Transport technique that consists of a transshipment directly on the warehouse dock, passing from the vehicle of the supplier to the one in charge of the shop delivery. In practice, the goods transit in the warehouse only from the administrative point of view, as they are not even stored on the shelves. In these cases, the goods acceptance and their administrative processing is completed by simply reading the bar code when the products are unloaded from the supplier vehicle. A radiofrequency system communicates to the warehouse operators the arrival of the goods and it gives instruction on both the new labels that have to be applied and the vehicle (and sometimes order) on which they have to be loaded.
The cross-docking is really common and it is often used in the food industry, especially for perishable products (milk products, vegetables, fruits).