Cross docking is a process in the logistics industry that not only reduces material handling, but also reduces the storage steps of the materials within the warehouse. Instead of cargo being delivered to a warehouse, an inbound truck unloads goods, and transfers them to an outbound truck.
Simply put, goods are transferred from one form of transportation to another in a docking terminal, skipping their costly warehouse stay. Thus, the name “cross docking”, as cargo is transfered “across” the “docking” terminal. Operations may utilise staging areas for inbound materials, typically spending between an hour to less than 24 hours at a facility.
Thus, inventory holding is minimized. Bridgewater Logistics offers excellent cross docking services and dedicated distribution solutions that increase delivery speed and reduce storage costs to a minimum. Cross docking is a positive strategy for any company that requires the unloading and merging of bulk consignments from various points of manufacture.
Reason to choose cross docking:
- Speed – Bridgewater Logistics cross-docking services cDue to the speed and efficiency of the process, less inventory handling is also likely, which in turn helps ensure your products will arrive intact for your customers.
- Real-time Status Updates – Because we take accountability very seriously as part of our Bridgewater cross-docking services, we provide real-time shipment statuses and shipment activity records. Cost Reduction – Due to the streamlining that comes about from utilising cross-docking, companies are able to reduce the labour costs associated with product handling, the costs associated with inventory storage, and the costs associated with warehousing.