Do You Need a Cross Docking Warehouse?

By August 21, 2014Warehousing

If you’re a retailer or product distributor, opting to use a cross docking warehouse is one of the best business decisions you can make. Not only does it make your company faster and more efficient, it also cuts your costs and improves your customer service across the board.

Not sure if a cross docking warehouse is worth the cost? Here are a few signs your company definitely needs one:

  • You have limited warehouse space (or none) – If you don’t have much warehouse space (or you don’t have a warehouse at all), managing inventory and distributing your products can be difficult. Fortunately, a cross docking warehouse can help. You can have your manufacturer send products directly to the warehouse, and their team will sort, package and ship them out. You don’t have to do anything at all!
  • You’re shipping bulk products to a number of locations – If you’re a retailer who ships bulk loads of products to different locations across the country, a cross docking warehouse can also be a great choice. They’ll receive the products from various vendors, divide them up into separate parcels, and ship them out to the appropriate retail locations. This is not only more efficient than doing these on your own; it’s also more cost effective.
  • Your shipping, labor or warehousing costs are too high – If your operational costs are getting out of hand, a cross docking warehouse can help. By cutting out the need for in-house warehousing, labor and shipping, you can reduce your overall costs significantly.
  • Your delivery times are too long – Cross docking warehouses can shorten your delivery times exponentially. They cut out the middleman (your warehouse), and get the products packaged and shipped out much more efficiently and quickly, so your customers have their orders in no time.

Think a cross docking warehouse could help your company? Then contact Dependable Express today to learn more or to get started.