- A clearly delineated distribution space;
- Different lines for men and women if needed and when culturally appropriate;
- A simple structure that facilitates the flow of beneficiaries through the distribution point; progressively organize people into single lines
- The registration stage can be used to organize the beneficiaries according to the supply types (e.g., grouping different family sizes)
- A one way flow of beneficiaries: avoid flows of people that overlap or the need to have people moving against the natural flow of distribution.
- Clear space between where people are waiting and the stacks of commodities for distribution;
- The waiting and registration area should have both shade and the presence of facilities in case beneficiaries have to wait for extended periods of time. Ideally there should be sufficient latrines for the crowd, but this is not practical in view of the large numbers of people assembled on the site. A rapid distribution will help offset the limited shade or facilities, as well as preventing beneficiaries from having to wait excessively long.
- It is important to provide a water source, especially in hot weather.
The size of a distribution team should be linked to the size of the distribution; generally, the larger the distribution, the larger the team. At a bare minimum, distribution teams should contain the following: