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.
|Number of pages||21|
|Journal||International Journal of Logistics Systems and Management|
|Publication status||Published - 2009|
- Cooperation life cycle
- Horizontal partnerships
- Logistic service providers
- Supply chain collaboration