Peaks cost – a new initiative of the TSL branch and the manufacturers

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The TSL industry representatives and manufacturing companies initiated a nationwide project "Peaks cost", aiming to find a catalog of good practices and to reduce the phenomenon of artificially generated monthly peaks in road transport of goods. The initiative is open to the public – anyone who feels a part, may join the project.


With the development of economy and the increase in the amount of transported goods, from year to year the phenomenon of transport peaks in the national transport grows. In the last days of the month the roads become filled with more vehicles, and the number of transport orders grow by several times. These are usually artificially generated peaks which are not a consequence of any real consumer demand.


As a result, the negative phenomena of peaks affect every each of us. The manufacturers and retailers face higher logistical and administrative costs, the operators face a reduction of the quality of services and an increase in the cost of maintenance of transport systems, the haulers feel the instability of employment and work in conditions of stress, and a typical Pole struggle with traffic on the roads and related to it traffic jams, accidents, noise and increase of emissions to the environment.


The reason of the project "Peaks cost" is to develop and promote practical methods of reducing transport peaks, thus eliminating the associated negative effects: economic, social and environmental. Think tank "Peaks cost" is assumed to be open and encourages anyone who feels a part, to actively join in and share their own insights and ideas. The project aims to engage all participants of the supply chain.


The project is planned for a series of activities of analyzing the negative effects of the phenomenon, a survey of manufacturing companies that have high volumes of transported goods, practical workshops focusing the TSL industry representatives, manufacturers and retailers, as well as a variety of actions in cooperation with industry organizations, e.g. a comparison of the transport peaks in Poland and in other European countries.


The role of coordinator of the project took on a logistics operator ROHLIG SUUS Logistics, an industry expert is Graphene Partners, and partners of the projects are: Polish Association of Logistics Managers, Polish Chamber of Shipping and Logistics, ECR Poland, Institute of Logistics and Warehousing, and national industry media: Eurologistics,, Poland Truck&Business, Logistyka Produkcji, Top Logistyk,, Logistyka magazine,,, monthly EMIL.


- Our goal is not to eliminate the peaks but to reduce the scale of the problem, to provoke discussion and inspire manufacturers to, together with the operators, identify weaknesses and think about how they can be improved. It is worth understanding and talking about the phenomenon of transport peaks, because directly or indirectly they affect the whole society – inform the organizers of the action "Peaks cost".


Along with the start of the project a web site was launched, which on the one hand, brings together companies interested in the initiative, on the other – is the source of knowledge and good practice.


- Artificial transport peaks are a problem well known among members of the ECR Poland for a long time. Unfortunately, it does not concern only the logistics and to reduce its burden requires a fundamental change in the functioning of modern business. It is not an easy task – hence any initiative in this area is valuable. Therefore, we believe that it is worth to start to discuss the problem loudly and openly, and find solutions, starting with small, easily accessible steps – says Matthew Borut, Managing Director of ECR Poland, an organization supporting the project.

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