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Vis-à-vis vs. mixed dock door assignment: A comparison of different cross dock layouts


  • Konrad Stephan

    () (School of Economics and Business Administration, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena)

  • Nils Boysen

    () (School of Economics and Business Administration, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena)


An important decision problem during the layout phase of a cross dock is related to the arrangement of inbound and outbound operations within a terminal. Either one side of the terminal is exclusively dedicated to inbound and the other to outbound destinations (vis-à-vis policy) or inbound and outbound destinations can facultatively be assigned all around the terminal (mix policy). The latter policy promises more flexibility, when finally assigning dock doors to truck destinations during operational planning, but comes for the price of ambiguous material flows and potential congestions inside the terminal. Both policies are compared with regard to their impact on operational planning, where deterministic, stochastic and unknown inbound loads are differentiated. Our results show the mix policy being superior in most cases except for unknown inbound loads.

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  • Konrad Stephan & Nils Boysen, 2010. "Vis-à-vis vs. mixed dock door assignment: A comparison of different cross dock layouts," Jena Research Papers in Business and Economics - Working and Discussion Papers (Expired!) 12/2010, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, School of Economics and Business Administration.
  • Handle: RePEc:jen:jenjbe:2010-12

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    logistics; cross docking; door-layout;

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