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What Is Flow-Through Distribution?

Understand how Flow-Through Distribution fits into the supply chain

Flow-through distribution is a process in which products from multiple locations are brought into the distribution center and re-sorted by delivery destination then shipped out in the same day with little to no storage or handling time. Typically involving a combination of truckload (TL) and less-than-truckload (LTL) carrier resources, this practice eliminates warehousing, reduces inventory levels and speeds up order turnaround time.

Synonym: Cross Dock process in the transportation business. See also: Cross Dock