Airport Goods In Waste Away (GIWA) Logistics

Expectations of modern airports extend far beyond their core function as a transportation hub for passengers and freight. These days they are considered to be shopping and meeting points, gateways to an area and country, and hosts to large events. Airports are therefore expected to be well stocked with a wide range of products, provide high quality facilities, and to be kept clean and well maintained.


Delivering a high-level of service to passengers, customers and stakeholders requires well designed, robust airport logistics operations ‘behind the scenes’. A complex network of companies, vehicles, people and equipment provides an airport with cleaning and maintenance, retail and food and beverage supplies, waste collection and removal services to name a few. Unstructured and uncoordinated, the delivery of these services could leave a retailer understocked, perishable foods standing in inappropriate temperatures, bins full and hazardous, and airports with unsatisfactory infrastructure and underperforming.


o&i consulting works with airports, their logistics providers, architects, engineering companies and other stakeholders to develop strategies, and design and create a structured Goods In Waste Away (GIWA) logistics environment.

Through early involvement in new terminal designs, as part of RIBA and international architectural design stages, we ensure that logistics flows airport-wide are feasible, functional and efficient.


For some airports, a Consolidation Centre or Centralised Retail and Distribution Facility (CRDF) may offer a good solution to managing the large amounts of goods coming on to the site, relieving congestion on airport roads as well as providing efficiency, cost, security and safety benefits. o&i consulting works through Consolidation Centre versus direct-to-terminal options with clients to identify the most viable strategy.


For existing logistics operations, we map as-is and to-be flows, streamlining people, goods and vehicle movements, optimising goods-in waste-away capacity and improving how demand is planned and managed. Our solutions incorporate consolidation centres and centralised retail and distribution facilities, where required, and establish how back-of-house GIWA operations can be designed to maximise storage, horizontal and vertical capacity, and staff time. We work with logistics providers to improve their processes and journey planning, and advise on equipment choices and capacity usage.

What we offer

GIWA Logistics Operations Design, Optimisation & Implementation

  • Design and improvement of end-to-end Goods In Waste Away (GIWA) logistics
    • Goods In: From planning the arrival of goods at the consolidation centre or service yards to delivery at concession
    • Waste Away: From production of waste at source to vehicle pick-up point
  • GIWA capacity analysis and planning
  • GIWA review / assessment of terminal layout plans for architectural phases
  • GIWA process design
  • Logistical (change) impact analysis on GIWA operations
  • Security protocols to support GIWA flows
  • Interim GIWA operations design for infrastructure development phases
  • Contingency planning
  • GIWA benchmarking against other international airports

Consolidation Centre Scoping & Design

  • End-to-end methodology and toolkit for the development and implementation of a Consolidation Centre / Centralised Retail & Distribution Facility
  • New facility scoping, concept and detailed design
  • Concept of operations development
  • Tender process support and candidate evaluation
  • Operations readiness and implementation
  • Existing facility capacity and operations assessment and optimisation

Goods In Waste Away Logistics Strategy Development

  • Current GIWA strategy assessment
  • Working with stakeholders to identify strategic direction
  • Development of GIWA and Consolidation Centre strategy framework
  • Development of detailed GIWA logistics strategy with stakeholders
  • Strategy implementation

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