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 transferred “across” the “docking” terminal. Operations may utilize 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 due 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 utilizing 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.