Initiative 45: Receiver-Led Delivery Consolidation Program

Delivery Consolidation Program
Description: Efforts initiated by receivers or shippers to consolidate their deliveries.  Delivery consolidation, or delivery bundling programs often take place at one of the shippers’ facilities rather than at a facility provided by the public sector (as opposed to an UCC). This initiative aims to increase the productivity and cost-efficiency of deliveries. Since its successful implementation requires the commitment of all of the agents involved, it is more effective when suppliers for the same receiver are located in close proximity to each other.
Targeted mode: Large Traffic Generators Geographic scope: Area
Type of initiative: Freight Demand Management: Delivery Consolidation Program Primary objective: Improve load factors
Expected costs and level of effort to implement: The planning process should involve extensive stakeholder engagement;. business support is the cornerstone for the implementation of this policy, and complementary strategies (e.g., additional parking spaces) can also catalyze implementation.

  • Improve load factors
  • Reduce congestion
  • Reduce vehicle miles traveled
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Low to moderate implementation costs

  • Low probability for unintended consequences:
    • May increase operational costs
  • Require high/moderate coordination among multiple stakeholders/jurisdictions
  • Lack a firm financial base

  • Tenjin, a central business district in Fukuoka, Japan (Nemoto 1997)
  • Delivery Service Plans, London, England (Transport for London 2013a)

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Source: Transport for London 2013a

Related alternatives: 1. Recognition Programs; 2. Pick-up/Delivery to Alternate Locations; 3. Mode Shift Programs
References:  Nemoto 1997; Transport for London 2013a

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