Use of Consolidation Centres
Zone Manager can manage consolidation centres and locations including milk-round traffic to and from the main locations. This ensures additional control and organisation for project managers and the opportunity to reduce deliveries by up to 68%.
One location receives multiple deliveries from suppliers
Reduce the number of journeys needed
Store less stock on-site and release valuable floor space
Off-site security screening of deliveries
The complexity of these large construction projects in concentrated urban areas means that there are often logistical challenges such as restrictions surrounding frequency and number of deliveries as well as limited access to delivery areas and loading bays. Even when projects are forced to use loading bays underground due to lack of outside space, this adds significant travel time between gate and dock. Deliveries of materials by individual suppliers are becoming increasingly untenable.
Consolidation centres are becoming fundamental in offering a solution and thereby overcoming logistical challenges, reducing CO2 emissions, ensuring that constructors are complying with environmental regulations and ultimately increasing construction efficiency and productivity.
Consolidation centres are designed to minimise vehicle journeys, while also improving delivery reliability and efficiency.
What is a consolidation centre and what are the benefits?
The principle behind a consolidation centre is that:
• One location receives multiple deliveries from suppliers
• Different goods for the same site are grouped together at the centre
• A single delivery vehicle delivers the consolidated goods to the site
• This helps reduce the number of journeys needed and minimise disruption for the recipient
Other benefits include:
• Off-site security screening of deliveries
• Fuel efficiency
• Central place for packaging to be returned to with centralised resources for compacting and recycling
• Pre-assembly work can be carried out in a clean warm environment and therefore minimising damage and demands on space on site
• Delivery efficiency
• Shorter routes to known distances makes them conducive to the use of electric and hybrid vehicles
• As you need to store less stock on-site, you can release floor space for other means, while still having easy access to the supplies you need
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Advanced Features of Consolidation Centres
How does Zone Manager integrate with consolidation centres?
Zone Manager can manage consolidation centres and locations including milk-round traffic to and from the main locations. This ensures additional control and organisation for project managers and the opportunity to reduce deliveries by up to 68%*.
Zone Manager, however, goes one step further than this. Where specific loads are needed directly on site due to the size or immediacy of use (i.e. joists, beams or concrete) Zone Manager allows custom configuration where automated rules can be set up therefore directing specific loads for delivery directly to site. Furthermore, automated reverse rules can also be configured so that if an attempt is made to deliver specific items to the consolidation centre, they will be automatically redirected to the main site.
With security measures becoming increasingly prevalent in the delivery and logistics sector, here at Zone Manager, developers have been employing tried and tested solutions for the security of deliveries coming into and out of consolidation centres. Zone Manager’s integration of ‘lock codes’ for bonded deliveries from a consolidation centre to a main site gives security assurances that are increasingly sought.
*Gareth, M. (2019). Improving the last mile in construction logistics.