what is cross docking

Cross docking is a distribution method in which merchandise is received at the warehouse or distribution center and is unloaded from an inbound truck and loaded directly onto an outbound truck. Products are not stored, reducing space requirements and distribution costs. Cross-docking is a well-established logistics practice that can manage risk and, when effectively designed and operated, can run smoothly avoiding or mitigating supply chain volatility. One of the most important aspects of cross-docking is successfully orchestrating inbound and outbound cargo flows with a high level of precision.