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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Take a look at our case studies for examples of organisations already benefiting from consolidating deliveries.
To find out more how to get started with consolidating deliveries, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about how consolidation techniques can save time and money, take a look at the video below.