Cross-docking is the process of receiving and shipping goods and cargo directly, without placing them in a long-term storage area. The service includes transshipment of goods from one machine to another, consolidation of cargo or distribution of goods across several machines.
For those who work with perishable goods, goods of wide consumption and high demand. This service is beneficial for network companies that receive large batches of products intended for numerous customers. Cross-docking services allow you to avoid huge costs for maintaining the warehouse and staff wages. The goods are received, sorted, packed if necessary, shipped and sent to destinations. All this happens within a few hours. You pay for the service, and the company assumes all costs related to the above operations.
One or more suppliers sends goods to the cross-docking warehouse;
With one-stage cross-docking, the goods are shipped to another vehicle for further delivery;
With two-stage cross-docking, further consolidation is possible (products from another supplier are added to the product) or deconsolidation (cargo from different suppliers is packed separately);
Cargoes are distributed according to vehicles suitable for the transportation of this type of products;
The product is delivered to the final customer.
Standard terms are from 1 hour to 24 hours, depending on the volume of cargo and the number of operations with it.
You can also order cargo transportation to the warehouse, delivery to sales points and other logistics services.
There are two types of cross-docking:
One-stage, when, after passing through the dock, the entire cargo remains a separate order;
Two-stage, in which the cargo is divided into several batches and only later goes to one or different recipient.
As a rule, each cross-docking service is paid for at a certain rate. The cost also depends on the weight and volume of the cargo, its characteristics (yes, cross-docking of fragile goods can be more expensive). To receive a full calculation services for a specific cargo, contact the logistics provider.