Are sharing economy principles applicable in the field of warehousing?
The sharing economy is a disruptive development which affects current businesses within the logistics sector and stimulates new initiatives.
Existing examples are compose or stockspots. For both shippers and logistics service providers sharing economy principles could be an option to cope with trends such as sustainability issues, lack of space, staffing issues, e-commerce, increasing requirements of customers, etc.
At first glance, sharing has a resemblance with more traditional horizontal and vertical cooperation concepts. What is so different when we talk about sharing logistics? An initial exploration of literature shows that there are different ‘scenarios’ of sharing regarding warehousing. What does each scenario entail? What is a feasible scenario for a company? Are companies even aware of possible opportunities? These questions are part of this qualitative exploratory research. The research is part of a larger project. See the link below.