Cross-Docking


This concept provides a review of cross-docking systems and discusses techniques that can improve the overall efficiency of the logistics and distribution operation. The concept also presents useful examples and implementation information.

Technique Overview

Cross-Docking Definition

Cross-docking is a warehousing strategy of moving of goods directly from the receiving dock to the shipping dock, reducing the handling and storage steps in between to a minimum (Apte and Viswanathan, 2000; Van Weele, 2010). The term has a maritime and railway background - originally it was used to describe a process of discharging cargo by ships 'over the dock' to smaller ships (Kinnear, 1997).

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  • Apte, U.M. and Viswanathan, S. (2000) Effective cross docking for improving distribution efficiencies. International Journal of Logistics Research and Applications, Vol. 3(3), pp.291-302.
  • Bowersox, D.J., Closs, D.J. and Cooper, M.B. (2007) Supply Chain Logistics Management. 2nd ed. McGraw-Hill: Boston, MA.
  • Campbell, A. (2003) On-the-shelf solution. SupplyManagement.com [online] Available at: (www.supplymanagement.com/analysis/features/2003/on-the-shelf-solution/?locale=en) [Accessed 29 November 2011].
  • Chopra, S. and Meindl, P. (2007) Supply Chain Management: Strategy, Planning and Operation. 3rd ed. Pearson/Prentice Hall: Upper Saddle River, N.J.

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