Cross-docking in the WMS
In the WMS goods in are directly linked to goods out based on an original transport request, or the incoming goods are automatically allocated a specific route or postcode area. This means that upon receipt of the goods the WMS already takes the current sales orders into account.
As soon as a team member from the goods in department scans incoming goods they see a notification on their scanner telling them where to place the goods: (partially) in a cross-docking location or at the standard picking location.
Depending on the number of (transport) orders within which the relevant item is required, the team member can be sent to several cross-docking locations via their hand terminal. When order picking the team members who assemble for goods out are sent to the relevant cross-docking location for those specific goods.
Increased efficiency with cross-docking
With cross-docking an increase in efficiency is seen within the logistics process as product transit speed is significantly increased, meaning these products are made available to your customer all the quicker.
Cost savings with cross-docking
By applying cross-docking you save on stock-related costs as the goods needn’t be conventionally stored in the warehouse. Rather, they are unloaded and immediately reloaded for transport.
Directly from goods in to goods out
When it comes to a streamlined process such as cross docking, where storage is skipped, a system that accurately supports this process is required. Read in the leaflet how Boltrics’ Cross-docking module realizes this and which benefits it gives you.
Cross-docking activities are not carried out the same way for all products. There are products for example that must always first enter the warehouse or products that conversely always go straight to the cross-docking location. And, there are products that are never cross-docked. This demands flexibility from the software which is why our cross-docking module in the WMS offers countless options to match how you work.
Some items must always first be stored in the warehouse. Other goods are always stored in the cross-docking location, or only if the goods are accompanied with a sales order. That is why the WMS may indicate per item whether cross-docking can indeed take place.
A specific cross-docking location can be set per item.
A specific ‘cross-docking size’ can be set per item if that item can only be transported in particular packaging.