Cross Docking Warehouse Services

If you consistently ship from manufacturing sites to reach multiple customers, you can consider lowering your shipping costs by opting for cross docking. In addition, cross docking is good for you if you do not have the materials, labor, equipment, and physical space necessary for special order fulfillment, palletizing, as well as other packaging and labeling activities at your manufacturing site. At 3PL Center, our cross docking services allow companies to send bulk shipments via intermodal container or full truckload to our cross-docking warehouse that’s closest to the customer base. We also offer this service for trucking companies needed to unload half their truck while they make deliveries and can come back later to pick up.

What is Cross Docking?

In the world of logistics, cross docking is recognized as the practice of unloading materials from an incoming shipping container or truck, and then loading them in outbound trucks, shipping containers, or trailers. In most cases, these processes can be completed in a short period of time. In addition, cross docking is an outsourced activity. Third party logistics companies are usually hired to deliver a solution for retailers and wholesalers.

As mentioned, your cargo will be unloaded from one truck before being loaded into another waiting container or truck. This can happen due to the need to combine materials from different origins, sort materials intended for different destinations, or a change of conveyance type. All in all, you will benefit from cross docking services if you need to consolidate shipments from multiple vendors to a single customer.

Cross Docking | Industries We Serve

Here are some of the industries we serve when it comes to cross docking:

  • Vitamins & Pharmaceuticals
  • Auto Parts
  • Pet Products
  • Home Goods
  • Paper Products
  • Health Care & Hospital Equipment
  • Baby Products
  • Mattresses
  • Outdoor Equipment
  • Surf & Paddleboards
  • Toys
  • Electronics
  • As Seen on TV
  • Apparel & Shoes
  • Bicycles

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Cross Docking FAQs

What exactly is cross docking and how does it benefit my business?

Cross docking is a logistics process where incoming shipments are unloaded directly onto outbound transport vehicles, with minimal or no storage time. This method can significantly enhance your supply chain’s efficiency by reducing storage costs and speeding up delivery times, making it ideal for businesses looking to improve inventory management and operational efficiency.

What types of products or industries can utilize 3PL Center’s cross docking services?

3PL Center’s cross docking services are versatile and can accommodate a wide range of industries, including vitamins, supplements & pharmaceuticals, auto parts, pet products, home goods, health care & hospital equipment, and more. Whether you’re in need of efficient handling for perishable goods or secure transportation for high-value items, our cross docking solutions are designed to meet diverse industry needs.

How does 3PL Center ensure the timely and accurate delivery of products through its cross docking services?

With over 45 years of combined experience, 3PL Center has developed robust procedures and utilizes premium-level warehousing facilities equipped with large staging areas and the necessary equipment to facilitate seamless cross docking operations. Our expertise and resources enable us to guarantee the accurate and timely delivery of your products, ensuring a reliable supply chain for your business.

Why Should You Choose 3PL Center for Cross Docking?

When you work with us, you are guaranteed accurate and timely delivery of your products. Since the beginning, we have been working with many customers by receiving their international shipping containers, staging their goods, re-crating them, and shipping the merchandise to the final customer.

Our cross docking services provide benefits such as:

Inventory efficiency: Your merchandise or inventory is set to move directly from the receiving to shipping docks. No storage warehouses are needed for cross-docked items. This helps reduce the total system inventory in the supply chain.
Operational efficiency: Materials will be moving directly from the receiving docks to the staging areas or shipping docks. That’s why the materials do not have to be stored at the warehouse. This increases the overall efficiency of warehouse operations.

Ready to Get Started with Cross Docking?

If you are seeking stellar cross docking services for your next shipment of merchandise, you can tap on our cross docking capabilities by giving us a call at 732-391-2500 or emailing us at sales@3plcenter.com today.

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