A logistics activity that attempts to reduce costs and total lead time by breaking down received items on the loading dock and immediately matching them with outgoing shipment requirements, instead of stocking the items in warehouse locations and returning to pick for orders at a later time.
A distribution system in which merchandise received at the warehouse or distribution center is not put away, but instead is readied for shipment to retail stores. Cross docking requires close synchronization of all inbound and outbound shipment movements. By eliminating the put-away, storage and selection operations, it can significantly reduce distribution costs.
The transfer of a load one or more times from truck to truck.
A process that takes place at a distribution center where arriving product is immediately broken down and reassembled into palletized store orders or moved to a temporary staging area. Product is then loaded onto waiting trucks for store delivery without
A product handling concept where stock for store orders are not put away into warehouse racking for later picking but are either processed into store orders, or arrive ready assembled. This can mean breaking down the inbound delivery into store ready consignments or, if consignments are pallet sized, moving pallets across the docking areas (hence the name) for loading onto delivery vehicles.
The movement of goods directly from receiving dock to shipping dock to eliminate storage expense.
An efficient distribution approach in which merchandise isdock to pre-packed by the store and moved directly from the receiving the shipping dock. Eliminates the need to place inventory in storage.