When it comes to logistics, there is more than one way to get your goods to your consumers and retailers. Some of them rely heavily on handling processes and warehousing which can drive the price of the logistics process up considerably. And while they may be perfectly suited to specific logistics tasks, there are some that make transporting goods much easier, more affordable, and less likely to be faced with complications. One such method of shipping is called ‘Cross Docking’. But what exactly is it, and why should your business be considering it? Find out more about this ingenious logistics solution right here.
What Is Cross Docking?
Traditional logistics services and processes generally include quite a bit of handling and loading, and more often than not rely on warehousing and storage as part of the process; cross docking on the other hand, eliminates many of these steps by cutting out the need for warehousing by loading goods from an inbound truck or trailer onto an outbound one. This means that there is no need for storage, excessive labour or costly delays.
Limiting Room for Human Error
The first major benefit to cross docking is that it requires quite a bit less labour than other logistics processes. This will not only lower the cost of transporting goods, but will also lessen the likelihood of your goods being damaged through human error or negligence. This means that you will have to deal with fewer costs, replacements and security efforts when transporting a load.
Increasing Turnaround Speeds
Since cross docking cuts out the use of warehouses, less time will be spent loading and unloading goods into storage areas. As a part of this, there will be no need to locate and manoeuvre stored goods, resulting in quicker turnaround times on deliveries.
Reduced Labour and Storage Costs
No need for storage means that your costs will be significantly lower when using a cross docking logistics service, and while many trucking companies make frequent use of warehousing and shipping in South Africa, it isn’t always necessary (in fact can cause delays and unwanted costs). You will also need to make less use of human labour and specialised warehousing equipment such as forklifts which will further lower the overall cost of the logistics project you are interested in.
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If you would like to know more about how our specialised team of experts at Bridgewater Logistics can assist your business with its transport needs with tailor made logistics solutions, give one of our representatives a call today, or visit our website to learn more about our company and its services. We are waiting for your call.