Transload and Cross-dock services enable products to move more efficiently to the final destination
Through APL Logistics’ network of facilities and operators, we provide the most flexible and efficient solution when products must be transloaded from one mode of transportation to another.
We have the experience and infrastructure to support a wide range of transload and cross-dock requirements. They could be as varied as moving bulk frac sand from ocean containers to rail-hopper cars; automotive parts expedited to meet a tight production schedule; or a retailer needing to make last minute distribution decisions.
Many companies transload products to optimize the flow of imports to their Distribution Centers (DC) or to supplement their distribution network with an additional facility. Others, particularly retailers and apparel manufacturers, use similar cross-dock solutions to bypass DC and ship direct-to-store or directly to the end customer.
One major advantage of cross-docking is that companies can postpone inland shipping decisions until goods arrive at port, offering greater flexibility in meeting changing demand. It provides the ability to sort and aggregate the contents of ocean containers to match distribution patterns without the guesswork.
- Transportation savings – Cross-docking from ocean containers to larger 53-foot inland trailers can be particularly valuable with the lower-weight items often associated with the retail sector
- Lower inventory and increase speed to market – Opportunities for DC bypass or direct-to-store distribution trim supply chain touch points, reducing mileage, backhauls and congestion
- Minimize out of stocks – Delayed product allocation offers more consistent product availability
- Lower trucking costs – More effective use of Full Truck Load (FTL) equipment and Less than Truck Load (LTL) network optimization
Reduced product movements – Pre-retail services such as re-packaging, labeling and ticketing eliminate the need for products to be sent to full service DCs
APL Logistics has a strong track record in deconsolidation services, using tracking systems that model key retailer systems. We also provide vendor automation, scan-and-pack, freight management, supply chain management and full visibility.