Imbalance between full goods deliveries and empty goods pickups.
Trucks that ride empty or half-empty are a problem for the environment, traffic and transportation costs. The recently founded Multimodaal.Vlaanderen joined forces with AB Inbev, Coca-cola European Partners, Delhaize and Chep to find a solution to these issues.
From an examination executed within the VIL-Project “empty logistics”, it was clear that beer producers are often confronted with an imbalance between full goods deliveries and empty goods pickups. During the periods following promotions, such as 2 + 1 crates for free, this imbalance increases. For this reason, breweries must plan extra truck journeys to pick up empty goods at times when they can’t supply full goods. These extra journeys not only weigh heavy on the environment and congestion, but also increase the brewer’s transportation costs.