warehouse receiving and shipping

It is CDS’ responsibility to make sure your product is transferred to us in a controlled manner. Our receiving goals are to accept your product with no damage, accurately prepare the product for our inventory tracking system, and store the product based on its environment and shipment needs.


Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) or other automated means are the preferred and quickest methods for submitting, changing, and cancelling replenishments. Depending on volume and client capabilities, email or fax can be used as well.

Blind Receiving

Our forklift drivers are not provided with information concerning inbound SKUs or quantities. The items received are compared automatically with system data to check receiving accuracy. Discrepancies immediately trigger a second-level check procedure.

System Preparation and RF Bar-coding

Every pallet or partial pallet is assigned a bar code “license plate” – SKU, quantity, and batch date code information are associated with this product during the receiving process through handheld or equipment-mounted Radio Frequency (RF) terminals. This key step allows the product to be tracked throughout the distribution center.

Directed Putaway

CDS systems and processes determine where customer product is stored based on certain factors including velocity (ABC movers), need for specialized rack storage or environmental control. CDS systems constantly analyze this data to ensure the most-efficient storage of customer product. This helps us further customize client-specific logistics solutions.

Key Performance Indicators

Common Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for receiving include accuracy, receiving appointment lead time, dwell time, trailer turn-around time, and receipt to putaway time. CDS KPIs are frequently aligned to customer-specific requirements.