Cross-docking Is Used In The Logistics Process

Posted by Jerald

Cross-docking is a logistic strategy for avoiding the storage stage in the delivery of goods, manufactured goods, or packaging materials. In simple terms, this suggests that larger batches of a standardized product are separated after shipment to the warehouse. And orders made up of various goods are completed and delivered to the customer without first being stored in the warehouse. 

This technique helps you to reduce the amount of time it takes to deliver items to a customer. As well as the amount of storage space required and the costs of storage and handling.

Logistics Process

The Standard Setup Of Cross-docking

In a typical scheme, the producer delivers products or raw materials in large batches to the factory. Where they are processed for a long time before being used to fill orders. This necessitates a significant amount of time and space, as well as the necessary facilities. Such as shelves or internal transportation (especially in the case of warehouses collecting only one type of goods). Since orders are completed on an ongoing basis from batches of goods or materials ordered. Cross-docking helps you to save money on delivery costs.

Stages Of Work In Docking Logistics

There are five steps to the basic job scheme:

  • Making a purchase order with a supplier.
  • Getting the package.
  • The quantity and quality of the products are under control.
  • Picking up an order
  • Shipment to the intended recipient.

In order to complete all orders, it’s particularly necessary to schedule the number of raw materials or goods. That need to be ordered from suppliers. Otherwise, there could be shortages or excesses of such products. Which has a negative effect on cross-smoothness docking and profitability in both cases.

Different Levels And Types Of Docking Logistics

Different detailed solutions can be differentiated depending on the existence of the commodity and the position of the picking transshipment in the supply chain. Because of the changing nature of the market and the high level of competition, entrepreneurs must be able to adapt quickly to consumer demands and use methods that allow for faster delivery. Cross-docking is one of these processes. This method necessitates meticulous coordination of the processes involved in commodity selection and transition.

Total pallet cross-docking – It is the simplest method of cross-docking, consisting of sending complete pallets of one sort of product directly to the receiver.

The supply cross-docking of orders from stores – in this process, the manufacturer must have knowledge of the needs of each of the stores to which they deliver the products.

Picking at a reloading point while cross-docking – which entails the producer delivering one form of product to the Distribution Center and then picking up and completing orders for particular recipients.

In The Supply Chain, Cross-docking Is Essential

Cross-docking can be done at any point in the supply chain from raw material shipment to semi-finished product transport to factories and assembly points to finished product delivery to a retail store or another target consumer.

Logistics Of Cross-docking And Production

Cross-docking helps a manufacturing company to reduce the amount of space used to store raw materials and semi-finished goods. Since products are shipped in small, regular batches, it is possible to minimize material storage costs while also improving financial liquidity. When using fast-moving raw materials and semi-finished goods with relatively stable demand, this approach works well.

Distribution And Cross-docking

Cross-docking can be used to distribute products to smaller distribution points or target buyers, just as it can be used to supply manufacturing firms. This is particularly true in the case of online trading, but it can also be used for deliveries to local points of sale.

Products And Sectors

Cross-docking is most effective when the distributed goods are easily traded and demand for them is relatively steady. This approach is also ideal for perishable products and goods, as well as when the speed at which a product is delivered to a consumer is critical. It also works well when there is a strong demand for products. Cross-docking is very common in the food and pharmaceutical industries, as well as during sales and promotions, in e-commerce, and in the case of costly, difficult-to-store goods.

Cross-benefits Docking And Drawbacks


  •  saving space and more the number of warehouses, lower warehouse space handling costs,
  • faster order delivery to the target customer,
  • simpler supply of smaller distribution points, 
  • less complicated warehouse handling of products, 
  • environmentally friendly approach due to more effective distribution of goods

Cross-Docking Prior to Distribution vs. After Distribution

Products are unloaded, sorted, and repackaged according to pre-determined delivery instructions with pre-Distribution. To put it another way, before the products reach the seller, the customer is marked.


Sorting is postponed in the Post-Distribution phase until the appropriate facility and customers are identified based on demand. That means products can spend a little longer in the distribution or cross-docking facility, but retailers and suppliers profit from the extra time by being able to make better, more educated decisions about where to ship their goods based on in-store inventory, sales forecasts, and point-of-sale patterns.


  • […] proper feeding of output flows and sales. It is controlled by the movement of materials through a logistic/production […]

Leave a Reply