Cross-docking is the process in which companies expedite shipments to customers or retail chains with minimal handling or storage time. This method will help quickly move your inventory through the supply chain and into the hands of consumers in time for the next sale. The manufacturer benefits by the reduction of material waste, labor costs, and warehouse expenses. Since there’s a shortened time frame from producer to the market, customer satisfaction and brand affinity increases as well. The end result of cross-docking is that there is an optimized supply chain, a goal that all companies strive for.
Benefits of Cross-Docking Services
Reduction in Labor Costs
There’s a decrease in labor costs due to the fact that shipments would no longer require picking up and putting away in warehouses for storage. The shipments are immediately unloaded from an incoming carrier and loaded directly on an outbound carrier.
Reduction in Warehouse Space
Since there’s no requirement to store these products in warehouses, companies save money on warehousing expenses.
Supply Chain Optimization
Cross-docking is a sure way to keep supply chains moving in a productive, efficient manner.
Improved Customer Satisfaction
The time between producer and consumer is minimized, thus increasing customer satisfaction.
Consolidation and Deconsolidation
At 18 Wheels in Vancouver BC, our consolidation and deconsolidation services move distribution decisions closer to demand and reduce warehouse inventory. Our services can help drive reductions in shipping costs or distribute those shipping costs to various origins and destinations either by expediting or delaying-in transit shipments.
Our Vancouver BC facilities and supporting technology provides low costs and highly flexible operations. Our industrial warehouse orderly segregates products into their respective outbound shipments, ready to be delivered by trucks or rails. Additionally, our 24/7/365 gate house lets our team take advantage of late-night gate pick-ups at the port, further increasing flexibility in the process. 18 Wheels will work with our clients to design and implement a cost-efficient consolidation program that optimizes the distribution of their goods. In partnering with us, clients can enjoy the benefits of lower transportation costs, faster speed-to-market, and better inventory management.
18 Wheels Warehousing & Trucking strives towards excellence and puts customer satisfaction as a top priority, promising to provide only the highest-quality cross-docking services. Our goal is to help streamline your supply chain, creating effectiveness, productivity, and cost efficiency. Customers can be confident in our innovative equipment and skilled experts to meet your unique consolidation needs.
Why Choose 18 Wheels’ Cross-Docking Services?
18 Wheels Warehousing & Trucking has years of expertise in warehouse management, transportation, and logistics to create the most optimal solution. We have the tools to cover all your 3PL cross-docking needs. 18 Wheels maintains an advanced warehouse management system, constant patrolling security, 120 dock doors, and 6 facilities across British Columbia, Alberta, and Washington. In addition, our facilities fully comply with regulatory codes in regards to bond, excise, and sufferance licenses.
18 Wheels cross-docking services cover the movement of cargo from imported ocean carriers into domestic containers and vice versa, offering our services to all Vancouver ports and rails throughout our facilities. Additionally, we operate with an extensive trucking fleet for all types of pick-ups and deliveries. This dedicated fleet provides additional supply chain flexibility, enabling us to have greater control and more effective product flow.
In partnering with 18 Wheels, companies have the advantage of responding proactively to a dynamic sales environment, which improves cycle times and reduces costs overall. Our years of experience allow us to exercise the best practices to get the most out of each outbound shipment. The efficiency through these integrated resources give us a distinct edge over our competition, allowing time and cost savings to be directly passed onto our clients.