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Shipments

This table is used within the simulation-based experiments only (Simulation, Variation, Comparison, Safety Stock Estimation, and Risk Analysis).

Here you can define shipments (and their statuses) that are available at the beginning of the initial state.

A shipment is an order that is already formed (the required stock has been reserved) and is ready to depart. Use the Orders table to define the orders that are not formed yet.

Shipments are not associated with the orders defined in the Orders table.

All the default dates in the initial state tables reflect the date of the initial state.

Column Description

Source

Defines the source for the specified product. It can be any supplying facility (defined in the DCs and Factories, Suppliers and Groups tables), except for a Customer.

Delivery Destination

Defines who the product is shipped to. It can be any facility (Customer, DC, or Factory) except a Supplier.

Orders

Defines the orders that are ready to be shipped to the Delivery Destination:

  • Product - the demanded product
  • Quantity - the demanded quantity of the product
  • Ordered on - the date when the order was received. This parameter is mostly required to estimate the lead time.

Vehicle Type

The vehicle type (previously defined in the Vehicle Types table) that is used for shipping products along the Path.

The selected vehicle provides the Speed value that is used for calculating the path Distance or Transportation Time.

Shipment Status

The current status of the order:

  • Processing at source - if selected, the experiment will consider the processing time defined in the Processing Time table. For more information on calculating the processing time refer here.
  • Loading at gates - if selected, the experiment will consider the time required to process (load) the departing trucks. This time is defined as the Loading Gate type in the Loading and Unloading Gates table.
  • In delivery - the shipment is currently in delivery. The delivery start / end time is defined in the Date & Time column.
  • Processing at destination - if selected, the experiment will consider the processing time defined in the Processing Time table. For more information on calculating the processing time refer here.
  • Unloading at gates - if selected, the experiment will consider the time required to process (unload) the trucks that arrived at destination. This time is defined as the Unloading Gate type in the Loading and Unloading Gates table.
  • Returning - the order has been delivered and all the involved vehicles are on their way back. The number of involved trucks depends on vehicle capacity, FTL/LTL policy, size of batches, etc.

Started / Ends

[Not available if Order Status is set to Waiting]

Defines that the action specified in the Order Status column either starts before this initial state, or ends some time in the future:

  • Started at - if defined, the action specified in the Order Status column will start before the initial state. This means that by the time we run the experiment the action (e.g. Processing at destination) may be partially or completely done.
  • Ends at - if defined, the action specified in the Order Status column will end at the time defined in the Date & Time column.

Date & Time

[Not available if Order Status is set to Waiting]

Defines the moment in time, when the action defined in the Order Status column:

  • Started if Started is defined in the Started / Ends column. In this case the specified date must precede the initial state creation date.
  • Ends if Ends is defined in the Started / Ends column. In this case the specified date must succeed the initial state creation date.
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