Fundamentals of Cross Docking

What is Cross Docking?
Cross-docking is a practice in the logistics of unloading materials from an incoming semi-trailer truck or railroad car and loading these materials directly into outbound trucks, trailers, or rail cars, with little or no storage in between. This may be done to change the type of conveyance, to sort material intended for different destinations, or to combine material from different origins into transport vehicles (or containers) with the same destination or similar destinations.

Cross Dock
Cross Docking

Advantage of Cross-Docking
• Streamlines the supply chain, from point of origin to point of sale
• Reduces labor costs through less inventory handling
• Reduces inventory holding costs by reducing storage times and potentially eliminating the need to retain safety stock
• Products reach the distributor, and consequently the customer, faster
• Reduces or eliminates warehousing costs
• May increase available retail sales space
• Less risk of inventory handling
Disadvantage of Cross-docking
• Potential partners may not have the necessary storage capacities
• An adequate transport fleet is needed to operate
• A computerized logistics system is needed
• Additional freight handling can lead to product damage
If Your Need Is

A terminal to drop a trailer for someone else to pick up?
A cross dock to transfer a skid or truckload into another trailer?
A skid or entire load reworked or repackaged at our dock?
A temporary warehouse space for product that your customer refused due to their receiving hours?
To have an emergency pick-up or delivery, that you are about to miss in the Detroit Metro Area?
Last Mile offers complete Cross-docking Services which allow our customers to reduce handling and storage costs while improving turnaround speed and transportation costs. By routing products from different sites into the Professional distribution center, we can consolidate the items into one or multiple shipments and send them back out.
Our state-of-the-art cross-docking operations are centrally located in beautiful Walled Lake, MI. We welcome you to stop by and view our ideal cross-docking facility.
Cross Docking Equipment

Modern Power Fork & Clamp Lifts – Adjustable forks with 3k to10k lb. capacity
Manual Heavy Duty Pallet Jacks – Various sizes available with 6k lbs. capacity
Pallet Racks – Thousands of square feet of rack space or floor available for storage
Multiple Receiving Docks – Multiple receiving doors, including dock and roll-up
Shrink Wrapping Equipment – Shrink-wrap material to ensure stable transport
Banding Equipment – Band material to pallet to ensure non-shifting transport
Custom Crating – Have custom crate designed for your load
Full-time Warehouse Operators – Professional folk lift operators always available for quick unload/reload time

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