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.

Cooperation life cycle, Framework, Horizontal partnerships, LSPs, Logistic service providers, Supply chain collaboration,
ERIM Article Series (EAS)
International Journal of Logistics Systems and Management
Erasmus Research Institute of Management

Verstrepen, S, Cools, M.L, Cruijssen, F, & Dullaert, W. (2009). A dynamic framework for managing horizontal cooperation in logistics. International Journal of Logistics Systems and Management, 5(3-4), 228–248. doi:10.1504/IJLSM.2009.022497