What is cross docking?
Cross docking is a logistics procedure where products from a supplier or manufacturing plant are distributed directly to a customer or retail chain with marginal to no handling or storage time. Cross docking takes place in a distribution docking terminal; usually consisting of trucks and dock doors on two (inbound and outbound) sides with minimal storage space. The name ‘cross docking’ explains the process of receiving products through an inbound dock and then transferring them across the dock to the outbound transportation dock.
There are numerous factors that need to be considered when making an informed decision to implement cross-docking into an organization. Every organization has their priorities in terms of costs, warehouse space, geographical specifics, and product types. Therefore the advantages and disadvantages of implementing cross-docking into your organizations supply chain need to be considered and weighed up in order to make the right decision.
We configure palletized products for their final delivery destination before they leave your manufacturing or supplier facilities. From the cross dock facility, pallets flow directly to waiting outbound trucks or a shipping area.
We combine incoming products with products stored in the cross dock facility to form complete orders that flow to outbound trucks.
We break pallets of inbound products into loads that flow directly to outbound trucks or into inventory.
No two companies have the same distribution needs. That’s why Englund Equipment Company
offers you a choice of three cross docking distribution solutions to address your unique challenges.