Wincanton is working with construction logistics company, Clipfine, to enable consolidation centres to be set up near the construction site for all materials to be housed and managed in a central location.
Wincanton reckons that this could reduce the 70 per cent of delays on construction sites caused by non-availability of essential materials and reduce vehicle movements. Goods would be stored in a secure site and then could either be collected at a convenient time or delivered in a just-in-time fashion.
This should mean that traffic and the number of people required to facilitate delivery on-site would be reduced by the consolidation of the number of vehicles. This in turn would help to reduce costs, minimise the reliance on the delivery of goods from an increasingly wide-range of suppliers and minimise on-site waste by ensuring the delivery vehicle’s load is optimised.
The service will also offer construction companies: online order tracking to ensure safe delivery of goods; secure housing and transport of goods; management information including fully visible and transparent KPIs; waste management to remove surplus packaging from the centre; and a reduction in fuel costs and carbon emissions through route planning and road mile reduction.
Nick Graham of Wincanton, said: “Our offering is totally unique in the fact that it is available to companies nationwide. Clipfine has been working with the construction industry for some time and its experience and knowledge will help us to offer our customers a best-in-class operation that can have a significant impact on the way the construction industry manages its supply chain.”