Have you been waiting for an important package to be delivered only to find it was delayed because it was delivered to the wrong address, or it arrived when you were out so it was sent back to the warehouse? Sometimes when the parcel arrives it’s been damaged – unfortunately, you only notice after the mailman has left and you have to go through the process of sending the item back and waiting for the replacement. Then I’m sure we’ve all received something that wasn’t the correct size or didn’t look like the picture. Disappointment, plus the inconvenience of having to sort the problem out!
Construction is dependent on equipment and materials which are delivered from a wide variety of suppliers and contractors. Unfortunately, things don’t always go according to plan.
Often materials arrive on a project site when no one is expecting them and there are no plans in place for where the material should be offloaded or how it will be unloaded. Sometimes these materials are delivered after-hours when there is no one to receive them. Consequently, this often results in the item being offloaded in the incorrect location and I’ve even had cases of projects accepting materials that were not meant for them. This results in double handling since the items have to be moved again, and the cost of this can be significant if a special crane or truck is required. When deliveries can’t be offloaded the truck may return to the depot with the item and it may take several days to reschedule the delivery – possibly delaying the project. When trucks can’t be offloaded there are often additional demurrage costs to be paid while the truck stands idle. In the haste to offload the item, sometimes, other operations are stopped so a crane and team can help – often causing frustrations and impacting progress.
Are you prepared for the delivery?
When deliveries of material are expected:
The person receiving and checking the material being delivered should be both competent and reliable. This person should:
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