partnerships, is currently using this tool. Any company that is looking for collaborative shipping partners would also find it valuable. For Tri-Vizor, whose database has grown to over 130,000 shipment lanes, this tool has become an indispensable asset in detecting collaborative shipping opportunities.