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John Vogt ORCID logo, Wessel Pienaar ORCID logo


The cross-dock-based supply chain is an integrated supply chain which uses the unique characteristics of a cross-dock to speed goods to downstream customers. A comparison is made with the warehouse process to demonstrate the improved efficiency of a cross-dock supply chain. There are three types of cross-docks and they all utilize the same design parameters to determine the shape and size of the facility. A method to determine these parameters is presented and practical design methods are illustrated. The relative advantages of manual and automated processes are discussed.

Keywords: Cross-Dock, Distribution Centre, Supply Chain, Warehouse

How to cite this paper: Vogt, J. J., & Pienaar, W. J. (2010). Implementation of cross-docks. Corporate Ownership & Control, 8(1-4), 474-484.