Camden council introduces centralised delivery scheme

16 March 2015

The London Borough of Camden is introducing a system where its suppliers deliver to one central point, following a successful pilot of the scheme last year.

The move follows the year-long trial of the London Boroughs Consolidation Centre (LBCC), which included Enfield, Waltham Forest and Islington councils.

The scheme, co-funded by the Institute for Sustainability’s Last Mile Logistics project, involved a number of suppliers delivering goods to a consolidation centre operated by DHL in Edmonton, North London.

The goods were grouped together and needed fewer onward deliveries so less vans were used, reducing congestion and pollution.

Camden council said the pilot demonstrated the environmental and operational benefits of streamlining deliveries and changing purchasing behaviour. It said it was now searching for a logistics partner to deliver the service on a long-term basis.

“With tens of thousands of deliveries coming into our buildings each year, we’ve had to rethink how we could re-organise them in a more economic and environmentally friendly way,” said councillor Theo Blackwell, cabinet member for finance and technology policy.

“The pilot has shown that environmental and operational benefits for residents, businesses and council staff can be achieved. It has seen 50,000 items delivered to over 250 council buildings so far, leading to a 46 per cent reduction in the number of vehicle trips and a 45 per cent reduction in kilometres travelled.

The LBCC also demonstrated that by consolidating orders, cost savings can be made based on the decreased mileage that suppliers travel. This enables bulk purchasing of non-perishable goods, such as office supplies.

Camden Council has developed a four-year plan for the scheme and said that a number of new partners and users had expressed an interest in being part of it.

Ian Short, chief executive at the Institute for Sustainability, said: “Finding solutions to manage the last mile of deliveries that work for businesses, consumers and the environment is increasingly important.”

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