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Bypass the DC and reduce distribution costs by as much as 50%.


Cross Docking Services

Here at KANE, we love the business of warehousing and distribution. It’s a critical component of supply chains and we take great pride in the sophisticated application of technology to efficiently store products and get them to market.


But sometimes it’s best to keep products moving.

KANE cross docking services help companies reduce warehouse costs, shorten delivery lead times, and increase order fill rates.  By breaking down received items at the loading dock and matching them with pending orders for immediate, direct shipment to the retail store, cross docking eliminates the storage and labor costs of a traditional warehousing model.

Why KANE for cross docking services?

  • Proven performer. Two-time winner of Walmart “Transportation Partner of the Year.” Eleven-time winner of Cross-Dock “Distribution Center of the Year” from a national club store. Named Sam's Club 3PL Partner of the Year
  • Single-source solution. Facility operations, transportation management and technology combine for a comprehensive cross-docking solution.
  • Open book approach. KANE’s most successful cross-docking projects are “pay for performance” agreements in which KANE shares the gain, and the risk, of meeting aggressive cost and operational metrics.
  • Control tower technology. Enables full visibility to inbound inventory and pending purchase orders for advance planning of labor and transportation requirements.
  • Rail-to-truck cross-docking services. Many KANE distribution centers have rail siding.

KANE has been a tremendous partner during our more than 20-year relationship. KANE-operated cross-dock facilities consistently rank among the highest performers in our network.

- Vice President, Sam’s Club Logistics.

Benefits of cross docking solutions

  • Reduce distribution costs. By more than 50% on the items being cross docked.
  • Reduce facility operating costs. Cross dock facilities simply cost less to operate than full-fledged distribution centers.
  • Reduce inventory. When the volume and timing of supply can be managed to precisely match demand, the need for large safety stocks is eliminated.
  • Reduce transportation costs. Transport mode shifts from high-cost LTL to consolidated truckload shipments that get there faster.
  • Increase retailer efficiency. Retailers receive fewer, precisely timed shipments, requiring fewer dock doors and receiving staff.


Cross Docking Services Spotlight


Sam's Club

In 1990, KANE developed a cross-docking solution for Sam’s to receive product from vendors, make it “store-ready” through consolidation and deliver it to stores − all within 24 hours.  The solution leverages KANE’s transportation management service and effectively eliminated warehouse storage costs. 

The relationships with Sam’s and Walmart has continued since then, with KANE assuming the operation of several more cross dock facilities.  KANE been named Walmart’s Carrier of the Year twice in the past and has won the Sam’s Club Distribution Center of the Year Award for 10 of the past 16 years.  KANE is the only 3PL to be named Sam’s Club 3PL Partner of the Year for two consecutive years.

cross docking
KANE was an industry pioneer in cross docking, opening up its first operation in the 1950s. KANE worked with Sam's Club to open the retailer's first cross dock operation in 1991. KANE now operates multiple cross dock facilities for Sam's Club. Recently, we were honored to receive Sam’s Club’s prestigious 3PL Partner of the Award for two consecutive years.

Is cross docking right for you?

A cross docking strategy is not right for every retailer or every product. Products that are typically the best fit for cross docking share the following characteristics:

  • Have SKUs with strong, predictable demand, such as popular items, household staple items, and promotion items linked to advertising blitzes.
  • Have supply sources that can provide the right product, in the right volumes, at precisely the right time.
  • Receive products in “store shelf ready” condition, with the proper labels and ticketing.

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