Discussion Board: Cross Docking

 

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· Compare how the findings of others relate/add to the concepts learned in the required readings.

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REPLY 1

 

Renee McCormick

BUSI 650

Liberty University

 

Discussion Board:  Cross Docking

Cross-docking  is an efficient use of coordination between incoming and outgoing  shipments of products through distribution centers (Tootkaleh, Ghomi,  & Sajadieh, 2016).  Warehouses typically are used for receiving,  storage, order picking, and shipping (Motaghedi-Larijani &  Aminnayeri, 2017).  The act of cross-docking removes storage and order  picking as it is taking a shipment from the incoming truck and moving it  directly to the outgoing truck almost immediately.  This dance between  trucks reduces the costs of holding inventory and increases product  turnover.  Using the cross-dock concept has shown to reduce production  costs with the reduction of overhead and transportation costs consuming  30% of the price (Tootkaleh, Ghomi, & Sajadieh, 2016).  The  consolidation of shipments also allows full truckloads to be shipped out  reducing the number of partially empty trucks on the roadways.

The  selection of this key concept is of professional curiosity.  After  observing its effectiveness first hand during a tour of the Lowes  distribution center, the cross-docking concept should have been  considered as process improvement for my previous employer.  Multiple  shipments of special make-ups going directly to big box companies would  sit waiting for their time to ship and potentially miss their shipment  window due to poor coordination.

Comparison

There are several different cross-dock coordination models based upon  the needs of a company and their supply chain.  Tootkaleh, Ghomi &  Sajadieh (2016) conducted a survey to compare several different versions  and found the best structure is the product substitution allowance.   Substituting products on the outbound truck allowed full shipments to  the stores without delays.  The original products would sit in holding  and go in the next shipment.

Motaghedi-Larijani and Ainnayeri (2017) found a gap in research as many  studies do not take into effect the waiting time of the outbound  truck.  This detail is important for their study using cross-docking  methods to improve fruit and vegetable distribution in Tehran, Iran.  If  an outbound truck is waiting for multiple incoming shipments, the time  and costs must be considered especially with perishable items.  Bergham  & Leus (2015)  also found the use of a parking lot allows a buffer zone for  coordinating trailers without truck drivers waiting to leave to minimize  personnel costs.

Another gap in research specific to transportation reliability was  addressed by Amini and Tavakkoli-Moghaddam (2016).  Companies using  cross-docking re dependent on the timing of shipments, yet trucks do  tend to break down.  The authors study the potential effect of truck  breakdown on the cross-dock coordination as this is an inevitable  reality that must be taken into account for planning shipments.

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The Replies

You will be required to write substantive replies to a minimum of 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be a minimum of 200 words and include at least 2 scholarly resources. Acceptable sources include the textbook, the Bible, outside scholarly articles, etc.

Substantive replies, in contrast to perfunctory replies, add value to the forum, enhance learning, and contain references to any new concepts or ideas presented.

The following suggestions will aid you in successfully composing substantive responses:

· Compare/contrast the findings of others with your research.

· Compare how the findings of others relate/add to the concepts learned in the required readings.

· Share additional knowledge regarding the key topic that relates to the thread.

Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Review your posts and the Student Expectations prior to submission in order to ensure that your sources are properly cited.

If you need any assistance in writing, format, or persistent links, the Liberty University Online Writing Center will be able to help you.

REPLY 1

 

Renee McCormick

BUSI 650

Liberty University

 

Discussion Board:  Cross Docking

Cross-docking  is an efficient use of coordination between incoming and outgoing  shipments of products through distribution centers (Tootkaleh, Ghomi,  & Sajadieh, 2016).  Warehouses typically are used for receiving,  storage, order picking, and shipping (Motaghedi-Larijani &  Aminnayeri, 2017).  The act of cross-docking removes storage and order  picking as it is taking a shipment from the incoming truck and moving it  directly to the outgoing truck almost immediately.  This dance between  trucks reduces the costs of holding inventory and increases product  turnover.  Using the cross-dock concept has shown to reduce production  costs with the reduction of overhead and transportation costs consuming  30% of the price (Tootkaleh, Ghomi, & Sajadieh, 2016).  The  consolidation of shipments also allows full truckloads to be shipped out  reducing the number of partially empty trucks on the roadways.

The  selection of this key concept is of professional curiosity.  After  observing its effectiveness first hand during a tour of the Lowes  distribution center, the cross-docking concept should have been  considered as process improvement for my previous employer.  Multiple  shipments of special make-ups going directly to big box companies would  sit waiting for their time to ship and potentially miss their shipment  window due to poor coordination.

Comparison

There are several different cross-dock coordination models based upon  the needs of a company and their supply chain.  Tootkaleh, Ghomi &  Sajadieh (2016) conducted a survey to compare several different versions  and found the best structure is the product substitution allowance.   Substituting products on the outbound truck allowed full shipments to  the stores without delays.  The original products would sit in holding  and go in the next shipment.

Motaghedi-Larijani and Ainnayeri (2017) found a gap in research as many  studies do not take into effect the waiting time of the outbound  truck.  This detail is important for their study using cross-docking  methods to improve fruit and vegetable distribution in Tehran, Iran.  If  an outbound truck is waiting for multiple incoming shipments, the time  and costs must be considered especially with perishable items.  Bergham  & Leus (2015)  also found the use of a parking lot allows a buffer zone for  coordinating trailers without truck drivers waiting to leave to minimize  personnel costs.

Another gap in research specific to transportation reliability was  addressed by Amini and Tavakkoli-Moghaddam (2016).  Companies using  cross-docking re dependent on the timing of shipments, yet trucks do  tend to break down.  The authors study the potential effect of truck  breakdown on the cross-dock coordination as this is an inevitable  reality that must be taken into account for planning shipments.

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