Friday, October 12, 2012

Cross Docking? - What the heck is cross docking?

Order Items for specific customers and cross dock to save time and warehouse space 

Cross-docking is a practice in logistics of unloading materials from an incoming semi-trailer truck or railroad car and loading these materials directly into outbound trucks, trailers, or rail cars, with little or no storage in between. This may be done to change type of conveyance, to sort material intended for different destinations, or to combine material from different origins into transport vehicles (or containers) with the same, or similar destination.

The MDS System allows for cross docking in multiple ways but a simple example is our Special Sales Order System. 
This Systems allow you to order items for a specific customer or customers and is different then a drop ship in that the items are shipped from your warehouse.  Because of this you can aggregate multiple sales orders into one purchase order but still maintain specific allocation for which orders when the purchase order is received. 

This saves time in warehouse if the item is a special order for multiple customers, by  allowing your company to receive it and getting alerted during the process to cross dock. This would move the good from the receiving location to the outbound shipping queue, rather then putting the goods away on the shelf and generating an additional picking document. 

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