WHAT IS DOCKING?
The versatility of modern loading bay technology has vastly improved the flow
of goods by smoothing the way at that vital interface between the warehouse and
Logistics is concerned with the handling of goods from storage, order picking
and packing, the actual loading right through to distribution. The concept of
"docking" covers the complete loading system, the equipment to
overcome the problems at the interface on a cost-effective basis by using the
individual components of dock leveller, dock shelter and door in harmony.
The critical factors are the characteristics of the goods - size, shape,
materials, quantities, temperature requirements and their punctual
distribution, materials handling equipment available and the difference in
vehicle sizes. The influence of these factors is complex and expert advice is
essential from the planning stage on to avoid costly mistakes.