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2011 Cross-Docking Trends Report


February 28, 2011

Cross-docking has increased significantly over the past few years, according to a recent survey sponsored by Saddle Creek Corporation. The practice serves as a viable strategy for companies challenged by today’s unpredictable economy – helping to improve service levels, reduce transportation costs and consolidate shipments to destination. The 2011 Cross-Docking Trends Report explores the latest cross-docking practices, benefits and challenges, outsourcing trends and more.

This report explores the most common practices, biggest challenges, and emerging trends in cross-docking nationwide and examines changes in cross-docking practices within the last three years.


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