For any industry that utilizes machined parts, components, and full assemblies, precision is key. Without perfect accuracy, parts can at best simply not fit and, at worst, cause a failure in operation. No matter how large, small, simple, or complex a machined part is, MultiSource Manufacturing LLC is dedicated to comprehensive precision at every production stage. As a contract manufacturer, MultiSource locations host a complete range of equipment and expertise to fabricate exactly what you need. We provide parts and assemblies to OEMs and other customers in the aerospace, defense, semiconductor, food and bakery, medical device, financial processing, and many other industries. While precision is important for every step of the manufacturing process, it’s also a part of all our operations, including the packing of products, just-in-time delivery, and other fulfillment services.
Thanks to our continued commitment to excellence and precision, MultiSource has become a trusted dock-to-stock supplier for customers worldwide. Our dock-to-stock fulfillment services offer many benefits to customers who want to improve their efficiency. We can boost their productivity by decreasing time and labor and cutting storage and inventory mistakes.
What is dock-to-stock?
When goods are shipped to a facility, the unloading, inspection, and placement of those products into storage is essentially the dock-to-stock process. However, with the large scale of shipping, storage, and product demand and variety in the current industrial world, dock-to-stock status becomes something much more complex and nuanced. Today’s dock-to-stock systems require high accuracy, SKU categorization, computerized inventory capabilities, and much more.
Physical and Digital Infrastructure
An ideal dock-to-stock system will have the physical and digital infrastructure to handle deliveries in just a few days, compared to weeks or months handling time of less efficient receiving practices. Basic dock-to-stock procedures will have four steps:
- Receiving the goods at the dock from supplier trucks.
- Inspection and validation of goods after they are brought onto the storage facility floor.
- Inventorying goods with detailed information following the SKU system in place.
- Storing the goods with efficient distribution that meets safety and storage condition requirements.
When examining each of these steps, you will see that there is much more to those procedures in action than on paper. Any issues with these stages will cause a trickle effect of delays, stock inaccuracies, and added costs. To support a high-efficiency dock-to-stock operation, MultiSource takes steps to streamline each part of the process.
Some of the many ways we support the dock-to-stock systems our customers use include clear labeling and barcoding on product packages, packing units, and shipping paperwork; efficient loading of goods onto freight; continued communication with all parties; and compact packaging.