Cross-docking mainly takes place in distributing docking terminals where goods from incoming trucks are unloaded and then loaded directly into outbound trucks with minimum or no storage in between and delivered to variety of destinations. Cross-docking synchronizes inbound product flow of goods with outbound product flow, thus eliminating storage of inventory and essentially transforming warehouses from storage nodes to transfer nodes. Organizations having “hub and spoke arrangement” for their supply chain often use cross-docking to minimize time and cost and to increase their efficiency.
- Can a small player having less resource compared to Walmart i.e. minimal transport fleet and almost negligible computerized system emulate Walmart’s success or is having sufficient resources essential for using cross-docking system successfully?
- Can we say that the famous Dabbawalahs of Mumbai have been unknowingly using cross-docking as their distribution method?