Cross docking
The two primary factors that is imperative to a supply chain to ensure company growth, is productivity and speed. One useful strategy that many companies considerfor obtaining a competitive advantage, is cross-docking. When it is incorporated appropriately and under the ideal circumstances, cross-docking can offer substantial advancements in handling times and efficiency.

Tacna shelter services – logistics and cross-docking solutions for companies in Mexico

Tacna shelter services offers logistical and cross docking services to assist companies succeeding in Mexico. The process involves a logistics procedure where products are distributed from the manufacturer or supplier directly to retail chains or customers with little storage time or handling. Cross docking happens at the distribution docking terminal that typically consists of two dock door (on both sides – inbound and outbound) and trucks with very little storage capacity. The term cross docking refers to the process of receiving goods via an inbound dock and moving it across the dock towards the outbound transportation dock. Simply explained, your inbound goods arrive via transportation by means of trailers or trucks and are dispatched to the receiving dock on the opposite side of the cross-dock terminal. Once inbound transportation was docked, the goods can be indirectly or directly moved to the outbound terminuses after which they can be offloaded, sorted, and evaluated to determine their last stops. After sorting, the products are transported to the opposite end of the cross dock with a forklift, pallet truck, conveyor belt, etc. to the destined outbound terminal. Once outbound goods are loaded, the products will then be transported to customers.

In which instance is it appropriate to make use of cross docking?

Cross docking is not a suitable solution for every warehouse’s requirements, therefore it is crucial to make a knowledgeable decision whether cross docking is the right solution to boost your productivity, customer satisfaction, and costs for your particular business. Cross docking can be advantageous to a supply chain for and various goods. For instance, temperature-controlled or unpreserved food items is an excellent example of goods that must be moved quickly and efficiently to their end destination. Besides that, already sorted and packaged goods that are ready for moving to a specific customer can be done much more efficiently and faster by using a cross docking transportation method.

Primary reasons why cross docking is chosen as a preferred option:

  • A central site is used for goods to be sorted with similar types to be transported to more than on destination in the quickest and most productive manner.
  • Various smaller product loads can be combined into a singular method of transportation to save on distribution costs (also known as consolidation management).
  • Large product loads can be divided into smaller loads to be transported which generate a more straightforward delivery process to customers (also known as deconsolidation arrangements).


We hope that you have benefited from reading our post and that we’ve helped to give you a better understanding of the idea of cross docking and why companies and supply chains alike choose this transportation method to boost productivity.