Crossdocking: Make Your Supply Chain More Efficient
Increasing the speed and efficiency of the supply chain is always a desirable goal, but how attainable is it? Many companies looking to accomplish this are replacing warehouses with crossdock facilities, also known as “landing pads”—but what exactly does that entail?
With crossdocking, inventory or goods are processed on incoming shipments so they can easily be sorted at a terminal, warehouse or landing pad for outgoing shipments based on their final destination.
For companies with warehouses in different bordering countries, such as the U.S. and Canada, its crucial to examine manufacturing and warehouse facilities and analyze their effectiveness in order to cut expsenses and deliver seamless distribution.
Both outbound shipments and inbound raw materials can be cross-docked. Inbound raw materials are centrally crossdocked and line-hauled to their final destination, thus supporting the just-in-time philosophy.
Think of crossdocking as using a landing pad that can be used in strategic geographical locations, both domestically and internationally, in order to serve multiple needs.