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Cambion

The sharing economy is undeniably on the rise and will become an important part of the economy. With the project Cambion VIL wants to investigate if the principle of car sharing is applicable in the logistics sector, as so called ‘fleet sharing’. Are companies able and willing to share their vehicles when they are not being used, to reduce costs and generate extra turnover? This project focusses on own transport as well as subcontract transport.

status: Running | thema: sustainability-en | type: regional


This project starts from a specific logistic problem: the standstill of vehicles. To meet their customer demands, transport companies and shippers with their own fleet adjust their capacity of vehicles based on peak periods. Every day, week and season had its own peak periods. These peak periods can be different for each company. During off peak periods vehicles stand still.

The sharing economy mostly uses B2C and peer-to-peer platforms. The latter connects consumers directly through a supporting IT platform or an app, which doesn’t own the shared products or services. Initiatives in terms of B2B are rising, but still not on the same scale as in the consumer market, and certainly not in the logistics sector.

Opportunities

With this project VIL wants to examine if it is possible to share vehicles and thereby reduce costs or generate extra turnover by renting out free capacity of vehicles or carrying out extra orders. A broader utilization of materials and shared costs can make shorter depreciation periods possible, and therefore make way for the newest, most sustainable materials (EURO standards).

Specific activities

  • To map out the current situation, impediments (e.g. liability, permits, insurance, logos on vehicles, …) and other practical conditions
  • Providing insight into the potential, distinguishing different types of vehicles
  • Searching for the ideal cooperation model, including legal requirements
  • To develop a simulation model to identify matches between companies
  • To implement the concept at the participating companies (business case and proof of concept)

Practical details

Start: December 2017
Total lead time: 20 months

Participating companies

Eleven companies: Deny Logistics, Eutraco, Exsan (Sany Group), Gilbert De Clercq, Hamann Logistics, Remitrans, Snel Logistics, Transport Lux, Transport Vanschoonbeek – Matterne, Vengo en Vincent Logistics.

   

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