This one-hour recorded academy live event session explains the many different
concepts and methods involved in cross docking and compares cross docking with
non-cross docking processes. We look at key questions that can help you
understand what type of cross-docking methodology is being used in a
particular situation. We look at why some cross-docking processes work well
and others seem to be more challenging. The impact of bullwhip and risk
pooling is also discussed within this context. Matthew A. Waller presents the
There are so many different replenishment processes out there under the rubric
of cross docking that it is confusing sometimes to really understand how they
work and why they are different. We begin with a very simple example of a
supply chain where cross docking is not used. Then we look at the simplest
form of cross docking and slowly adding various components to it such as
echelon inventory position, postponement, post-receipt allocation, and others.
We also discuss how these different processes affect store level in stock and
variability of orders up stream. To do this we introduce the concepts of
bullwhip and risk pooling.
At the end of this course, you should be able to:
Ask the right questions about a cross-docking process to understand what is really being discussed.
Be aware of implications and consequences surrounding the use of various types of cross-docking processes and how it impact various parts of the supply chain.
Be able to discuss the presence and impact of bullwhip and risk pooling.
The following topics are included in this course:
Basic replenishment process where inventory is held at the DC