Although cross-docking is still in the planning stages for most retailers and wholesalers, those programs already in place have yielded substantial benefits. "The big advantage is cost savings," said Joe Sealey, vice president of distribution center and warehousing at Minyard Food Stores, Coppell, Texas. Minyard, a self-distributing chain, is involved in three limited cross-docking programs with vendors. "As soon as you eliminate on-hand stock in your warehouse, you open up cube space that ...

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