What does the current focus on sustainability have to do with on-shelf availability and costs in the physical supply chain for FMCG? Everything.
An increase in political momentum locally, nationally and worldwide has seen new regulations being created around issues such as resource scarcity, climate change and pollution. These regulations highlight the critical changes that the food industry is set to face in upcoming years when delivering to city/urban areas.
Until now, the most important parameters for supply chains have been in relation to cost efficiency and on-shelf availability. However, factors amongst those outlined have contributed to the emergence of cross docking operations.
Cross docking enables temperature controlled produce to be transported quickly and efficiently. Strategically placed cross docking facilities provide a central site for products to be unloaded, screened, sorted and reloaded from suppliers inbound to be sent to customers outbound. This removes the need for multiple vehicles to cover the same route; reducing mileage and often contributing to achievement of environmental policies.
Warehouse locations on the edge of cities are reshaping to function as hubs where cross docking will take place for final distribution.
At Dawsongroup, we provide a unique cross docking solution. We can take an empty plot of land and construct a fully operational cross docking facility in under six weeks. This facility can be temperature controlled in order to maintain the chill/ frozen qualities of the product. We can help save labour with our elevated facilities operating at the same height as vehicles. Being asset rental experts, we are able to design, install and maintain facilities in the fraction of the time of a conventional build. In addition, during the on-going period of uncertainty, our cross docking facilities can be relocated or upgraded as circumstances dictate.