Consolidation is the process of rearranging and combining shipments to reduce the number of deliveries you make. The aim is to reduce the number of vehicles carrying freight entering a city by making sure their carrying capacity is fully used.

This brings with it cost savings and environmental benefits; it helps to reduce congestion and associated emissions, as well as making the road safer for all users.

Benefits of consolidation

Cost savings

While often seen as being costly, consolidating products from their point of origin or at a consolidation centre can realise cost savings by increasing order sizes (buying in bulk) and utilising the full capacity of delivery vehicles.

Changing the way you order supplies can save money. By using just one supplier you can negotiate a better price for ordering more products. If the number of deliveries made by the supplier is reduced, they will also benefit from reduced distribution costs. This should be recognised in the overall purchasing cost.

Environmental benefits

Combining deliveries means fewer vehicles on the road, which will reduce congestion and associated emissions and also result in lower distribution costs for suppliers.


A sustained increase in consolidation activity will help to reduce the number of commercial vehicles on London's roads, helping to reduce the risk to vulnerable road users.

Methods of consolidation

  • Encouraging customers to order larger quantities of non-perishable goods, such as stationery, when storage space is available or even to create more space
  • Working with nearby customers to share a single delivery. See the Freight publications page for case studies of how this can be done successfully
  • Postponing non-urgent deliveries until they can be combined with other jobs in a similar area

There are a number of other methods that can help reduce the number of deliveries, including using fewer suppliers or using a nominated carrier. Find out more in the report below.

London construction consolidation centres

By using consolidation centres, organisations and planning authorities can improve operational efficiency, resulting in reduced congestion, fewer delays and improved safety.

The directory below lists construction consolidation centres in London, including capacity, location and contact details.

How consolidation works: examples

Take a look at our case studies for examples of organisations already benefiting from consolidating deliveries.

Get started

To find out more how to get started with consolidating deliveries, contact us at For more information about how consolidation techniques can save time and money, take a look at the video below.