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Manage Inventory Better With Cross-Docking Services

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

In order to efficiently manage warehouse logistics, many businesses (retailers, wholesalers, manufacturers, etc.) are moving towards a just-in-time (JIT) inventory handling system. Warehousing and shipping specialists have integrated and perfected cross-docking services to meet the JIT inventory needs of their customers.

Efficiency Throughout the Supply Chain

Inventory management has long been one of the largest costs for any business handling inventory. With JIT inventory, businesses don’t have to deal with large amounts of inventory sitting around waiting to be sold (taking up shelf space and costing money), but can instead manage inventory flow exactly as it is needed.

Cross-docking services can also help strengthen business alliances from source material production through manufacturing and distribution all the way to the end customer, managed in real time, with efficient systems leading to increased customer service.

Cross-Docking Essentials

Cross-docking is an integral and essential middle process in moving inventory from producers to retailers, wholesalers and consumers. To do it well, the service provider must be experienced in all forms of logistics. From ensuring delivery of your product to managing inventory overruns, the difficulties that can potentially arise in cross-docking should be familiar for a professional logistics company, allowing them to react swiftly and effectively.

In addition to managing other logistics procedures, your cross-docking partner must have management systems in place to guarantee that your product is not lost when moved from unloading to loading, as well as experienced material handlers who can handle the wide variety of inventory you might need on a daily basis.

Inventory management is essential in cross-docking services, and so are CRM (Customer Relationship Management) systems. You need to be able to manage your inventory and customer needs throughout your supply chain. If your cross-docking services provider has the experience and means to implement real-time customer support, you can manage your inventory before it arrives, guaranteeing that your business partners and customers aren’t left waiting for their materials or products.

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