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.
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.
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.
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: