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Cross-docking moves freight from one truck to another. This is most commonly done at a warehouse, which we do efficiently. However, there are times when it can also be accomplished by backing two trailer tails together and shifting the freight from one trailer to another.
Cross-docking applications are the best way to make sure your products hit the shelves in time for the next sale. Not only that but consolidating freight can reduce costs, and an efficient cross-dock may be a solution to achieve those reduced costs for you.
We run a large and efficient cross-dock operation in Michigan and our expertise in cross-docking and warehousing is a combination that can provide your supply chain with the finest solutions.
The strategy of supplier consolidation can reduce the amount of carriers at your store or distribution center and your transportation costs can be dramatically reduced. We’ve learned the best practices to store-bound freight optimization for your industry; and that enables us to get the most out of each outbound shipment. We can even show your suppliers how to best pack the trucks for delivery to the cross-dock, which saves on labor costs during the entire process.
Cross-docking expertise and experience delivers substantial economic benefits to our retail and manufacturing clients, including:
- Reducing the space requirements in your plant or distribution center and the costs associated with that storage space and handling
- Reducing the number and size of storage locations required to handle the same amount throughout
- Reducing the handling expense and labor costs for receiving and accounting for small shipments from individual suppliers, and the associated extra labor for shelving and movement in the warehouse
- It reduces traffic and congestion while increasing safety
Here’s details on how cross-docking works:
Cross-docking allows the customer to buy just the quantities that they need for each location and minimizes the transportation costs for everyone. It allows suppliers to ship in economic quantities. A supplier consolidates the orders for all of the customer’s destinations into a truckload and sends that load to the cross-dock. The cross-dock then deconsolidates that load into individual shipments for each unique destination.
It’s clear that we know how to provide solutions for you and at the same time reduce costs for you and deliver the quality service you’ve come to expect from us. Give us a call at 586.221.9019 and we’ll go into further detail about cross-docking and how we can save you time, effort, and money.