Cross Docking

Eliminate unneeded product handling with cross docking 

Cross docking is a process which moves incoming products directly from receiving to shipping, eliminating additional product touches to put-away and later pick the product for orders.  This means that the incoming products are either being shipped out in full case quantities or have been packaged with the exact right combination of items that can immediately ship out to fill an order.  

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How Cross Docking works

Incoming cases may be placed onto conveyor, pass an inline print and apply machine to receive a carrier shipping label and then get routed to a specific shipping lane destination.  In other instances an operator may use an RF device to scan the incoming product, print out a label and use a fork truck to move the product to the correct shipping dock.

Use of cross docking is common in the retail industry where companies can work with suppliers to package items in combinations that can go direct to stores.  An example would be apparel where a retailer may request that a supplier place an assortment of sizes (S, M, L, XL) of a color of shirt into a box.  By having the assortment of sizes of a single color shirt within a box, the retailer can allocate the number of boxes needed for each store to push new merchandise out quickly making sure all stores receive a selection of sizes.


Benefits of Cross Docking

  • Streamlines the supply chain from point of origin to point of sale
  • Reduces handling costs, operating costs, and the storage of inventory
  • Products get to the distributor and consequently to the customer faster
  • Reduces, or eliminates warehousing costs

Product Receipt & Identification

Bastian Solutions can offer a range of technologies to make product reception and identification easy, accurate and fast for maximum throughput.  


Bastian Solutions software management can provide real time inventory management. This means no more missing pallets or pallets that are misplaced.


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Our solutions involve a number of different technologies that can offer a range of functions depending on your application and/or budget. Technologies range from handheld devices that track inventory to fully automated transport vehicles with an array of capabilities. Our software can turn your confusing paperwork dependant warehouse management program and turn it into a fast and easy smooth click of a button.



Product Distribution

The primary objective in cross docking is to eliminate storage and excessive handling by operators. Benefits of cross docking include reduced inventory, increased customer responsiveness, and better control of the distribution operations. Automation of cross docking areas may include the use of conveyors, automated scanning and check weighing systems, as well as automated order routing and WMS.  


Technologies such as conveyors and extendable dock conveyors allow for efficient flow of product near receiving and outbound docks. Automating the process to minimize touch points not only provides for improvements in order throughput, but also improved order accuracy.


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Automated technologies for use in induction in cross docking operations may include conveyor systems, in-line scanners and check weighing, print and apply labeling systems, warehouse control systems (WCS) to include automated order routing and warehouse management systems (WMS).


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