CONSOLIDATED SHOP DELIVERIES
This is a simple and practical concept which saves both money and a lot of CO2. In any European country, some 5 to 8 different parcel delivery companies take care of most of the parcels going to shops. At an average independent retailer, you will see 6 trucks stopping every day, each with one or two parcels to deliver. The reason for this is that the suppliers to that shop all have their own transport contracts, there is no coordination. If all suppliers to that shop use the same transport firm, the same number of parcels is delivered in less shipments. So, it is really about working together with a limited number of logistic companies.
In addition to this ‘eliminating the number of trucks’, some companies are currently coordinating their delivery moments, thus creating even bigger shipments, and less delivery moments. Theoretically, there is an optimum for this ‘consolidation in truck and in time’, and this optimum can save about 50% of all truck movements into any city in Europe. This is still far away. But it shows that a relatively simple collaboration already pays off huge results. Results by a couple of European industry associations show that already between 10 and 15% savings is realized.