Cross docking is a process in logistics of unloading materials from an incoming truck or shipping container and loading these materials in outbound trucks, trailers or shipping containers, usually the process is completed in a short period of time and sometimes instantly. As the cargo is off loaded form one truck, it loaded into a waiting truck or container.
This process is also used to consolidate shipments from multiple vendors to a single customer.
Typically cross docking is an activity where the expertise of a third party logistics company are used to deliver a solution for many wholesalers and retailers needs.
This Process eliminates storage by seamlessly moving product through a warehouse or distribution facility to a truck waiting to deliver cargo to its final destination.
Advantages of Cross Docking
As cross-docking does not require the inventory to be stored at the warehouse.
- Operational Efficiency: As the material does not have to be stored at the warehouse, and directly moves from the receiving docks to the shipping docks or staging areas, the warehouse operations are more efficient.
- Inventory Efficiency: As the inventory moves directly from the receiving to shipping docks, there is no storage at the warehouses for the cross-docked items and that reduces the total system inventory in the supply chain.
TPL Companies offer cross docking services to facilitate the quick and effective transport of cargo . Miami happens to be at the core of such activities being the gateway to South America. Many of the freight forwarders Miami hosts offer such services with efficiency.
A few logistics companies open over the weekend even though it is key to the supply chain. Many trucking companies require a warehouse open on Saturday because the trucker is in a hurry to head back home yet he cannot do that. That is why we need warehousing solutions over the weekend.
Another word that is used interchangeably with Cross Docking is Trans Loading even though trans loading refers to change of transportation mode
International 3PL works with several customers by shipping their cargo utilizing our international freight forwarding services, staging the merchandise, crating it and shipping to the final consumer.