Processing Time

Orders and shipments within the supply chain are processed with certain time delays.

In the Processing Time table, you define policies for calculating processing time for orders and shipments. Processing time policy is set on the facility level and is applied based on the product, performed operation (order or shipment) and operation's direction (inbound or outbound).

Column

Description

Facility

Defines the facility for which the processing time policy is set. A source may be a single distribution center, factory or supplier as well as a group of facilities defined by the user. 

Double-click the cell to choose among the available facilities (previously defined in the DCs and Factories and Suppliers tables). The list also includes groups from the Groups table, if any.

Product

Defines the product for which processing time policy is set. 

If a product is selected, processing time policy applies only to orders / shipments containing this product. 

If  a group of profucts is selected, processing time policy applies to any product.

Double-click the cell and choose the required product from the list (it lists all products defined in the Products table).

Type

Defines the type of the processing time calculation policy, which is a combination of the performed operation's type (order or shipment) and operation's direction (inbound or outbound):

  • Inbound order processing - time calculation policy is applied to incoming orders from a receiving facility to this Source.
  • Outbound order processing - time calculation policy is applied to orders sent from this Source to a supplying facility. The value is not relevant for suppliers, since a supplier's inventory is unlimited and no orders are sent.
  • Inbound shipment processing - time calculation policy is applied to shipments received from a supplying facility by this Source. The value is not relevant for suppliers, since a supplier's inventory is unlimited and no shipments are received.
  • Outbound shipment processing - time calculation policy is applied to shipments sent to a receiving facility from this Source.

Units

Defines the unit that the specified Processing Time will be spent on. 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).

Learn how the processing time is calculated if Shipment or Vehicle is set as the processed unit

  • Order - one order
  • Shipment - one shipment. A shipment is an entity comprising the amount of demanded products from one or more orders that are ready to be processed for further delivery.
  • Vehicle - vehicle type
  • pcs - one product unit
  • m3 - one cubic meter
  • kg - one kilogram of a product

Time

Defines the processing time in the specified Time Unit for the specified unit in the Units column.

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

Time Unit

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

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

Calculating the processing time

Processing time is calculated in the following way (unless Shipment or Vehicle is set as the processed unit):

  1. Order / shipment amount is represented in Units, which can be orders, shipments, product units, volume or weight units.
  2. The resulting number of Units, is multiplied by the processing Time.

Note that you can define multiple processing time policies for a facility / product combination: for example, an order-based policy and a weight-based policy. The resulting processing time value for a single operation will be the sum of the defined processing time values.

Similar concepts apply to calculating processing cost. Refer to the Processing Cost table for details.

Processing time for Shipment or vehicle

Processing time will calculated in a different way if Shipment or Vehicle is defined as a unit for processing (all products) or a user-defined group of products (defined in the Product Groups table). The calculation will depend on the records the table contains:



 

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