Definitions for "Cross docking"
A logistics activity that attempts to reduce costs and total lead time by breaking down received items on the loading dock and immediately matching them with outgoing shipment requirements, instead of stocking the items in warehouse locations and returning to pick for orders at a later time.
A distribution system in which merchandise received at the warehouse or distribution center is not put away, but instead is readied for shipment to retail stores. Cross docking requires close synchronization of all inbound and outbound shipment movements. By eliminating the put-away, storage and selection operations, it can significantly reduce distribution costs.
The transfer of a load one or more times from truck to truck.
The physical receipt of goods, at various points along the supply chain, and their immediate transfer to the next onward phase without being brought into inventory.