There are just a few examples of supply chain collaboration in chemical
industries. Primarily, this is due to the fact that most leading
managers on the producing side still disagree in sharing whatever with a
logistics service provider, a competitor, the public or whoever.
Then, there are those who cautiously try out one or the other
service project, do some small-scale co-operation, but feel there is no
big gain from that.
Finally, there are those in chemical industry who ask their favoured
LSPs to make proposals for optimized logistics processes or who at
least are open for suggestions.
There indeed are examples of collaboration in chemical industry.
Horizontal collaboration between producers and Logistics Service
Providers (LSPs) exist, but very few is published on the subject. It is
however recognized that innovative LSPs may act as key drivers in this
field. By providing added-value services, which go far beyond pure
transport, they initiate vertical collaboration as a precursor to
greater horizontal collaboration.
In the spirit of Responsible Care and SQAS both Cefic and Ecta take
pains in working out Best Practices in dedicated working groups. They
publish recommendations and standard operating procedures. chemical logistics
shall serve as another pacemaker in the right direction and show that
supply chain optimization through Best Practices has only just begun.
chemical logistics is issued completely in English language.