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Logistics deal targets construction

Supply chain specialist TDG and construction logistics provider Wilson James have formed a strategic partnership to target the construction sector, which they say can benefit from changing their logistics planning.

“Conservative estimates suggest that the UK construction industry could achieve efficiencies in excess of £250M by rationalising their approach to logistics,” using lessons learned from retail and maufacturing, said the two companies..

Wilson James managing director Gary Sullivan said: “TDG has demonstrated an ability to make savings on a massive scale – they work with more than two hundred hauliers on behalf of Corus and Aggregate Industries.  Their approach has eliminated a million miles worth of unnecessary journeys each year.  That’s the scale of the step change that we want to replicate in the construction sector.”

Wilson James already manages logistics on major projects such as Heathrow Terminal 5 and Bart’s Hospital. Its consolidation centres help with the efficient flow of construction goods from a supplier to the building project workface, taking goods onto site on a ‘just in time’ basis.

“Our experience is in supporting construction in demanding operational environments such as central London,” says Sullivan.  “We’ve proved that by smoothing the flow of materials over the last few miles to the work-face, we reduce project costs, risk and congestion. This also improves the carbon footprint of a project. Through TDG, we now have an opportunity to apply the same rigour to the rest of the supply chain.”

CEO of TDG Mike Branigan said: “Our centralised system creates a live window on logistics throughout the UK. We currently use the information and tools to ensure optimum transport plans are created to reduce cost, improve service and give considerable environmental benefits. #

“Working with Wilson James will allow TDG to expand this solution to more suppliers and determine the optimum method to deliver either direct into construction sites or through a consolidation centre,” he said.

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