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What is Buyer’s Consolidation and How Does it Benefit You?

by | May 17, 2024 | Blog Post

If you’ve ever ordered a variety of items online and ended up with a mountain of packages because each came from a different seller, you’ll understand the challenges faced by businesses importing goods. Traditionally, each shipment from a separate supplier incurs individual shipping costs and tracking hassles. This is where buyer consolidation comes in – a smarter and more cost-effective way to manage your imports.

Buyer’s Consolidation allows businesses that source products from multiple suppliers in close proximity to each other to combine those smaller shipments into a single, full container (FCL) for transport. Imagine it like this: instead of receiving numerous packages from various online stores, you’d get everything in one efficient box. This approach offers several advantages that can significantly benefit your import operations. 

Benefits of Buyer Consolidation

By consolidating your multi-supplier shipments into a single container, you can achieve a range of advantages that streamline your import process and boost your bottom line. Here’s how buyer consolidation benefits your business:

Reduced Shipping Costs: Consolidating your shipments into a full container unlocks significant savings compared to individual LCL (Less than Container Load) shipping rates. Filling an entire container is generally much cheaper than paying for space on multiple LCL shipments.

Faster Delivery and Lower Fees: Eliminate the wait times and additional fees associated with de-consolidating separate shipments at warehouses. Your consolidated container goes straight to you, reducing delivery times by potentially 5 days or more. There’s no need to wait for individual shipments to arrive and be unloaded at a central location before being forwarded to you.

Simplified Management: Say goodbye to tracking multiple shipments from different suppliers. Buyer consolidation provides a single point of contact – your freight forwarder – keeping everything organized and streamlined. You’ll have better visibility of your entire shipment and less paperwork to manage.

Efficient Customs Clearance: All import documents from your suppliers are submitted together, expediting the customs clearance process. This reduces the chances of delays and simplifies the process for both you and customs authorities.

Greater Control: Choose your preferred shipping date and container loading based on the options offered by your freight forwarder. You have more control over the shipping process and can tailor it to your specific needs.

How it works 

Juggling numerous import deliveries can be a time-consuming hassle. Buyer’s consolidation offers a smarter solution. Here’s a step-by-step breakdown of how it works.

  1. Place Your Orders: Send purchase orders with detailed instructions to your suppliers, specifying how much of each product should be sent to each distribution center.
  2. Freight Forwarder Takes Charge: Your chosen freight forwarder will act as your logistics coordinator. They’ll collaborate with your suppliers on incoming shipments.
  3. Consolidation and Container Loading: The freight forwarder will then expertly consolidate your shipments based on your instructions, combining shipments from multiple suppliers bound for a specific country.

Supplier shipments come together in a single container

Buyer’s Consolidation in Action

Imagine a US manufacturer with several suppliers in South China, near Shenzhen. Traditionally, they’d receive separate shipments from each supplier, requiring multiple tracking numbers and incurring individual shipping costs. With buyer consolidation, their chosen freight forwarder collects all the manufacturer’s orders from various suppliers in Shenzhen. These are then combined into a single container and shipped directly to the manufacturer’s distribution centers in both Toronto and Buffalo. This not only saves money on shipping but also simplifies the entire process. Our video takes you inside Dimerco’s strategically located Shenzhen hub, showcasing how this solution can optimize your warehousing and distribution processes.

Your Buyer Consolidation Partner

Dimerco is a leader in LCL consolidation for ocean shipments, particularly from major Chinese ports like Shenzhen. We leverage our strategically located bonded warehouses, like the one in Yantian Integrated Free Trade Zone, to receive inventory from your suppliers. Here, we can consolidate your goods based on product data and volumes destined for specific distribution centers. Upon arrival, the container is delivered directly to your consignees, ensuring a fast and cost-efficient service.

Embrace Buyer Consolidation with Dimerco

Simplify your imports, save money, and gain peace of mind with buyer consolidation services. By partnering with a reliable freight forwarder, you can streamline your import process, reduce costs, and gain greater control over your supply chain. Contact Dimerco today to learn more about how buyer consolidation can benefit your import operations.