KANE specializes in cross docking services to help companies reduce warehouse costs, shorten delivery lead times, and increase order fill rates. By breaking down received items at the loading dock and matching them with pending orders for immediate, direct shipment to the retail store, cross docking eliminates the storage and labor costs of a traditional warehousing model.
KANE has been a tremendous partner during our more than 20-year relationship. KANE-operated cross-dock facilities consistently rank among the highest performers in our network.
- Vice President, Sam’s Club Logistics.
In 1990, KANE developed a cross-docking solution for Sam’s to receive product from vendors, make it “store-ready” through consolidation and deliver it to stores − all within 24 hours. The solution leverages KANE’s transportation management service and effectively eliminated warehouse storage costs.
The relationships with Sam’s and Walmart has continued since then, with KANE assuming the operation of several more cross dock facilities. KANE been named Walmart’s Carrier of the Year twice in the past and has won the Sam’s Club Distribution Center of the Year Award for 10 of the past 16 years. KANE is the only 3PL to be named Sam’s Club 3PL Partner of the Year for two consecutive years.
KANE was an industry pioneer in cross docking, opening up its first operation in the 1950s. KANE worked with Sam's Club to open the retailer's first cross dock operation in 1991. KANE now operates 5 of the Sam's 25 cross dock facilities. Recently, we were honored to receive Sam’s Club’s prestigious 3PL Partner of the Award for the second year in a row – something no other 3PL has ever done.
A cross docking strategy is not right for every retailer or every product. Products that offer the best opportunity for cross docking share the following characteristics: