Understanding Cross Docking

by Michael Kotendzhi | Logistics

Cross Docking in West Coast Vancouver Region is a new concept of how logistics can move inventories faster and save more transportation costs for customers. It benefits all parties including the customers, logistics providers, and eventually the carriers.  

The question is: what exactly is cross-docking and how does it benefit the transportation industry especially in Vancouver?

Cross-docking often involves a distribution center where all varieties of inventories are transported from the customers to one central location. Then the items are sorted and dispatched together to the same destinations.

For customers, the benefits include reducing the transportation cost, the warehousing cost, and damaging risk.  

For logistics providers, this operation process reduces dispatching the trucking drivers, quicker turnover for space, and increases capacities.

Lastly, for drivers, the overall procedure shortens the delivery time, coordinates delivery route easier, and accommodates smaller loads better.

In order for a logistics partner to fully utilize this concept, there must be a sizable facility and a professional team to facilitate the operation. 18 Wheels Logistics coordinates cross-docking and distribution all in one line of operations for our dedicated customers. 

Michael Kotendzhi is President of Operations & Transportation and a partner at 18 Wheels. Michael has over 15 years of experience and is equipped with a degree in Logistics from the University of British Columbia Sauder School of Business. As well as a background in logistics from XPO Logistics (formally Kelron Logistics), North America's largest contract warehousing provider.

Michael's experience includes supply chain management, reverse logistics, & domestic transportation. He has developed 18 Wheels' trucking solutions, effectively utilizing the sister company's vehicle fleet and building a transportation supply-chain network across North America.