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An Online Cargo Bunding Tool for SMEs, Odisee University College

As SMEs produce fewer goods compared to bigger companies, the number of products they ship at once is rather limited. Because of these smaller shipments, SMEs cannot benefit as much from existing economies of scale. This means that SMEs are faced with a large competitive disadvantage when entering new or smaller markets. The problem is that SMEs cannot fill and ship a full container which would be much more cost efficient. Hence, the solution is to bring together as many SMEs as is required to fill an entire container or truck. Such initiatives, where an independent third party acts as a transport orchestrator, already exist for bigger companies. However, these initiatives are not accessible for SMEs as the direct and indirect costs are too high.

Therefore, our project focusses on making cargo bundling accessible for SMEs. In order to boost the competitiveness of the SMEs, we aim to develop an online tool to consolidate small individual shipments of several SMEs. Our goal is to match SMEs with compatible shipments and compatible destinations. This way, the tool will make it possible for SMEs to benefit from the economies of scale, even with small individual shipments. As the SMEs become more competitive, we also hope to increase SME export and employment.

In our research we not only focus on the technical issues to match compatible shipments, but we also investigate the different collaboration possibilities and their issues. Such issues include for example delays caused by one of the SMEs, damage, not respecting the agreements and other risks.


Odisee University College - Research Department Business Science 

Project: Cargo-bundling: katalysator voor KMO-export

Address: Warmoesberg 26, 1000 Brussel, Office E4001

+ 32 (0)2 300 22 19

philippe.debruecker@odisee.be


 



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