Streamline your company’s supply chain with Couriers and Freight

Cross Docking on Demand

Couriers and Freight provide warehousing solutions to carriers and fleets. With us as a partner, it’s easier than ever to access services like cross docking, short-term storage, and last-mile delivery.

Benefits of cross-docking

Cross-docking enables a leaner supply chain and is ideal for businesses looking to accelerate their order fulfilment process, reduce costs, and speed up the time it takes for products to reach hubs and/or customers. Here are a few of the benefits of cross-docking for ecommerce.


Faster shipping & receiving times

Since labour to store products can be reduced or eliminated entirely, goods reach the final destination much sooner. Shipping efficiency also increases as the bigger batches are broken down into smaller shipments and loaded to freight going in the same direction.

stocks in warehouse

Reduced costs and time savings

With cross-docking, a business doesn’t need an extensive ecommerce warehouse to cost-effectively get product to their customers. Cross-docking makes for a more efficient inventory management process to support faster replenishment such as just-in-time inventory.

picking a box from warehouse

Provides a central site for handling products

When last-mile delivery occurs from one central location, known as the cross-dock warehouse, it can help optimise your supply chain. In other words, a distribution centre acts as a sorting facility. At the cross-docking location, product is sorted and then assigned to multiple carriers based on the shipment’s destination.

two women in warehouse

Reduce material handling

Cross-docking operations involves less material handling, i.e., less need to track movement, facilitate storage, and protect and manage multiple SKUs. With cross-docking, you’re able to maintain a high inventory turnover. Some items also benefit from less material handling throughout the supply chain to maintain quality. This is especially true for perishable items, such as food and beverage items.

picking a box from warehouse

Who can benefit from cross-docking

Cross-docking is a term that is commonly used by importers and exporters with stable, consistent demand and high inventory turnover. But, almost any kind of business can adopt this process if it fits with their supply chain strategy and infrastructure. Below are the types of businesses that benefit from a cross-docking supply chain model.

Companies selling time-sensitive products

Does your business sell essential, high-demand products or perishable items that have a shorter shelf-life?If yes, you should consider opting for cross-docking. Cross-docking eliminates the need for a supplier to store goods before being sold to another business, thus shortening the time product can reach the end user.

With cross-docking, once a bulk of product is received, it is immediately transported via a forklift, conveyor belt, or pallet truck to the outbound transportation dock. This, in turn, reduces the risk of perishable goods crossing their expiry date and offers retailers a longer sales window.

Companies that use multiple suppliers

Since inventory typically moves directly from one destination to another, bypassing full storage processes, it becomes easy to manage goods coming in from multiple suppliers, or to distribution centers in other regions

This method enables you to efficiently and quickly receive, sort, combine, and ship loads from different vendors to keep transportation and warehousing costs at a minimum.

Cross-docking FAQs

What is a cross-docking facility?

arrow down

A cross-docking facility is a type of sorting centre with minimal storage space. Goods that arrive here are quickly sorted according to inbound and outbound shipments and then immediately shipped out, often within 24 hours.

What is a cross-docking strategy?

arrow down

A cross-docking strategy minimises warehousing activities and labor by immediately transferring freight from one mode of transportation to another at the docking facility as soon as possible. This method helps deliver cost savings and ensures faster fulfilment time.

Why is cross-docking used?

arrow down

In the traditional warehousing system, inventory is unloaded from incoming railcars or semi-trailers, and stored within the warehouse. Then, they are repacked and shipped. But, with a cross-docking system in place, orders are fulfilled much faster. This supply chain strategy is used for goods that are perishable, or when juggling multiple vendors.

Get Started Today

Take a few minutes to tell us about you, and we will book in a training session.

Contact Us