Pre-distribution and post-distribution cross-docking operations

Hong Yan, Shao long Tang

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In this paper, we construct analytical models for distribution strategies with two major types of cross-docking, pre-distribution cross-docking (Pre-C) and post-distribution cross-docking (Post-C). A traditional distribution center system is also discussed for comparison purposes. Three models are compared pair-wisely. Analytical results show that, Pre-C is preferred for environments with shorter supply lead time and lower uncertainty of demand, without the benefits of risk-pooling. The Post-C mitigates the weakness of the Pre-C at the expense of higher operations cost spent at the cross-dock. Numerical experiments are conducted to support our results and explore other findings.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)843-859
Number of pages17
JournalTransportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2009


  • Cross-docking
  • Inventory
  • Logistics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Transportation


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