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At the end of each year, I like to take stock of the major freight transportation stories of the past twelve months and look ahead to the trends that will drive the industry in the coming year.  The two blogs that I write are prepared from my perspective as a consultant to shippers and carriers.

This year I would like to hear from you.  Those of you who follow this blog observe trends in your segment of the industry.  Please take a minute to share them with me.  Please post them on this blog or send a private e mail to dan@dantranscon.com

Please feel free to select any major trend or trends that are having or will have a major impact on our industry, whether regulatory, economic, technological, demographic, consumer behavior, environmental, modal shifts or business strategy.

To broaden the range of inputs and perspectives, I will also post this request on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.  In the coming weeks I will be preparing my two lists.  The lists will include a blend of my observations and yours.  Look for these two blogs in mid-December.  Thank you to those of you who take the time to share your observations with me.

 

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This past week I had the privilege of attending and speaking at the Food and Consumer Products of Canada’s (FCPC) first ever Supply Chain Day. This well-attended event attracted an audience of some of Canada’s largest shippers. The day featured a number of Canada’s leading authorities on logistics and transportation. It also included some fascinating group discussions on some of the most challenging issues facing shippers of consumer products in Canada.

One of the work group sessions that was focused on Western Canada distribution was led by Mark Thomas, Managing Principal at Meta Management Consulting. The very animated discussion touched on many of the issues facing Canadian shippers including the trade-offs of GTA versus western Canada based warehouses, the impacts of the large retail inbound freight management programs, tightening freight capacity, freight cost increases and a host of other issues. One possible approach to address some of these challenges is for food and consumer products manufacturers, whether competitors or not, to more effectively combine their freight volumes.   This could serve to reduce costs while maintaining or improving service.

This brought to mind a recent study on horizontal collaboration conducted by eyefortransport. The study defined horizontal collaboration in the supply chain as the process where “manufacturers share supply chain assets for mutual benefit. This can include sharing distribution centres, combining truckloads or collaborating on manufacturing. The important distinction is that horizontal collaboration is co-operation across rather than along supply chains (shipper + 3PL + retailer, for example) and can even be between direct competitors”.

The author points out that “with transportation costs on the rise and increasing pressure to reduce spend, horizontal collaboration provides a unique solution to improving supply chain efficiency, asset optimisation, minimising the risk of emerging markets, and maintaining margin. The initiative is by no means a quick fix – it requires diligence, patience and internal support at all levels. However, forward thinking supply chain executives who implement horizontal collaboration now will gain a crucial competitive advantage in the years to come as opposed to those who ignore its potential”.

The study surveyed shippers, logistics providers, transport companies and consultants/technology providers. “Of respondents who have experience(s) with horizontal collaboration, a notably greater number had done so with non-competitors (95% shippers, 73% 3PLs, 45% carriers) than with competitors (68% shippers, 50% 3PLs, 30% carriers). Results also showed that a slightly greater number of respondents choose horizontal collaboration to bundle complementary goods (66% shippers, 48% 3PLs, 24% carriers), than to bundle non-related goods (48% shippers, 46% 3PLs, 21% carriers), or to share information (49% shippers, 29% 3PLs, 30% carriers). Perhaps the most interesting result was the general trend for carriers to collaborate more than 3PLs, who in turn collaborate more than shippers”.

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