What Is Cross-Docking?
In shipping and logistics, often products need warehousing or storage while they are waiting to move from one mode of shipping to another. Cross-docking is a method of transportation by which warehousing is not used or needed.
If cross-docking is possible—and it not always is—then products can be unloaded, sorted, and immediately moved into or onto its next mode of transportation. So, products, for example, that come off of ships can move immediately into trucks, or if they come off of trucks they can move immediately onto planes or rail.
The idea behind cross-docking is that when it is possible, it saves precious time. Products that have to move into storage take time to get them in and out of storage. If products can avoid going into storage then that is an increase in the efficiency in the supply chain logistics.
Cross-docking also saves money because there is an associated cost to storage. Storage costs include not just the space taken, but also the inventory handling. However, if cross-docking is used, then there still has to be a very efficient method of sorting products at different stages of transport. Sometimes, this means that products are handled differently where they are manufactured before they leave for shipping, so the products are able to avoid warehousing.
Shipping and logistics is a complicated business. At 18 Wheels Logistics, we are experienced at cross-docking products. If this is a service that you would like to explore, please give us a call at (604) 439-8938 and let our professionals talk to you about your options.
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