Cross-docking is the term for a warehouse distribution system where incoming items are promptly sorted and prepared for outgoing shipment. The system relies on a computerized logistics program to rapidly move the product from one end of the warehouse to the other, minimizing time spent on the warehouse floor. By the time your product reaches the outgoing door, it is immediately ready for shipment to its next destination.
Cross-docking saves money by reducing labor costs associated with your shipment, which also cuts down on the amount of time it will take for the product to end up on the retail floor and into your customer’s hands. For this reason, cross-docking is ideal for large businesses running a high velocity of retail merchandise. From the product’s origin to the point of sale, cross-docking allows the entire supply chain to be streamlined into a continuous flow of goods that directly reflect your inventory needs.
For US companies distributing product in Canada, cross-docking helps solve the Canadian distribution challenge that so frequently troubles American retailers. The traditional solution would be to employ a third-party fulfillment firm like Ottawa Logistics, paying to keep your inventory on their floor and distributed as necessary. But for appropriate retailers, cross-docking can constitute a cost-saving measure that reduces inventory storage costs. Utilize a just in time approach to fully consolidate your distribution network and minimize handling expenses. Companies that already use Darcy Logistic’s cross-docking services include Ikea, Appliance Canada and Oakwood Renovations.
For a more detailed explanation on how cross dock services can benefit your company, contact us online or explore our website www.darcylogistics.com to learn about our other shipping, moving and warehousing solutions.