One of the most commonly used terms in Logistics and that perhaps you have heard is the cross docking. This expression refers to the process in which a particular commodity reaches a logistics center, being immediately charged in the transport unit that it will reach its destination. The storage in this case is, therefore, very short or non-existent. The aim is that reducing the period of stay of the goods in the warehouse Since, the more time is stored, the lower the profit gained by the company Logistics derived from this operation.
First of all, the sumistrators (o suppliers) they send the goods to the logistics warehousealso called Distribution Center. Received various goods in the warehouse, they are classified into lots that will be immediately sent to the various customers o customers. Shipping to customers is usually done in small vehicles, such as vans or even motorcycles. Specialized centres in cross docking rarely have storage facilities, although they can promptly have them to keep products for, at most, a day.
One of the main advantages of this logistics process is increasing the efficiency and productivity of the shipping of supplies, with the saving in different costs that this entails. You should also know that this system facilitates handling and location of the goods at the warehouse as the stocks they are very low, thus limiting errors, loss, breakage or theft. In the case of perishable foods, this procedure ensures that products arrive fresh at shops and supermarkets.
The cross dockingalso known as cross-dock in other Spanish-speaking countries, it is not a new tool, but one of the more used nowadays in the modern Logistics.