Innovative collaboration to generate savings in costs and CO2 for Baxter and Donaldson through orchestrated co-loading of transports between Belgium & Ireland.
Baxter, a global healthcare company, and Donaldson, a global manufacturer of filtration systems, have successfully been co-loading their transports between Belgium and Ireland since August 2012. Neutral orchestrator TRI-VIZOR is synchronizing the...
Baxteris a global healthcare company with expertise in medical devices, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology and has its European distribution center in Lessines, ca. 40 km from Brussels. Donaldson is one of the largest manufacturers of filtration solutions in the world with a European distribution center in Bruges. Both companies have compatible freight flows, among others between Belgium and Ireland. This bundling opportunity was detected by
As the potential savings in costs and CO2 turned out to be substantial for both Baxter and Donaldson, they decided to start a pilot in August 2012. Neutral orchestrator
For the transport of the co-loaded containers from Belgium to Ireland, Baxter and Donaldson selected logistics service provider ECS European Containers, mainly because of its experience with the Belgium-Ireland lane. Pieter Balcaen,
The benefits for the companies involved in co-loading are manyfold, but mainly include substantial savings in transportation cost in combination with the use of fewer containers, with higher capacity utilization. On top of that, important sustainability gains are being realized through co-loading. In this case, a CO2 reduction of more than 15% is achieved. For Baxter, this is not the first successful horizontal collaboration experience. In 2011, Baxter started to co-load with another global healthcare company on multiple destinations to central and eastern Europe. “We’ve experienced that the benefits of bundling and consolidation could be very significant, especially if trust is installed in the community by a neutral orchestrator. Our aim is to continuously expand this collaboration to new destinations and with new partners. Moreover, driving reductions in our carbon footprintis part of Baxter’s long-term sustainability approach to balancing business priorities with social, economic and environmental responsibilities”, says Ludovic Ménédème, director transport and distribution EMEA at Baxter.