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About the Plan
The New York State Department of Transportation is developing a statewide freight plan that will be a comprehensive guide governing short and long term strategies and capital investments impacting the movement of freight. The Plan recognizes all modes of freight movement, including highway, rail, marine ports and inland waterways, air, and pipeline, as well as an accompanying focus on intermodal terminals, where freight changes between modes.
The Plan will be used to:
- Understand why, how, where and when freight moves - and is anticipated to move - in New York State and how it supports the State's economy;
- Create a structure for continuous interaction between freight stakeholders and NYSDOT;
- Identify priority near and long-term investment needs for freight infrastructure and operations; and
- Provide a roadmap for investing in freight supportive projects and programs that foster economic vitality and quality of life for New Yorkers.
New York State DRAFT Freight Transportation Goals
The goals listed below have been developed in alignment with the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) Federal legislation, designated national freight goals and existing priorities for New York State:
- Invest for the Future - New York State’s freight transportation system will anticipate future freight growth, and ensure the most efficient movement of goods in all modes.
- Build Partnerships - Engage partners to develop a strategic framework to advance high priority freight transportation projects and strategies.
- Ensure Safety & Security - The freight transportation system must be safe, secure and be designed to be resilient to the impacts of extreme weather and climate change.
- Provide Sound and Efficient Infrastructure - Identify infrastructure and innovative technology investments and operational strategies to ensure a state of good repair and efficiency for multi-modal freight movement.
- Foster Economic Competitiveness - Strengthen national and global competitiveness for existing and emerging freight-centered business and activity in New York State.
- Respect the Environment - Provide efficient goods movement through a connected multimodal infrastructure that supports the most fuel efficient, economical and sustainable freight movement and delivery.
What are the Benefits of a Cross Dock Strategy?
A well-implemented cross-dock program can slash costs, while still meeting fill rate requirements of retailers. More specifically, cross docking allows companies to:
- Reduce distribution costs by more than 50% on the items being cross docked.
- Reduce facility operating costs. Cross dock facilities are smaller and simply cost less to operate than full-fledged distribution centers.
- Reduce inventory. When the volume and timing of supply can be managed to precisely match demand, the need for large safety stocks is eliminated.
- Reduce transportation costs. Transport mode shifts from high-cost LTL to consolidated truckload shipments that get there faster.
- Increase retailer efficiency. Retailers receive fewer, precisely timed shipments, requiring fewer dock doors and receiving staff.
Why Don’t More Companies Use Cross Dock Facilities?
Cross docking is a proven supply chain strategy, but many retailers don’t use it because, frankly, it’s hard. You need tight planning and coordination among manufacturers, carriers and 3PL partners, as well as the systems to synchronize inbound and outbound flows.
Products that offer the best opportunity for cross docking share the following characteristics:
- Have SKUs with strong, predictable demand, such as popular items, household staple items, and promotion items linked to advertising blitzes.
- Have supply sources that can provide the right product, in the right volumes, at precisely the right time.
- Receive products in “store shelf ready” condition.
Consider cross docking another tool in your logistics belt. Just like anything worth doing, it takes deliberate effort and investment. However, the numbers don't lie. Cross docking eliminates cost elements that account for over 50% of traditional warehouse distribution costs.
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Office of Freight Mobility
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