Houston Refrigerated Logistics offers Cross Docking Service in Houston, TX

While the world is still in the middle of the global pandemic, an increasing number of countries are successfully mitigating and reducing the number of viral transmissions by strictly enforcing health and safety policies. However, e-commerce operations are still being severely impacted by the wake of the coronavirus across the globe. International border closures and warehouse lockdowns caused massive delivery delays across the supply chain and logistics management on a massive scale. 


Warehousing and distribution services can get complicated, especially if it involves goods for refrigerated transport services that need to be shipped from one location to another without delay. Good thing that Houston Refrigerated Logistics have their warehouse that has over 30,000 Sq. Ft. of temperature-controlled space, 4 separate temperature zones, and over 1300 pallet positions. Their warehouse is Primus GFSi certified which gives customers peace of mind that HRL is the best option for food-safe produce storage in Houston.

 

Warehouse space is commonly used when retailers need a more long-term storage option while the distribution centers are used for short-term storage. Aside from their top-of-the-line warehouse, HRL has its own cross-docking service in Houston and Freeport. They can load consolidations, loading products from OTR trucks or their storage facility into shipping containers for export. 

 

Cross-docking is defined as the process of loading products or materials directly from one transport vehicle to another without being placed in a warehouse or storage facility in between transport services. Its origins can be traced back in the 1930s where cross-docking was commonly to cut costs and increase delivery lead time across industry supply chains.

 

Understanding the advantages and disadvantages of cross-docking services is an important step for evaluating the supply chain process. This will help determine whether cross-docking is right for your company. 

Advantages of cross-docking services

  • Reduces material handling.

  • Reduces the need to store products in the warehouse.

  • No need for large warehouse areas

  • Cut down labor costs (no packaging and storing).

  • Faster lead time to reach customers.

  • Goods or products are moved more quickly through a cross-docking service

  • Easier to screen product quality.

  • Products destined to one similar location can be transported as a full load to reduce distribution costs.

 

Disadvantages of cross-docking services

  • Strong management attention, time and planning are needed to make it work effectively and efficiently.

  • Setting up the cross-docking terminals would take time and capital.

  • A high volume of goods or products is necessary to be cost-effective.

  • A company needs to have full trust and confidence that suppliers will deliver the right product in its right amount to the cross-docking terminal on time which doesn’t leave too much room for error.

 

Be it perishable goods or non-food products being delivered from one location to another, getting products to consumers on time and in great condition is the single most important task of suppliers and the customers they serve.

 

Houston Refrigerated Logistics specializes in freight management service, warehousing, repack and regrading, and cross-docking services. From one or two pallets, a tipped load to broken pallets, they can handle it. Get in touch with them at +1 713-928-9940 or email them at

info@hrlcorp.com.

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