What is cross-docking?

Cross-docking is the transfer of products from a truck or rail car to one or more outbound vehicles across a staging area within a short time — eliminating the additional handling and storage required in a standard warehousing process. This strategy helps reduce costs, shortens the delivery cycle, and reduces the risk of damage by limiting multiple handlings.

This strategy can shorten the delivery cycle, reduce operational costs, streamline order fulfillment, and increase efficiencies. Colonial Cartage Corporation has an expansive staging area for cross-docking for its pool (consolidation) program.