Horizontal collaboration and freight flow bundling can significantly improve the efficiency, sustainability and asset utilization of the European logistics network. Between September 2011-2014, the European Union is actively promoting and supporting collaborative logistics by sponsoring a €2 million, 3 year project, called Collaboration Concepts for Co-modality (CO3).
The mission of CO3 is to develop, test and disseminate strategies, best practices and business models for logistics collaboration across Europe. An international consortium of 18 innovation partners are working together to deliver a concrete contribution to increasing vehicle load factors, reducing empty movements and stimulating co-modality.
The CO3 project coordinates and develops studies, expert group exchanges and innovative methodologies as well as legal and operational building blocks for freight flow bundling in Europe. The developed tools, technologies and business models are being applied and validated in the market via pilot projects. By enabling collaboration between shippers and industry partners, CO3 organizes real-life test cases to demonstrate that collaborative logistics can reduce cost and transport externalities such as congestion and greenhouse gas emissions, without compromising the customer service level.
Last but not least, the CO3 consortium facilitates matchmaking and knowledge-sharing through conferences and practical workshops to transfer experience and increase the market acceptance of collaboration.
CO3 is an “applied research program”, which means the consortium is continuously reaching out to the market to capture direct feedback from European shippers, logistics actors and intermediaries. As such, part of this Dinalog event is to have a breakout session in which the attendees will be split into groups to discuss a range of questions covering attitudes towards horizontal collaboration, the drivers, barriers and opportunities. Each breakout group will be recorded but all contributions will be anonymous. The aim is to get a balance between depth and coverage so each group will be made up of a range of industry sectors and types of operations. The outcome will provide a valuable contribution to the CO3 project to help identify the most suitable business models.
Come and participate in what should be a fascinating discussion lead by a panel of distinguished speakers followed by breakout sessions. This entertaining and informal event will be concluded with a light buffet and heavy networking.
Please register your interest as early as possible and we are keen to get a good mix of shippers and service providers.