To gain competitiveness, companies are looking beyond their borders for partnerships to increase the efficiency and sustainability of their supply chains. Potential partners are not only to be found upstream and downstream of the supply chain, but more and more companies are also collaborating with companies at the same level of the supply chain, sometimes even with competitors.
Some of these initiatives have been able to significantly increase service levels, while at the same time reducing costs and greenhouse gas emissions. However, many companies are hesitant to start cooperating. Finding a suitable partner is regarded as one of the most important hurdles. When a partner is found, companies find that it is difficult to estimate the benefits of cooperation beforehand. Moreover, it is hard to choose a method dividing these benefits that is regarded as fair by all partners. Research from diverse domains can assist in overcoming these hurdles.
The aim of this special issue is to publish papers in the broad area of horizontal collaboration in logistics and supply chain management. We especially welcome contributions that can aid the implementation of horizontal cooperation initiatives by removing some of their barriers.
This issue welcomes both theoretical contributions and empirical research based on, for example, market analysis, surveys, case studies, etc. Interdisciplinary research is also encouraged.
Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
- Full estimation of costs and benefits related to horizontal cooperation
- Identification of different forms of cooperation through case studies
- Partner selection
- Cost allocation
- Transportation planning in horizontal cooperation
Paper submission: 15 February, 2013
Feedback to authors: 17 April, 2013
Submission of revised paper: 6 May, 2013