Increased speed to market

With high turn rates and reduced handling, cross-docking helps to increase efficiency and get products to market faster.

Reduced costs

Cross-docking requires a smaller footprint than traditional warehousing and often utilizes less labor as well.

Improved service levels

Because product is shipped in bulk and picked at the cross-dock, the practice offers great flexibility for changes to orders further down the supply chain.

What is Cross-Docking?

Cross-docking is the logistics process of receiving product and shipping it out the same day or overnight without putting it into storage. This practice reduces the need for storage space and moves product quickly.

Cross-docking is especially helpful when product needs to be sorted into smaller distribution areas, or combined from various manufacturing locations to one distribution center or market.

Saddle Creek is Leading the 3PL Industry in Cross-Docking Services

We have been successfully operating cross-docks for more than 30 years, but we are continually refining our operations to make cross-docking an even more effective option for our customers.

Wireless technology improvements make it easier to track trailers and improve yard productivity.

System enhancements have improved visibility of order tracking.

Dock layout enhancements and process improvements allow products to move through our cross-dock operations even faster.

Can Cross-Docking Help Your Business?

Cross-docking makes the most sense when companies need to move a heavy volume with extreme provision and excellent customer service, within a tight time frame.

Cross-docking makes sense when:

  • Current fulfillment and distribution models cannot meet customer needs.
  • Outdated strategies extend cycle times and compromise self-life guarantees.
  • Transportation networks become over-burdened, diminishing performance rates and increasing cost.

Our technology and experience, however, give Saddle Creek the resources to cross-dock almost any product in almost any quantity. The best way to determine if cross-docking can help your business is to discuss your options with an experienced provider.

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Why Outsource Cross-Docking to a 3PL Partner?

Some companies outsource at least a portion of their cross-docking operations because they don’t have the resources in-house. Others, however, are outsourcing more of these processes, even though they can do it themselves, for a variety of reasons.

3PL Experience

Cross-docking is a core competency for logistics operations like Saddle Creek, but not for our partners. Carrying out this strategy in-house, and doing it well, means building a new proficiency in-house. That’s why outsourcing cross-docking operations is especially popular for businesses moving high-security and/or temperature-controlled products.

Lower Overhead

A successful cross-docking operation will save money in the long run, but getting it up and running can require a big initial investment of resources. Many businesses choose to initially outsource cross-docking services while they try out the strategy and explore the real-world ROI of the practice.

3PL Integration

Outsourcing cross-dock services to a 3PL partner with an integrated approach to logistics can improve efficiencies through the supply chain. If your warehousing and/or transportation services are outsourced, for example, it makes sense to keep cross-docking work in the same hands.

Reduced Cost

Companies that outsource cross-docking processes are more likely to have large warehouse/distribution center spaces. Big, diversified companies often choose to reduce costs on a specific piece of their businesses by cross-docking. This strategy is also effective for smaller companies as well.
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Discover the Value of Cross-Docking

Cross-docking can be an effective way to take costs out of the system, manage inventory levels, increase efficiencies, and satisfy changing customer demand. Contact an experienced Saddle Creek team member to see if it’s right for your business.

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