B-Kay Tech: Horizontal Collaboration in Logistics
In 2016, the supply chain director of B-Kay Tech, a multinational company headquartered in Belgium, had devised a logistics innovation project based on collaborative shipping, through which partner companies' shipments could be proactively bundled in the same transport-without traditional, reactive third-party groups. With this system, any available space in one company's transport facility could be utilized to transport shipments for the other company, reducing the overall number of trucks used and positively impacting greenhouse gas emissions. For this collaboration, the director had identified a potential partner in WARE-TOUCH, a U.K.-based multinational company that produced and distributed everyday consumer goods throughout Europe and the Middle East. The supply chain director at B-Kay Tech had to propose a gainsharing mechanism to convince WARE-TOUCH that a collaboration between the two companies would have been beneficial. The authors Robert Boute and Tom Van Steendam are affiliated with Vlerick Business School. Stefan Creemers is affiliated with IESEG School of Management.