Understanding Retail Distribution Models

Getting Cross Dock DC Design Right

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I-Shaped is Most Popular for Pure Cross Dock Facilities, but Optimal Design Depends on Many Factors

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Dr. John Bartholdi and Dr. Steven Hackman of Georgia Tech featured in Supply Chain News. In the article, they discuss the trade-offs in terms of cross dock DC size, number of doors, and efficiency.

  • Crossdocking - L-shaped facility Crossdocking - L-shaped facility

The interest in cross docking continues to be high, even if the actual implementation of cross docking outside of the retail sector is still modest at best. The opportunity to reduce distribution and sometimes inventory costs through cross docking is a powerful incentive for more companies to consider the practice - though there are many challenges, especially for non-retailers that must be more specific in how goods are fulfilled for customer shipments and cannot take advantage of the "door per store" concept often used in retail.

Read the article in its entirety within the Supply Chain News website.

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cross docking, warehousing
  • Created By: Andy Haleblian
  • Workflow Status: Published
  • Created On: Jan 25, 2011 - 10:32am
  • Last Updated: Oct 7, 2016 - 11:08pm