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Cross-docking is a warehouse strategy that involves the movement of inventory from one shipment to another with little or no storage time. This practice unloads freight from an incoming truck or railroad car, sorts the freight, and then reloads the products onto outbound trucks or railroad cars.

What Small and Midsize Businesses Need to Know About Cross-docking

Cross-docking increases efficiency, expedites delivery, and minimizes costs. For example, products traveling to the same destination can be consolidated into fewer transport vehicles. Or, large shipments can be put into smaller groups for easier delivery. This particularly benefits SMBs that may not have the storage capacity of larger enterprises.

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