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Pre-distribution and post-distribution cross-docking operations


  • Yan, Hong
  • Tang, Shao-long


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.

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  • Yan, Hong & Tang, Shao-long, 2009. "Pre-distribution and post-distribution cross-docking operations," Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, Elsevier, vol. 45(6), pages 843-859, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:transe:v:45:y:2009:i:6:p:843-859

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