What is the added value of stock pre-positioning coordination?

Through in-depth studies carried out in close collaboration with leading research institutions, ESUPS aims to demonstrate and communicate the added value of coordination regarding stock pre-positioning. This is done by examining the impact of sharing stock-related data, increasing joint procurement, adopting loan-borrowing mechanisms for relief items as well as moving toward a branding postponement approach (this is known as delayed product differentiation in the private sector, where the approach is widely implemented).

Ongoing research is being carried out jointly by our academic partners from HEC Montreal (Canada) and Ozyegin University (Turkey).

Based on logistical and historical responses information provided by ESUPS partners, researchers are analysing how much time and money could potentially have been saved by the humanitarian community in several recent large-scale disasters, had they had collaborative strategies in place before the advent of a disaster.

In addition, examining the key aspects mentioned above (with a focus on loan-borrowing and branding postponement) will facilitate the elaboration of collaborative logistics strategies, adapted to different settings where humanitarian actors operate. Humanitarian agencies and organisations will be able to draw from a set of recommendations and evaluate the benefits of collaborative pre-positioning, with a view to maximise the impact of their future responses and reach an ever-higher number of people in need.

The research findings will contribute to other similar studies in the domain of humanitarian logistics undertaken in recent years, including a report on practices related to pooling logistics resources prepared by RĂ©seau Logistique Humanitaire.

Finally, in line with SDG 17, this collaboration contributes to the reinforcement of partnerships between academic institutions and humanitarian practitioners.

All project activities under this pillar are designed to support a change in mindset, promoting a more concrete collaboration among humanitarian stockholders, with the goal to increase the efficiency, efficacy and overall coherence of coordinated pre-positioning strategies.

Previous research conducted by Penn State University: