Loading and Unloading Gates

Every facility has its loading and unloading gates that arriving/departing trucks visit. The process of loading/unloading occupies certain time, which results in time delay that needs to be considered in a supply chain. Use this table to simulate the actual delay by creating the required number of loading/unloading gates at the required facility of your supply chain.

Note: It is obligatory to specify the type of the vehicle that is used to transfer products, since no order will dispatch on its own through the gates.




Name of the gate. Specify a meaningful name here.


Defines the site that the loading/unloading gates belong to. It can be of a DC, Factory, Supplier or Customer type.

Double-click the cell and select the required facility from the drop-down list.


Defines the type of the gate the specified in the Facility column site/customer has:

  • Loading gate - processes the departing trucks (loads the truck with the required orders)
  • Unloading gate - processes the arriving trucks (unloads the truck)
  • Multifunctional gate - may load/unload trucks

Vehicle Type

Specify the type of vehicles. The specified vehicle type's characteristics will affect the processing time. 

Number of Gates

Specifies the quantity of the loading/unloading areas at the specified in the Facility column site/customer.


Defines the unit that requires the specified Processing Time to be processed:

Note: The list of available units comprises the units defined in the ALX Preferences (as well as the weight and volume units defined in the Units table).

  • pcs - one product unit
  • m3 - one cubic meter
  • kg - one kilogram of a product
  • Order - one order
  • Shipment - one shipment. A shipment is an entity containing more than one order. This might be in case of an FTL policy or a Milk run.
  • Vehicle - vehicle type

Processing Time

Specifies the time required to process the unit of measurement specified in the Units column.

Note: The value can be either fixed or stochastic (defined by a probability distribution). For details on providing fixed or stochastic value refer to this section.

Time unit

Specify the time unit that the Processing Time is expressed in.

Note: The list of available units comprises the units defined in the ALX Preferences.


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