Cross docking solutions are ideal for stock-less DCs, retailers, wholesalers and distributors, together with high volume freight handlers, where goods typically flow directly from receiving to despatch. They increase supply chain velocity by eliminating unnecessary handling and storage of product, and the costs associated with handling excess inventory.
Cross docking is the ultimate dream of any distribution centre. Because the inventory keeps moving, the need for storage is eliminated, and the high cost of order fulfilment sub-systems is minimised. When stock arrives at a cross-docking facility, it is simply unloaded from the trailers or pallets onto the DC’s conveyor system. This transports the stock to the conveyor sortation system, where individual items are sorted to their relevant shipping lane, making it a very efficient operation with no put-away or replenishment required; just one touch through the DC.
Dematic cross docking solutions are ideal for retail store distribution and parcel sorting centres, and offer a wide range of benefits including:
- Automated goods receipt and sortation
- No need for costly and time-consuming put-away and storage
- The elimination of manual picking, replenishment and sortation labour and associated costs