A framework for horizontal cooperation in logistics

Sven Verstrepen*, Martine Cools, Frans Cruijssen, W. Dullaert

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This paper first explores the motives and drivers that Logistic Service Providers (LSPs) may feel to start up horizontal cooperation. Secondly, a classification supporting LSPs in their search for a suitable collaboration structure is developed based on distinguishing cooperation characteristics encountered in practice. The third contribution consists of a description of the typical life cycle of a partnership and how it can be managed over time. Partnerships are presented as a means for LSPs to cope with increasingly difficult market conditions. In addition, they offer positive side effects for society and the environment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)228-248
JournalInternational Journal of Logistics Systems and Management
Issue number3/4
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes


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