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Supply chain managers 'willing to collaborate with rivals'

30 April 2010

The majority of manufacturing and retail firms would consider collaborating with their competitors for supply chain purposes, it has been claimed.

At a recent seminar hosted by the Shippers' Voice during the Multimodal exhibition in Birmingham, a survey from Transport Intelligence (TI) showed 94 per cent of respondents would be willing to work together in this way.

Presenting the findings, TI director Joel Ray suggested that the majority of managers viewed transport services as "the main area with potential" for supply chain collaboration.

The survey revealed that cost savings, rather than environmental concerns, are the main driver for businesses considering partnerships of this nature.

Mr Ray commented: "The green element gets lip service, but it goes out the window when times are difficult and it is a question of survival. It is all about cost."

Juha Hintsa from the Cross-Border Research Association in Switzerland recently said supply chain issues should be on the agenda of "every boardroom meeting".

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Categories: Procurement & Supply Chain

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