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Running the Advanced TO Experiment

Prior to running the experiment you must make sure that your scenario is properly configured. Pay attention to the following:

  • A user account is required to access the experiment parameters.
  • Customers - you cannot define the customers to consider. By default all customers of a site are considered, unless their inclusion type is set to Exclude in the Customers table.
  • Sourcing policy - if a customer is not specified in the sourcing policy, it will be excluded from the experiment.
  • Fleet - the specified site must have at least 1 vehicle type in its fleet.
  • Vehicle types - all types of vehicles from the site's fleet are considered.
    • A vehicle from the fleet will not be considered if it is not defined on the required path.
    • Experiment considers the maximum of 7 vehicle types (defined in the Vehicles Types table).
    • An order can't exceed the largest vehicle's capacity. e.g. Customer orders 100 items, the largest vehicle's capacity is 50. This will result in an error, unless you split this order or create a vehicle with sufficient capacity.
    • The maximum order per product a customer can place is limited to 1 million items in the experiment's Product statistics unit, which is also the maximum possible capacity of a vehicle.
    • If the experiment objective is profit, the transportation cost should be the same on all paths for each vehicle type.

      e.g. Transportation cost for Vehicle type 1 on all paths is $0.05, for Vehicle type 2 it is 0.03 on all paths.

  • Paths - (Only Distance-based with fixed cost calculation formula is supported) if a customer is specified in the sourcing policy but has no paths leading to and from it, it will not be serviced, i.e., to properly generate a delivery route, the Paths table must contain records allowing a vehicle to set off from a DC, reach the first customer, continue to move from one customer to another one, and finally, complete the route by returning back to the DC it set off. Make sure that the Paths table contains the following type of records:
    • Site to Customer
    • Customer to Customer
    • Customer to Site

To run the Advanced TO experiment

  1. Click the TO tab located in the top left area of anyLogistix workspace and select the scenario to work with.
  2. Navigate to the experiments section and select Advanced TO experiment. The GIS map will be substituted with the experiment's parameters.

  3. Set the experiment parameters:
    • Define the Site the vehicle will set off from.
    • Specify the experiment's objective in the Objective parameter.
    • Limit the driver's maximum working.
  4. Click Run to start the experiment execution.

    The experiment progress dialog box will pop-up, showing the current progress.

  5. Click Cancel to abort the experiment, if required. The current results will not be saved.
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