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Advantages of Cross Docking to Businesses Every organization has their priorities in terms of costs, warehouse and the disadvantages of implementing cross-docking into the organization’s supply chain,both needs to be considered and weighted up in order to make the right decision. There might seem to have advantages when cross-docking especially because in logistics jargon, when an item sits, cost is entailed until it reaches its intended destination. In reality, there is very little or no handling or storage time considered when cross-docking a product from a suppliers or manufacturing plants distributing items directly to its customers or retain chain, and so less price is paid. There is much management attention, time and planning necessary to make cross-docking operation work effectively which is quite disadvantageous. We can look at it this way, that when cross docking is implemented or before it is implemented, there is a need to set up the cross docking terminal structures and link them to semi-trailer trucks or railroad cars into outbound trucks with little or no storage in between, and this would require time and capital unlike warehousing where, the job is to establish a warehouse, advertise the facility and maintain a good account of its inventory. A cross-docking client can take advantage of this facility since they have a comfortable reliance that suppliers would deliver their goods to the customer without breaking up the entire supply chain through cross-docking terminals. Productivity of a supply chain becomes the more important factor for a cross-docking client since their priority is speed to grow their organization and achieve a competitive advantage. This is especially true these days since customer satisfaction weighs heavily on an organizations survival. With a reliable supply chain, one can keep customers, otherwise, customers are lost. So if you are buying items online which you pay electronically, it is very much convenient to pick up the exact item that you have been looking for except that it takes some days before you can actually receive them, but you get better satisfaction if there is a company selling that same item with the same price, but it able to deliver much earlier than the other. The organization’s supply chain management gives the customer this sort of satisfaction.
Doing Docks The Right Way
A lot of companies are now using cross-docking which reduces labor costs because the products no longer requires packing and putting away in warehouses, there is reduction of time in packing from production to customer, and this greatly helps to improve customer satisfaction, and it reduces the need for warehouse space since the products are not required to be stored.
There are different types of cross docking including manufacturing cross-docking, distribution, transportation, retail, and opportunistic cross-docking where it can be used in any warehouse, transferring a product directly from the receiving dock to the outbound shipping dock to meet a known demand.