Milk Runs

This table is used within the simulation-based experiments (i.e. Simulation, VariationComparison, Safety Stock Estimation, Risk Analysis) and Transportation Optimization experiments (Transport optimization, Capacitated Transportation Optimization). 

This table allows you to form a succession of destination points (customer, DC or factory) that will be served in a certain order, allowing a truck to fetch orders for a number of destination points. Once the final destination point of the milk run has been served, the trucks will head to the positioning site (DC or factory).

Note: If the destination point that the order is about to be shipped to is a part of the milk run, the vehicle might fetch orders for other destination points of the route as well, thus carrying more goods and following longer route to deliver all the orders.

See the changes to that must be made to properly configure your milk run.

Column

Description

Source

Defines product source for the milk run that you are creating. It can be of either DC or Factory type.

Double-click the cell and select the source site from the drop-down list of available sources.

Destination

Defines the milk run structure, i.e. the objects the orders must be shipped to (customers, DCs or factories), and their succession, thus forming the route that the specified in the Vehicles Type column vehicle(s) will be using to reach each customer of the milk run. Details on defining destinations and their order.

Vehicle Type

Specify the vehicle that will be shipping the product to the specified customers/sites of the milk run.

To properly configure your milk run

The following changes must be made to properly configure your milk run:

To specify destinations and their order

  1. Double-click the cell in the Destination column to open a dialog box, allowing you to specify destination points and their succession.
  2. Click Add to create a new record in the table.
  3. Double-click the cell in the Destination column of the dialog box and select the customer or site to include it into your milk run. 
  4. Click the cell in the Index column of the dialog box and set the index number (ordinal) for the current destination point.
    All the destinations specified in the Destination column will be visited by a truck in accordance with their indexes. Customer/site with index 1 will be the first to be visited by a truck, while the site with the greatest index will be last to be visited by a truck.

  5. Click OK to close the dialog box. The cell of the Destination column will now contain the list of the specified customers/sites.


 

Related topics

Generating milk runs