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 Cross-Docking (LE-WM-DCK)


In today’s warehouse environment, customers aim to handle materials more efficiently and minimize unnecessary material double-handling to reduce cycle times, inventory and handling costs. Maximizing cross-docking utilization is one way of achieving this goal.

SAP’s Cross-Docking extends existing warehouse functionality to the realm of cross-docking.


Logistics Execution (LE)

Cross-Docking is integrated with Logistics Execution through an interface (package LEINT). In future releases, Cross-Docking will be fully integrated into Logistics Execution , eliminating the need for this interface.


Cross-Docking is integrated with the LES component for Shipping . When cross-docking transfer orders are created and confirmed, the relevant deliveries are updated.

Warehouse Management (LE-WM)

Cross-Docking is fully integrated into Warehouse Management (WM) .

Yard Management (LE-YM)

Cross-Docking is integrated with Yard Management (YM) .Before creating a cross-docking decision, YM checks if a location can be scheduled. If so, when the decision is saved, YM creates the corresponding scheduling activity.


Cross-Docking provides the following features:

Planned and Opportunistic Cross-Docking

Cross-Docking enables you to create cross-docking decisions prior to the arrival of incoming stock and release of the outgoing delivery or transfer requirement, as well as after goods have physically arrived at the warehouse. These decisions can be created in contravention of strict FIFO, according to a tolerance duration determined in customization. For more information, see Planned Cross-Docking and Opportunistic Cross-Docking .

One-Step and Two-Step Cross-Docking

Cross-Docking enables goods to be either be directly moved between the goods receipt and goods issue areas, or first moved from goods receipt to a cross-docking storage type, before being moved to the goods issue area. For more information, see Cross-Docking Execution .

Cross-Docking Decision Optimization

Cross-Docking determines the optimal cross-docking decisions and proposes these decisions. You can either create these decisions in the background or view the decisions and decide whether or not to accept them. For more information, see Cross-Docking Decision Optimization .

Monitoringand Response Tools

Cross-Docking enables you to monitor cross-docking in the warehouse, including cross-docking decisions and their statuses. You can also use the monitor to invoke methods such as cross-dock planning. For more information, see Cross-Docking Monitor .

Cross-Dock Planning Tool

From the monitor, you can also invoke the cross-dock planning tool, a tool that enables you to analyze inbound and outbound documents and manually create your own cross-docking decisions. The tool also ensures that doors can be scheduled for the documents of any created decisions. For more information, see Cross-Dock Planning Tool .

Alert and Troubleshooting Tools

Cross-Docking provides information on actual and arising problematic situations in the warehouse, which are related to cross-docking, and enables you to handle exceptions. For more information, see Cross-Docking Alert Monitor .


  1. Opportunistic cross-docking may not always work in a non-RF environment.

  2. The cross-docking of mixed pallets is not supported.

  3. Cross-docking only applies to available stock, and not stock in quality control, returns stock or blocked stock.